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Pennsylvania triathlete Ben Foy & Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau atop the AG winner's podium at the Patriots Sprint Triathlon in Jamestown Virginia

Walking the swim at the Williamsburg Virginia triathlon

Pennsylvania triathlete Ben Foy & Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau atop the AG winner's podium at the Patriots Sprint Triathlon in Jamestown Virginia
Pennsylvania triathlete Ben Foy & Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau atop the AG winner’s podium at the Patriots Sprint Triathlon in Jamestown Virginia

Athletes competing at anniversary park took advantage of the shallow water to walk large portions of the half-mile swim course. Some may have swum just a small fraction of the brackish water half mile swim. As Doug Landau had already opted to wear his  legal wetsuit, he swam nearly all of the first leg of this Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Super Series event.

Lawyer Landau was down in the Williamsburg area to visit with family, and was able to preview the course on Friday and Saturday. He even went swimming Saturday afternoon, after the Olympic and Half Iron distance races were concluded.  Just as he will scout out an accident scene or courthouse for a case or trial, Landau will check out the race venue in advance. At Jamestown on Saturday, he noted significant chop, very little visibility, and that the water was probably too warm to be wetsuit legal. In fact, he left his wetsuit in the car when he arrived raced a morning on Sunday. However, upon hearing the race director’s announcement that the water had cooled due to all the rain, he ran back to the athletes parking lot in order retrieve his neoprene full body suit. Starting off in the fourth heat, lawyer Landau tried to swim the swim in order to have the bike and run later that he had hoped to have.

Virginia & Maryland Triathlon AG award winner Todd Pederson & Doug Landau compare race strategies after the Patriots Sprint race
Virginia & Maryland Triathlon AG award winner Todd Pederson & Doug Landau compare race strategies after the Patriots Sprint race. Pederson travels from North Carolina to compete throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and put in a strong race at the US National Championships in Milwaukee

Upon exiting the water, the triathlon trial lawyer passed a number of athletes running the 500 meters to the transition area. Once on his bicycle, Landau continued to pass other racers, including many of the collegiate competitors who had started well ahead of this Masters competitor. After passing continuously on the bike, he executed an swift second transition, hit the ground running, chasing after his friend Todd Pederson. Competing in VTS/MTS races nearly every weekend, Pederson also raced at the National Championships last month and is a fierce competitor from North Carolina.  Landau knew he would have to make up significant ground, as he saw his friend had a 75 second advantage at the bicycle turn-around, and a 45 second advantage at the run-turnaround. While the bicycle portion of the course had some grade to it, the run course was completely flat, and Landau was able to use his foot speed to catch his friend just before the 3 mile marker, as well as other athletes all the way to the finish line. After the race, Landau noted that Pederson had the faster transition splits, which is the Herndon injury lawyer’s forte.

The Patriots Sprint Triathlon was another superbly executed event by the Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Super Series folks. There were plenty of volunteers, and race director Greg Hawkins even joked at the start that there were so many water safety helpers on the river, that a competitor could simply home from surf board to kayak for the entire duration of the swim leg of the race! For beginner triathletes making the transition from shorter, pool swim events, to open water races, the Jamestown venue is an excellent choice because athletes can stand or touch the bottom of the buoyant, brackish inlet for nearly the entire course.

Lawyer Landau was fortunate enough to win his age category by over a mile; his overall time would have been good enough to be on the podium in most age groups, male or female.  Always thinking about how to do things better, whether in Court or at the races, Landau I would have liked to have had his cyclometer on the bike and the run course chalked ahead of time. However, he felt that under the circumstances he gave full value in this week’s performance. For more information about the Patriots Triathlon weekend events, click here.

Bicycle Wheel Malfunction

Who bears responsibility for an accident caused by a loose bolt in a bike purchased from the store fully assembled?
Who bears responsibility for an accident caused by a loose bolt in a bike purchased from the store fully assembled?

We recently read an article published on the American Association for Justice website about an interesting case in the state of Washington.

The details are as follows:  A man purchased a fully assembled bike at a store.  A few weeks later he took his first ride.  As he was pedaling downhill, the bike stopped suddenly and the man was thrown from the bike.  After the accident, the front wheel was turned in a 90 degree angle to the direction he was traveling.

He suffered a dislocated right shoulder and required physical therapy.  His pain continues, however. The plaintiff has limited range of motion in his shoulder as a result of this bike crash.  This prevents him from doing anything that involves reaching. The accident victim cannot participate in his regular activities like hiking, swimming, biking, and other sports.

