Tips To Celebrate Safely On New Year’s Eve

From our team at ReidGoodwin, we want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year. We hope you have a fun evening celebrating the end of 2018 and the beginning of a brand-new year! We also hope you stay safe by planning your evening ahead and taking these tips into consideration:

  • Don’t Drink And Drive: New Year’s is a holiday widely known for drinking alcohol. If you’re going to drink, never get behind the wheel. You could injure yourself, your passengers, and other drivers. Additionally, police officers will be looking for drunk drivers out on the road and DUI’s will stay on your record.
  • Stay Off The Roads: If you can avoid it, you should stay off the roads altogether. Even if you haven’t been drinking, there might be drunk drivers out there.
  • Have A Designated Driver: If you’re going to be on the road, plan to have a designated driver with you that won’t be drinking. Bring spare cash as well so you can call a taxi or Uber as a backup plan.
  • Book A Hotel: If you’re celebrating somewhat far away from home, book a hotel. The least amount of time you have to be on the road this night, the better.
  • Stay Hydrated: Keep drinking water throughout the night to avoid dehydration. Also, make sure you have a full meal before going out.
  • Have A Fully-Charged Phone: Make sure to charge your phone and bring a spare charger. You might need a phone if you ever need help, a ride home, or if you need to contact a friend.
  • Be Aware Of Your Surroundings: If you’re going to be around a crowd of people that you don’t know, make sure to be cautious of everyone around you and don’t leave your drink unattended. If you have a purse, keep it close to you or someone you trust.
  • Stay Close To Your Friends: When you’re out, stay close with the people you came with, so that someone always knows exactly where you are.
  • Tell Someone Else Where You Will Be: Tell someone you know (such as a family member) what your plans are. Let him or her know where you’re going, who you’re with, and how to reach you.
  • Handle Flammables With Care: Many New Year’s celebrations will have fireworks and sparklers around. However, these can be very dangerous and cause injuries as well as fires. Handle them with extreme care if you know how to use them or stay away from them completely.
  • Open Champagne Bottles The Right Way: If you’re going to open a champagne bottle, make sure you know the proper way to do it. Don’t point the bottle at anyone as the cork can shoot out and make sure to keep your thumb on the cork until it’s time to carefully twist it out.

New Year’s Eve is a fun holiday to go out and celebrate, but if you don’t take some precautions, your night can quickly be turned upside down. By following these friendly tips, you can have a great time all the while ensuring that you will be safe.

We look forward to hearing from you in 2019! Happy New Year’s Eve!

“Slip and Fall” – 5 Things to Do Next

You are walking through a store, you turn a corner, your foot hits something slick and down you go.  Hopefully, it is just your pride that is hurt- but if not, there are some things that you should do to protect any injury claim that you may have.

  1. Look around- Was there any warning signs indicating that floor may be wet or slick?
  2. TAKE A PICTURE of what you slipped or fell in. Do not assume that it was all caught on video through the store’s cameras.  The cameras are there to protect from shoplifters and are not usually angled to capture images on the floor.
  3. Try to determine where the spillage came from- leaky refrigerator case? Exploded soda cans? TAKE A PICTURE of the source of the leak or spill.
  4. Give a report to a manager at the store and get a copy of said report, including the names and telephone numbers of ALL witnesses to your fall.
  5. Seek the appropriate medical treatment and follow up on ALL recommended medical care.

In premise liability cases, also known as “slip and fall”, Virginia follows an “open and obvious” rule. Essentially, this means that a person may be barred from receiving any compensation if the condition that caused his or her injuries were open and obvious to a reasonable person. People are expected to act reasonably and have common sense. Nevertheless, businesses and business owners are required to inspect their premises and resolve any dangerous conditions in a reasonable amount of time.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know was injured through a slip and fall on a business’ property, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact our office and have one of out premise liability attorney review the facts for your claim. At ReidGoodwin the first consultation is always free. Call us today so we can discuss the details surrounding your potential injury claim at 804-415-7800.

