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Our NC Colleague Bryan Nichols Is Admitted to the Virginia Bar

All of us at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C. would like to congratulate our associate Bryan G. Nichols, who is now a member of the Virginia State Bar. On the morning of June 6, 2017, Bryan was sworn in by the entire panel of judges sitting on the Virginia Supreme Court. He is now… Read More »

Memorial Day Injuries Make Summer’s Kickoff Dangerous

Memorial Day Injuries Make Summer’s Kickoff Dangerous

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff to summer fun, but for too many victims of accidents, the fun comes to a screeching halt. The National Safety Council calls Memorial Day the second most dangerous holiday of the year, trailing only Independence Day. There are several reasons for this: Increased travel Increased physical activity Increased… Read More »

Remember the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case? Here’s What You Didn’t Know

Remember the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case? Here’s What You Didn’t Know

Twenty-five years ago, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee on her lap while driving and became a legend. Many argued, Stella should have realized how hot the coffee was and not placed it between her legs while driving. Stella was seen as an opportunist who, after carelessly burning herself, decided to sue McDonalds,… Read More »

Virginia Approves Higher Liability Coverage Minimums for Uber and PTNCs

Virginia Approves Higher Liability Coverage Minimums for Uber and PTNCs

In February, the Virginia General Assembly addressed a number of issues related to licensing and regulating companies in the new “gig” economy — a labor market characterized by short-term contract or freelance work. Among the new entrepreneurial ventures disrupting “legacy” industries are transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. Some of these companies… Read More »

Don Marcari Selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers List for 2017

Don Marcari Selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers List for 2017

Personal injury attorney Donald W. Marcari has been named to the Virginia Super Lawyers list for 2017, an honor bestowed on only five percent of attorneys in the commonwealth. Mr. Marcari, founding partner of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C., was also named to the list in 2010 and 2011. Super Lawyers is a rating… Read More »

NSC Estimates 2016 Motor Vehicle Deaths to be Highest in Nine Years

NSC Estimates 2016 Motor Vehicle Deaths to be Highest in Nine Years

Recently, the National Safety Council (NSC) released preliminary data for 2016 that indicates as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. This number represents a six percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014. That marks “the most dramatic two-year escalation” in more than 60 years.  NSC, a… Read More »

Lawsuit Abuse Week Threatens Injured Plaintiffs’ Right to Sue

“Lawsuit Abuse Week” Threatens Injured Plaintiffs’ Right to Sue

Business-friendly special interests love to talk about “lawsuit abuse” taking a toll on the courts and on the American economy. It’s their way of trying to sway public opinion against injured parties who seek a remedy in court for the harm a large corporation has caused them and which could potentially harm many others. However,… Read More »

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Common Questions About Medical Care Under Workers’ Comp in North Carolina

If you’ve been injured on the job in North Carolina or have developed a work-related illness and you are covered by workers’ compensation, you are entitled to medical treatment. Laws vary from state to state, but essentially, in principle, your company’s insurer must pay for 100 percent of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment. These are… Read More »

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The Open and Obvious Defense to Premises Liability

A slip and fall accident can cause painful and sometimes permanent injury. But if you’re hoping for compensation from a property owner or business proprietor, you must prove the accident was their fault rather than yours. One of the requirements of a premises liability claim is that the hazard which causes the fall cannot be… Read More »

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Wireless Interface Could Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are especially tragic because of their permanence. It’s utterly devastating for a vibrant, active person to learn he or she will never walk again. The permanent nature of some spinal cord injuries has baffled and frustrated researchers for centuries, but a recent study published in the journal Nature suggests there may soon… Read More »