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Leesburg Lawyer Wins $5.75 Million In Legal Malpractice Lawsuit

Leesburg Lawyer Wins $5.75 Million In Legal Malpractice Lawsuit

An attorney from Leesburg, VA was awarded $5.75 million in a legal malpractice lawsuit against a Fairfax law firm after spending four years behind bars, reports Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Bruce McLaughlin, 61, was handed the award last month by a Fairfax County jury after a three-week trial. He wept as the jury announced its decision on Oct. 30 after a day and a half of deliberations.

McLaughlin’s ordeal began during a divorce in which he was accused of molesting three of his children. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 1998, but with the help of attorney Alexander N. Levay, he was able to overturn the verdict, win a new trial, and was eventually acquitted of all charges. He spent four years in prison during the legal battle, during which he was assaulted by another prisoner and at one point attempted to escape.

McLaughlin turned to the Shevlin Smith firm to sue his original lawyers for criminal malpractice, arguing that they ignored evidence that would have undermined the testimony against him. However, that lawsuit went astray when a settlement with one of the lawyers accidentally resulted in the other lawyer getting off without charges against him.

McLaughlin then filed a lawsuit against Shevlin Smith for legal malpractice, which was the case that delivered a $5.75 million victory for him last month. He was able to prove to the jury that he was innocent of the sexual abuse charges, that his first criminal lawyers were negligent and were the cause of his conviction, and that his third attorney, Shevlin Smith, was negligent and was the cause of his losing any chance of recovery from his first set of lawyers.

A long, trying road has finally come to an end for McLaughlin, who had this to say of his victory: “After a tragedy of errors, finally in the great system of justice we are blessed to be living in, justice was served.”

The Parrish Law Firm’s legal malpractice attorney works with Virginia residents who have been victims of another lawyer’s negligence and are looking for fair compensation. Contact us today for a free case consultation or call us at 703-906-4229.

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Fairfax County Motorcyclist Killed In Tractor-Trailer Hit and Run

A fatal hit-and-run accident has left a motorcyclist dead in Fairfax County after being struck by a tractor-trailer, reports CBS.

The accident occurred on April 30 at around 4:30 a.m. when Virginia State Police were called to Interstate 95 at the 165-mile marker in what is reportedly a hit-and-run crash. The victim, 68-year-old Timothy E. Halpin, was driving north on the I-95 when he lost control of his BMW 1200 motorcycle. His motorcycle slid into the left shoulder while Halpin entered into the center lane and was fatally hit by a tractor-trailer.

The trailer-tractor then fled the scene of the accident and witnesses are unable to provide a description of the vehicle.

Statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles conclude that the number of motorcyclists in the state is at an all time high, with 197,000 registered in 2012. Accidents are also up, with a 14 percent increase in motorcycle accidents from 2009-2012.

In 2012 there were 2,429 motorcycle accidents in the Commonwealth that left 78 people dead. In Fairfax County, motorcycle crashes were up 30 percent from 2011 to 2012, going from 183 to 242.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC motorcycle injury lawyer works with Virginia residents who have suffered motorcycle accidents because of another driver’s negligence. Contact us today for a free case consultation or call us at 703-906-4229.

Fairfax Bicycle Hit-And-Run Accidents Up 100 Percent In Last Two Years

Fairfax County bicycle-related vehicle hit-and-runs are up 100 percent in the last two years, reports

Bud Walker, a police spokesman who compiles crash statistics for Fairfax, finds that incidents of bicycle accidents in which the motor vehicle driver flees the scene of the accident have increased in the past three years, moving from five in 2010, to six in 2011 and finally to 12 last year.

The driver of a motor vehicle is legally obligated to pull over at the scene of a bicycle accident and verify the condition of the bicyclist. However, only when a driver leaves the scene without pulling over does the incident become illegal. If the driver stays, generally the worst legal repercussion he or she may face would be a fine.

Under Virginia law, a hit-and-run accident that leaves $1,000 or less in damages is classified as a class one misdemeanor and can result in a maximum fine of $2,500. If the accident results in an injury or death, or the damage is greater than $1,000, it is considered a class 5 felony and one can face up to 10 years in prison.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC bicycle accident lawyer works with those northern Virginia bicyclists who have been injured in accidents as a result of a negligent party. Call us today at 703-906-4229 or send us an email and tell us about your case.

Makes and Breaks: Succeeding In a Virginia Defective Product Case

The experienced product liability attorney at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with Virginia residents in Fairfax County, as well as the rest of northern Virginia, who have been injured by defective products. Our goal is to provide high quality legal service and gain fair compensation for our clients.

Kinds of Product Defects

There are a number of different kinds of product defects, including:

  • Defects in Marketing – These are mistakes or flaws in how the product is marketed to the public, including inaccurate labeling and deficient instructions or safety notices.
  • Defects in Manufacturing – These occur when something goes wrong during the manufacturing phase of production.
  • Defect in Design – These happen when the design of the product from the outset is flawed and unsafe, meaning that every product with that particular design will be defective.

The Conditions for Compensation

In order to have a chance at gaining compensation for your injuries, usually one of two circumstances must be in place. They include:

  • The product in question had a defect that was especially dangerous.
  • You were using the product in the designated and intended way when the injury occurred.

Deal Breakers

There are a few stipulations that will probably limit your potential to recover damages. Those include:

  • Using the product despite knowing about the defect.
  • Attempting to file a lawsuit outside of the statute of limitations in your state.

Please remember that product liability cases can be time consuming and tiring, but we’ll work along side you and try to get the financial compensation you deserve. Call us today at 703-906-4229 or send us an email.

Increased Bicycle Collisions in Fairfax Require Master Plan

As the number of cyclists in Fairfax County has increased this year, so have collision rates, says Fairfax City Patch. This year, the county has seen fifty-four bicycle accidents and one fatality, an increase from 2011’s statistics of forty-four incidents and zero fatalities. The fatality occurred earlier this month, when Elizabeth P. Shattuck of Falls Church was hit and killed by a vehicle.

In an effort to increase safety and decrease collisions, Fairfax County is developing a countywide bicycle master plan. According to reports, the county is trying to make itself more bicycle friendly. They are aiming to achieve a bike rate of 80 percent capacity within six months of opening the Silver Line. The plan also includes plans to educate cyclists and motorists, expand infrastructure to add bike lanes and trails, and recommend policy. Until the plan is in effect, officials stress the importance of following traffic laws and wearing reflective gear to increase cyclist visibility.


Fatal Accident Stems From Road Rage | VA Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Fairfax County, VA – May 7 – Police have charged a woman with felony hit-and-run following a fatal accident that left one person dead.

According to The Washington Post, the accident occurred on Friday, May 4, when an outbreak of road rage escalated to death.

Gloria McMillan, 32, and Shelinda Arrington, 21, were involved in a verbal altercation while driving in the Alexandria area of Fairfax.

Police believe McMillan crushed Arrington after she exited her vehicle. They found Arrington lying fatally injured on Harrison Lane, but McMillan was not at the scene of the accident.

Officials searched for McMillan’s dark-colored sport-utility vehicle and found it in Southwest Washington with the help of D.C. police.

McMillan surrendered Monday night around 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon district police station.

Police have determined that she did not know Arrington prior to the incident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident that stemmed from a road rage incident, please contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC for more information. Our experienced accident attorneys are here to provide legal guidance and represent you in court. Call 703-906-4229 now.

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