Richmond Injury and Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Passionate Advocates on Your Side
Suffering a serious injury can devastate your life. You need comprehensive medical care and the resources to keep you going until you can get back on your feet—and back to work. If someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions caused your accident, you deserve justice.
At River Run Law, we aggressively pursue justice and fair financial compensation for the wrongfully injured. We can assist you or a loved one with your personal injury or workers’ compensation claim, protecting your legal rights and holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.
You deserve to have a passionate advocate on your side. We service clients in Richmond, Virginia, and throughout the surrounding communities. When you don’t know where to turn for help, trust our experienced attorneys to get the job done for you.
Our boutique law practice leverages cutting-edge technology to provide a highly personalized level of service. We have built our practice on a foundation of trust, compassion, and responsive communication. With an extensive network of resources and a wealth of knowledge and experience behind us, we help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for Richmond injury victims. When you trust us to handle your injury accident case, you never owe any legal fees until and unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Contact us now to learn more or to speak with one of our experienced Richmond, VA personal injury lawyers.
"I was in a car accident that totaled my car and left me with significant medical bills. I wanted to file a lawsuit against the other driver. Casey came well recommended, and he took control of the whole process. He was very responsive and we were very happy with the settlement he obtained. He was attentive, easy to reach, and we knew our case was in good hands."
- J.T. | Car Accident, May 2021
"I worked with Brooke Alexander who resolved my case with tremendous results. She took charge of my case and put me completely at ease. A great, friendly, professional attorney. I strongly recommend her services."
- Jessica | Slip and Fall, Jan. 2021
Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
"The River Run Law Firm team is truly professional, and a pleasure to work with! Casey is full of knowledge, very responsive, and brings a sense of ease to an intimidating circumstance. He is a trustful guide, whom you can rely on through the entire process. I cannot imagine going through this experience without him, and I would highly recommend to all!"
- Robin | Workers Compensation, Dec. 2020
Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
"I was working with another law firm prior to Brooke taking over my case. Brooke made me comfortable through out the whole process. Brooke did not know deep down inside I was a little worried with me not knowing too much about her. I’m going to be the first to say. Sometime you have to leap in on faith like I did. Brooke performed Outstanding work, she made me feel very comfortable and most of all she didn’t leave me feeling uncertain about any decision made. You guys are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! If I can give more than 5 stars I would have done it with NO hesitation."
- Christine | Car Accident, Dec. 2020
"Casey, and the team at River Run Law handled my case with the upmost professionalism. From start to finish they kept me up to date with where we were and what the next steps would be. I was never blindsided by anything. Couldn’t recommend them more highly!"
- Rodes | General Practice, Dec. 2020
Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
"I wish it were more words to describe River Run Law & Attorney Casey Ariail ! Hands down ABSOLUTELY the best ! You feel like you’ve known him your whole life & he’s very easy to speak with . It wasn’t a time I felt in the dark about my case & any questions at any time I could call & actually get a response most of the time I call & if Mr. Casey Ariail didn’t answer the first time I always receive a return call within 15 to 30 minutes . I haven’t had a better experience with a Law Firm ! I’ll DEFINITELY be working with them for the years to come !"
- Chelse | Car Accident, Nov. 2020
River Run Law Blog
Learn more about the laws in the state of Virginia.
