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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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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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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