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.

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.

Richmond Re-Examines Vision Zero After Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Rise

Pedestrian related accidents are on the rise. In 2016 alone, more than 130 people were fatally injured and 2500 were severely injured in pedestrian and bicycle-involved crashes across the state. However, Richmond Public Works is putting new programs to the test to in order to curb these statistics. They have begun working with Vision Zero on the  Healthy Streets Program, hoping to bring down our overwhelming pedestrian injury/fatality numbers.

PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Richmond has committed to this program in order to eliminate serious injuries and deaths on our streets by 2030. More than two dozen U.S. cities have begun working with the Vision Zero network. These cities must: “have a Mayor publicly committed to Vision Zero, set clear goals to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries; have a strategy or plan in place, and engage multiple city departments, like police, transportation and public health.” The City is working with the Richmond Police Department, the Richmond Fire Department, and the community on their pursuit of safer streets. The City is pushing for pedestrian safety curb extensions, neighborhood traffic calming circles (roundabouts), speed bumps, and raised crosswalks in hopes to minimize bad driving behaviors.

Everyone can help to address our Safe and Healthy Streets Challenge by doing the following:

  • Share the road – Give space to cyclists and motorcyclists, let pedestrians cross the street;
  • Obey the speed limit – Drive the posted speed limit;
  • Buckle in – Wear your seat belt;
  • Avoid Distractions – Avoid distractions such as talking on your cell phone, texting, eating etc. while driving;
  • Drive Sober – Never drink and drive

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 pedestrian or bicycle related accident, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.

Reid Goodwin Holds Food Drive with Richmond Charity FeedMore

FEEDMORE

For the month of August, ReidGoodwin is hosting an in-office food drive in association with FeedMore. As this is our third year working with FeedMore, we are aiming high! Last year we were able to bring in over 350 pounds of food, and we are already halfway there with two weeks left! For every pound of food that we bring in, ReidGoodwin will be donating $1. For every dollar donated, FeedMore can feed 4 people in our community.

FeedMore has multiple community programs focused on assisting those in need in not only the Richmond area, but across central Virginia. In 2016 FeedMore:

  • distributed more than 19.2 million meals through our network of partner agencies and programs.
  • provided a nutritious snack and/or healthy, hot evening meal to more than 3,000 children each weekday through our Kids Cafe program
  • distributed more than 913,000 meals to 56,180 individuals who live in under-served communities with our Mobile Pantry.
  • volunteers delivered more than 293,000 fresh and emergency meals to 1,513 home-bound seniors and disabled neighbors in our Meals on Wheels program.
  • distributed more than 310,750 meals through our BackPack program.
  • provided more than 52,000 meals each day to neighbors in need in their times of need.
  • made a difference in the lives of the nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors who struggle with hunger

We will be updating everyone at the beginning of September with our fundraising results! 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.

 

Brody Reid’s Five Keys to Virginia Workers’ Compensation

Reid Goodwin partner, Brody Reid, broke down the five most important steps of Virginia Worker’s Compensation. Utilizing these tips is essential to every claim, regardless of your injury.

  1. Report It: You must report your injury to your supervisor within 30 days. Written notification is preferred to prove it later.
  2. Be Specific: When reporting give the date, location, time, and exact thing you were doing when you first felt anything.
  3. File A Claim: A claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission generally must be filed within two years of your specific injury.
  4. Seek Medical Treatment: Get checked out by a medical provider, be specific on how you were hurt and what hurts. Get a copy of any work restrictions/out of work notes. A panel of three doctors may be provided to select.
  5. Look For Work: If your employer will not take you back light duty, you must look for 5 jobs a week while out to be eligible for pay. Even if you are not yet fired.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury while working on the job, contact Brody Reid or any of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at ReidGoodwin to assist you with your claim.

The Hazards of Construction – Workers Injured on the Job

On Tuesday, August 1st, Richmond Fire crews were sent to a construction sight in Church Hill to rescue a construction worker that had become trapped on the job site.

The worker was pouring cement when the ground gave out under the truck’s outriggers, causing a boom truck to fall. He was struck by the truck, knocked down, and trapped by rebar. After using a 30 foot ladder to reach the man and pull him out of his precarious situation, rescuers transported him to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Safety and health professionals work around the clock to insure worker safety on job sites. In the past 40 years, construction accidents and fatalities have fallen by 7%. However, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration 3% of construction workers will be in an accident every year. The four biggest dangers construction workers face are: falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and crush injuries.

Working in a manual labor field is hard work, and sometimes accidents can happen. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury while working on the job, contact the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at ReidGoodwin to assist you with your claim.