REIDGOODWIN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST LAW FIRMS IN AMERICA BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT 2017

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ReidGoodwin is humbled and thrilled to announce we have been included in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ 2017 Best Law Firms list!

 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers today announced the “Best Law Firms” rankings and ReidGoodwin has been included in the 2017 list for “Best Law Firms”.  Firms on this list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  

 ReidGoodwin is proud to receive this recognition and thank all of our attorneys and staff for their hard work on behalf of our clients.  Every day we strive to obtain the best results for our clients and are happy that our continued efforts have been noticed by others in the community and nationally.

 We hope those in our community are never injured, but we are pleased to be there for our community when they need us.  

 

Woman Awarded Millions After Being Stuck By Needle At Target

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ABC 8 News reports that a jury has awarded Carla Denise Garrison of South Carolina more than $4.6 million after being injured in a Target parking lot. In 2014, her 8-year-old daughter picked up a hypodermic needle in a Target parking lot. When Garrison went to remove the needle from her daughter’s hand, she was stuck by it. She was bedridden for some time while being medicated against the risk of contracting HIV. Spokeswoman for Target, Erika Winkels, says the company is considering an appeal.

A property owner has a duty to provide and maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition to prevent injuries, which includes performing regular inspections to remedy dangerous conditions. These hazardous conditions can include uneven or crumbling pavements, standing liquid on the floor, failure to clear snow and ice, falling objects, inadequate security and in this case a hypodermic needle in the parking lot.  Under Virginia law, victims may be entitled to receive reimbursement of medical bills, loss wages, mileage and compensation for pain and suffering.

If you or someone you know has been injured while on a retailer’s property, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

Hepatitis A Linked to Strawberries at Tropical Smoothie Café

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NBC 12 News reports that 4 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Central Virginia. Altogether, Tropical Smoothie Café strawberries are to blame for 17 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Virginia. Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are to blame for the illness. After learning about the problem, Tropical Smoothie Café stopped using the strawberries in its stores.

Hepatitis A is spread primarily through food or water contaminated by stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can be prevented by vaccination. There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A. In most cases, the immune system clears the infection and the liver completely heals. Treatment aims to ease symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. Symptoms of Hepatitis A are as follows:

  • Jaundice
  • Pain in the belly
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

If you or someone you know has contracted Hepatitis A from a Tropical Smoothie Café location, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

Mold Closes Richmond Post Office

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NBC 12 News reports a Richmond post office has closed because of a mold problem. Officials are not sure if or when the post office will reopen. Mold was found at 3004 North Avenue on Friday. The USPS rents the building and the owner of the building must choose whether or not to resolve the mold issue. Until the mold problem is fixed, the building will remain closed. Many people who frequented this post office location are wondering if mold affected them. Only one retail worker was assigned to the post office, but there were 143 P.O. Box customers. Officials are currently unsure what kind of mold is in the building or how long it has been there.

Below are the top symptoms associates with mold-illness:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache, light sensitivity
  • Poor memory, difficult word finding
  • Difficult concentration
  • Morning stiffness, joint pain
  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Shortness of breath, sinus congestion, or chronic cough
  • Appetite swings, body temperature regulation
  • Increased urinary frequency or increased thirst
  • Red eyes, blurred vision, sweats, mood swings, sharp pains
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating
  • Tearing, disorientation, metallic taste in mouth
  • Static shocks
  • Vertigo, feeling lightheaded

If you or someone you know has been affected by mold, contact the experienced workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

One Person Injured in Three Vehicle Crash

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CBS 6 News reports that after a three vehicle collision on the Powhite Parkway Wednesday night, one person was transported to the hospital. The crash occurred near the Route 288 ramp in Chesterfield County. Airbags were deployed in each of the three vehicles involved in the crash. Luckily, only one person was seriously injured in this wreck. By 11:52 p.m., all lanes on the Powhite Parkway had reopened.

Frontal airbags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe frontal crashes, which are defined as crashes that are comparable to hitting a solid, fixed barrier at 8 to 14 mph or higher. This would be equivalent to striking a parked car at about 16 to 28 mph or higher. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 18,319 people are alive today because of their airbags.

