Charles B. Roberts Selected as a Capital Region Premier Personal Injury Lawyer

The Wall Street Journal selected the best personal injury lawyers in the Washington D.C. Region in December of 2015 and named Charles B. Roberts as a ” Capital Region Premier Personal Injury Lawyer”.

The award was based on a review of each attorneys’ professional experience, reputation, and success in his or her field of practice. The Wall Street Journal published the following article about Charles B. Roberts’ which profiles his career as a personal injury lawyer.

Wall Street Journal Magazine
December 2015

“Named as one of the Top Trial Lawyers in America by the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Charles “Chuck” Roberts takes his practice of personal injury law seriously—and personally. A veteran trial lawyer with more than 29 years’ experience, Roberts has been described as dedicated, determined, passionate, professional, competitive and, above all, a highly ethical attorney.

“It was after a particularly significant case settlement early in his private practice that Charles B. Roberts decided to become a personal injury attorney. “I settled a nursing home ‘whistle blower’ case 4 weeks before trial for $2,100,000 and won justice for both the beleaguered nursing home administrator, who was ruined professionally for reporting the serious and continuing safety violations, and also for the vulnerable elderly residents of the facility whose suffering had been known but ignored.”

“Roberts handles all types of personal injury cases including the wrongful death of a loved one, medical malpractice, all motor vehicle crashes, and public transportation injuries involving trains and buses. Other significant victories for Roberts include a $1,200,000 award from the United States Government in a vaccine reaction case, and a confidential settlement in a $50,000,000 lawsuit for White House party crasher Tareq Salahi against the rock band Journey and one of its members.

“One thing in particular that sets Roberts’ firm apart is that Roberts himself acts as the primary attorney on every personal injury case involving serious injuries. “When a client calls, he or she can be assured that I will be personally handling the case with the assistance of my team of associate lawyers and my staff,” he says. “With other law firms, a client usually does not know which attorney will be assigned the matter until he or she arrives for the initial consultation, and does not know the attorney’s qualifications. We take the guesswork out selecting a highly qualified and experienced personal injury attorney.”

“Roberts’ other accomplishments include being awarded a full scholarship by the U.S. GAO to complete The Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School, as well as being selected to serve as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Ohio. His firm has been named “A Top Law Firm” by Northern Virginia Magazine.”

20 Percent of Vehicles On The Highway Have Pending Recalls

A leading source of legal news…The Claims Journal…reported that nearly 1 in 5 vehicles on the road today have open recalls from the manufacturer and may pose a hazard to the occupants and other drivers.

The vehicles with the most defective conditions on the road are the family oriented minivans, with one in every 4.6 having open recalls. SUV’s were second and pickups and cars were next in line with one in five needing repairs.

To protect yourself and your family, check to see if your vehicle is subject to a recall by going to by going to the website for NHTSA or Carfax and enter the license plate numbers/characters of your vehicle.

Virginia Supreme Court Reverses Trial Court in $ 50,000,000 Lawsuit

After the trial court dismissed White House Party Crasher Tareq Salahi’s $50,000,000 personal injury lawsuit against DD Entertainment, his Agent and Publicist, the Virginia Supreme Court reversed the trial court and sent the case back for a trial. Charles B. Roberts, who represents Mr. Salahi, whose Wife Michaele along with him, starred in the Housewives of DC, stated he was never in doubt that the case would be reinstated and they would receive their day in court. Mr. Salahi was quoted as saying his ” Rock Star” lawyer Mr. Roberts did a great job and he looked forward to the upcoming trial.

WRONGFUL DEATH CASE SETTLES FOR $ 1.125 MILLION

Charles B. Roberts, the Senior Partner of the law firm of Charles B. Roberts & Associates, P.C., negotiated a settlement in the amount of $1,125,000.00 for the family of a man who was struck by a car while he was walking across the street at night. The accident was caused by the 21 year old driver who was racing another vehicle at the time his vehicle struck and killed the decedent. The negligent driver admitted he did not see the pedestrian until his SUV hit him.

The case was challenging since the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk at the time of the collision and he was allegedly intoxicated. Furthermore, an witness said the decedent was allegedly not watching traffic because he was listening to music on his headphones.

