Summer Safety Series – Animals in the Summer Heat

With the warmer weather encouraging outdoor activities, we have to keep an eye out for the members of our family who can’t let us know something is wrong. Whether it’s going to be a quick trip to the store, or a full day at the river, our pets also need to stay hydrated and cool. If you are planning on carting your f

urry friends around with you this summer, please be aware of their health. Do not leave them outside for extended periods of time, and do not leave them in your car while you are running errands. Even with the windows rolled down, animals are still able to overheat and experience heat stroke.

Animals don’t cool down the way that we do. They must be cooled gradually as the shock of going from one temperature to another can be dangerous. Though heat can cause a majority trouble, humidity also plays a part. When there is excessive humidity animals are unable to cool themselves properly, which allows them to overheat. This means that even in the shade, our pets can still overheat. The signs to look out for when your animal is experiencing heat stroke are: excessive panting, tongues turning bright red, their bodies radiating heat, the animal becoming unresponsive, seizures, muscle tremors, and dizziness.

A few things you can do if you start to see these symptoms in your pets:

  • Get the animal into a bath/shower and run cool (not cold) water over them
  • Apply a cold pack to the animal’s head
  • Rub the animal’s legs to increase circulation
  • Provide the animal with as much cool (not cold) water as it needs

Even if your pet cools down and resumes normal behavior, it is important to take them to the vet as soon as you can. If your animal’s symptoms persist, take them to an emergency vet immediately. In the veterinary office they are able to monitor complications from heat stroke, such as kidney failure, neurological symptoms, abnormal clotting, and changes in blood pressure.

Here at Reid Goodwin we would like to remind everyone to stay safe and aware this summer. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.

Best Law Firms 2017!


Our Best Law Firms plaque is here! We are humbled by this recognition, and every day we will continue to strive to obtain the best results for our clients. We would like to thank everyone in our community for this incredible honor.

Summer Safety Series – Dipping Your Toes Into Water Safety

The summer is meant to be spent outside, enjoying what nature has to offer us. In cities with access to lakes, rivers, or even the ocean, there are even more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whatever body of water we head to, we must be aware of the possible dangers.

  1. Boating

As the busiest boating weekend of the year approaches, please keep in mind some general boating safety.

  • Children must be securely fastened into their life jackets at all times. Be sure to find a life jacket that securely fits your child, as a jacket that is too large will only be a hindrance if they fall into the water.
  • Adults are not required to wear life jackets; however, the leading cause of boating fatalities is drowning after being ejected from the watercraft.
  • Adults and teenagers also must be warned to avoid drinking and using drugs while operating a boat. The North American Safe Boating Campaign is working with the U.S. Coast Guard, is coordinating Operation Dry Water three-day weekend. This enforcement effort will be held from June 30 to July 2 in every state.

Please take the extra few moments to keep everyone aboard your watercraft safe. Whether it’s strapping on life jackets or taking the party ashore, it will prevent an avoidable tragedy.

  1. Swimming – At Home

Having a pool at home gives you the accessibility to summer fun, without the travel. However, pools can be incredibly dangerous for children if we don’t take the proper precautions.

  • Following Virginia laws, there should be a fence, no shorter than 4 feet installed around all at home pools. These laws apply to both in ground and above ground pools.
  • Gates should be lockable, and there should be no gaps in the fence larger than 2 inches.
  • There should always be rescue equipment nearby in case of an accident, including a life preserver.
  • All swimmers should be closely supervised at all times, and the supervising adult should have a phone on hand in case of an emergency.

Being at home does not decrease the risks that swimming poses in a public environment. Slipping, drowning, or other physical injuries are always possible, even when we take precautions. Children should never be left unsupervised in these circumstances.

  1. Swimming – Open Bodies of Water

Swimming in rivers and oceans poses dangers for both adults and children. There are a few basic safety rules that we have to keep in mind.

  • Never swim alone, even the best swimmers can be overtaken by the current or waves. If this does happen to you, swim with the current along the shore until you can push or swim yourself to safety.
  • Younger children should be closely supervised while in or near the water, keeping no more than an arm’s length away at all times.
  • If you spot anyone in trouble, intervene at your own risk. Know where help is at all times. Have the number for water rescue in your phone, and be aware of where lifeguards are located.

If you are local to the Richmond area, the James River can be especially dangerous at this time of year. Though the city recommends that there be no tubing on the river, there are still plenty of other risks. Before you head out to the river, check the James River Watch. It will give you all the safe areas to participate in all of your water activities.

Here at Reid Goodwin we would like to remind everyone to stay safe and aware this summer. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.

Summer Safety Series – Beat the Heat

Virginia has entered the summer season at full force. The Commonwealth is well known hot, humid summers – so take the proper precautions to beat the heat! For those of you with younger children – remember children’s internal body temperatures increase 3-5 times faster than an adult’s.

