Winter Weather Driving Tips

Being a Smart and Safe Driver this Season

December 8th marked the first snow of the season for many Virginians. While it was beautiful, winter weather, especially snow, can create dangerous road conditions. Here at ReidGoodwin, we want you to enjoy Winter and its weather, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you be a smart and safe driver this season.

Be proactive. If you know that bad weather is expected, stay updated with weather and road reports. If you don’t need to go out, staying in is the best                   option when roads become dangerous.

Before you go, make sure that your tires have enough air and  NEVER warm up your car in an enclosed space, like a garage. Have a plan on where you will               be going and familiarize yourself with directions.

Practice caution by reducing your speed in winter weather conditions. Speed limits are designed for dry conditions and may not be safe in icy or snowy                     weather.

If it’s snowing, make sure that you know your brakes and drive slowly. Don’t rush. Take your time accelerating, turning, and slowing down.

Keep an emergency kit in your car in the event that you become stuck or stranded, and make sure that you leave home with a charged phone. Your kit               should include a blanket, any medication you may need, a hat, gloves, food,                 and water. If you do become stranded, don’t leave your vehicle, as it can                       act as a shelter against the elements.

Hopefully, these tips will help you stay safe when venturing out in the winter weather this season. Remember to practice caution and stay inside if you aren’t comfortable driving in bad weather. Stayed tuned for more winter weather tips, and have a warm and festive season!

 

Brody Reid Selected as Member of Virginia’s Legal elite for 2017

Brody Reid Selected for Virginia Legal Elite in Young Lawyers Category

ReidGoodwin would like to congratulate Brody Reid on being selected as a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite for 2017. Each year, Virginia Business collaborates with the Virginia Bar Association to select the best lawyers in 18 practice categories throughout the Commonwealth. Attorneys across Virginia nominate their peers and ballots are emailed to nearly 14,000 lawyers across the state. We are honored and thrilled to have Brody included in this elite list.

ReidGoodwin was founded on the principles of helping injured individuals across Virginia. It is our passion to help the people within our community and to make our clients feel as whole as possible after catastrophic accidents and injuries. We are humbled by this recognition and will continue to strive for excellence and the best outcomes for our clients.

Again, we would like say thank you to our clients for allowing this recognition to be possible, and to our peers for bestowing this honor onto Brody.

 

ReidGoodwin Gives Back for Thanksgiving

Team Members Bake Pies and Help Set up for a Thanksgiving Dinner

This past Wednesday, ReidGoodwin team members in Roanoke and Richmond volunteered their time and skills to give back for Thanksgiving. In Roanoke, team members made and delivered pies for the Roanoke Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving Dinner. In Richmond, team members traveled to the Richmond Convention Center to help sort clothing and make table centerpieces for The Giving Heart’s Thanksgiving dinner.

 

The Roanoke Rescue Mission is an organization established to provide assistance, shelter, and meals to homeless individuals and their families. They also offer programs for those struggling with addiction. This Thanksgiving, they offered a Thanksgiving dinner and held a Drumstick Dash Race 5K to raise money for their programs. They offer these programs and events year-round for those in need.

The Giving Heart is an organization that strives to provide food, fellowship, and essential items to those in need. Each year they host a Thanksgiving Feast for those in the Richmond area. This year they also provided different services along with the dinner, and free transportation through GTRC. Anyone was invited and those in need could come for a meal, a haircut, and items that they may need, like clothing and hygiene essentials.

                                                                                                               

The Roanoke Rescue Mission has a packed schedule for December. For more information on how you can volunteer for their events or give, visit their website! The Giving Heart focuses on two events during the year, their Thanksgiving Dinner and a Secret Senior Valentines Program. To find out how you can get involved this Valentines’ Day or to learn more about this past Thanksgiving dinner, visit their website! ReidGoodwin enjoyed the opportunity to give back to its communities this holiday season, and we hope you will check out these awesome organizations!

Thanksgiving Tips from ReidGoodwin

How to Safely Deep Fry a Turkey

From all of us here at ReidGoodwin, we want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that you cherish this holiday spent with friends and family over good food. The turkey is the centerpiece of this special meal, and you may choose to fry yours. This can be dangerous, so here are some tips to keep you safe this holiday weekend!

Decide whether or not you will be deep frying inside or outside and choose a fryer that is appropriate.

Make sure that your turkey is completely defrosted and that there isn’t any ice hiding inside of it. It can be dangerous to drop a turkey with ice into oil.

Make sure that you aren’t using too much oil. You can determine how much you’ll need by placing the turkey in the pot and then filling it with water.

Make sure that you are properly prepared to deal with a grease fire. Do not use water to extinguish it.

Make sure that the fryer is not near anything flammable, and that it is level on a flat surface.

Rather than dropping the turkey into the pot, slowly lower it. This will lessen the the amount of oil splashing.

Make sure that the turkey is not too large, this could increase the chances of an oil spill.

Make sure that the oil is kept at the correct temperature.

Do not leave the fryer or the turkey unattended.

Do not fry under the influence.

We hope you found these tips helpful. Enjoy your turkey this Thursday and have a happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

5 Things to Remember on Black Friday

Being a Smart Shopper

As the Thanksgiving feast draws to a close, people will begin to head out to take advantage of the Black Friday deals. Stores and parking lots can get hectic on this popular shopping day. Keeping in mind that some of you may take part in the savings, here are five important things to remember that will make your day calmer.

  1. Crowded stores will make it easier for individuals to steal your belongings and information. Keep purses close to you at all times, don’t carry large sums of cash, and only use credit cards to make purchases.
  2. Use caution when maneuvering through parking lots, as they will be congested.
  3. Have a plan. Making a roadmap of where you want to go will ease stress and shorten delays.
  4. It may be dark when you first set out to shop, so don’t shop alone and keep a charged cellphone with you.
  5. Be aware when walking to your car in the dark, have your keys ready, and make sure to store purchases in the trunk of your vehicle.

From our family here at ReidGoodwin to yours, we hope you have a fantastic Black Friday and stay safe!

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!