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February 2015 Archives

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Cost for fatal car accidents in Virginia tops $800 million

Incidences of car accidents are on the rise across on the country. In fact, car accidents are a major cause of death for teenagers, children and young adults. According to statistics, more than 30,000 people are killed in car collisions nationwide each year. In 2005, fatal car crashes caused losses of $41 billion due to work loss costs and medical expenses. This cost can be significantly reduced if more effective safe driving programs are implemented in the United States.

Important Virginia Estate Planning Documents

What estate planning documents do I really need to protect my family and myself?  Even though Virginia's laws governing wills, estates, and fiduciaries allow for many things to be accomplished without the intervention of the courts, part of proper estate planning involves creating documents which are useful during your lifetime as well as an effectively drawn will that can simplify the task of the person handling the affairs of an estate.

Attorneys can provide help to truck accident victims in Virginia

Driving a truck can be quite a hazardous profession. According to the U.S. Labor Statistics Bureau, truck drivers accounted for a substantial amount of transportation-related deaths in recent years. Also, negligent truck drivers accounted for two percent of injuries that resulted in lost work time. Truck accidents happen for many reasons. First, many truck drivers who navigate Virginia roads while crossing the state or the country are deprived of sleep. They operate their trucks for long hours and weariness can cause a decrease in alertness, which, in turn, can spur accidents on Virginia roads.

Virginia mom slaps wrongful death suit against General Motors

Nothing can be more painful than the loss of a loved one. When a Virginia family member dies, the surviving family members feel an indescribable loss. The grief is even worse when the death is caused by the negligence of another. A wrongful death lawsuit may compensate the family by seeking damages. Now, in a recent case in Virginia, a family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a major automobile manufacturer, General Motors (GM).

How does workers' compensation affect Social Security Disability?

Throughout the United States, including Virginia, anyone who receives Social Security Disability Insurance benefits has met federally mandated eligibility criteria indicating that they are disabled and unable to work. Some of these recipients also receive disability benefits from other sources, including workers' compensation funds in their state and other public benefits. When these additional disability benefits are from certain public entities or meet other conditions, they will not affect the amount of Social Security Disability Insurance that the disabled person will receive. Benefits from workers' comp and certain other funds, however, will lower SSDI benefits, at least in the short term.