Here are few quick tips to stay cool:

  1.  Watch Out for Signs of Overheating

Agitation, dizziness, nausea, and rapid breathing are the most common signs to look out for, this indicates heat exhaustion, a less severe form of heat stroke. Heat exhaustion, like heat stroke, requires medical attention and re-hydration. The less common and more serious symptoms that you can experience are seizures, unconsciousness, and vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms you are experiencing heat stroke, the most life-threatening stage of overheating which requires immediate medical attention.

To avoid these symptoms always stay hydrated and avoid long periods of sun exposure. If you must be outside; wear sunscreen, dress in light fabrics, avoid sugary beverages, and take advantage of the shade.

  1. Do Not Leave Children or Pets Unattended in Vehicles

As most of us know this is never a good idea, even if you think that you will only be gone for a few minutes. Things can go wrong, you may lock your keys in the car, or your child could maneuver themselves into the front seat. The temperature in a car rises quickly in the first 30 minutes, and leaving the car windows open or cracking them open does not allow enough air into the vehicle. It only takes a body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit for heat stroke to occur, and 107 degrees can be fatal.

So, crank up the AC when you are driving – but never leave children or pets in the car unattended when you stop.

  1. The Dangers of Extreme Weather

Richmond can be unpredictable during the summer months. Not only do we experience high heat and humidity, but it can be accompanied by summer storms. Lightning is the most dangerous hazard, as it can down power lines, cause damage to homes, and in rare cases cause irreversible damage to humans. In the rainy season, we must also watch out for flooding, as six inches of water is enough to take an adult off their feet. In severe weather, you should always be prepared for the worst. Carry first aid kits in the car and at home. You should always be prepared with flashlights, nonperishable items, and blankets in case of an emergency. If you feel it is dangerous to be on the roads head to shelter and wait out the storm.

Please pay attention to weather reports, and always listen to weather warnings. Storms can be unpredictable and they can put a stop to summer plans, but it is better to stay home than to get stuck in the middle of the downpour.

Here at Reid Goodwin we would like to remind everyone to stay safe and aware this summer. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.



Summer Safety Series – Child Safety

With the school year ending, more young people will be on the roads either in cars, on foot, or on a bicycle. This presents increased risk factors during school and evening hours. Car accidents, improper safety equipment, and accidents in the home are all things that can be avoided to keep the summer safe for everyone.

Here are a few reminders to stay safe:

  1. Buckle Up and Use The Correct Car Seat For Your Summer Road Trip!

In a study by NHTSA, seats caused a 71 percent reduction in infant injuries and a 54 percent reduction for toddlers. The back seat is the best place for all children younger than 13 years old, as front airbags can be dangerous to children. Seat belts are a necessity for everyone in the car, they reduce accident injury and death by 45 percent.

So remember to buckle up, put the kids in proper seats, and watch the road.

  1. Safe Biking Means Wearing A Helmet

Cyclists should also be reminded that both adults and children should be wearing helmets every time they are out. Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 60% and brain injury by 58%.

Make sure you and your family put on helmets before taking the bikes.

  1. Safety At Home Means Taking Extra Precautions

Children are around the house with energy to spare during the summer. In order to keep them safe from accidents make sure you have taken the proper steps. Install stair gates, discuss the dangers of using the oven alone, and put matches and other hazardous materials  out of reach. Every day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries.

Take the extra time to child proof your home, even a few precautions could prevent a serious accident.

Here at Reid Goodwin we would like to remind everyone to stay safe and aware this summer. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured in an accident, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.

Casey Ariail – Top 40 Under 40

Casey Ariail

ReidGoodwin would like to congratulate Casey Ariail for being selected for The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. The National Trial Lawyers association honors those who demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional.  It is The National Trial Lawyers’ mission to promote progressive ideas to pursue justice for those injured by the negligence of others, to educate the public about the importance of access to courts that are free of bias, and to protect the right of trial by jury. It is an honor for one of our attorneys to be recognized for his dedication and drive by his peers.

ReidGoodwin takes pride in our attorneys’ ability both in and out the courtroom to effectively advocate for our clients. We routinely appear in courts across Virginia to fight for the rights of our clients.

Casey Ariail graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law. During law school, he focused on labor and employment law earning the American Bar Association and Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. He co-authored an article on bankruptcy petitions’ effects on critical vendors with bankruptcy scholar David G. Epstein. He was also a research assistant for Labor and Employment Professor Ann Hodges and Maritime and Constitutional Law Professor John Paul Jones.

Casey has a passion for representing individuals in all aspects of civil litigation and workers’ compensation in order to provide the best possible outcome.

Graduation – Celebrate Responsibly

It’s graduation season again in Richmond! With our community’s High School students having so much to celebrate, the next few weeks also come with safety reminders among the celebrations. A teenager’s brain is still developing, and it is very sensitive to alcohol’s effects on judgment and decision-making. Tragedies can happen, so underage drinking should not be a part of any end-of-year celebration.

