Personal Injury

Video Discussion: Deadlines

In the twentieth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss deadlines in legal cases, formally known as statutes of limitations. In criminal prosecutions, statutes of limitations require the prosecution to charge a defendant within…

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Video Discussion: Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases

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In the fifteenth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss the importance of experts in medical malpractice cases, and what the law requires with respect to experts in such cases. As we explain, in…

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Video Discussion: Scooter Law

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In the eleventh episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr. associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, firm investigator Isaac Van Patten, and future law student and lawyer Kerin Daly are joined by a very special guest, our senior associate Carrol M. Ching, to discuss some of the…

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Automobile Accidents Caused by Uber or Lyft Drivers: Who is Responsible?

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In the past, determining responsibility for an automobile accident was relatively straightforward. If someone driving their own personal vehicle caused an automobile accident, that person was responsible. If someone driving a company vehicle or a taxicab caused an automobile accident, not only the driver but the entity they were employed by was responsible as well.…

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Contributory Negligence in Virginia

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Imagine you are in an automobile accident on Interstate 81, just outside of Roanoke, Virginia. Another driver is texting on their phone, not paying attention, and speeding. At the same time, you simply forget to put your turn signal on before merging. Your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicles collide, causing you to sustain serious…

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Denied Coverage After an Accident? Consider a Declaratory Judgment

After a car accident, the last thing you want is a denied insurance claim. Unfortunately, many victims face unwanted red tape, delays, and unreasonable denials. While a jury trial is sometimes necessary to resolve these issues, a declaratory judgment action may efficiently resolve coverage disputes. In this blog, Fishwick & Associates explains the essentials of…

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A Guide to Injuries and Damages in Virginia Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical Malpractice in Virginia

Medical malpractice occurs whenever a healthcare provider deviates from the standard of care in his or her profession, and as a result, causes an injury. In this article, we explain what injuries are compensable under Virginia’s medical malpractice laws, and what damages plaintiffs can recover for those medical malpractice injuries. What Is Medical Malpractice? Medical…

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Virginia’s Hazing Statute Provides Criminal Penalties and Enables Civil Claims

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The dictionary defines hazing as “an initiation process involving harassment.” That definition does little to capture the humiliating, abusive, and dangerous acts that are associated with hazing in American universities and high schools. Nor do media depictions of hazing, from the comparatively tame Animal House to the raunchier Old School, adequately reflect the reality of…

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What to Do If You Were Hit by a Drunk Driver in Virginia

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Drunk driving remains a serious problem in Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 7,285 crashes involving a drunk driver in 2017, killing 248 people and injuring another 4,430. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident, it’s in your best interest to consult with an…

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Hit by a Drunk Driver in Virginia? You May Be Entitled to Punitive Damages

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After a catastrophic car accident with a drunk driver, you may face significant medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and uncertainty about your future. However, you could also be entitled to punitive damages, which aim at punishing the drunk driver and discouraging similar misconduct. Unfortunately, many drunk driving victims don’t demand punitive damages in their injury…

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