Brody Reid Speaks at VTLA Paralegal-Palooza

Brody Reid talks about Liens at VTLA Paralegal Seminar in Richmond, Virginia

This past Thursday, ReidGoodwin’s Brody Reid attended the Annual VTLA Paralegal-Palooza Seminar in Richmond, VA. This event brought paralegals from all over Virginia to mingle and attend seminars on topics such as, legal research, liens, ESI, Ethics, and Social Security. These seminars gave them working tools and information that they could immediately begin applying to their work lives. The seminars were not practice area specific, however, there were breakout sessions for Criminal Law, Family Law, and Civil Practice.

In a talk titled “Easy Come, Easy Go: Keeping Money for your Clients and Facing Liens,” Reid spoke about how liens can impact a case from start to finish. He also discussed how liens can come back to be problematic, even after a case is closed, if they are not dealt with accordingly throughout the process. Reid frequently speaks at VTLA events. He most recently spoke at the VTLA Evidence Seminar and the VTLA Advanced Workers’ Compensation Retreat.

VTLA is a voluntary bar association that was founded in 1959 in Virginia. They work to educate about the importance of the jury and the trial lawyer. There are 2,000 members who represent clients all over Virginia. Each year, they host a number of educational events, such as conferences and seminars for lawyers and paralegals state-wide.

VTLA always has upcoming retreats and seminars. To learn more about what they do and how you can get involved, visit their website!

VTLA Annual Advanced Workers’ Compensation Retreat

Brad Goodwin Co-Chairs and Brody Reid Speaks at VTLA Retreat

This past weekend, Brad Goodwin co-chaired the VTLA’s annual Advanced Worker’s Compensation Retreat in Richmond, VA. Panels at the retreat spoke on workers’ compensation topics, such as marketing, effective treatment and pain management amidst the opioid crisis, and protecting your client’s rights in complicated cases. A review of case law and legislation updates that will impact workers’ compensation law was also provided.

ReidGoodwin’s Brody Reid spoke on “Balancing your Workers’ Compensation Case and Your Third-Party Liability Case” discussing when to pursue other potential claims for the client and how best to consider your client’s interests when pursuing multiple claims. Reid previously spoke on a panel at the VTLA Evidence Seminar.

VTLA is a voluntary bar association that was founded in 1959 in Virginia. They work to educate about the importance of the jury and the trial lawyer. There are 2,000 members who represent clients all over Virginia. Each year, they host a number of educational events, such as conferences and seminars.

VTLA has a number of upcoming events. To learn more about what they do, visit their website!

ReidGoodwin holds Fundraiser for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Team Members Wear Jeans for Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so this past month, Reid Goodwin participated in an office wide fundraiser to support Breast Cancer research and awareness. Each Friday, team members donated to wear jeans to work. Reid Goodwin contributed a 5 times match for the donated funds. Last year, we raised and donated the funds to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.

The VBCF is a local organization that strives to eradicate breast cancer by educating Virginians and advocating for them. Until the end of October, they are hosting events across Virginia to raise money for their cause.

Reid Goodwin is always excited for the opportunity to make an impact on our community. We can’t wait to share how much we’ve raised this year. If you want to join us in the fight against breast cancer, you can visit the VCBF website to donate or find an event near you. You could also check out one of the other organizations we’ve been involved with: Pink Ink Fund and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

 

Brody Reid Speaks on Panel at VTLA Evidence Seminar

Expert Witnesses and Direct Examination Panel Held by Brody Reid

Brody Reid of ReidGoodwin Co-Chaired VTLA’s October Evidence Seminar this year.  The seminar, focused on evidence for trial, is presented in four locations – Richmond, Roanoke, Fairfax, and Virginia Beach.

VTLA is a voluntary based bar association that was founded in 1959 in Virginia. They work to educate about the importance of the jury and the trial lawyer. There are 2,000 members who represent clients all over Virginia and each year, they host a number of educational events, such as conferences and seminars.

Yesterday, Brody gave a lecture at the Richmond location titled “Expert Witnesses – Direct Examination: Qualification, Foundation, Opinion, Exhibits, and Shielding from Cross Exam.”  He offered tips and discussion after a video presentation which featured the direct and cross examinations of an orthopedic surgeon.