Guide to Virginia Workers’ Compensation Claims
Dec 6, 2021 | By Brooke Alexander | Read Time: 3minutes
All employees deserve to be protected from injury or illness when working, and Virginia workers’ compensation claims laws provide this protection. If you have been injured or suffered an illness on the job, you may qualify under workers’ comp laws in Virginia to obtain financial assistance during your recovery. When a workplace injury or illness occurs, there is often confusion about what to do next. A qualified workers’ compensation attorney understands the difficulty in obtaining coverage and negotiates on your behalf so you can receive financial support when you need it most. What Is Workers’ Compensation in Virginia? Under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, employees injured on the job may be eligible for certain benefits. Once injured, an employee must undertake the following actions: Immediately report their injury to their employer; and File a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. You must report any work-related injury or illness within 30 days of the date of the accident or 30 days from the date an observing doctor informs you that you suffer from a work-related injury. At this point, your employer must notify the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission within 10 days. For your Virginia workers compensation claim to be covered, your accident must have occurred under the following conditions: The accident must occur at work or during a work-related function; A specific work activity must cause the accident; and The accident must happen suddenly at one particular time. Therefore, once you suffer an injury or illness, it’s vital to retain all information related to the accident. Memories quickly fade, and an inability to establish a direct connection to your injury and your work may negatively affect your claim. Who Is Covered Under Workers’ Compensation? Workers covered under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act include “employees.” The term employees include full-time employees and any of the following individuals: Part-time employees; Seasonal and temporary employees; Minors; Trainees; Immigrants; and Working family members. Regardless of the type of employees a business typically employs, they must carry workers’ compensation insurance in Virginia if a company employs pays two or more persons. What Types of Injuries Are Covered? Injuries that occurred as a result of constant stress and trauma are not covered. For example, suppose a worker strains their back suddenly after lifting a heavy box and can recall when the injury occurred. In that case, this will likely be covered under workers’ comp in Virginia. Conversely, if a worker consistently lifts heavy objects and gradually experiences back pain, this is probably not covered by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. Generally, the types of injuries or illnesses covered under workers’ compensation claims include the following: Illness, Injury, Surgery, and Disability. If your injury occurred during your work, workers comp laws in Virginia might cover and provide you with benefits. Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Act provides the following benefits to injured workers: Replacement of ⅔ oflost wages; Lifetime medical benefits for permanent injuries; Permanent and total disability coverage; and Death benefits to surviving family members. It’s impossible to quantify the numerous ways an employee may suffer injuries on their job. However, when workers’ compensation claims in Virginia operate as intended, it protects workers and their loved ones by providing benefits to cover hardships resulting from work-related injury and illness. Do I Qualify for Workers’ Comp in Virginia if I Can Still Work? You may still qualify for Virginia workers comp even if you are still able to work. This usually applies if you can work, but not in the same capacity as before the accident. For instance, suppose you were a cargo loader at a trucking company and got injured. Now, you can work in the office, but you earn significantly less than you did loading cargo. This might entitle you to compensation. Those unable to work in any form are eligible for total disability benefits under Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Those who work lighter duty and qualify for partial benefits receive two-thirds of the difference between their average weekly pay before and after their injury. Workers’ comp in Virginia benefits terminate most often after 500 weeks or once an employee returns to full-time work. What if Your Claim Is Denied? There are many reasons why a workers’ compensation claim in Virginia gets denied. Despite any setback, don’t give up. Contact a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your options. However, it’s important to remember that Virginia enforces a two-year statute of limitations for all Virginia workers’ comp claims. If an injured employee fails to file their claim within two years from the date of their accident, the statute of limitations bars them from obtaining future benefits. For this reason, you must promptly act after you receive your denial of benefits. Contact Us Even with Virginia workers’ compensation claims laws in place to protect you, your employer may not be willing to provide the compensation you deserve for your illness or injury. In the meantime, the illness and injury you suffered keep you from working and providing financially for your family in the same way you did before. Don’t lose hope. The attorneys at River Run Law understand the complexity of workers’ compensation laws in Virginia. We fight for what you deserve and want to help you get the money you need to move forward. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation to find out how we can help.
What Is the Average Settlement for Dog Bite Injuries?
