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What amount of punitive damages can I get against a drunk driver?

Posted by John Harris on Fri, Jul 09, 2010 @ 09:38 AM

Reckless, malicious, or irresponsible conduct should not be rewarded or tolerated. The the politicians in Virginia have capped punitive damages at $350,000.  $350,000 may be a suitable cap for damages against a drunk driver who has caused and accident which caused serious personal injury or death. In other situations, a cap of $350,000 is not nearly enough. Consider the situation in the Gulf of Mexico created by BP. PP would glad to be let off the hook for the $350,000 cap created by the Virginia legislature.

Tags: accident, injury, death, drunk, driver, personal, reckless

Dog Bite - Dog Attack - Pit Bull - Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania | John Harris

Posted by John Harris on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 @ 11:47 AM

Football coach bitten by pit bull when dog collar fails.

The dog's was brand new, purchased two days earlier. The dog, a pit bull, was tied to a tree with a cable which was attached to the D-ring on the collar. The collar was made in China according to the label. Collars made in the USA have the D-ring welded shut. When the coach arrived to pick up one of his players the dog pulled against the tree. The collar's D-ring was not welded shut. As a result, the when the dog pulled the D-ring straighten out which released the dog. The coach was viciously attacked from behind but escaped into his car.

Tags: Stafford, fredericksburg, injury, Spotsylvania, attack, Dog Bite, pit, bull, pit bull, Dog Bite

Virginia Attorney John P. Harris III : is leveling the playing field for auto accident victims and their families. Do you need help in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Caroline County, Stafford, King Geo

Posted by John Harris on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 @ 11:43 AM

Initiating a Claim: The Road Less Traveled

If you have been in a car or truck accident, and have suffered an injury that the insurance company won’t offer compensation for, you have two choices. You can either:

Say nothing, accept the pain, the additional expense, the decline or loss of income, and the strong possibility that both the quality and length of your life will be less from now on;

Hire an experienced attorney, who may give you a whole new perspective on your situation.

It’s really quite amazing how many of those injured say nothing or try to handle their own claim

Evaluating Your Claim: For Lawyers, Honesty is the only Policy

Regardless of what you think of lawyers, if you or a loved one is facing an injury due to someone else's carelessness you want an honest opinion about your case. You don't want legalese. You want straight talk. John (Jack) Harris will tell you the good and the bad about your case. The initial meeting is free.

Would like some really good information, WITHOUT having to talk to a lawyer or even one of his assistants.

Get THE SMART CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE by dialing 1-800-SEND-BOOK. A recorded message will ask you to leave your name and address and this $19.95 value will be mailed to you.

John Harris: Gives auto accident accident victims his opinion on their legal rights for free.

With that said, there is no field in law that provides attorneys with the same sense of accomplishment that winning a case means. There are easier ways to make money than as a personal injury lawyer, but lawyers who believe in helping people in times when their needs are most dire understand the importance of continuing to take on insurance companies.

John Harris is this kind of lawyer, and for residents living in or near Fredericksburg, Stafford, Caroline and King George County, Jack is here to listen to you and give you the most realistic outlook for your case. Jack has represented clients against some of the area’s largest and most prestigious hospitals, medical centers and clinics in cases of staff infections, anesthesia errors, surgical errors, aneurisms, internal bleeding and other clear cases of medical negligence.

If you are ready to take the road less traveled and pursue your rights as an American to fair compensation for an injury you never asked for, call John Harris today, 540-371-4941.

Tags: Stafford, attorney, auto accident, automobile accident, Caroline, fredericksburg, injury, insurance, King George, lawyer, personal injury, Spotsylvania, Car Accident Injuries & Deaths

Nursing home care is going to be even worse.

Posted by John Harris on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 @ 11:47 AM

The Washington Post reported that Nursing Homes Face Reductions In Services in an article by Chris L. Jenkins.  He was reporting that Gov. Tim Kaine has proposed cutting $400 million dollars from the state's Medicaid program.  I have concerns that this will result in an increased number of injuries to residents.  The article specifically mentions Heritage Hall nursing homes and says that the Leesburg Heritage Hall will take a $2,500,000 hit.  Some of my clients have sued a Heritage Hall nursing home in King George in the past for allowing pressure sores (bed sores) to develop or go untreated and other things that result in a nursing home that is short of staff.  The president of American HealthCare which owns Heritage Hall has said he now plans to cut $500,000 from his staff healthcare plans.  Everyone should keep a close eye on any resident in any nursing home because a move like he has suggest will make it even harder to have an adequate number of staff whether it is Heritage Hall or some other nursing home.  Prevent nursing home abuse visit residents regularly but at irregular times, take notes and TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS particularly of parts of the body not usually seen when you visit.  If you do not look for potential problems, you will not see them.  Look under the covers and on all side of the body.