There are three upcoming Evidence for the Trial Lawyer Seminars on October 10th, 17th, and 24th. For more information, to become a member, or to see upcoming events visit VTLA’s website!

ReidGoodwin Sponsors the JDRF One Walk 2017!

This past weekend, RG’s Brad Goodwin volunteered with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for their One Walk! JDRF One Walk is a fun, family-friendly event where dedicated walkers, volunteers and sponsors raise money to make living with type 1 diabetes safer and healthier—until it is no longer a threat.

JRDF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Their strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D. Every year they bring together 900,000 people nationwide to raise money for their cause. This year they were able to raise $305,027.51!

Reid Goodwin is always more than happy to have an opportunity to give back to the community that means so much to us. If you would like to donate or volunteer with JDRF, contact their Richmond office for more information!

Virginia Sees Significant Spike in Motorcycle Fatalities

Motorcyclists know the dangers of the road every time they get on their bikes. They are easy to miss and can fit perfectly in a driver’s blind spot. Virginia has witnessed 81 tragic motorcycle accident related fatalities so far in 2017, greatly surpassing the amount in 2016, and making avid motorcycle riders more cautious.

When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed. It is estimated that the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number of those in cars. In order to minimize injury, motorcyclists must be wearing the proper safety equipment.

  • Full-Face Helmet: Though not all states require a helmet, Virginia does, and head injuries are the leading cause of motorcycle fatalities.
  • Thick Gloves: In an accident, you are most likely going to try and extend your hands in order to protect yourself. If you don’t have anything protecting your hands, then you can break bones, lose skin, and even lose fingers.
  • Riding Jacket/Pants: Keep your skin protected by wearing jackets and pants made of thick material. Road rash will cause a lot of damage, especially in a high-speed accident.

In order for motorcycle crash statistics to improve, drivers of larger vehicles must remain aware while on the road. There are multiple factors to take into account, whether it’s speeding or lack of visibility, that cause these accidents. Take these things into account on your commute:

  • Share the road: Give motorcyclists space, double check your blind spots before turning and merging;
  • Obey the Speed Limit: Drive the posted speed limit;
  • Avoid Distractions: Avoid distractions such as talking on your cell phone, texting, eating etc. while driving;

ReidGoodwin is dedicated to protecting those who have been injured in preventable accidents. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured in a motorcycle related accident, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.

Virginia Youth Reach Out to Their Peers About Traffic Safety

Virginia students are using peer-to-peer education programs to protect each other from the dangers of unsafe driving. YOVASO, the Youth of Virginia Speak About Traffic Safety group, encourages students to work together to address unsafe driving behaviors and focus on the prevention of crashes, injuries and fatalities among drivers under the age of 21. The focus areas of YOVASO are:

  • Seat Belts – Increase awareness about the benefits of seat belts and increase seat belt use among youth and teens
  • Speeding – Increase awareness about the dangers of speeding and reduce speeding among teen drivers
  • Underage Drinking/Impaired Driving – Increase awareness about Virginia’s Zero Tolerance Law and reduce underage drinking and impaired driving among teens
  • Distracted Driving – Increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and reduce distracted driving among teen drivers
  • Defensive Driving – Educate teens about driving defensively and acquiring skills needed for crash avoidance and run-off-the-road recovery
  • Virginia’s Teen Driving Laws – Increase awareness abut Virginia’s laws and reduce the number of teens who break these laws
  • Risky Driving Behaviors – Increase awareness about risky driving behaviors and reduce these behaviors in teen drivers (driving with too many passengers, cruising, etc.)
  • Driving Attitudes – Help change the attitudes of youth and teens and impact a generation of young drivers who are better informed about and committed to practicing safe driving habits and attitudes

From September 18th to October 13th, they are running the Save Your Tailgate campaign. The campaign is aimed at educating all youth and teens to form a life-long buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are critical for every driver and passenger. In addition to promoting seat belt use, students are encouraging each other to slow down and obey speed limits. Speeding is another important step to reducing young driver-related crashes, that lead to injuries and fatalities. In Virginia, speeding is a key factor in all fatal crashes involving a young driver, approximately half of all fatal teen crashes are the result of speeding. YOVASO is encouraging all middle and high schools to sign up for this campaign, and their approaching Halloween Safety campaign, as a way to engage students and make safe driving programs a staple in all educational settings.

