Tragically, in the United States a child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes.

Yesterday, a 7 year old child from Burnt Chimney was accidentally shot and killed.  The Roanoke Times is reporting today that police believe the boy’s  12 year old brother was handling the firearm at a neighbor’s house when it fired. Now, I first want to say that I am not an anti-gun person. I own firearms and have a concealed weapon permit. However, if you choose to own firearms, you have the responsibility to secure those firearms from  all children. In fact, any time you allow other children in your house, you have a duty to supervise them and keep them from any dangers in your house or on your property.

Sadly, that does not appear to be what happened with the recent case in the fatal Burnt Chimney accident.  If you own firearms, make sure that they are secured in locked cabinets or cases that only you and/or your spouse have a key to.

If you insist on keeping a loaded firearm in the house, buy a  special case that the loaded gun can be kept in, that still allows quick access to the firearm. See your local sporting goods retailer such as Dick’s, for details. These are not that expensive, and could save the life of your child or one of his/her friends.

If you or a loved has been the victim of an accidental firearm or gun discharge or shooting in Bedford, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, Lexington, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Danville, Wise, Abingdon, VA or West Virginia, call gun accident attorney Paul Thomson, of The Thomson Law Firm for a free case evaluation today.  1-540-777-4900

Birth Injury cases are extremely difficult and complex cases. Parents are going through an incredibly emotional time and wondering if they will be able to handle the type of care that the baby will require due to his or her birth injury.  Birth Injury can occur when a doctor is negligent during the birthing process. Birth injuries are not the same as birth defects.

Common types of birth injuries are:

  • Brain Injury
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fractured Clavicle

Babies can also be injured during the first days after birth.  Common types of after birth injuries include:

  • botched circumcision
  • failure to treat infection


If you have questions about birth injury, call The Thomson Law Firm today for a free consultation.  Experienced medical malpractice and birth injury lawyer, Paul Thomson serves clients in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Bedford, Rocky Mount, Martinsville, Botetourt, Lexington, Abingdon, Bristol, Hot Springs, Staunton and Charlottesville, VA and all of West Virginia. Call today for a free case evaluation.

Toyota is busy yet again making headlines with another product recall affecting 2.34 million cars in the U.S.  Toyota announced today that it is recalling several models for four different defects.

The first defect involves a Spiral Cable Issue.   Toyota has said that cable could be damaged when the steering wheel is turned, and that could result in the airbag not activating after a crash.  The models produced from 2004-2010 involved in the recall for the faulty cable are:

  • RAV4,
  • Corolla,
  • Matrix,
  • Yaris,
  • Yaris Sedan,
  • Highlander,
  • Tacoma
  • Land Cruiser Prado
  • Camrys assembled in Australia
  •  General Motors’ Pontiac Vibe

The second defect are issues with faulty seat rails. Models produced from 2005-2010 affected by this recall are:

  •  Certain Scion xD
  •  Urban Cruiser
  •  Yaris and Yaris Sedan

The other three defects included a faulty engine starter, a faulty windshield wiper motor, and a defective steering column bracket.  Toyota is aware of two fires related to the defective engine starter. These problems were only identified in cars sold outside the U.S.  The engine starter recall is not related to the recent ignition switch recall from General Motors.


If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective product, call The Thomson Law Firm today for a free consultation today.  1-877-471-3353




There has been a recent flood of bicycling fatalities.  Many people are not aware that a bicyclist has the same right to the road as a vehicle.  Sadly, many people do not share the road with bicyclists and fail to yield to them and provide them with sufficient roadway to travel safely.  When you encounter a cyclist you should slow down and pass only when it is safe to do so; that means safe for you AND the bicyclist.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a hit and run accident as a bicyclist in Bedford, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Botetourt, Abingdon, Smith Mountain Lake or in West Virginia, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm today. 1-540-777-4900.

The two most recent bicycle incidents involved alcohol.  If you are going to drink, DON’T DRIVE. Call a friend who has not been drinking to come get you or better yet call a cab.  Not only will a drunk driving conviction cost you several thousand dollars in legal fees, court costs and increased insurance premiums, it could cost you your job, or worse yet it could cost you or your victim, their life.  In the two most recent bicycling cases, the bicyclist lost his life. Don’t drink and drive, it is that simple.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident involving a drunk driver in Bedford, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Botetourt, Abingdon, Smith Mountain Lake or in West Virginia, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm today. 1-540-777-4900.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times this week an inquiry by the NHSTA and the Justice Department has discovered documents revealing General Motors knew of the potentially fatal defect in 2001, before the recalled products were sold.  Internal memos from the company cite the reasons for not fixing the defect as too costly, too time consuming, and changes to the design would not fully fix the problem.