An investigation discovered that a quill-stem bolt (the bolt that holds the handlebars to the stem assembly which holds the front tire) had not been properly tightened.  This caused the front wheel to move in one direction despite the handlebars being moved in the other direction.

The man sued the store as well as the contractor hired by the store to assemble the bike.

The trial court granted summary judgement for the store; the facts demonstrate the store had no agency relationship or control over the bike assembler, and should therefore not be a party to the suit.

The contractor argued the man must have tampered with the bike AND that he failed to heed a warning on the bike to test it before riding

The plaintiff conceded he did not pay attention to the warning, and that the accident probably would not have happened if he had.

The jury allocated fault 75% to the contractor and 25% to the plaintiff.  The award was $235,000, of which the defendant is responsible for about $176,000.

Would the outcome have been the same here in Virginia?  According to Ashburn Virginia bike crash lawyer Doug Landau,”Absolutely not.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the defendant (the contractor) would have prevailed and the plaintiff (the injured cyclist) would have gotten nothing. Why?  Because Virginia adheres to the doctrines of Contributory Negligence and Assumption of the Risk. These legal doctrines hold that there can be no verdict if 1) the injured plaintiff bears any responsibility whatsoever for the injury; or 2) the plaintiff was even 1% at fault for assuming the risk involved with the activity in which he or she was injured.”

Sports injury lawyer Doug Landau has seen these legal doctrines in action in his home state of Virginia many times! That’s what makes these kinds of cases extremely difficult to win in the Commonwealth.  Read more here.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of another and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

A Simple Stretch to Ease Low Back Pain

Athletes – and runners in particular — are particularly susceptible to low back pain.

Herndon Triathlon Lawyer Doug Landau came across an easy exercise that helps to reset the body after the repetitive stresses it endures in training, running, or even just sitting for long periods of time.  It is called the Double-Leg Pelvic Tilt.  Click here to watch a quick video demonstrating how to do it.

Try it – It is quick, you do not need any special equipment, and it will really help!

 

Take Me Out at the Ball Game ?!!?

Does a spectator sitting in the grandstand hit by a ball at a baseball game stand a chance at a lawsuit?

Herndon Baseball Sponsor Appreciation Night at Herndon High School - Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU supports Hornets Sports
Herndon Baseball Sponsor Appreciation Night at Herndon High School – Doug Landau & the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU have long supported Hornets Sports

In the summer of 2010, a trip to the ball park for a Georgia man and his 6-year -old daughter turned disastrous.  According to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a “line drive sliced over the visitor’s dugout and into the crowd before anyone could get out of the way. The foul ball, struck at the August 30, 2010, Braves-Mets game at Turner Field, slammed into the head of a 6-year-old girl, fracturing her skull, damaging her brain.”

Earlier this year, the girl’s father filed a lawsuit against the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball (MLB), charging that the Braves and MLB failed to protect Continue reading

"Helmet a Day" Campaign Reaches Loudoun County

Before giving a new free Bell helmet to each 5th grader at Rolling Ridge Elementary School in Sterling Virginia, Doug Landau teaches the students about brain injury and bike safety
Before giving a new free Bell helmet to each 5th grader at Rolling Ridge Elementary School in Sterling Virginia, Doug Landau teaches these Loudoun County Public School students about brain injury and bike safety

After last year’s success in educating students about brain injury and giving out free bicycle helmets, a goal of 365 helmets was set for 2012.  The campaign was to be “a helmet a day” to protect school children from preventable head injury.  Setting goals and achieving them is a common occurrence at the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU. 

All cyclists, rollerbladers, long boarders and skate boarders should wear head protection.  To that end, Herndon sports injury lawyer Doug Landau visited with Rolling Ridge Elementary School 5th graders in Sterling Virginia. With the help of Loudoun County Police officers, every child was fitted with their own brand new Bell bike helmet. Lawyer Landau also gave educational presentations and distributed free bicycle helmet to Herndon, Fairfax and Reston 6th graders this month so that the students and their families could learn how to properly wear their bike helmets.  The ABRAMS LANDAU GIVING PAGE on FaceBook has more pictures from these presentations.

Virginia Triathlon Series ends in Bumpass

Giant Acorn Sprint Triathlon 50-54 age group winners
Giant Acorn Sprint Triathlon 50-54 age group winners, Boxley Cove, Bumpass, Virginia

Needing one more race to have the mandatory minimum number to qualify for the Virginia Triathlon Series (“VTS”) age group awards, Doug Landau had his heel taped up and travelled down to Boxley Cove in Bumpass, Virginia for the final event of the season.  The Giant Acorn Sprint Triathlon was held on a cold, rainy day but the water temperature was warm and yet still wetsuit legal.