Tags: injury, King George, malpractice, medical, neglect, nursing, home, bed, sores, Heritage, Hall, King, George, abuse, pressure, bed sores, Heritage Hall, nursing home abuse, pressure sores, Nursing Home - Abuse & Neglect

A California attorney reviews The Smart Consumer's Guide to Your Personal Injury Case

Posted by John Harris on Sat, Jan 31, 2009 @ 12:44 PM

If you or a family member has suffered an injury in an auto accident you know it can be a very difficult time. Recognizing this reality nationally recognized Personal Injury Lawyer Jack Harris has written an invaluable book.  Mr. Harris’s book title, The Ultimate Guide to Your Personal Injury Case says it all; this book is really the ultimate guide covering everything from what you must know to the questions you should ask. This book is a must read for anyone who has suffered an injury in an auto accident.

Vaughan de Kirby

Attorney San Francisco California


Get a FREE copy of the THE SMART CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE.  Just ask for your free copy at The Harris Law Firm

CALL 800-"SEND BOOK".  Leave your information on the answering machine and get your FREE copy of the THE SMART CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE without having to talk to anyone.  Or, simply fill out the contact information and a copy will promptly be sent to you.  This $19.95 value is yours for free, just for asking.

Contact The Harris Law Firm now for a FREE consultation regarding your car accident case. There is no obligation to hire a lawyer.  There is no fee except costs until our personal injury attorneys successfully recover fair compensation for you.

Get more information on car accidents in our firm's car accident library.

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Tags: accident, auto, attorney, fredericksburg, injury, lawyer, Spotsylvania, wreck, adjusters, Car Accident Injuries & Deaths

The Smart Consumer's Guide To Hiring A Great Lawyer

Posted by John Harris on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 @ 09:38 AM

A non-lawyer wrote a great little book about how to hire a good lawyer. The author is Mischelle Weedman-Davis. She is the client relations manager for a personal injury lawyer in Seattle. She points out things the smart consumer should consider when choosing an attorney to handle his or her serious accident case. The things she points are should be considered whether it is an auto accident, a truck accident, medical malpractice or nursing home neglect.

If you are interested in getting a copy of this smart book, we have included the link

right here

Tags: accident, truck, attorney, injury, lawyer, malpractice, medical, neglect, nursing, home, truckaccident, Drunk Driving Injuries & Deaths

The Smart Consumer's Guide to Your Personal Injury Case - a testimonial by Jennifer

Posted by John Harris on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 @ 12:45 PM

The Smart Consumer's Guide to Your Personal Injury Case is a new book by John P. Harris, III.  Jennifer found the book to be very helpful.  Hear what she has to say about the book.

Tags: accident, attorney, injury, case, Car Accident Injuries & Deaths

The Smart Consumer's Guide to Your Personal Injury Case - Jeremy comments on the book

Posted by John Harris on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:08 AM

Jeremy explains that The Smart Consumer's Guide to Your Personal Injury Case is easily understood and that it is not written in legalize. He explains that a fifth or sixth grader could understand it.

Tags: accident, injury, lawyer, case, Car Accident Injuries & Deaths

Fatal Accident on I-95 Kills Driver and Injures passengers

Posted by John Harris on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 @ 10:46 AM

A Lincoln Town Car hit a bridge in Stafford, overturned killing the driver.  The passengers survived the crash but were inured.  The wreck occurred near Fredericksburg, VA 1.5 miles north of the Route 610 Aquia/Garrisonville exit in Stafford County.

Tags: accident, Stafford, fredericksburg, injury, wreck, fatal, injuries, I-95, passenger, Car Accident Injuries & Deaths

In an auto accident case - Your questions answered

Posted by John Harris on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 @ 09:14 AM

Learn what the answers are to such question as:
I was in an auto accident, what will it cost me to be represented by John Harris?
What are "costs"?
How much is the attorney's fee?
How long will my car accident case take?
When will my case settle?

Tags: accident, Stafford, attorney, fredericksburg, injury, Spotsylvania, car, wreck, fatal, injuries, I-95, tractor-trailer, Car Accident Injuries & Deaths