From Charlottesville, Virginia

Covering the state of Virginia, Wilson & Hajek, a personal injury law firm, is centrally located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Francis Hajek is an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney and lawyer who provides aggressive representation and personal service to his clients who have suffered injuries. Since 2007, he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wright Medical Hip Implant Cases in Virginia

Wright Medical hip implant devices and systems are experiencing the same problems that the recalled Johnson & Johnson DePuy hip implant devices have had. The problem revolves around the metal on metal construction of the parts of the device. The metal parts rub together and can release cobalt and chromium into the bloodstream of the patient. The device also causes pain for the recipient through the wearing and grinding of the parts. For instance, I am handling a case in Charlottesville, Virginia where my client received a Wright medical hip implant system in 2007. By 2010, my client was experiencing the same type of pain that had been present before the replacement hip was installed. As a result of the pain and a significant increase in cobalt and chromium levels in blood levels, my client required a second surgery to remove the Wright medical hip implant device and then had a new Johnson & Johnson hip implant device installed which was not of the metal on metal design. The medical bills for such a procedure are staggering and routinely exceed a hundred thousand dollars. Significantly, there is a greater risk of problems and complications with a second implant. The recall of the Johnson & Johnson DePuy hip implant device was a step in the right direction for the victims of these defective products. Cases involving the recalled devices have been consolidated in a class action pending in Toledo, Ohio. Currently, there is no recall involving the Wright medical metal on metal hip implant devices. As a result, I am able to file these cases in the area where the client lives. If you have a wright Medical metal on metal hip implant system and are experiencing problems with your health, call to discuss your rights and the remedies that are available to you.

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Virginia Car Accident Lawyers Cover the State


Our office locations allow us to serve auto accident injury victims throughout the State of Virginia for serious injuries ranging from soft tissue to catastrophic brain injuries.

When you are involved in a car accident through no fault of your own, problems crop up immediately: transportation, medical bills, insurance coverage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These are the things which the lawyers at Wilson & Hajek handle for auto accident victims. From our office in Virginia Beach we cover Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake and the peninsula. From our office in Charlottesville we cover Albemarle County, Nelson County, Orange County, Madison County, Waynesboro, Staunton, Louisa County, and Fluvanna County.

You can contact us for a free consultation concerning your injuries from a car accident. You should make that contact before you give a statement, either recorded or in writing. Saying the wrong thing at the urging of a car accident insurance adjuster can cause you to forfeit any claim you have for a personal injury. You need to look out for the interests of you and your family, not the interests of the insurance company. If you are unable to come to us because of the car accident or injuries, we will come to you. Protect your best interests by talking with a reputable law firm with a proven track record. Talk with Wilson & Hajek - Toll Free at (877) 222-1588 or at our website

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro

Monday, May 9, 2011

Pedestrian Injuries in Virginia


We represent the injured but at the same time we promote safety. After a vehicle breaks the rules and you sustain an injury, you should contact us. We are currently handling pedestrian injury cases in Charlottesville and Norfolk. Both of the cases involve serious injuries, as would be expected for accidents involving cars and human bodies. Remarkably, both cases involve vehicles failing to stop for pedestrians lawfully crossing the road at an intersection where the pedestrian has the right of way.

Walking is a great activity for exercise. However, both pedestrians and drivers of vehicles must follow the rules to avoid personal injuries or deaths to pedestrians.

Pedestrians must use sidewalks when available. If there are no sidewalks, stay to the extreme left edge of the road and face the oncoming traffic. Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. People on bikes should go slowly, give warnings and wait for the pedestrian to move over. When people in cars turn across sidewalks (such as driveways), the motorist should yield to the pedestrian. Pedestrians should also try to make eye contact with motorists to make sure they are seen when crossing streets, crosswalks, paths and driveways.

Pedestrians are required to cross at crosswalks when possible. Crosswalks are often painted or marked on the street. Crosswalks also occur wherever sidewalks meet the street at intersections. This is called an “unmarked crosswalk” by the Code of Virginia. Crossing at sidewalk intersections is an expected maneuver and cars should be aware of pedestrians at these crosswalks. In fact, the laws of Virginia require a driver of a car to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked, if the speed limit for the road is 35 miles per hour or less.

Motorists and pedestrians must guard against a pedestrian personal injury or death. These vehicle and pedestrian accidents cause some of the more serious accidental injuries to pedestrians. Both parties should follow the rules. If you follow the rules but sustain a serious personal injury through no fault of your own, call the experienced lawyers at Wilson & Hajek to help see you through this stressful time. You can call our toll free number (877) 222-1588 for a free consultation or reach us at our website, Serving Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and District of Columbia, with offices in Charlottesville and Virginia Beach.

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Charlottesville Virginia Motorcycle Accidents

Eyes Wide Open, Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Personal injury lawyers know that motorcycle riders must always be on the lookout.

The Virginia law firm of Wilson & Hajek, personal injury lawyers, has represented numbers of motorcycle riders who have been careful and have still been injured. Experienced lawyers know that even if a bike rider keeps his eyes wide open, as Johnny Cash suggested, they are sometimes unable to avoid autos changing lanes, coming out of side streets, driveways, and passing. It seems that the drivers of cars often either overlook or assume the right of way over a motorcycle. In fact, 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with passenger vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents happen at a rate that is 35 times greater per travelled mile when compared to passenger cars. The motorcycle rider must keep a constant vigil for every possible dangerous situation in order to avoid serious personal injury.