Dec 6, 2021 | By Brooke Alexander | Read Time: 4minutes
Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend,” but it may be hard to think of a dog the same way after suffering a dog bite. Dog attacks happen more often than you may think and can cause significant physical injuries and emotional trauma. If you sustained injuries from a dog bite, you might be able to recover compensation from the dog owner. While there is no “average” settlement for dog bite injuries, a personal injury attorney reviews the facts of your case to determine typical dog bite settlements amounts for your situation. What Laws Govern Dog Bite Settlements? Virginia follows the “one-bite rule” for dog bite injury settlements. Different from strict liability cases, the one-bite rule requires a victim to show the following: The owner knew the dog was aggressive or dangerous; The owner acted negligently; and The victim suffered injuries due to a dog bite. The one-bite rule does not require a victim to prove that the dog had a history of violence. Instead, the one-bite rule requires a victim to show the dog possessed a propensity for violent behavior, which created a duty for the owner to use ordinary care to protect others from their animal. After suffering a traumatic dog bite, obtaining favorable dog bite injury settlements requires the professional legal knowledge of a personal injury attorney. What Are the Legal Responsibilities of an Owner of a Dangerous Dog? Virginia law places requirements on people who own dangerous dogs. If the owner of a dangerous dog fails to implement these requirements and their dog attacks someone, an attorney uses this information to negotiate for larger dog bite injury settlements. An owner of a dangerous dog in Virginia must undertake the following actions: Obtain a dangerous dog certificate from their local animal control for $15; The dog must wear a dangerous dog tag and must be microchipped for identification purposes; Owners must post visible signs indicating that their dog is dangerous; While on the owner’s property, the dog must be confined indoors or confined outdoors in a secure structure; While off the owner’s property, the dog must wear a muzzle and be leashed at all times; and Dangerous dog owners must maintain a liability insurance policy covering at least $100,000 for animal bites. In Virginia, the meaning of a “dangerous dog” is a dog that has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury upon a person or another pet. What Defenses May Affect Dog Bite Settlements? Both insurance companies and the dog owner will attempt to assert a defense to your dog bite lawsuit. While one may claim many defenses, the most common defenses asserted include provocation, assumption of risk, contributory negligence, and lack of knowledge. Provocation A dog owner might claim that you teased, taunted, or threw objects at the dog, thereby provoking the attack. Whether or not evidence of provocation exists, your attorney will work to counter these defenses with proof of the dog’s dangerous disposition. Assumption of Risk The dog owner may assert that the victim knew of the dog’s violent tendencies and voluntarily chose to be around the animal. Contributory Negligence Virginia law follows a contributory negligence rule for recovery in personal injury lawsuits. Contributory negligence provides that even if a person is found to be 1% to blame for their own injuries, they are barred from recovering any damages in their personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, if dog owners claim that the victim was partly responsible for the attack, it can substantially affect personal injury dog bite settlements. Dangers Not Known to Owner A dog owner might assert this defense if a dog acted in a manner unusual for the dog. For example, let’s presume a dog owner knows that their dog is only dangerous when not at home. However, the dog bite occurred on the dog owner’s property, an area where the dog had never been dangerous or territorial before. In this situation, the dog owner may assert that they did not know the dog’s dangerous behavior when on their private property. These defenses may affect the outcome of personal injury dog bite settlements. However, a good personal injury attorney anticipates possible defenses to avoid any delays in reaching dog bite case settlements. How is Compensation Determined in Typical Dog Bite Settlements? Personal injury lawsuits, including dog bite cases, can award economic damages and non-economic damages as compensation to victims. Economic damages represent tangible and quantifiable losses. These damages may be calculated with certainty and include the following: Medical expenses, Lost wages, and Future lost earnings. Evidence supporting your claim for economic damages may be shown through receipts, invoices, pay stubs, and tax returns. Non-economic damages represent intangible and subjective losses. Because these damages vary significantly from one case to the next, non-economic damages may be the biggest factor affecting dog bite settlements. Non-economic damages include things like: Emotional distress, Disfigurement, and Loss of companionship. In certain situations, it may also be possible to seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded when a defendant’s conduct shows reckless disregard for the well-being of others. A court may award punitive damages to deter similar behavior in the future. Virginia caps punitive damages at $350,000. Because circumstances vary so much from case to case, average dog bite settlement amounts don’t exist. However, a personal injury attorney evaluates the facts of each case to determine a range for dog bite injury settlements accurately. Contact Us If you suffered a dog bite due to a neglectful dog owner, you deserve compensation for your injuries. At River Run Law, we aggressively pursue justice and fair financial compensation for your injuries. It can be physically and emotionally traumatizing to experience a dog attack, and the emotional effects often last long after your physical injuries have healed. You deserve a passionate advocate on your side. Contact the attorneys at River Run Law to discuss typical dog bite settlements and what you may be able to recover. We are here for you when you need support. We offer free case evaluations, so […]
