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On National Insurance Awareness Day, Be Completely Covered!

June 28 is “National Insurance Awareness Day,” which is a good time to take stock of your policies and decide whether the coverage you’ve been paying for is adequate for your needs.  So, follow these important steps: Get over your animosity toward insurance companies — For just this one day, focus on all the good… Read More »

Our NC Colleague Bryan Nichols Is Admitted to the Virginia Bar

All of us at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban 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 licensed… Read More »

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

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 »

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban sponsored $500 for the 5th Annual FARA Fest Lei Day 5k and Flip Flop 1 mile fundraiser in Virginia Beach.

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban sponsored $500 for the 5th Annual FARA Fest Lei Day 5k and Flip Flop 1 mile fundraiser in Virginia Beach. Our very own Vicki Sullivan, who is a Claims Coordinator, ran in the race.

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

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, was also named to the list in 2010 and 2011. Super Lawyers is a rating service… Read More »

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

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 »

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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