Mr. Roberts successfully argued the driver of the SUV possessed the last clear chance (LCC) to avoid the traumatic brain injury which resulted in the wrongful death. Under Virginia personal injury law, the person with the LCC is liable for the accident and the injury to the other person even if the other person is also negligent.

Charles B. Roberts is a personal injury lawyer with over 28 years experience handling car, bus, train and motorcycle accidents throughout the Virginia, DC and Maryland areas. He is listed as a “ Top Trial Lawyer in the United States” in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and his law firm is rated by NOVA Magazine as a “ Top Law Firm “.

Sudden Emergency Rule Abolished In Icy Auto Accident Case

Personal injury lawyers have for over 25 years applied the rule that people are allowed to drive less carefully when confronted with a sudden emergency. Thus, when a deer runs out in front of your car causing you to crash into another auto, you might not have to pay for the damages if your response was reasonable under the facts presented to the jury. Defense lawyers in personal injury cases enjoy this rule as their clients do not have to pay for the personal injuries they cause the other driver if the sudden emergency doctrine is applied. Criminal lawyers can use this rule to obtain the dismissal of driving charges also.

A recent case is reported below where the Colorado law in this area was eliminated, which is in my view a correct result because it is not a necessary tool to achieve a fair and just result in cases involving car crashes. Below is a synopsis of the case and where it can be found.

The Case
The Colorado Supreme Court  ordered a new trial for a man who sued after he was hit by a car that skidded across an icy patch in the road near Telluride in 2004. The jury ruled in favor of Michael Johnson, who skidded into a car driven by Richard Bedor. Bedor was injured and filed a negligence lawsuit. The Supreme Court concluded jurors may have been confused after they were told a person confronted by a sudden emergency could be expected to respond normally. The Court abolished the doctrine entirely, saying the potential to mislead a jury outweighted the benefits.

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Latest Car Recalls-Be Aware and Avoid Auto Accidents and Need for Personal Injury Lawyers

Keeping up to date with the latest automobile recalls can help you avoid personal injuries and the need to seek legal assistance from a personal injury lawyer. Many car accidents are caused by defects which are unknown to the purchaser because of the change of ownership is unknown to the manufacturer who sends out the recall notice. It is important therefore to register you new or used car with the producer. When a auto accident occurs, always check for mechanical defects if you do not receive recall notices.

Improving Safety On Our Nation’s Highways Office of Defects InvestigationsNHTSA conducts defect investigations and administers safety recalls to support its mission to improve safety on our nation’s highways. NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment when investigations indicate they contain serious safety defects in their design, construction, or performance. NHTSA also monitors the adequacy of manufacturers’ recall campaigns. Before initiating an investigation, NHTSA carefully reviews the body of consumer complaints and other available data to determine whether a defect trend may exist.

