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.

 

 

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!

BEST LAW FIRMS

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.