Inspect Balconies and Decks To Prevent Collapses

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Balcony collapses are extremely dangerous, often resulting in serious injuries and even death.[1] Sadly, most of these tragic accidents can be avoided by adhering to building codes and inspecting buildings in a timely manner. Building inspections are designed to catch flaws in current designs and require updates to structures when they become a safety hazard.[2]  

The International Code Council (ICC) is responsible for publishing minimum safety requirements for buildings such as homes, schools, and workplace buildings.[3]  The ICC also publishes minimum safety requirements for structures like decks and balconies.[4]

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Summer Fireworks Safety

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Fireworks are a popular Fourth of July activity. However, fireworks can be dangerous. Accidents, burns, and even wildfires are all risks of using fireworks. In addition to these dangers, many kinds of fireworks are illegal. Users should be aware of local laws, and apply common sense to stay safe when firing fireworks.

Accidents and Burns

Fireworks cause many accidents and injuries every year. On average, 240 people visit the emergency room daily in the days around the Fourth of July. In 2013, 40% of all firework injuries involved children younger than 14.

Sparklers may seem harmless enough for children because they do not explode or make loud noises,…

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Unemployment

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In recent years, we have vastly improved our understanding of the short and long term effects of traumatic brain injuries. Evolving medical practices and controversy around professional sports leagues have kept this issue in the public eye and at the center of public debate. Now, a new study suggests that traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be damaging in yet another way; it may be preventing its victims from getting or keeping a job.

The University of Oklahoma Medical School recently completed a study comparing 67 veterans who suffered a TBI to 67 similar veterans who did not. It sought to determine what physical and psychological effects continued to plague…

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Traumatic Brain Injury: A Lifelong Affliction

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In recent years, we have vastly improved our understanding of the consequences and seriousness of traumatic brain injuries. New knowledge about the delayed onset of symptoms and the importance of ongoing treatment has helped thousands of people make a more complete recovery from their injuries. Recent evidence, however, suggests the consequences of even the most mild traumatic brain injuries can persist for many years after all overt symptoms have subsided.[1]

A massive new study undertaken by researchers at the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh suggests that patients admitted to the hospital, as a result of a traumatic brain injury, still…

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Brain Injury Awareness Month

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We often take our general cognitive awareness for granted in our day-to-day lives, but the ability to think is a fragile thing.  If you suffer a traumatic brain injury that causes a change in your ability to form memory, perceive, or problem solve, then your life may change greatly.  Head injuries range in severity from a simple concussion all the way to permanent degradation of your mental ability.[1] Americans suffer an estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries each year, with about 1.3 million cases resulting in hospitalization.  Of those, 52,000 cases eventually end in death.  Of the major causes of traumatic brain injuries, over half are the direct result…

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Why Should I Hire an Attorney if I’ve Suffered a Brain Injury?

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Serious accidents can lead to serious injuries, and serious injuries can have devastating consequences. Brain injuries in particular can result in life-long consequences and require long-term treatment. Recovering from an accident is a complex process, and brain injuries only further complicate it. If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury in an accident that was not your fault, you are likely to face unique challenges. In order to get the compensation you and your family deserve, it is essential that you hire an attorney with extensive knowledge and background in the field of head injury litigation.

There are numerous of types of brain injuries,…

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Follow Up: Tracey Morgan and Wal-Mart

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

National media has covered the developments following the car crash that injured actor/comedian Tracey Morgan, including suits filed by the victims against Wal-Mart. Following the crash, both Morgan and the family of James McNair, the man killed in the crash, filed suits against Wal-Mart. They charged the company with negligence for failing to monitor and correct the amount of time its truck drivers are on the road. The sides settled in May, with Wal-Mart taking responsibility for the accident and expressing regret that it happened. Originally, Morgan was seeking punitive damages in addition to compensation for his injuries, putting the awareness of the risks of…

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Concussions Protocol in Professional Sports

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The media’s increased coverage of concussions in professional sports has led to heightened awareness of the issue. Recently, a number of incidents have led to questions about what protocols professional sports teams follow when dealing with concussions.

In this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs, thousands of viewers saw Stephen Curry fall to the court and strike his head on the floor. He was removed from play and tested for symptoms of a concussion, but returned later in the game. One game later, Curry’s teammate, Klay Thompson, suffered his own head injury. While Thompson also passed the required tests and was cleared to return to the…

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Hayride Safety

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Hayrides are a traditional part of the holiday celebrations at this time of year, but recent accidents have shed light on a serious lack of safety and regulation in this area. Just last year, a tragedy occurred in Maine when a 17 year old girl was killed when the trailer she was riding on overturned. More than 20 others were injured in the accident, which investigators say was caused when the driver of the tractor ran off the track and the trailer jackknifed into a tree.[1]

Hayrides are an industry with almost no regulation or oversight, because the tractors are not used in an unusual manner or for anything not resembling their intended purpose. In Virginia,…

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Answers to Common Questions on Brain Injury

Recovering from an injury is hard, but when someone suffers a brain injury it can make the recovery process even more trying. Brain injuries can wield long-term symptoms resulting in long treatment and recovery times.

P. Christopher Guedri has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of brain injury litigation. He believes in educating the public on the seriousness of brain injury and works to provide education and resources on the topic.

In the below articles, Chris Guedri and the personal injury attorneys of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen have shared some of their knowledge on brain injuries and answer some common questions that you may have:

Why Should I Hire an Attorney if I’ve Suffered a Brain Injury? The… Read more

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