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Understanding the “Actual Risk” Test in Workers’ Compensation Cases

If you’re disabled in an accident on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, which will pay most of your wages and all your medical bills while you’re unable to work. However, the Virginia workers’ compensation law doesn’t apply to all work accidents, but only to those that “arise from” your employment. To Read More

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Medical Bills for Car Accident Injuries May Be Paid Multiple Times Under Certain Conditions

I was injured in a car accident through no fault of my own. Is it true I can get paid twice for my medical bills and keep the difference? Maybe, sometimes more (generally speaking under Virginia law.) The answer to this question depends on the type of health insurance you have. Virginia law states that Read More

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What Should You Do If Your Slip and Fall Is Blamed on You?

If you slip or trip on someone else’s property, you might suffer serious, painful injuries and incur medical bills, lost wages and other out-of-pocket costs. When that happens, you may be entitled to damages from the owner or legal occupier of the property. But what if it is claimed that you were partly responsible for Read More

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New Title IX Regulations are Good News for Accused Students at UVA

The new regulations governing Title IX Sexual Misconduct proceedings at colleges and universities have been released, and they become effective on August 14, 2020.  Below are a few of the changes, and what they mean for accused students at UVA: Attorney Cross-Examination: BEFORE:  Parties had to submit questions in writing to the Title IX Chair, Read More

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Could the COVID-19 Pandemic Lead to the End of Medical Bankruptcy?

In the middle of an election year where healthcare is already a hotly debated issue, the COVID-19 pandemic has stirred further discussion about whether major changes are necessary. During the Democratic presidential primary, the concept of Medicare for All split the candidates. While the candidate who promoted that concept has since dropped out of the Read More

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Virginia Landlord-Tenant Law During COVID-19

Virginia Landlord–Tenant Law in the Time of COVID-19 The pandemic and resulting shutdown of most economic activity has affected everyone in Virginia. Many Virginians have lost jobs and many more may still have jobs, but have lost income. This has put people in the stark position of needing to decide if they will pay their Read More

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Forgoing Auto Insurance in Virginia Is a Legal but Not Really Viable Option

Virginia is unusual among U.S. states in that it allows its citizens to own vehicles and drive without automobile insurance, provided they pay a $500 uninsured motor vehicle fee. Nevertheless, it is a bad idea to take up that opportunity to save money on insurance premiums. If you’re ever in an accident, you’ll find that Read More

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Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic Read More

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Protective Orders During COVID-19

Protective orders are some of the only matters still being heard by Virginia Courts during the COVID-19 shut down. They are still being heard on the same schedule as they were before the shut-down, and the same standard still applies. For cases involving family or household members, the question from the judge to the Petitioner Read More

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Family Law Consultations by Video

Experiencing a new way to communicate with your attorney: Communication among parties is a major family law issue, without a doubt, but what happens when communication with your family law attorney is jeopardized by COVID-19? Here at Tucker Griffin Barnes, we are 15 days into our program that allows us to meet with clients either Read More

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