Latest Recalls Announced by Manufacturers

Nov. 14: General Motors recalls 2,949 2012 Buicks and Chevrolets for faulty driver’s-side airbags
, General Motors is recalling certain 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals. If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver’s risk of injury.
Nov. 14: Cadillac is recalling 12,626 2013 XTS vehicles for head restraints that may not properly lock
, General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured from October 12, 2011, through August 30, 2012, because the rear seat head restraints may not lock in the upright position after being folded forward. If the head restriant is at its lowest position and it falls forward, it will not meet the height required by the standard. In the event of a vehicle crash, the lowered head restraint may increase the occupant’s risk of neck injury.
Nov. 6, 2012: Car Seat Recall: Britax recalls 55,455 model year 2012 car seats for harnesses that may be choking hazards
, Britax is recalling certain convertible child restraints, models Boulevard 70 G3, Advocate 70 G3, and Pavilion 70 G3, manufactured from June 2012 through August 2012. These seats were manufactured with a softer chest pad material that may be bitten or chewed into pieces by a child using the seat. If the child bites off a piece of the softer pad, it could be a choking hazard, resulting in injury or death.
Nov. 1, 2012: Toyota recalling 655 2007-2012 FJ Cruisers for faulty Toyota Racing Development brake kits
, Toyota is recalling certain Toyota Racing Development (TRD) brake kits, P/N PTR09-35070, and TRD High-Performance brake kits, P/N PTR09-35100, installed by Toyota vehicle processing centers and sold by Toyota dealers as an optional accessory for model year 2007 through 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser vehicles. The subject TRD brake kit is specifically designed for the front wheels of 2007-2012 model year FJ Cruiser vehicles. Due to the shape of the outer brake tube of the brake kit, the clearance between the outer brake tube and a TRD 16 inch 6-spoke alloy wheel is minimal. If wheel balance weights are installed in an incorrect location, there is a possibility that the outer brake tube could be damaged due to interference with the balance weight, and brake fluid could leak from the damaged tube. If a brake tube becomes damaged and leaks fluid, it may result in increased stopping distances, and in some cases, loss of vehicle front braking performance, which could increase the risk of a crash.
Oct. 25, 2012: 7,485 BMW 7-Series vehicles from model year 2005-2007 recalled for faulty door latches
, BMW is recalling certain model year 2005-2007 7-Series vehicles, equipped with both Comfort Access and Soft Close Automatic options, and manufactured August 23, 2004, through Sept. 3, 2007. Due to a software problem, the doors may appear to be closed and latched, but, in fact, may inadvertantly open. The door may unexpectedly open due to road or driving conditions or occupant contact with the door. The sudden opening may result in occupant ejection or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. The recall is expected to begin in November.
Oct. 25, 2012: Harley-Davidson recalled 2,798 model year 2012-13 VRSCDX motorcycles for loose license plate brackets
, The license plate bracket assembly’s mounting screws may loosen and the assembly may separate from the rear fender. This condition may lead to contact with the rear tire which could cause the license plate bracket to rotate, possibly damaging the rear brake line. If the license plate bracket contact with the rear brake line remains undetected, it may affect rear brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash, which could lead to injury or death of the rider.
Oct. 22, 2012: Nissan announces recall of 13,919 2012-13 Altimas for insufficiently torqued steering bolts
, Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Altima vehicles manufactured from May 10, 2012, through July 26, 2012. These vehicles may have been equipped with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to proper specification. The affected bolts could become loose and fall out which may lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Remedy: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper torque specifications. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about October 29, 2012.
Oct. 19, 2012: Mercedes-Benz announces recall of side air bags in model year 2012 E350 and E550 vehicles
, Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2012 E350 and E550 Coupe vehicles, manufactured April 2, 2012, through June 29, 2012. Improper stitching of the right side window curtain air bag may cause it to not deploy as intended in the affected vehicles.
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PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS CAN HELP IDENTIFY TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASES

IDENTIFYING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Victims of traumatic brain injuries often do not realize that they have changed due to the damage caused by the vector forces involved in a automobile accident or motorcycle crashes. A traumatic brain injury are usually identified by alert doctors or concerned family members who detect changes in their loved one after an car accident. Occasionally, an astute and experienced personal injury lawyer will notice the symptoms when he or she is reading the medical records of their client. In 2011, this happened to Mr. Roberts, and as a result of the evidence of the traumatic brain injury in his demand letter to the at-fault driver’s insurance company, he was able to negotiate a $1,000,000 settlement for his client.
The below information is located in the Wikipedia website and is set out below to assist car accident victims and their personal injury lawyers identify and seek compensation for the ir clients when they sustain a traumatic brain injury.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as intracranial injury, occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain. TBI can be classified based on severity, mechanism (closed or penetrating head injury), or other features (e.g., occurring in a specific location or over a widespread area). Head injury usually refers to TBI, but is a broader category because it can involve damage to structures other than the brain, such as the scalp and skull.

Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. Causes include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence. Prevention measures include use of technology to protect those suffering from automobile accidents, such as seat belts and sports or motorcycle helmets, as well as efforts to reduce the number of automobile accidents, such as safety education programs and enforcement of traffic laws.

Brain trauma can be caused by a direct impact or by acceleration alone, which frequently occurs in car accidents or auto injuries. In addition to the damage caused at the moment of injury, brain trauma causes secondary injury, a variety of events that take place in the minutes and days following the injury. These processes, which include alterations in cerebral blood flow and the pressure within the skull, contribute substantially to the damage from the initial injury.