The road surfaces were wet, but the rain held during the majority of this challenging race.  As usual, Greg Hawkins and his crew put on a fun, scenic and safe event.  There were plenty of volunteers and pizza for every finisher.  Landau has not done any run training since the Reston Triathlon a month ago; the only running the Triathlon Trial Lawyer has done is in the deep end of the Herndon Community Center pool.  Nevertheless, once on dry land, only his friend, client (and eventual Age Group runner-up) Bill Coquelin passed him (during the bike). Landau though he could have caught the faster swimmers in his category on the run, as it was 1/3 cross country, but he ran out of real estate, finishing 5th.  Friend (and part fish !) John Lysher of Fredericksburg again bested Landau, winning the AG and likely taking the series crown.  Landau had a strong race, but Lysher was top 20, and put a great distance during the swim, and he increased it with a powerful bike ride.  After the race, the Athletes Lawyer and Triathlon Coach Rob Colburn (who won his age group handily) stopped at “Moo Thru” on Route 29 for ice cream milk shakes and lunch. The Herndon trial lawyer will likely now not compete in the Fall road races in order to let his plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome and heel spur heal.

Herndon Community Center hosting Jack Corkey Memorial Aquathon

Doug Landau and his nephew are getting ready for the Jack Corkey Memorial Aquathon at the Herndon Virginia Community Center
Doug Landau and his nephew are getting ready for the Jack Corkey Memorial Aquathon at the Herndon Virginia Community Center. Get your blue goggles on !

It’s official ! Check out the Town of Herndon, Virginia’s web site. The Town’s site says, “On Saturday, February 25, the Herndon Community Center will be hosting the Jack Corkey Memorial Aquathon. Please click here for information about the event and for the registration form. Lane availability for lap swimming will be limited in the morning due to this event.” Race information can also be found at the Washington Running Report Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau and the Herndon Aquatics Center staff look forward to seeing all area multisport athletes at this fun event.

"Double Down" Races, like Successful Injury Cases, Require Advance Planning

Double Down Race Directors presented Herndon Injury Lawyer Doug Landau with his medal after he completed the Runners Den 5km and 10km races in Phoenix, Arizona before the Association fort Justice CLE sessions resumed
Double Down Race Directors presented Herndon Injury Lawyer Doug Landau with his medal after he completed the Runners Den 5km and 10km races in Phoenix, Arizona before the Association fort Justice CLE sessions resumed

Just as the best trial lawyers plan successful case trials well in advance, top endurance athletes often decide on pace, nutrition, gear and even sleep well before the day of the race. Such was the case with today’s race, where sprint specialist Doug Landau was going to be running over a half-marathon in total distance. Rather than run with other lawyers at the Scottsdale Convention site, Triathlon Trial Lawyer Doug Landau chose to run in the competitive 34th Annual Runners Den 5k and 10k races in Phoenix, Arizona. To do so successfully, the Herndon sports injury lawyer had to contend with Continue reading

Sports Recovery; Not the Legal Kind, but the Physiological (Workouts have their limits !)

Too much exercise can be counter productive and put you on your butt !
Too much exercise can be counter productive and put you on your butt ! Plan rest, nutrition and recuperation as carefully as you plan your workouts and you will avoid overuse injury

Having studied exercise physiology, I am often taken aback by some of the extreme forms of training and competition being promoted by so-called “sports gurus.” The are recipes for injury, disability and worse. While the human body is indeed a miraculous collection of systems, it is not immortal and our bodies need time to rest and recuperate after the stresses of sports training and Continue reading

Reston Bike Riders Loudon County W&OD Crash

Reston bike riders assemble in the Herndon Town lot prior to a fun ride from Fairfax County to Loudoun County
Reston bike riders assemble in the Herndon Town lot prior to a fun weekday ride from Fairfax County to Loudoun County

“Defensive Driving” is not just for motorists.  Even bikers need to ride “defensively” and anticipate unsafe actions by others on the roads, paths and trails.  A group of cyclists from Reston were enjoying the W&OD Trail, just past Leesburg in Loudoun County, when calamity struck.  A little boy about 6 or 7 years old was riding with at least one or two siblings and his father was walking with them.  The child was looking back and rode directly into the bikers’ lane.   While the cyclists yelled warning, and some were able to avoid crashing, but others Continue reading