ReidGoodwin Reading Corner November Recipient

ReidGoodwin Reading Corner: November Recipient

Congratulations to Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner November Grant Recipients!

 

For the month of November, the law firm of ReidGoodwin, PLC awarded Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School the $500.00 Reading Corner Grant! The ReidGoodwin Reading Corner Grant will be used towards the purchase of additional biography titles for their library. ReidGoodwin is excited to invest in MLK Middle School’s library and students by helping to grow their selection of biographies for their library book clubs and library cart.

ReidGoodwin, headquartered in Richmond, has a history of community engagement – partnering with the likes of Richmond Animal League (RAL), FeedMore, JDRF, The Giving Heart, Ronald McDonald House, Safe Harbor, Angel Tree, and more.  Now, more than ever, our communities need responsible corporate citizens that give back to their community. “ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner” is a natural extension to give back to the children in our community and support the educators and libraries in Richmond’s public schools.

For the month of December, ReidGoodwin will be awarding another $500.00 to a school to be used towards any project or need, such as purchasing new books for the library or new supplies. If your library or school has a specific need please submit a short proposal by Friday, December 21st, 2018.

Interested schools or libraries in the award should submit a brief statement to include a short description of how the money will be used. Proposals can be sent to Gabby Cook at receptionist@reidgoodwin.com.

Thanksgiving tips from ReidGoodwin

Advice to help you and your family prepare for your Thanksgiving gathering

 

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. We know that in the midst of making runs to the grocery stores, creating guest lists, traveling, and gathering your friends and family together, we can forget a few things along the way. Here are a few helpful tips to help you and your family prepare for a wonderful Thanksgiving gathering.

Make a plan.

You have decided to have everyone over for a great Thanksgiving feast. Get organized! Whether it’s your first time or thirty-first time hosting a dinner gathering, start preparing early on so you’re not stressed the morning of.

Try to get an estimated head count of guests.

Doing this will keep the guessing to a minimum and it will allow you to make extra food in the event of extra guests and extra servings!

Delegate friends and family to make side dishes and desserts.

Do be honest, if a guest asks what should they bring, tell them. Unless you would like to prepare the entire meal, make a list of sides and dishes to bring and ask your friends and family to decide what to bring. Plus, a great deal of people love the idea of showcasing their famous dish to share!

Start two days out with food preparations.

From dicing your onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and potatoes to measuring out all of your dry ingredients, this step will surely save you time, counter space, and sanity. Be sure to keep food prep in resealable bags or in airtight containers.

Plan to have a few games and/or group activities.

A lot of families appreciate sitting around the living room either watching football, reminiscing on memories, and enjoying conversation. While, this is normal and perfectly fine, some may get a little restless. If the weather is nice, plan to have a few items available for outdoor games. Physical activity is a great stress-reliever and great for those who have been traveling most of the day. Encourage those who would like to move around to engage in a flag football, basketball, or soccer game, or outdoor board games.

As a host, be ready to receive guests.

It is understandable to have a few items finishing up in the oven or to be putting the final touches on a dish as guests begin to arrive. Unless you were planning to have people over early to help out with such things, do not have guests arriving as you’re sweating over the bird or starting the beginning stages of making a pie. This will make everyone feel rushed and compelled to unexpectedly assist with dinner preparations.

As a guest, be a gracious one.

Lastly, the following suggestions are not needed but are certainly appreciated when you are invited to a Thanksgiving gathering.

  • Bring the host a small gift and thank them for having you over.
  • Ask if you can bring anything.
  • Arrive on time.
  • Stick to topics of conversation that won’t send the household into a frenzy.
  • If YOU are invited, do not assume that means you and [insert friend you just met].
  • Ask if you can help, whether or not you know the host will agree to it.
  • Stick around to help tidy up.
  • Complements to the chef.

 

We hope you all find these tips to be useful to you. Again, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

ReidGoodwin Gives Back for Thanksgiving

Team Members to support and help set up for
The Giving Heart’s Community Thanksgiving Feast!