At Reid Goodwin we would like to remind you to talk to your children about the dangers of unsafe driving, and encourage them to be involved in programs such as YOVASO. Education, especially from peers, can curb unsafe driving habits before they begin. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured an accident caused by reckless driving, please contact our office and one of our attorneys will be able to assist you.

Reid Goodwin’s FeedMore Food Drive Results!

Last month we hosted an in-office food drive in association with the Virginia charity, FeedMore. We set our sights high, aiming to beat our record of 350 pounds from our food drive last year. Alongside the food drive, we would be donating $1 for every pound of food that we were able to collect. For every dollar donated, FeedMore can feed 4 people in need.

This year between our two offices, ReidGoodwin was able to raise 359 pounds of food to donate to our communities! Our Roanoke office was able to bring items down to their local food bank as well, which helped us beat our goal! With these donations, we are able to provide over 1,400 meals to those in the FeedMore network, which spans throughout central Virginia.

If you are motivated to hold your own food drive, or donate individually, September is Hunger Action Month! The goal of FeedMore’s Hunger Action Month is to mobilize all of Central Virginia to get involved with and shine a light on hunger-relief efforts in our community. In Central Virginia, nearly 200,000 of our neighbors struggle with hunger every day. Get involved and join us in the movement to end hunger in our community!

Reid Goodwin is always more than happy to have an opportunity to give back to the community that means so much to us. If you would like to donate or organize your own drive, contact FeedMore a for more information.

Back to School Road Safety – Keeping Our Students Safe

School is back in session! Sending students back after a long summer can be difficult, but being prepared makes things more enjoyable for everyone. Whether you drive your children to school, or put them on the bus every morning, there are some things that we need to watch out for at this time of year.

  1. School Bus Crossings

Richmond Public School system has recently installed cameras on their school buses. The goals of this precaution are to slow down drivers and ensure they are following the rules of the road. Remember, you must always stop and remain stop until all pedestrians are clear and the bus moves. If a bus extends it’s stop sign and is flashing red lights, both directions of traffic must stop. Richmond police say drivers who are caught on camera passing a stopped school bus that has its lights flashing and the cross-arm out will receive a $250 Notice of Violation in the mail.

2. Heavy/Slow Moving Traffic

Back to school traffic can be difficult, especially at the beginning of the year. Parents are working out the kinks in their morning routines, getting used to new commutes at the start of the school year and feeling stressed. The building stress of running late can cause speeding and other dangerous driving maneuvers. This can cause accidents, which would only delay the morning further while putting other drivers and pedestrians at risk. Please remember to leave a little extra time in the morning in case of traffic or accidents.

3. School Drop Off Zones

School drop of zones are the most hazardous areas for children during this time of year. Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. The following apply to all school zones:

• Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles

• Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school

• If you can, carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school

At Reid Goodwin we encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings when getting their children to school, or commuting to and from work. The moments it takes for you to pass a bus or speed around traffic could endanger lives. If you or anyone you know has been injured by an unsafe driver, contact our office to let one of our attorneys assist you.

 

Best Lawyers in America 2018!

ReidGoodwin would like to congratulate Brody Reid on being selected to the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers of America. We are humbled by this recognition, and every day we will continue to strive to obtain the best results for our clients. Mr. Reid and all attorneys of the firm take pride in our tireless work toward justice for our clients.

ReidGoodwin was founded on the principals of helping injured individuals across the Commonwealth of Virginia and providing them with the best possible outcomes in their cases. It is our passion to help others throughout the community that our foundations are built.  We are pleased that our peers nationally have recognized Brody for his unwavering commitment to helping individuals and families that have been impacted by injury.

We would like to thank everyone in our community for the continued opportunity help in times of need.