There are often disputes as to how an accident took place. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident that is not your fault and are able to do so, get the names and addresses of any nearby witnesses. If you have a cell phone with a camera, take photographs of the scene and both vehicles involved in the crash. Do this before the police arrive and make sure the police officer notes that the other person was at fault.

Most bike accidents involve serious injuries. Protect your evidence by making sure you document what happened to you and your bike. Then call an experienced lawyer such as those at Wilson & Hajek with offices in Charlottesville and Virginia Beach. They will protect you and handle the hassle that follows with the insurance companies.

We handle these cases throughout Virginia, including Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Nelson, County, Orange County, Madison County, Waynesboro County, Staunton County, Louisa County, Fluvanna County and Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Hampton, Virginia.

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Charlottesville Accidents and Dangerous Intersections


In Virginia, interstate highway exit ramps lead to many three car crashes with one driver causing property and personal injury damages to the other two drivers.

.Many interstate ramps in Virginia do not have merge lanes and some are crossover mergers where cars on the interstate are trying to access exit ramps immediately in front of the access ramp. The end result is often a quick stop by the lead car at the access ramp to the interstate with cars behind striking one another. The issue then becomes who made a proper stop and who did not. The usual scenario is the first car stops, the second car stops and the third or fourth car is not aware of what is happening. Often the third car will strike the second car trying to access the interstate and drive that car into the first car that has had to stop. It then becomes cars one and two looking at the negligence of car number three for a failure to stop and/or following too close. There are many variations to this theme but the answer is, all persons injured by the negligence of another should look to the negligent party. The police often have to sort this out.

Interstate 64 runs through Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. At the exit for Route 29, there is a crossover merger that is very busy and the scene of many accidents. Personally, I think it is the most dangerous interstate exit and entrance in the Charlottesville area. If you believe there is a more dangerous area, let us know. Of course, the answer is to redesign the interstate exit to avoid the merger of traffic. More land is required and, in some cases, there may not be enough space given the geography of the area, but consideration should be given to the dangers presented by merger exits and entrances.

It is important that injured persons give accurate information about what happened and seek any necessary medical treatment for personal injuries. If you have questions about liability issues or your personal injuries call for a free consultation at Wilson & Hajek, personal injury lawyers for auto, truck and motorcycle accidents with offices in Charlottesville and Virginia Beach, VA.

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Virginia Motorcyclists Lose In Car And Truck Accidents


The dangers of motorcycles being struck by larger vehicles is demonstrated by two accidents from different parts of Virginia. In both cases, the motorcycle rider was killed as a result of the accident. In Albemarle County, a motorcycle rider was struck and killed and Chesapeake, Virginia, there was a truck and two bike collision killing one of two motorcyclists.

The Albemarle County (located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia) accident involved a motorcycle rider who was struck by a drunk driver on Earlysville Road. Speed was a factor. In cases like this, the motorcyclist almost always is the victim and yet some people will try to blame the motorcycle rider.

In Chesapeake, Virginia, a pickup truck traveling west on Mount Pleasant Road, sideswiped a motorcycle which resulted in the deaths of two and personal injuries to another. The truck hit a motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction and caused a chain reaction crash into another motorcycle rider. The driver of the pickup and one of the motorcycle riders died on-site. The second bike rider was flown to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Our website discusses how larger vehicles can cause severe personal injuries and death to motorcycle riders. In these cases, two out of three motorcycle riders suffered death and the third sustained a personal injury. More education is needed for the general public to stop these types of uncalled for wrecks causing death and destruction to motorcycle riders

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro

Texting and Driving in Virginia


Virginia injury lawyers are seeing more serious injury cases involving texting and driving. According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, drivers who text are twenty-three (23) times more likely to crash, a dangerous and illegal practice causing personal injuries and deaths.

In Virginia, texting while driving was outlawed as of July 1, 2009. The action is a secondary offense meaning another law must be broken before a driver can be pulled over. As a result, the law has not been widely enforced. In addition, the fine for a first offense is only $20. Virginia Beach is the strongest in enforcement in the Hampton Roads area. Some cities such as Portsmouth had zero (0) cases, others had a few cases.

The officers must stop for other reasons, but such actions such as weaving, erratic lane changes, and looking up and down can signal to an officer that a driver might be illegally sending a text message or email. (Virginian-Pilot, May 1, 2011). Even then, the officer still needs to stop for another reason in order to write the texting violation.

The Department of Motor Vehicles has found that driving and texting are a dangerous mixture. This act is worse than drinking and driving and can have the same deadly effects, leading to crashes and serious personal injuries, even death.

The problem seems to be worse among teen drivers as texting is a part of their daily social lives. Interestingly, more girls (51%) admit to texting and driving than do boys (31%). However, the law is tough to enforce. The officer must see the texting occur. Such observation requires the officer to be close to the driver’s car and if officers are close enough, they are usually spotted and the drivers then stop the texting.

As a starting point to avoid the deadly crashes and serious personal injuries caused by texting, the action should be made a primary offense. That would help officers to stop offenders and issue violations which hopefully, would deter some of the texting. Albemarle High School incorporates lessons against texting and driving into its driver’s education program. All Virginia high schools should follow this program. At Wilson & Hajek, we represent persons who are involved in serious personal injuries, and as responsible citizens, we believe this dangerous practice must be stopped. We have taken the same position about DUI on our website at, and will continue our efforts to curb dangerous driving practices in Virginia. You can call for a free consultation concerning your personal injuries in an auto accident or send a question by visiting our website.

Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro