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New Office In Arlington, Virginia

Powell Law Group announces the opening of our satellite office in Arlington, Virginia.

Located at 4250 Fairfax Drive, 22203, we look forward to further supporting our clients in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. With a metro stop located outside the building, clients will have easy access by train from points in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia, and will not have to worry about navigating the complicated streets of D.C.  

Over the past three decades, Powell Law Group has provided representation to clients with catastrophic injuries all over the Commonwealth of Virginia and in Washington D.C.  Opening an office in Northern Virginia offers a convenient location to meet with clients from that area of the state, as well as extend our reach to new clients with diverse backgrounds dealing with injuries from catastrophic accidents of all types (car accidents, motorcycle accidents, small and large machinery accidents, etc.). The Powell Law Group specializes in helping multi-cultural clients needing bi-lingual services, Spanish/English and French/ English. 

As always, the Powell Law Group is available to clients, existing and potential clients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling our office number, (804) 794.4030.  No matter where you live in Virginia, we can attend to your legal needs within the areas of our practice concentrations, namely personal injury cases, workers comp cases, and criminal and traffic cases. (Please note our firm only handles the criminal and traffic cases in the Richmond Metropolitan area.)  

Car Accident Settlement: $100,000
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Powell Law Group was contracted to represent a severely injured driver who sustained a concussion, bruising to his arms and ribs, plus back and neck strain.

Unconscious when removed from the vehicle and transported to a hospital for emergency care, our client looked for legal representation that would help him obtain money to cover his medical costs including: Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Orthopedic treatment.

While the accident was the fault of an uninsured motorist, the Powell Law Group helped the client resolve the claim with his insurance company and put the trauma and stress behind him when the case was settled for $100,000.

Personal Injury Settlement: $40,000
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Representing a client who sustained back, neck, and hip injuries after a car accident, Powell Law Group helped a personal injury car accident victim get justice.

Our client was a passenger injured in a car that was struck by a driver who disregarded a traffic signal. For the pain that resulted from the car accident injuries, the client pursued treatment from physical therapists and chiropractors.

Powell Law Group was able to settle this Personal Injury case for $40,000 after sharing with the defense the client’s pain and suffering, including the aforementioned injuries and ultimately a lack of focus at work.


TED Talk Tuesday: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

We’re continuing our posts for TED Talk Tuesday, a series where Wayne Powell from the Powell Law Group in Virginia shares his favorite TED talks about the justice system, crime in America, democracy, the rule of law, and mass incarceration. TED is a nonprofit devoted to welcoming highly-trained professionals, educators, authors, researchers, and creative thinkers from every discipline and culture to spread innovative ideas to national and international conferences and lesson series.

In this video, Philip K. Howard talks about how certain professions in America are limited because of complexity of the laws that govern them and the fear of being sued, particularly in areas like business, education, and healthcare. Attorney Philip K. Howard founded the nonpartisan group The Common Good to combat this culture and reform several key areas of our legal system.

Wayne Powell understands how similar business, healthcare, and law are, mainly because of how difficult these areas of our society are to navigate.

In Powell Law Group's line of work, we're not only tasked with helping our clients navigate the legal system, but in workers compensation and personal injury.  We’re also constantly working with physicians, providers, and insurance companies. The healthcare system, the judicial system, the business world are full of defensiveness and therefore can lead to mistrust.


Bout Philip K. Howard | TED Talk Tuesday with Wayne Powell of Powell Law Group

Some quotes from Mr. Stevenson's TED Talk that are particularly powerful and worth highlighting:   

“The law is a powerful driver of human behavior”.

“For law to be the platform for freedom, people have to trust it."

“We’ve been told that we can judge any dispute against the standard of a perfect society where everyone agrees to what is fair. That just isn’t realistic.”


I appreciate Mr. Howard’s point of view that the biggest hurdle for success in our legal system is the trust of the American people.
— Wayne Powell
Life Care Planning for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
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Unfortunately, if you are discussing the need for a life care plan, chances are you or your loved one has had some type of accident that resulted in a traumatic or catastrophic injury.  Perhaps it was an auto accident, a truck accident from a tractor trailor, or an injury sustained while working. Generally speaking, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, and/or paralysis warrant the need for a long term life care plan.  

