While truck and car crash death numbers are falling, the rate of pedestrian fatalities in Washington, D.C. continues to be high.
In pre-school, we are told to look both ways and hold an adult’s hand when crossing the street. Even though as adults we may occasionally look only one way or even jaywalk, this simple advice stays with us forever preventing us from getting hit by moving objects. Recent news reports noted that “D.C traffic fatalities fall to record low in 2012”. Believe it or not, the number of accidents decreased over time since 1931. However, the number of pedestrians who were killed in traffic accidents continues to be high.
These facts are similar to other large cities around the country due to the increase in people who walk, bike, or take public transportation to and from work. A DDOT pedestrian program coordinator believes the “46 speed cameras and 47 red-light cameras” in D.C account for the low number of fatal accidents. Because of these cameras, D.C. plans to (more…)
The removal of four out of five mental health institutions in Virginia is perceived both as a win and a loss for the disabled. The decision to close these facilities results from a settlement between the Department of Justice and the state of Virginia who was previously accused of violating the Disabilities Act. Parents are protesting the removal of four mental health institutions because their children benefit from these centers. Questions such as, “where do I put my child now? who will care for my child? what if my child has a brain injury that I cannot assist with on my own ? where is my child, disabled from a head injury, supposed to go while I am at work ? how much will it cost me?” and, most importantly, “how will the needs of my child (more…)
Madeira Co-Curricular Intern Briaun Isreal writes about her memorable first day at the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd.
My first day was a culmination of excitement and uncertainty. Excited because I was being introduced to the world of law where adults wore fancy suits, spoke eloquently and passionately. Uncertain, because like any other high school intern, I did not know what I was getting myself into. What if the adults hated me? What if I mess up? And most importantly what if I fall down the steps?!!? Talk about embarrassing. All of these questions raced through mind while soaking (more…)
If you’re driving your boyfriend’s car, and you get into a car crash, whose insurance covers it? What happens now? Do you guys break up?
ABRAMS LANDAU welcomes Briaun Isreal to the Herndon Law Shop. Ms. Isreal comes to us from the world famous Madeira School Co-Curricular program
The answer depends on your coverage, the situation and state laws. Usually, your boyfriend’s insurance would cover the damages because he is the owner of the car. But, if the expenses are too expensive for just him to pay then your insurance covers part of it which makes your insurance excess insurance. If both or one of you is injured then in the State of Virginia, both people who are injured are covered for bodily injury and for at least $20,000 in property damages under the Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage.
So, your boyfriend’s car is insured and you don’t have to break up. Yaay!
It is safe to say that every car needs to be insured but just because it is, it does not mean you should drive everyone’s car or everyone should drive your car. Just a little food for thought.
Herndon Virginia car crash lawyer Doug Landau, seen here after another successful DC case for a disabled client, hopes that the ignition interlock for convicted drunk drivers will prevent needless harm and heartache
Having seen the devastation and death caused by those who choose to drive under the influence, Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau is always looking for solutions to this behavior. Roadblocks, “Designated Drivers,” bar breath testers and dram shop actions are some of the tools used to reduce and eliminate needless harm. The ignition interlock system for convicted drunk drivers in Virginia is an idea whose time has come. While some contend that it is simply a windfall (more…)
Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau takes special care when hand delivering important legal papers, like workers compensation settlements, even if he does not dress like a fancy attorney !
There are bike messengers, motorcycle delivery and courier car services, but Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau took “hand carried” to a new level this week. Anxious to finalize a workers compensation settlement for a client, lawyer Landau drove to Washington, D.C. to hand deliver the paperwork to insurance defense counsel after the injured worker had read and signed the documents at the Landau Law Shop in Herndon, Virginia. Landau had his daughter wait in the car while he ran up to opposing counsel’s office. When he was stopped at the reception desk, and asked his business, Landau replied, “On Foot Legal Delivery – At Your Service !” The receptionist told the Triathlon Trial Lawyer that opposing counsel was not dressed formally, and Landau responded that neither was he !
