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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 »

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Are Auto Insurance Scams Making Our Roads More Dangerous?

Last November, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office announced that its Insurance Fraud Section had charged 50 people with insurance fraud in excess of $1.1 million for their part in a wide-ranging scheme to cheat insurance companies by staging auto accidents. This story naturally raises questions about just how prevalent auto insurance fraud might be and… Read More »

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Dropped Cellphone Leads to Serious NC Crash

A dropped cellphone was the apparent cause of a rear-end collision that resulted in three people being airlifted to UNC Hospital, according to a report from ABC11.com. On November 24, 2016, a Honda was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 64 and Route 751 when a Subaru plowed into the vehicle… Read More »

What Does Virginia’s Opioid Emergency Mean for Traffic Safety?

In November 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa J. Levine declared a Public Health Emergency for Virginia’s opioid addiction crisis, seen in an alarming number of deaths due to drug overdoses. Dr. Levine added that the unprecedented level of opioid addiction “can now be classified as an epidemic.” Opioids are… Read More »

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Thanksgiving and Christmas Are Peak Car Crash Holidays

The holidays should be a joyous time, but for hundreds of families each year, they are ruined by tragic motor vehicle crashes. Adding to that grief is the yearly reminder of beloved family members who died on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. It’s sad to contemplate, but necessary if you want your family to be… Read More »