Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer
- Jones Act and Maritime Injury: Maritime workers risk their lives for their jobs. When they are injured or killed while working, the companies for which they work may be held liable. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help victims understand what compensation they may be owed.
- Virginia Auto Accidents: When negligent, reckless drivers cause accidents, they need to be held responsible for the damage they cause. Whether your collision was caused by a distracted, drunk, drowsy or drugged driver, a Virginia personal injury lawyer can help you and your loved ones seek the justice you deserve.
- Dog Bites & Animal Attacks: Dogs may be man’s best friend, but when they lash out, they can do serious, long-lasting harm. Irresponsible dog owners can and should be held liable for the damage their pet does to others. A Virginia personal injury lawyer will fight tirelessly to ensure the victim is not stuck with expensive medical bills associated with the attack.
- Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse: If your loved one was injured due to a nursing home staff’s neglect, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers to protect your rights.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Though traditionally associated with football players, most brain injuries stem from falls and car accidents. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help investigate the events that led to your traumatic brain injury and help determine if you are eligible for compensation.
- Wrongful Death: The unexpected loss of a loved one can be traumatic. The financial impact of the loss can be devastating. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help grieving families seek justice for their lost loved one and ensure they can pay their bills after losing their breadwinner.
- Truck Accidents or Collisions: Truck drivers are highly trained but even the most experienced can find themselves drifting to sleep at the wheel after a long shift. If you have been involved in a truck accident, a Virginia personal injury lawyer can ensure you get the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver responsible for your injuries.
- Motorcycle Accidents: While motorcycle riders are stereotyped as daredevils, they are far more frequently the victim of someone else’s bad driving than of their own. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help motorcycle accident victims get the compensation they deserve from reckless drivers.
- Lead Poisoning: Deceptively dangerous, lead poisoning can have long-term impacts on a person’s health. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can ensure victims receive the compensation they deserve to pay for the best medical care possible.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: When a property owner fails to protect tenants and guests from carbon monoxide, they can be held liable for the damage done by the invisible, odorless gas. Contact a Virginia personal injury lawyer to explore your legal options after being exposed to carbon monoxide.
- Bicycle Accidents: Drivers who fail to yield to cyclists can be held responsible for the injuries and damage they cause in collisions. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can assist victims in fighting for the settlement they deserve.
- Pedestrian Accidents: When you walk around your neighborhood, you expect to be safe. Crosswalks, stop signs and traffic signals all help to protect you from vehicles in the roadway. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers ignore red lights or don’t stop at crosswalks. In these situations, pedestrians can be hit and may suffer serious injuries.
- Child Birth Injuries: Medical malpractice can occur virtually anywhere, including the delivery room. When they happen, medical mistakes can have a lifelong impact on the child and mother.
- Environmental and Toxic Tort Accidents: Exposure to a toxic substance can forever change a person’s life. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help victims pursue lost wages, compensation for medical treatment and the pain and suffering associated with the exposure.
Virginia Employment Law
Whistleblower Protection & Retaliation
Whistleblower Protection: Whistleblowers play a valuable role to the government and the corporate world. Through uncovering fraud, they can save the government and everyday consumers enormous amounts of money and time. However, when companies hear about whistleblowers revealing unethical and improper practices taking place, there can often be significant (illegal) repercussions facing the whistleblower. Wrongful termination, retaliation, and hush money are just a few outlets that companies use to prevent a whistle from being blown. Therefore, the US government has established strong laws to protect whistleblowers and compensate them for taking the risk to uncover fraudulent behavior.
Workplace Harassment & Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment: Generally, sexual harassment in the workplace occurs in two ways. Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employer makes decisions based upon the worker’s submission to sexual harassment. Hostile work environments in which unwelcome sexual advances and verbal or physical sexual contact constitutes the other main form of sexual harassment.
- Race/Color Discrimination: Race discrimination in the workplace involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably due to their race or the color of their skin. Additionally, this type of discrimination also includes a situation where a person is being treated unfavorably because they are married to a person of a certain race or skin color.
- Religious Discrimination: Religious discrimination is the act of treating a person, either an applicant or employee, wrongfully because of their religious beliefs. The law protects those who belong to organized religions, such as Christianity and Judaism among others, but also those who practice lesser-known religions.
- Age Discrimination: Age discrimination is the act of treating somebody, either an employee or an applicant, less favorably due to his or her age. The law forbids discrimination associated with any aspect of employment, including all of the following: hiring, firing, promotions, pay, job responsibilities, benefits, training, and any other particular condition of the job.
- Disability Discrimination: Disability discrimination occurs when an employer or employee treats an applicant or employee less favorably because he or she has a physical or mental impairment. According to the law, an employer is required to provide reasonable accommodations to any employee or applicant with a disability, unless doing so would cause a significant expense or difficulty for the company.
- Equal Compensation: The Equal Pay Act (EPA) is in place to ensure that men and women in the same workplace receive equal pay for equal work. The jobs don’t have to be identical, but they do have to be substantially equal in order to make a fair comparison.
- National Origin Discrimination: As the name suggests, national origin discrimination involves unfavorable treatment of an applicant or employee due to their home country, ethnicity, accent, or because they appear to be of a particular ethnic background.
- Pregnancy Discrimination: Many women are unaware of the fact that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is in place to protect them against discrimination due to pregnancy regarding any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, job responsibilities, pay, layoff, promotions, benefits, and training.
- Sex-based/Gender Discrimination: Sex-based involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably due to that person’s sex. It can also involve the unfavorable treatment of a person because of his or her connection with somebody of a particular sex. Additionally, gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals can bring forth sex discrimination claims.
Unpaid Overtime & Employee Misclassification
Unpaid Overtime & Employee Misclassification: Virginia has laws set in place which protect employees from being unfairly compensated. If you believe that your employer violated your rights by failing to compensate you for your hard work, an employment law attorney can help you to recover those lost wages.
Non-Compete Agreements: In Virginia, a covenant not to compete (non-compete agreement) is a written agreement that an employee signs agreeing not to go to work for a competitor when they stop working with their current employer. There are several factors that a court will look to when determining the enforceability of a non-compete agreement, but generally, a non-compete agreement must be reasonable.
Defective & Dangerous Products
- IVC Filter Lawsuits: Though designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs, IVC filters have been known to break apart and puncture organs. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help victims pursue legal action against the companies responsible for the defective design.
- Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits: Marketed to women for years as a sanitary way to keep private areas smelling fresh, talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help victims hold talcum powder companies responsible for this negligence.
- Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits: Patients depend upon their doctors and the pharmaceutical companies to have their best interests at heart when undergoing a hip replacement. When they fail to warn patients of the risk, a Virginia personal injury lawyer can help hold them responsible for damages done.