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]

Safety standards for balconies and… Read more

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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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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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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Chris Guedri Answers Your Questions about Truck Accidents

With over thirty years of experience as a Richmond truck accident lawyer, P. Christopher Guedri has successfully helped his clients deal with the devastating consequences of their accidents. He has an in depth understanding of the complexity and high stakes involved with trucking accidents. Additionally, he is a seasoned veteran of the courtroom, where he has won multimillion-dollar verdicts for trucking accident victims.

If you have been injured in a truck or tractor trailer accident, Chris Guedri has the experience and legal knowledge to help you get the compensation you deserve. The following is a series of videos and articles by Chris Guedri that may help answer some of your questions about truck accidents:

VIDEO: An Experienced…

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

 By: Chris Guedri

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, including concussions, skull fractures, hematomas,…

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Why are Attorneys Important if you are Involved in a Tractor Trailer Accident?

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Accidents involving tractor trailers or other commercial vehicles often result in serious injury or death. In these situations, getting the money you and your family deserve can be especially important to the recovery process. Unfortunately, when commercial drivers and their insurance companies are involved, getting the restitution you deserve can be a complicated and confusing process. This is why hiring an attorney is especially important if you or your family have been injured in a tractor trailer or commercial vehicle accident that was not your fault.

Why are these kinds of accidents so complex? The truck driver and his company have an overwhelming advantage when it comes to resolving personal…

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Tips for Choosing a Day Care

By: P. Christopher Guedri

With all of the child care options available in Virginia, choosing the best day care for you and your child can be a daunting task. At first glance, it might seem impossible to tell the difference between two similar day cares. The best way to distinguish between child care centers is to prepare a list of questions to ask. The answers to these questions can help you determine which day care is the best fit for you and your child. Selecting the right day care is an important decision, because you are entrusting them with the safety and responsibility of caring for your child. As such, this process can be overwhelming for many parents. Fortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics, in conjunction with HealthyChildren.org,…

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How Long Does it Take to Settle a Personal Injury Claim in Virginia?

By: P. Christopher Guedri

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault and you are considering contacting a personal injury attorney regarding your claims, you probably have many questions., One of those questions will doubtless be, "How long is this going to take?" Unfortunately, because no two personal injury cases are the same, there is no simple answer. The amount of time it takes to settle your claim will depend on a number of factors including the severity of your injuries and the circumstances of your case. In this article I will walk you through the stages of a personality claim to help you better understand the timeline.

Stage 1: Recovery

If you were in an accident that wasn't your fault,…

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Why Prompt Investigation is Key in a Tractor Trailer or Commercial Truck Accident

By: P. Christopher Guedri

Tractor trailer or commercial truck accidents often lead to very serious injuries or even death. Typically the stakes are very high, both for the plaintiff and the defendant when the accident leads to a personal injury case. If you have been involved in a tractor trailer or commercial truck accident, you should avoid giving statements to anyone regarding the incident before you speak to an attorney. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible following the accident because prompt investigation following a tractor trailer or commercial truck accident can often mean the difference between winning and losing your case.

If you do contact an attorney regarding your involvement in a tractor…

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