Life Care Plans consider all aspect of one’s long-term care needs throughout the next phases of life. For some families, a life care plan is the first and most comprehensive explanation of the traumatic condition and its long-term implications. Each case and each individual must be evaluated based on their needs such as assisted living and rehabilitation facility choices, medications, medical equipment, and mental health services. Living with a traumatic brain injury or supporting a loved one is an ongoing process of decision making. Many personal injury attorneys contract with Life Care Planning firms to see their clients are informed about the options available to them, and aware of their clinical and legal support network. Life Care Planners assist attorneys, financial planners, insurance companies, physicians and other stakeholders in understanding the level of specialized care necessary to fulfill the needs of the injured party to enhance their quality of life.

The North American Brain Injury Society writes on their website that 80,000 people are estimated to be discharged from the hospital with some TBI-related disability annually.  

Life Care Planners are life savers for people with catastrophic injuries. Virginians suffering from traumatic brain injuries have a strong network of resources and support through the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. THE BIAV advocates for patients, physicians, and caregivers at the state, local, and federal level to provide the best assistance to the brain injury community. They have a personalized assistance programs and support groups for friends and family, education and training programs for caregivers and Life Care Planners, and conduct public awareness and prevention campaigns to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries in the Commonwealth.

If you have questions or are looking for more information, visit the Brain Injury Association of Virginia’s website or call 804-355-5748.

Traumatic Brain Injury - What do I do now?
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The first priority for anyone who has been a victim of a personal injury to their head and brain is timely access to expert trauma care.  Properly coordinating your medical and legal point of view is of the utmost importance.

The Powell Law Group knows that no two traumatic brain injuries are alike, and therefore each case should be handled uniquely both medically and legally. Your doctors and physicians are tasked with personalizing your treatment and care. You deserve the same individual attention and representation from your attorney, too.

Some of the most common traumatic brain injury accident causes include:

  • Slipping or falling on wet or icy floors

  • Assault by another person

  • Being injured in a motor vehicle accident: car accidents, truck accidents, and tractor trailer accidents

  • Domestic Abusive head trauma: spouse, parent or caregiver administering physical abuse

  • Workplace injuries: Injured by large machinery, unsafe work environments, co-workers

  • Military blast injury

With over three decades of experience helping clients and their families navigate the complicated world of everything from managing an interdisciplinary treatment team to repatriation and long-term life care planning, Wayne Powell and his firm are ready to help you find justice and create the best future possible.

If you have been hurt in an accident which resulted in a serious traumatic brain injury from an external force that has altered your brain function, such as a concussion, loss of consciousness or your brain's ability to continue healthy body functionality and obtain mental stability, the Powell Law Group is here for you.

The Long Road to Justice
Heavy Machinery

In late April of 2014, a man was riding on a large construction vehicle on the farm owned by his employer.  He was working on a Saturday, which was not his normal workday. This weekend workday became an issue after he suffered a catastrophic accident, which left him a quadriplegic. Not only were the facts which led to the injury contested by the employer, the nature of the work the client was doing also became an issue.  If he was working for the employer when his injury occurred, then he would be covered by workers’ compensation insurance, but if he was working for his own benefit, then this would be a basis for denying benefits. If he was in fact working for their mutual benefit, then it would be a compensable accident. At the hearing level, the Deputy Commissioner found that he was working for his own benefit, and also that he failed to prove how his injury occurred, since his back was turned to the large boom that he claimed was lowered onto his head.