This coming Wednesday, ReidGoodwin team members will be volunteering their time and skills at the “Wednesday Setup” for The Giving Heart’s Community Thanksgiving Feast. Like previous years, team members from ReidGoodwin and many other volunteers will travel to the Richmond Convention Center the day before Thanksgiving to help sort clothing and toiletries, make table centerpieces, and bag food items in preparation for the Community Thanksgiving Feast. It has been our pleasure to lend a helping hand in the past and our office is excited to volunteer again this year.

Set every year on Thanksgiving, The Giving Heart hosts a Community Feast for those in the Richmond area. The Giving Heart is an organization that strives to provide food, fellowship, and essential items to those in need. They also provide different services along with the dinner, and free transportation through GTRC. Those in need are able to come for a meal, a haircut, and items that they may need, like clothing and hygiene essentials.

Although there are no more volunteer spots available for the “Wednesday Setup”, many volunteer opportunities are still available for the day-of the Thanksgiving Feast. The Giving Heart is also in need of the following to prepare for the Feast:

  1. 3-4 people to carry boxes to our storage container.  Flexible any day this week or next weekend. Before 5 pm. (Community Service hours available.)
  2. 10-12 walkie talkies
  3. 1 large coffee urn
  4. 3 hot beverage Cambros (insulted)
  5. Bags of candy for making centerpieces
  6. Bags of pasta for a craft project

The team at ReidGoodwin is thrilled to be apart of a community that strives to give back and come together. If you or anyone you may know would like to sign up for the Thanksgiving Feast, you can do so by clicking here; by contacting Vicki Neilson at vneilson@thegivingheart.org; or by calling 804-749-4726.

 

The Giving Heart is always accepting donations that help support their events and to give to those in need. Everything helps and all donations are greatly appreciated. Check out what items are still needed below!

 

 

ReidGoodwin supports National Diabetes Awareness Month in honor of World Diabetes Day

In honor of World Diabetes Day, ReidGoodwin would like to help shed some light on Type 1 Diabetes in hopes that one day we can live in a world without T1D.

 

What is Type 1 Diabetes or T1D?

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive. 1

How can we help?

In October, ReidGoodwin aided in sponsorship with the JDRF One Walk, an annual event that we have helped sponsor for the last three years. The JDRF One Walk typically brings in over 3500 people to support in and walk a 5k to raise money and awareness for diabetes research. This year, the Central Virginia chapter had 20 corporate sponsors, 16 corporate walk teams, and over 100 family and school walk teams! Together, our community raised over $362,000 to further research for TID! It was an amazing community event to be involved with and we cannot wait to help out again next year.

Of course, JDRF is always accepting donations. JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (TID) and it’s complications through the support of research. If you or anyone you may know would like to donate to JDRF please click here!! The generosity of others makes real progress possible and propels JDRF toward their goal of a world without T1D.

What is JDRF?

JDRF is leading the fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D) by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D.2

A few years ago, the name changed from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to JDRF for a few reasons:

  • To remove the misconception that T1D is only a childhood disease
  • To acknowledge that nearly 85 percent of people living with the disease are over age 18
  • To reinforce our commitment to funding research that improves life for people at all ages and all stages of the disease

To learn more about JDRF and common misconceptions, FAQs and general diabetes information, you can follow JDRF Central Virginia on Facebook. Throughout November JDRF will be posting all the information you may need to help in support of Diabetes Awareness Month. You can also visit www.JDRF.org to stay updated on research development, facts, events, and much more.

ReidGoodwin, headquartered in Richmond, has a history of community engagement – partnering with the likes of Richmond Animal League (RAL), FeedMore, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Ronald McDonald House, Safe Harbor, Angel Tree, and more.  Now, more than ever, our communities need responsible corporate citizens that give back to their community.

 

1 https://www.jdrf.org/t1d-resources/about/

2 https://www.jdrf.org/?_ga=2.74869204.758012992.1542217873-1785300257.1539882630&_gac=1.174809622.1541624878.EAIaIQobChMI-s3MlZjD3gIVxluGCh1MngpIEAAYASAAEgKqUPD_BwE

 

ReidGoodwin, PLC included in 2019 Best Law Firms list!