Read more about the 235,000 pages of documents obtained from GM  in the Los Angeles Times Report,0,1384940.story#axzz2xyDL6MqU

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective product in Roanoke, Bedford, Lynchburg, Forest, Hillsville, Galax, Martinsville, Danville, Lexington, Winchester, Harrisonburg, Abingdon, VA or West Virginia, call Product Liability Lawyer Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm.  Case Evaluations and Consultations are free, so call 1-540-777-4900.




Product liability claims can occur under the following circumstances:

1) There was a design flaw with the product that caused  a  personal injury;

2)The manufacturer failed to warn consumers of dangers associated with the product when in normal and intended use and someone was injured;


3)The product was made not made correctly and caused an injury.

Proving a product to be defective is a complicated and expensive endeavor. It often requires expert testimony from engineers, product designers, or experts.  To make a product liability claim for a personal injury, one would also have to prove that the injuries are related to  the defective product.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a defective product, call Roanoke Lawyer Paul Thomson today. The Thomson Law Firm offers free case evaluations and will be able to determine if you have a  product liability claim. Call 540-777-4900 for your free consultation today.


The NY Times reported yesterday that General Motors knew for a fact as early as 2009 that a fatal ignition switch was in use in over a million cars that were sold to the American public. Unfortunately, decisions made in the best interest of corporate greed caused the company to hide the information from the American public and allowed more people to be killed behind the wheels of their defective General Motors automobiles.

Read more about victims’ families and the bully tactics General Motors used in the New York Times article, “General Motors Misled Grieving Families on a Lethal Flaw.” by Hilary Stout, Bill Vlasic, Danielle Ivory, Rebecca R. Ruiz.

If you or a loved one has injured or killed by a defective product, call The Thomson Law Firm today for a free case evaluation. We are currently reviewing auto defect cases and will consult with you at no charge. Do not be intimidated by huge corporations or their lawyers. Call Paul Thomson, of The Thomson Law Firm, today. 1-540-777-4900

A Florida man died Saturday after sustaining serious injuries in a hit and run accident on Bedford County’s VA Route 122 Friday night.  Sean McQuaid, was struck by a vehicle from behind.  The vehicle believed to be a newer model Ford Edge, sped away from the scene.  McQuaid was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Virginia State Police 1-800-542-5959.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident in Bedford, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Botetourt, Abingdon, Smith Mountain Lake or in West Virginia, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm today. 1-540-777-4900.

It is vitally important to act immediately, in Virginia the Statute of Limitations  will expire 2 years after the date of the accident in most cases.  You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine if you have a case and the value of your claim.

The Thomson Law Firm offers free consultations to car accident victims in Roanoke, Bedford, Martinsville, Danville, Abingdon, Lynchburg, Lexington, VA and West Virginia. To talk to a lawyer about your car accident case, call Paul Thomson today by dialing 1-540-777-4900.


General Motors has recently recalled the following vehicles for ignition switch malfunction:

  • 2005-2007  Chevy Cobalt
  • 2005-2007  Pontiac G5
  • 2006-2007 Chevy HHRs
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2006-2007 Saturn Sky

A malfunctioning ignition switch is especially dangerous.  Drivers may be traveling at a high rate of speed when the car suddenly turns off, causing the driver to lose power steering control. If the vehicle is off, the airbags will not deploy in the event of a crash.

So far, GM has traced the malfunctioning ignition switch to 12 deaths.  A safety group is alleging that 303 deaths can now be related to the faulty ignition switches. Sadly, it has recently been reported that GM was aware of the fatal problem as early as 2001.  An investigation by the NHSTA is ongoing.

GM is recommending that owners of these vehicles remove all extra keys and key fobs from the key ring and to only use the vehicle key when starting the ignition. While extra weight has been an established contributor to the defect, rough road conditions and jarring have also been cited in the investigations.  Potholes, accidently hitting curbs, striking road debris, veering off of the edge of the road and other unavoidable road hazards can potentially cause the ignition switch to turn off.

For detailed instructions on what to do if you are the owner of one of these vehicles, please visit


If you or a loved has been injured or killed by GM’s failure to report and repair this obvious threat to public safety, call The Thomson Law Firm for a free consultation today. 540-777-4900.