Drinking and driving, and binge drinking are both dangerous practices that are more frequent this time of year. It is shown that underage drinkers are less able to judge the amount of alcohol that they have consumed, which puts not only themselves, but other drivers at risk.

The highest rates of DUI’s and drivers fatally injured in an accident occur in the age range of 16-25, making the risk of alcohol related incidents twice as high for this age group. The results of these incidents cause more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year. In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits of students under the age of 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.

At Reid Goodwin we would like to remind you to talk to your children about the dangers of alcohol during this time of celebration. The best resources can be found through MADD and SADD, two organizations founded for the safety and education of our students.

If you ever find yourself or a family member injured by an intoxicated driver, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.

ReidGoodwin Works With Chesterfield Career & Technical Center

Chesterfield Career and Technical Center Workplace Transition Program has been changing the lives of Chesterfield County students for the past 40 years. The CCTC is an extension of the county’s high schools, offering students Career and Technical Education courses not available at the high schools. They have maintained an emphasis on hands-on technical knowledge, skills and workplace readiness skills throughout its history. The CCTC currently offers 17 one-year and 13 two-year courses that enable approximately 1,400 students from 11 high schools to prepare for future careers and further post-secondary education. CCTC gives students college credit and real world experience. Every semester the students are guided through an interview process, where they sit with professionals in their field of study to acquire internships and build interview skills. 

For the past five years, ReidGoodwin has worked with CCTC, taking on an intern to teach them the basics of working in a legal office. This year we had high school junior named Amanda, who was in their Legal Systems Administration program. She was in the office twice a week, learning basic office skills such as filing and medical record review. Amanda, like the other students in her course, are on a legal professional track. They were taken on field trips to observe hearings, to a variety of of legal offices with different areas of practice, and to listen to lectures. The immersion into the students’ prospective careers allows for a more realistic and thorough view of the profession that they would like to dedicate themselves to.

We have had wonderful experiences with CCTC and their dedicated students, and we look forward to working with them in the future. 



Bike Safety Is Main Focus of RVA Bike Month

“Fall in Love with Bike Lanes”

Richmond is sharing their love of cycling during RVA Bike Month! Running from April 29 through May 31, Richmond will feature over 40 events for cyclists of all ages. This includes events taking place in the City of Richmond, Ashland, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney designated May as Richmond Bike Month. Leaders from both Richmond and Henrico made a point of encouraging all residents to share the road safely.

The program is spearheaded by Bike Walk, who since 2012 has been working towards creating a safe environment for active modes of transportation. This year they are asking the community to sign the Vision Zero Pledge.

Vision Zero is a program that strives to reduce the number of traffic deaths and severe injuries to zero. Over 3,000 people every year are seriously injured in a cycling accident, with 75% taking place at a road junction, and 80% occurring during daylight hours. Richmond has recently moved to expand bike lanes, add new bike paths, and introduce a new bike sharing program for its residents. These projects aim to increase bike safety and lower these statistics, while encouraging the community to use bicycles as a reliable mode of transportation and exercise.

Here at Reid Goodwin we encourage our community to remain aware while driving or cycling. Cyclists should always wear safety gear, including lights and reflectors at night. As Bike Month kicks off, we would like to remind everyone that wearing a helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment that you can wear.

Wearing a helmet reduces the odds of head injury by 50% , and the odds of head, face, or neck injury by 33%. Drivers should always keep the 3-foot rule in mind when passing a cyclist, as it drastically reduces the chance of an accident. If you or a member of your family has been injured in a cycling incident, contact our office and let one of our attorneys assist you.

Richmond Schools Work Toward Student Bus Safety

As of Monday, April 24th, passing a school bus could get you a hefty fine. Richmond Public Schools teamed up with Force Multiplier Solutions to equip 50 of Richmond’s school buses with traffic cameras, promoting better safety standards for our children. Thirteen cameras have been installed on each bus, including the stop arm that signals when kids are crossing. Anyone speeding past a school bus will get charged with a ticket for $250.

Anyone caught passing a flashing bus, even if the stop arm isn’t down completely, could get fined. The cameras monitor four lanes surrounding the bus, in both directions. The program is completely funded by the fines paid by reckless drivers caught breaking the law. This fact is both helpful for taxpayers in our community and alarming because of the frequency that this law is broken.

On any school day, more than 74,000 drivers in America illegally pass school buses stopped with red lights flashing and stop sign arms extended. Last year, Richmond police wrote 94 tickets for recklessly passing a school bus. Every year 134 people are injured in school bus accidents, and over 21% of those people are children who are entering/exiting the bus. All Richmond Public School buses are slated to have the cameras by the start of the upcoming school year. The hope is that all of the students will be better protected in the community.

At Reid Goodwin we encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings when stopped behind a school bus. The moments it takes for you to pass a bus when stopped, 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.