The papers got signed and filed that same day with the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission for a young woman who was injured at Dulles Airport. Landau then ran down to the car, and he and his youngest daughter then ran in the Monthly “Tidal Basin Run”, which is now held out on Hains Point, and is actually 3 races – a 3km. (about 2 miles), a 1,500M and a 5 km. (3.1 miles). The Landaus ran in the 2 mile race (his daughter was 2nd woman, while her dad was 4th male), showered, and then this active attorney then went on to his other appointments. Some of the best lawyers in the country tease Landau and tell him he gives new meaning to “walking the walk” ! The thankful client wrote:
This note is to extend my deepest gratitude to you both and thank you for everything you’ve done for me thus far. Mr. Landau I can’t thank you enough for rushing my settlement papers over to DC the other day.
Spring has sprung early at the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, where the trees around the office are looking their best. Clients have enjoyed sitting with Virginia injury lawyer Doug Landau outside on the porch swing and rocking chairs!
The Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU received notice that Doug Landau was recognized as a 2012 “LEGAL ELITE.” This recognition for the “Most Respected Attorneys in the Commonwealth” of Virginia will be published in next month’s Virginia Living. Landau, who has been recognized by “Super Lawyers”(for both Virginia and Washington, D.C.), Martindale Hubbell A-V rated and as One of “The Best Lawyers in America,” and as a “Legal Eagle” by American Registry. However, the big question is whether these accolades meant hat lawyer Landau will get a raise in allowance. We’ll have to see what Mrs. Landau does in light of all these honors heaped upon her husband. The Las Vegas line indicates that the Herndon personal injury lawyer’s “Honey Do” list will not get any shorter, and that winning cases, races and getting recognition will not get him very far on the home front !
Clients and staff at the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. have suffered the debilitating effects of migraine headaches, here are some helpful options
With clients and staff sometimes suffering from migraines, Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau is always on the lookout for cures, solutions and strategies to help. Seeing others disabled by migraine headaches is frustrating. However, an article in USA Weekend had some good ideas. They are set forth below; please let us know if they work for you. When people describe a migraine as though they have a nail being driven through their skull, (more…)
Sometimes the best reward is happy clients, such as these shown in front of the DC Social Security Disability Hearing office
When clients get winning Social Security Disability decisions in the mail, they are happy. When they get additional money for themselves, their children or other loved ones, they call to thank us once again. The Landau Law Shop received a copy of a letter from the Federal Government this month that was sent to a client for whom Doug Landau, of the Herndon Virginia law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, had won a disability case. The letter from the Baltimore Maryland “Office of Central Operations” for Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance had good news for this young Purcellville Virginia woman. Social Security wrote to tell Landau’s client that she “will soon receive a check for $3,401.50 because we are sending you money which we did not have to use to pay an attorney fee.” That is because Mr. Landau’s fees are CONTINGENT, which means he is NOT PAID unless he wins the case.
In Social Security Disability Income cases, fees are (more…)
At the VTLA Advanced Workers Compensation Law Retreat, some of the best Virginia workers comp lawyers presented Allison Love with roses to mark her retirement. VTLA members Andrew Reinhardt (Richmond, VA) & Doug Landau (Herndon, VA) flank Ms. Love
Alison G. Love, the Director, Education and Meeting Services for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”) has retired after many years of service to VTLA. My long time friend, whom I could count on at Conventions, Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) programs and whenever I would visit the VTLA headquarters in Richmond, was always quick with a smile; my “marching order” when I was to be a speaker, panelist or presenter; and a kind word for everyone. Even though she dealt daily with trial lawyers, many of whom are egotistical professional complainers, she never lost her cool. And the best lawyers in Virginia all knew her, respected her and enjoyed her company. I will miss her very much, as her tenure was one of expert organization and excellent attendance.