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COVID-19 Notice: Our law firm is open and we are working. Due to the pandemic, our lawyers and staff are generally working remotely. Everyone has access to firm email and voice mail. When calling the office, use the firm directory to leave a voice mail message for attorneys or staff. Email addresses are found on the attorney profile pages. 

Courthouses are usually packed with people — potential jurors, judges, clerks, attorneys, plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses, sheriffs, bailiffs, court reporters, and many more people who help keep the judicial system operating. In March 2020, the global pandemic forced nearly all judicial processes to come to a halt.

Frei, Mims and Perushek has been named “Most Trusted Personal Injury Law Firm – Virginia” by US Business Magazine, in their 2020 Legal Elite Awards program.https://www.virginia-injury-lawyer-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/144/2020/05/Screen-Shot-2020-05-13-at-2.53.21-PM.png

Winners for the awards are the result of months of research and analysis by US Business and are chosen on the basis of merit, according to the magazine, which is described as “the definitive magazine for CEOs, top tier management and key decision-makers across the U.S.

“We are proud to have earned the trust of Virginians for medical malpractice and personal injury representation and we are committed to maintaining that trust and achieving justice for our clients,” said Gary Brooks Mims, managing partner.

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The March 2020 issue of “ED Legal Letter” features a discussion by Gary Brooks Mims on the difficulties of establishing causation in malpractice claims against emergency medical providers. Mims cited as examples several of his cases where the emergency physicians failed to diagnose stroke, resulting in serious injuries. The failure to diagnose the stroke, Mims explained, was clearly negligent but what makes the case difficult is the issue of causation. In the article, he says, “If the ED defense can prove the injury would have happened regardless of the ED physician’s treatment, even if the treatment was negligent, the ED physician would get off because the negligence would not be a proximate cause of the injury.”

“ED Legal Letter” is a monthly publication for “emergency medicine malpractice prevention and risk management. Mims is quoted in the article “Causation Difficult for Plaintiff in ED Malpractice Claim.”

Big-smile_DSF3203-Web-225x300It is with great pleasure that we announce an exciting new chapter for our firm. Effective, January 1, 2020, Sickels, Frei and Mims becomes Frei, Mims and Perushek.

This change marks the addition of Matthew Perushek as partner and the retirement from the firm of our friend and partner Charles Sickels, after 45 years in law. Gary Brooks Mims is the new managing partner of the firm.

As a team of personal injury trial lawyers, we are entering 2020 with both a renewed determination and passion to achieve just results for our clients. We will continue to serve clients in our key practice areas of medical malpractice, serious accidents, products liability, wrongful death and all other areas of personal injury law. There is no greater reward in our practice than to fight for our clients’ rights and to win just compensation.

Perushek_TWZ9245-Final-4-Web-200x300 The personal injury law firm of Sickels, Frei and Mims announced that Matthew Perushek has been elevated to partner, effective January 2020.

“Matt is a smart lawyer who has been dogged in pursuing the right results for our clients. He shares our commitment to meticulous preparation and passionate representation of our clients. We are proud to now call him partner,” said Gary B. Mims.

Since joining the firm in 2013, Perushek has successfully tried and settled personal injury cases throughout Virginia.  He has also successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia, including the 2019 case of Supen vs. Gross in which the Court affirmed the Mims-Perushek trial victory in a botched plastic surgery case.

The personal injury law firm of Sickels, Frei and Mims today announced that partner Charles Sickels is retiring from the firm at the end of 2019. He has moved to Richmond where he will continue serving selected business clients. Sickels-236x300The firm also announced that Gary B. Mims will assume the role of managing partner.

In a career that has spanned 45 years, Sickels helped hundreds of people succeed in personal injury cases. Over the years, he also developed special expertise in business law. He has nurtured dozens of small and large business clients to plan and structure their organizations, as well as handle contracts, employment disputes, and commercial transactions.  In addition, he served as the registered agent for many organizations doing business in Virginia.

Among Sickels’ many career achievements is a landmark case that ultimately redefined “not to compete” covenants in Virginia. His case, Home Paramount Pest Control v. Rector, is still recognized as a leading decision on post-employment restrictions in Virginia.

by Matthew Perushek

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You and your attorneys have won! After nearly two years of pre-trial preparation, involving obtaining and reviewing medical records; depositions of witnesses, doctors. and experts; countless motions, meetings, and phone calls, your case was argued and won before a jury of your peers.  Finally, it’s over and now, finally, you will receive your just compensation.

https://www.virginia-injury-lawyer-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/144/2019/08/Screen-Shot-2019-09-13-at-4.20.59-PM-273x300.pngThe Virginia Supreme Court has affirmed a trial win by attorneys Gary Brooks Mims and Matthew Perushek, leaving in place the $800,000 jury verdict for a woman who suffered partial blindness after a cosmetic eye procedure. Under Virginia law, plaintiffs are entitled to interest on the verdict amount until the appeal process is completed. In this case, that amounted to an additional $74,000 for the plaintiff.

“While it is unfortunate that my client had to wait more than a year to receive compensation for her serious injury, we are gratified that the high court affirmed the verdict and sent a message that our cross-examination of the expert witnesses was appropriate,” said Mims, a partner with the Fairfax firm of Sickels, Frei and Mims.

Mims’ client was left functionally blind in her right eye after undergoing blepharoplasty to remove excess skin from her upper eyelid. (For  more information, see the Case Result.)

We are proud to announce that Sickels, Frei &Frei-Mims-Sickels-230x300 Mims partners have once again been named to the Best Lawyers in America list for 2020. Since first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

The partners were named to this prestigious roster as:

Steven M. Frei: Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs

by Gary Mims

Medical errors can kill.  It is only when we know the “how” and the “why” the error happened that the medical community — and the public — can learn from the mistakes.  Confidential settlements protect the person or institution that caused the injury, or in astronaut Neil Armstrong’s case, death. Without disclosure, there is no scrutiny. That scrutiny can lead to a process to “fix” what went wrong and thereby prevent a similar error from occurring to someone else.  The hospital where Armstrong was treated and then died sought confidentiality to spare itself what would have been widespread negative publicity.

I don’t like confidentiality agreements; they are not good for society as a whole.  However, I have to look after the best interest of my client, so when a fair settlement is offered yet tied to confidentiality, I have to advise my clients to do what is in their best interest, which often means accepting the confidentiality terms.

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