Dec 6, 2021 | By Casey Ariail | Read Time: 3minutes
When you get into a car accident, chances are you may suffer some sort of injury. While not all injuries are serious, some may be life-changing or even fatal. However, there are some injuries that may be more common than others. Here are some of the most common car accident injuries and their potential severity. Common Injuries from a Car Accident There are a variety of common car accident injuries that victims may sustain depending on the circumstances. Each of these injuries comes with different challenges and medical costs. Soft Tissue Injuries One of the most common car accident injuries is soft tissue damage. This includes any damaging impacts to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. In most car accidents, this usually results in large bruises. However, other soft tissue injuries may be more severe like whiplash, sprains, or strains. Despite being less serious than other types of injuries, soft tissue damage may lead to a lifelong range of mobility difficulties. Lacerations During a car accident, it’s common for sharp objects like glass or metal to fly around the car. This debris may cause anything from minor cuts to severe lacerations that may need stitches or even surgery. In some scenarios, lacerations may be life-threatening due to excessive blood loss. While not always a cause of permanent disability, severe lacerations may lead to disfigurement. Dislocations & Fractures Since cars compress when they collide with other vehicles, it’s common for victims to have bone dislocations or fractures. The areas of the body most susceptible to this type of injury are the ankles, wrists, arms, legs, and ribs. Simple breaks or dislocations may only require a cast, while compound fractures may need extensive surgery. Unfortunately, the compound breaks often result in permanent strength and mobility issues. In addition, victims may experience chronic pain around the surgical site due to the plates and screws used to rebuild the bone. Spinal Cord Injuries Injuries to the spine or back are some of the most serious injuries possible in a car accident. The spine isn’t designed to take the forceful impacts associated with a car accident. As a result, victims with back injuries like slipped or ruptured disks have long-lasting complications with posture, movement, and pain. In more serious cases, a fractured spine may lead to the development of paraplegia or quadriplegia. These injuries usually require lifelong care, resulting in extensive future medical costs for the victim and their family. Traumatic Brain Injuries Also known as TBIs, traumatic brain injuries are the most deadly injuries associated with car accidents. According to the CDC, more than 61,000 people died from a traumatic brain injury in the United States in 2019. While most of these deaths happened due to slip and falls, a large portion occurred in motor vehicle accidents. Concussions are by far the most common TBI associated with car accidents. However, more severe brain injuries like contusions often have long-term effects. This includes chronic headaches, insomnia, extreme mood swings, cognitive disability, and reduced mobility. Amputations In car accidents, it’s possible for a finger, toe, arm, or other appendages to be severed. In addition, a limb may become so severely damaged that it requires surgical amputation. Unfortunately, complications don’t always stop after surgery or rehabilitation. Phantom limb pain may be long lasting, and replacement prosthetic devices often carry a high cost. For this reason, amputations are some of the hardest injuries to recover from after an accident. Psychological Injuries Car accidents are an incredibly traumatic experience, especially when they result in injury. Many victims often have flashbacks, guilt, or other mental stresses afterward. In some cases, victims may be diagnosed with a mental health condition such as PTSD or depression, that makes daily routines difficult. How to Minimize the Risk of Common Car Accident Injuries While it’s not possible to control every driver on the road, there are a few ways to avoid common car accident injuries and symptoms. First, always wear your seatbelt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seatbelts save almost 15,000 lives every year in the US. In addition, 47% of all passengers who died in 2019 weren’t wearing a seatbelt. Second, make sure you follow the speed limit. Generally, crashes that happen at higher speeds result in more severe injuries. By obeying the speed limit, you reduce the chance of a serious crash. Finally, keep your vehicle in working order. Be sure to check your brakes and airbags regularly, as these parts may be vital in the event of an accident. How Our Attorneys Can Help After a Car Accident If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, don’t try to go through the claims process on your own. At River Run Law, we know that there may be several Virginia car accident lawyers to choose from. That’s why we focus on providing a personalized, honest experience. We can help negotiate on your behalf, gather evidence, and answer any questions you may have. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or give us a call. We welcome clients throughout the state of Virginia.