TBI can cause a host of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects, and outcome can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death. The 20th century saw critical developments in diagnosis and treatment that decreased death rates and improved outcome. Some of the current imaging techniques used for diagnosis and treatment include CT scans computed tomography and MRIs magnetic resonance imaging. Depending on the injury, treatment required may be minimal or may include interventions such as medications, emergency surgery or surgery years later. Physical therapy, speech therapy, recreation therapy, and occupational therapy may be employed for rehabilitation.

If you suspect your loved one or you are suffering from a traumatic brain injury caused by a auto accident, do not hesitate to seek a neurologists’ diagnosis and obtain a qualified personal injury lawyer to assist you in securing the just and fair compensation you deserve for your damages.

Fatal Car Accident in Virginia

Posted on: 11:12 am, October 21, 2012, by Jasmine Westbrooks, updated on: 01:50pm, October 21, 2012
Chesterfield, Va. (WTVR) – Chesterfield Police officers are investigating a fatal car accident that occurred Sunday morning.
Police responded to call around 9:03 a.m. of a collision between a Honda Civic and GMC pick up truck. We are told the Honda Civic was making a left turn from the southbound exit ramp of Powhite Parkway onto Courthouse Road when it was struck by the pick up truck traveling north on Courthouse Road.
The 26 year old driver of the Honda died at the scene. There is no identification information at this time.
Police continue their investigation into this crash.

Virginia Records Two Auto Accident Fatalities in Stafford and Fredericksburg

Crime Scene, By Peter Hermann

Two men were killed in separate car accidents in Virginia on Friday and Saturday, according to state police who said neither had been wearing seat belts.

The lastest crash occurred about 5 a.m.Saturday on Route 616 in Stafford County, about a mile south of Harwood Lane. Police said a 2000 Toyota Camry being driven south went off the road on a curve, went into a ditch, struck several mailboxes and a utility pole, and then overturned.

Virginia State Police said Philip Oliver, 20, of Fredericksburg, was pronounced dead on the scene. The cause is under investigation.

About 3:50 p.m. Friday, state police said a 2011 Hyundai Accent being driven north on Route 17 in Faquier County went off the right side of the road a half mile south of I-66.

Police said the car hit a fence and a tree, then spun around and went into a second tree. The driver was identified as Todd W. Nichols, 28, of Bentonville, Va.. Police said he was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital,. where he died later on Friday. No wrongful death actions have been filed as the crashes are still under investigation

Facts About Cerebral Palsy- Our Birth Injury Lawyers Can Help

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.
Cerebral palsy
Spastic paralysis; Paralysis – spastic; Spastic hemiplegia; Spastic diplegia; Spastic quadriplegia

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking.

There are several different types of cerebral palsy, including spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic, and mixed.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Cerebral palsy is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. Most of these problems occur as the baby grows in the womb, but they can happen at any time during the first 2 years of life, while the baby’s brain is still developing.

In some people with cerebral palsy, parts of the brain are injured due to low levels of oxygen (hypoxia) in the area. It is not known why this occurs.

Premature infants have a slightly higher risk of developing cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy may also occur during early infancy as a result of several conditions, including:

Bleeding in the brain

Brain infections (encephalitis, meningitis, herpes simplex infections)

Head injury

Infections in the mother during pregnancy (rubella)

Severe jaundice

In some cases the cause of cerebral palsy is never determined.
Symptoms

Symptoms of cerebral palsy can be very different between people with this group of disorders. Symptoms may:

Be very mild or very severe

Only involve one side of the body or both sides

Be more pronounced in either the arms or legs, or involve both the arms and legs

Symptoms are usually seen before a child is 2 years old, and sometimes begin as early as 3 months. Parents may notice that their child is delayed in reaching, and in developmental stages such as sitting, rolling, crawling, or walking.

There are several different types of cerebral palsy. Some people have a mixture of symptoms.

Symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy, the most common type, include:

Muscles that are very tight and do not stretch. They may tighten up even more over time.

