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River Run Law’s Casey Ariail Weighs in on Virginia’s New COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Laws

Richmond, VA (September 7, 2021) — Virginia recently passed a law extending COVID-19-related workers’ compensation coverage to first responders and front-line medical workers. This expansion allows these kinds of employees who contract or contracted COVID-19 to seek compensation from their employers.  Workers’ compensation attorneys expect complications from this new law. When a claim is filed, the law presupposes that the employee contracted the virus while at work. The employer or their insurance company must affirmatively show that the infection did not happen while the employee was working. This will be extremely difficult for employers to accomplish.  Casey Ariail recently spoke with Virginia Mercury, an online news publication, about the ripple effect he expects this new law to have on the legal profession. This new law “flips the burden,” the article quotes Casey. “Typically, for the person bringing any kind of claim, it’s on them to prove it. And that’s why these laws are important—the presumption flips the burden of proof to the employer.” In addition to this untraditional shifting of the burden of proof, Casey also discussed the nature of the law is retroactive. First responders can file suit for claims that accrued on or after July 1, 2020. Front line medical workers can go all the way back to March 12, 2020. Casey explained, in the Virginia Mercury article, that the global pandemic by itself is a strong defense for making the law retroactive. However, many opposing attorneys question the timing of passing the law so late in the pandemic. Virginia attorneys plan to test the new law out first within the context of extreme cases. The reasoning behind this is that any potential snafus can be resolved before relying on this law in legal claims. “I feel like, unfortunately, someone is going to have to be the first one to test this,” Casey said in the article. “Everyone’s kind of learning as we go—it’s like building an airplane as you’re flying it. And the unfortunate part is that the people it gets worked out on are the ones who are going to suffer through the process.” The full article is available on the Virginia Mercury website.

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River Run Law Firm Named Best of Richmond 2021

Thousands of Richmond residents voted in Richmond Magazine’s Best & Worst 2021 ballot in the spring. Respondents shared their opinions in 194 categories, ranging from the best cocktail hour to the best flower shop, from the best cake to the best concert venue. The ballot also covered a variety of service categories so people could make recommendations about where their neighbors should turn when they need help. River Run Law Firm is proud that our community voted us as one of Richmond’s best law firms in Richmond Magazine’s Best & Worst shopping and service section.  When someone in our community suffers an unthinkable injury, we are proud to be the lawyers they turn to for help. The attorneys at River Run Law are dedicated to advocating for personal injury and workers’ compensation plaintiffs.  If you or someone you know needs a law firm in Richmond, look no further than your community’s recommendations. Our lawyers are ready to advocate for you as you navigate  Seeking medical care, Filing insurance claims, and  Determining the legal action you want to take. Call River Run Law today at 804-889-0500 to discuss your case. Thank you to everyone in Richmond who voted us the best law firm in 2021.

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Casey Ariail Named 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

River Run Law is pleased to share that Best Lawyers named Casey Ariail as a 2022 attorney to watch in the fields of Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants and Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law. Casey is a co-founder of River Run Law, and he has passionately advocated for his clients throughout his legal career. Beyond being regarded by his clients, Casey is also well-respected by his peers. Best Lawyers uses a purely peer review methodology to name the 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. To earn a nomination from their peers, an attorney must demonstrate professional excellence in private practice. The Ones to Watch recognition is reserved for attorneys who are early in their career but have the potential to strongly influence their areas of practice. Casey’s recognition is specifically for his work in plaintiffs personal injury litigation and claimants workers’ compensation law. To read more about Casey’s award, visit the Second Edition of Best Lawyers under the Ones to Watch recognition area. River Run Law is proud to call Casey our colleague and friend. Congratulations, Casey!

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River Run Law Named Best of Richmond

Style Weekly released in August 2021 a list of readers’ choice Best in Richmond businesses. River Run Law and Casey Ariail are proud to be featured on this list. The digital and print magazine surveys the community on a variety of business categories, asking individuals what places they think are the best of Richmond, Virginia. Casey is featured in the “Best Lawyers” section of the 2021 Best of Richmond issue. Recognizing that our community has a variety of resources to turn to for legal advice, River Run Law is honored to be considered one of the best in the city. Our attorneys are invested in our clients and local community, and it is humbling to know that the community recognizes this. River Run Law is dedicated to helping our clients navigate the troubling journey of a personal injury claim. Our experienced attorneys work hard to obtain a good outcome for our clients, so they can recover from their trauma and return to their normal lives. Thank you to the clients and community members who nominated Casey and River Run Law for the “Best Lawyers” recognition. We look forward to continuing to serve the Richmond community.

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River Run Law Attorney Named “Go-To” Workers Compensation Lawyer

River Run Law’s Casey Ariail is named on Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Go-To Lawyers” list. Virginia Lawyers Weekly researches attorneys in Virginia to honor as “Go-To Lawyers.”  These attorneys are listed on the publication’s website. The latest docket of honorees names “go to” workers compensation attorneys. Workers’ compensation attorneys work to protect the interests of both claimants and defendants.  Casey represents employees who have suffered on-the-job injuries and various personal injury-related claims. Casey earned this honor by demonstrating nuanced knowledge of workers’ compensation law, as well as professionalism and success in the industry. Other must-haves to be named a Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Go-To Lawyers” are: Multiple successfully tried cases, Multiple referrals from other attorneys, and A creative approach to the practice area. Casey is a founding partner at River Run Law.  Throughout his career, he has won millions of dollars for his clients through trial, mediation, and settlements.  In addition to his success as a workers compensation attorney, Casey is very involved in the Richmond legal community.  Casey was named a “Go-To Lawyer” alongside 20 of his peers. River Run Law Group is proud to work with a “go-to” lawyer like Casey. Read more about Casey Ariail here.

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River Run Law Partners with Local School to Honor Black History Month

As proud members of our community, River Run Law values involvement in its local events. We truly enjoy interacting with our neighbors and fellow Virginians.  Further, as dedicated stewards of justice, our attorneys are humbled to participate in teaching and learning events within the community, including celebrating and honoring Black History Month. We believe that February is an important time to reflect and learn. In a culmination of these values, River Run Law is pleased to have had the opportunity to partner with Richmond Public Schools in their Black History Month activities by providing copies of Barack Obama’s “Of Thee I Sing,” to an RVA Schools elementary class. This children’s book is an important depiction of the diversity across the U.S. The receiving class’s teacher, Mrs. Carpenter, said she wanted to give the students this book because it shows how our country is “made up of people of every kind.” Plus, the former president is Mrs. Carpenter’s school’s namesake, so the book choice is even more meaningful to the receiving students. Our attorneys are happy to be part of encouraging acceptance and understanding among the next generation of students. We are grateful and humbled by our experience virtually discussing this book and Black History Month with Mrs. Carpenter’s class.

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