In addition to the assistance of an expert mechanical engineer at the evidentiary hearing, Mr. Powell successfully developed the facts at the hearing that showed that the client was moving his personal items so that his employer could sell the land on which a trailer he rented to the client was located.   The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission reversed the Deputy Commissioner when it found that the circumstances were such that the client was working for the mutual benefit of himself and his employer.   The Court of Appeals of Virginia affirmed the Full Commission’s decision.  Further, the Commission and Court of Appeals found that the employer's testimony that the boom on the heavy construction machine did not lower therefore crushing the client’s neck, was not credible. The mechanical engineer who had testified on behalf of the client stated unequivocally that the accident had to have been caused by the boom being lowered on the client’s head as he was getting up to get off the machine. In this case, the retention of an expert engineer was crucial in finding the employer’s testimony not credible.

The client was awarded back compensation for the almost 4 years of his incapacity and medical benefits for life.  These benefits together have been estimated by experts to be valued between $8 million and $18 million dollars. After almost four years of litigation, the options at this point for an individual such as the client are the following: 

  1. To try to remain in the US in order to attempt to seek treatment by obtaining a hardship VISA.

  2. To remain where he was hospitalized or to be moved to long-term care, without the benefit of rehabilitation.

  3. To be rehabilitated, preferably in his home country, in a specialized hospital where he could receive the same level of care as he would receive in the US. Also, he would be in a location where he would have access to his family who could assist in his rehabilitation and repatriation.

Mr. Powell chose option three (3).  He had been serving as the client’s attorney, guardian and conservator for the client since shortly after he was retained, and felt this would be the best option and would enable the client to be able to improve his condition the most for his well-being.  Over the past 19 years, Mr. Powell and  Powell Law Group have handled several of these multifaceted cases involving foreign workers who have suffered catastrophic injuries while working in the United States. Regardless of immigration status, often it is wise to consider assisting these severely injured workers to return to their home countries to live out their days close to their families.

Fortunately, given the experience from past cases, Mr. Powell and his firm have developed relationships with a group of Life Care Planning experts, as well as governmental and medical contacts, particularly with foreign consuls and embassies, and healthcare providers in other countries, particularly from Mexico, Central and South America.

Once the client decided to return to his native country, the firm arranged for his transportation through these contacts with transportation companies, which provide door to door as well as air service, he will become one of a half dozen other clients who have benefitted from the expertise and contacts of Mr. Powell and Powell Law Group.   He is expected to be transported with his new electric wheelchair, to a special accredited rehabilitation hospital in Mexico in the coming weeks, where he will be treated by healthcare providers in Mexico. 

Further, as he has done in other cases previously, Mr. Powell will travel to Mexico to ensure that the client has been placed in a facility properly managed to fit his needs, as he will be cared for there for a period and will ultimately live in a specially designed house close to medical care to live the remainder of his life with access to his family.

The challenges of repatriation are significant and require specialized experience. Working together, Mr. Powell and the Powell Law Group workers’ compensation team accomplish what others might view as too challenging to undertake.  With the expertise described above at his fingertips, Mr. Powell has also succeeded in fashioning a unique full and final settlement in this case which should fulfill the client’s special needs for the rest of his life. The work on behalf of the client will not end when the settlement papers are signed, since there is continuing concern for hiring the appropriate caregivers in Mexico to provide continuing care for the remainder of his life.  This will again be set up with the assistance of Mr. Powell and his law firm and also with the help of retained experts in Mexico. Certainly, this is not an easy process to follow, however experience and success in doing this mean everything to a catastrophically injured worker and his family. 

Personal Injury Laws

Personal injury claims arise from the “common law.” The common law develops through history by traditions rather than legislation.

The basic doctrine is that individuals who live in a civilized society have a duty to act reasonably toward one another so as not to cause injury, whether physical or damage to property.

When there is a question about whether there has been a breach of the duty of one person (tort-feasor) to act reasonably to a victim (injured party) by act or omission, a jury (trier of fact) can be called to determine if there has been a violation and, if so, the jury will be instructed by the judge about how to determine liability, and the jury will determine resulting damages, if any. Sometimes the victim may want the judge to be the trier of fact.