Abnormal walk (gait): arms tucked in toward the sides, knees crossed or touching, legs make “scissors” movements, walk on the toes

Joints are tight and do not open up all the way (called joint contracture)

Muscle weakness or loss of movement in a group of muscles (paralysis)

The symptoms may affect one arm or leg, one side of the body, both legs, or both arms and legs

The following symptoms may occur in other types of cerebral palsy:

Abnormal movements (twisting, jerking, or writhing) of the hands, feet, arms, or legs while awake, which gets worse during periods of stress

Tremors

Unsteady gait

Loss of coordination

Floppy muscles, especially at rest, and joints that move around too much

Other brain and nervous system symptoms:

Decreased intelligence or learning disabilities are common, but intelligence can be normal

Speech problems (dysarthria)

Hearing or vision problems

Seizures

Pain, especially in adults (can be difficult to manage)

Eating and digestive symptoms

Difficulty sucking or feeding in infants, or chewing and swallowing in older children and adults

Problems swallowing (at all ages)

Vomiting or constipation

Other symptoms:

Increased drooling

Slower than normal growth

Irregular breathing

Urinary incontinence

Signs and tests

A full neurological exam is critical. In older people, testing cognitive function is also important.

The following other tests may be performed:

Blood tests

CT scan of the head

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

Hearing screen

MRI of the head

Vision testing

Treatment

There is no cure for cerebral palsy. The goal of treatment is to help the person be as independent as possible.

Treatment requires a team approach, including:

Primary care doctor

Dentist (dental check-ups are recommended around every 6 months)

Social worker

Nurses

Occupational, physical, and speech therapists

Other specialists, including a neurologist, rehabilitation physician, pulmonologist, and gastroenterologist

Treatment is based on the person’s symptoms and the need to prevent complications.

Self and home care include:

Getting enough food and nutrition

Keeping the home safe

Performing exercises recommended by the health care providers

Practicing proper bowel care (stool softeners, fluids, fiber, laxatives, regular bowel habits)

Protecting the joints from injury

Putting the child in regular schools is recommended, unless physical disabilities or mental development makes this impossible. Special education or schooling may help.

The following may help with communication and learning:

Glasses

Hearing aids

Muscle and bone braces

Walking aids

Wheelchairs

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthopedic help, or other treatments may also be needed to help with daily activities and care.

Medications may include:

Anticonvulsants to prevent or reduce the frequency of seizures

Botulinum toxin to help with spasticity and drooling

Muscle relaxants (baclofen) to reduce tremors and spasticity

Surgery may be needed in some cases to:

Control gastroesophageal reflux

Cut certain nerves from the spinal cord to help with pain and spasticity

Place feeding tubes

Release joint contractures

Stress and burnout among parents and other caregivers of cerebral palsy patients is common, and should be monitored.
Support Groups

For organizations that provide support and additional information, see cerebral palsy resources.
Expectations (prognosis)

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder. Long-term care may be required. The disorder does not affect expected length of life. The amount of disability varies.

Many adults are able to live in the community, either independently or with different levels of help. In severe cases, the person may need to be placed in an institution.
Complications

Bone thinning or osteoporosis

Bowel obstruction

Hip dislocation and arthritis in the hip joint

Injuries from falls

Joint contractures

Pneumonia caused by choking

Poor nutrition

Reduced communication skills (sometimes)

Reduced intellect (sometimes)

Scoliosis

Seizures (in about half of patients)

Social stigma

Calling your health care provider

Call your health care provider if symptoms of cerebral palsy develop, especially if you know that an injury occurred during birth or early infancy.
Prevention

Getting the proper prenatal care may reduce the risk of some rare causes of cerebral palsy. However, dramatic improvements in care over the last 15 years have not reduced the rate of cerebral palsy. In most cases, the injury causing the disorder may not be preventable.

Pregnant mothers with certain medical conditions may need to be followed in a high-risk prenatal clinic.
References

Johnston MV. Encephalopathies. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 591.
Ashwal S, et al. Practice parameter: diagnostic assessment of the child with cerebral palsy: report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society. Neurology. 2004;62:851-863.
Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society, Delgado MR, Hirtz D, Aisen M, et al. Practice parameter: pharmacologic treatment of spasticity in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (an evidence-based review): report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society. Neurology. 2010;74:336-343.
Sakzewski L, Ziviani J, Boyd R. Systematic review and meta-analysis of therapeutic management of upper-limb dysfunction in children with congenital hemiplegia. Pediatrics. 2009;123:e1111-e1122.

Review Date: 9/16/2009.

Reviewed by: Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.