ReidGoodwin is delighted to announce we have been included in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ 2019 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 2019 list for “Best Law Firms”.  This is the third year that our firm has been honored with this title. Both attorneys and former clients voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, and whether they would refer a matter to our firm. Being included on this list means that we are being recognized for professional excellence with glowing reviews from both of these groups. Achieving this ranking indicates a unique combination of quality law practice and of legal expertise.

ReidGoodwin is elated to be included on this list. We would like to thank our staff for their continued perseverance on behalf of our clients. The confidence that our community has in us motivates us to continue our pursuit for the best outcomes for our clients.

We hope those in our community never require our services, but if necessary we will provide the support and care that exceeds expectations.

ReidGoodwin attends 2018 VWC Educational Conference & Exhibition

ReidGoodwin Attorneys attend 2018 Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission Educational Conference & Exhibition

 

Last week, the attorneys of ReidGoodwin attended a Virginia Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference & Exhibition at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. This two day event, held October 17 & 18, was jointly sponsored by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation.

The goal of this conference was to educate all those who participate in the Virginia workers’ compensation system by utilizing breakout sessions. During these sessions, presenters covered topics regarding current rules, procedures, policies and forms, while to providing an opportunity for dialogue among these participants. ReidGoodwin’s attorneys were joined by an array of attendees including Workers’ Compensation (WC) Claimant’s attorneys, defense attorneys, insurance adjusters, and WC commissioners and staff.

At ReidGoodwin, our attorneys are eager and encouraged to engage in continuing education for our ever-changing world. The topics covered at the 2018 VWC Conference presented our attorneys with different insights to cases as well as valuable information that would be able to benefit our current and future clients.

ReidGoodwin Holds In-Office Food Drive

ReidGoodwin teams up to donate to FeedMore/Central Virginia Food Bank!

Throughout the month of September, the law firm of ReidGoodwin hosted an in-office food drive to support FeedMore/Central Virginia Food Bank. In support of the drive, ReidGoodwin donated $1 for every pound of food that was collected by the staff. FUN FACT: For every dollar donated, FeedMore can feed 4 people in need!

ReidGoodwin collected 331 pounds of food to donate to our community! Between the amount of food that was collected and match in kind dollar donation, ReidGoodwin provided over 1350 meals to those in the FeedMore network.

For those motivated to hold your own food drive or donate individually, September is Hunger Action Month! FeedMore’s goal 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. Contact FeedMore to find out the many ways you can help.

ReidGoodwin is always more than happy to have the opportunity to give back to the community that means so much to us.

ReidGoodwin Reading Corner: September Recipient

Congratulations to T.C. Boushall Middle School, ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner September Grant Recipients!

 

For the month of September, the law firm of ReidGoodwin, PLC awarded T.C. Boushall Middle School the $500.00 Reading Corner Grant! The Reading Corner Grant will be used towards purchasing both print and electronic ESL titles for their students! Today, Mr. Brody Reid presented the award to a group of grateful students and staff. It overwhelms us with joy to be able to give back to Richmond’s public schools. We are excited to see the impact that these books will have on the students at Boushall Middle School and congratulations to them!

ReidGoodwin, headquartered in Richmond, has a history of community engagement – partnering with the likes of Richmond Animal League (RAL), FeedMore, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Ronald McDonald House, Safe Harbor, Angel Tree, and more.  Now, more than ever, our communities need responsible corporate citizens that give back to their community. “ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner” is a natural extension to give back to the children in our community and support the educators and libraries in Richmond’s public schools.

For the month of October, ReidGoodwin will be awarding another $500.00 to a school to be used towards any project or need, such as purchasing new books for the library or new supplies. If your library or school has a specific need please submit a short proposal by Friday, October 26th, 2018.

Interested schools or libraries in the award should submit a brief statement to include a short description of how the money will be used. Proposals can be sent to Gabby Cook at receptionist@reidgoodwin.com.