We think that learning how state laws and national laws impact a case can help our clients understand the steps we at Powell Law Group take to make sure our clients get the best possible legal representation.  If you think you have a Personal Injury case, call us today for a FREE legal consultation.  (804) 794.4030

Auto Accidents | Truck Accidents | Premises Injuries | Product Liabilities

Personal Injury: $2,800,000

In 2015, attorney Wayne Powell was the trial lawyer for a tragic case where a tractor trailer collided with a private automobile resulted in the tragic death of a Virginia resident and large car pile up with multiple injuries. The accident occurred close to a construction area where the careless truck driver failed to apply brakes and yield to traffic that had the right of way.  Ultimately, the truck driver did not move over to another lane in sufficient time to avoid the collision with the client and other cars on an interstate highway.

NEGLIGENCE INJURIES | AUTO INJURIES | TRUCK INJURIES | PREMISES INJURIES | PRODUCT INJURIES 



CONTACT US TODAY

Our attorneys persistently pursue maximum compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Call today to arrange your FREE initial consultation.

 804-794-4030 or contact us online

Personal Injury: $2,550,000
Personal Injury | Toxic Fumes

In 2012, attorney Wayne Powell successfully settled a group of personal injury cases for $2,500,000. These cases for several clients who were office workers exposed to the inhalation of toxic fumes which infiltrated below a roof replacement site above their offices.  The inhalation caused various degrees of brain damage in six employees of the business where the roof replacement was taking place.  

NEGLIGENCE INJURIES | AUTO INJURIES | TRUCK INJURIES | PREMISES INJURIES | PRODUCT INJURIES



CONTACT US TODAY

Our attorneys persistently pursue maximum compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Call today to arrange your FREE initial consultation.

 804-794-4030 or contact us online

Personal Injury: $4,500,000
Personal Injury | Gang Attack

In 2009, attorney Wayne Powell successfully tried a negligence case in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia in conjunction with attorney Patrick Regan.  They were successful in receiving a jury verdict in favor of the client, a patron of a Washington night club.  The plaintiff suffered brain damaged after he was assaulted by a criminal gang outside a club in Washington, DC while there was no security stationed outside to protect the patron as he was leaving. The jury verdict awarded the plaintiff $4,500,000.

Significance:  As in Virginia, Washington, DC, does not normally allow a cause of action against a premises owner for injury received by a patron outside of the premises.  In this case, the evidence showed that the club and premises owner normally had security stationed outside of the club since there was a high level of criminal activity outside of the club. The Court allowed evidence of this lack of security on the night of the attack in the context of criminal activity in the neighborhood of the club.   Prior to the assault on the client, there was routinely security offered by the club, both inside and outside the club, to prevent criminal activity from affecting the patrons.

NEGLIGENCE INJURIES | AUTO INJURIES | TRUCK INJURIES | PREMISES INJURIES | PRODUCT INJURIES



CONTACT US TODAY

Our attorneys persistently pursue maximum compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Call today to arrange your FREE initial consultation.

 804-794-4030 or contact us online

Personal Injury: $1,000,000
Personal Injury | Brain Injury |

In 2006 attorney Wayne Powell successfully resolved a personal injury claim which had begun after a worker's compensation claim that arose from the plaintiff’s catastrophic brain injury which occurred at work. The case was rare in Virginia, since it arose as the result of an exploding multi-piece commercial wheel rim system designed and marketed by a major international manufacturer.   The client was changing the commercial tire when the three piece rim system exploded, causing serious brain damage,  removing part of his skull and brain, leaving him irreversibly brain damaged.  [NOTE:  The client, who was single, died before the settlement was distributed, so travel overseas was necessary to distribute the settlement funds to the client’s parents and siblings in accordance with Virginia law.]

SIGNIFICANCE:   This was one of the first cases in Virginia which resulted from the widespread manufacture of multi-piece wheel rim systems by several American and international manufacturers, which had previously resulted in successful multi-district litigation against the manufacturers. The personal injury claim was settled for $1,000,000.

NEGLIGENCE INJURIES | AUTO INJURIES | TRUCK INJURIES | PREMISES INJURIES | PRODUCT INJURIES



CONTACT US TODAY

Our attorneys persistently pursue maximum compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Call today to arrange your FREE initial consultation.

 804-794-4030 or contact us online