At ReidGoodwin we hope you are never involved in an accident; however, if you or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

Toxic Chemicals Found in African-American Hair Products

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NBC 12 News reports toxic chemicals have been linked to hair products aimed at African-American women. A report from “Black Women for Wellness”, a black women’s health and well-being advocacy and research group, linked overwhelming health concerns to the toxic chemicals in many African-American women’s hair products, including infertility, respiratory disorders, uterine fibroids, and even cancer. According to the 60-page, five-year study, African-American hair products are some of the most toxic on the market. Dr. Patel of Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates said “You definitely want to choose products that are paraben free, sulfate free, fragrance free, and hydroquinone free.” To access the entire study on these beauty products, access the following link:

http://www.bwwla.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/One-Hair-Story-Final-small-file-size-3142016.pdf

If you or someone you know has been injured after using hair products aimed at African-American women, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK SENDS DRIVER TO HOSPITAL

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ABC 8 News reports that an accident on I-64 near Bottoms Bridge has left one person in critical condition. The accident happened in New Kent County on Sunday evening around 5:15 p.m. A single vehicle ran off the road and struck multiple trees. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The police have been unable to speak with the driver at this point and are unsure about the cause of the wreck.

Accidents involving motor vehicles remain the leading cause of serious injury and preventable death in the United States. In an average year, 1 in 25 Virginians are in a car crash. Approximately 800 Virginians are killed in motor vehicle collisions with over 300 fatalities from drunk driving every year. In many cases, a negligent driver is to blame for these life changing crashes.  A passenger in a single vehicle wreck may be able to recover for damages under Virginia law. 

At ReidGoodwin we hope you are never involved in a motor vehicle accident.  However, if you or a loved one has been injured as a passenger in an auto accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

Police Remind Drivers To Be Safe When Traffic Lights Are Out

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NBC 12 News reports that some traffic signals remain inoperable after storms knocked out power around the Richmond Metro Area this past Tuesday. Chesterfield County police have been pulling over drivers who run through stop lights without power. The police want to remind everyone to that when traffic lights are out all intersections must be treated as four way stops.

Officer Whitlock made the following remark: “If the lights are not working at all, every approach to that intersection needs to be treated as if it were a stop sign. If they’re flashing red, then you can proceed after you stop, as long as nobody is in the intersection.”

Dominion reports customers in Stratford Hills and Bon Air areas may not have power until Friday afternoon.  As of  8:00 a.m. today, 6,000 customers were still without power. At the height of the storm, over 70,000 customers lost power.

Here at ReidGoodwin we hope everyone stays safe and drives carefully as power is being restored to the community.  If you or someone you know has been injured in an intersection with inoperable traffic lights, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

 

 

Mother Runs To Raise Awareness About Drunk Driving

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CBS 6 News reports that after two years and several surgeries, a mother injured by a drunk driver is training to run in a “Walk like MADD” event.

On October 3, 2014, Lisa Black was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Route 15. Ms. Black was trapped inside her car. She remembers a first responder saying “I don’t think we have enough time to get her to the hospital.”  Ms. Black had broken both of her legs, her neck, and hand. She spent weeks in the hospital, had several surgeries, and endured what seemed like endless physical therapy. The drunk driver was not injured in the crash.

While in recovery she promised to educate others about the dangers of drunk driving and began working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Ms. Black’s goal today is to prevent this from happening to someone else. To raise awareness, Ms. Black and her family participate in the annual “Walk like MADD”. Last year Ms. Black walked the annual event, this year she is training to run. We here at ReidGoodwin wish Ms. Black the best as she continues on her path to recovery.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk driver, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

 

Teen Goes to College After Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury

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ABC 8 News reports that after 16 months of recovery, a teen injured in a traumatic car crash will be going to college. Last February, Josh Speidel suffered a traumatic brain injury related to a car crash. Josh spent 117 days in three different hospitals as a result of the wreck. According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s office, Josh was involved in a two-car accident on U.S. Route 31. Firefighters had to cut Josh out of the car. He was hospitalized and in critical care at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Josh, a 6’8” basketball star, was being recruited by the University of Vermont to play basketball at the time of the wreck. After the collision, the University of Vermont agreed to hold Josh’s scholarship as long as necessary while he recovered. Josh plans to continue rehabilitation therapy while in school.

We here at ReidGoodwin are happy to hear of Josh’s recovery and his ability to continue with his college dreams. We wish him and his family all of the best.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of a car crash, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to discuss how we may be able to assist you.