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Franklin County Personal Injury Attorney

blue ridge mountains - Altizer LawIf you or a loved one have been injured through no fault of your own in Franklin County, a Personal Injury attorney who will fight for your rights and for compensation for your hurts and harms can be found in Bettina Altizer of Altizer Law, P.C. Whether you are a resident of Franklin County or you are visiting on business or for relaxation, when an accident happens, you need a team of professionals who will help you ensure you receive adequate medical treatment, who will help you plan your recovery, and who will win for you the highest possible financial compensation under Virginia law.

Fascinating History

A few colonists settled in Franklin County before the Revolutionary War. They found native peoples mostly of the Sioux nation in the region. The main period of settlement by Europeans was after the war, when people moved west in search of land. Today, more than 56,000 people live in the County. Eleven percent of residents are considered urban dwellers and 89 percent are considered rural.

Franklin County was later dubbed the “Moonshine Capital of the World” for its storied history in the Moonshine Capital - Altizer Lawbootleg whiskey trade. Although the mountains offered a number of safe places to make and sell untaxed and unregulated whiskey long before Prohibition, the movement made the County’s stills very famous, and made many people rich. In the 1920s, according to some historians, 99 out of every 100 residents of Franklin County were involved in the Moonshine trade in some way.

In time, bootleggers became involved with crime syndicates from Chicago and other cities. It is said that some local law enforcement officials were also involved in criminal activities and in the killing of competitors. One source claims that between 1930 and 1950 local still operators and their business partners sold a volume of whiskey that would have generated $5,500,000 million in excise taxes at the old 1920 tax rate.” Although no longer the foundation of the local economy, Moonshine is still made in the area.


Franklin County covers 712 square miles, 690 sq. mi. in land and 21 sq. mi. of water. The County includes two nationally protected areas: a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Booker T. Washington National Monument.

There are two incorporated towns in the County: Rocky Mount, the county seat, and Boone’s Mill. The unincorporated communities in the County include: Callaway, Ferrum, Glade Hill, Hale’s Ford, North Shore, Penhook, Redwood, Snow Creek, Wirtz, Union Hall, and Westlake Corner. These towns and communities are connected by US 220, SR 40, SR 116, and SR 122. The future I-73 will also pass through the County.

The chart below shows accidents in Franklin County during 2015,

Accidents in Franklin County VA 2015 - Altizer Law

Lifestyle and Activities

Franklin County offers numerous panoramas of beauty from the mountains to the valleys and to the lakes, rivers, and streams. As such, it is an abundant opportunity for outdoor activities. The mountains are alive with deer and other wildlife. They draw many people for bicycling, hiking, birding, and hunting. It is also a wonderful place to go hunting with a camera.

Philpott Lake and Smith Mountain Lake both offer swimming, boating and fishing opportunities, as well as camping areas and hiking trails. The Roanoke River, the County’s northeast boundary, offers Philpott Lake -- Altizer Lawwonderful fishing, tubing, canoeing, and kayaking opportunities for all ages.

The Blackwater River Blueway offers an eight mile float from Brubaker Park to Jamestown Road and Blue Bend Road, as well as a 34 mile float from Brubaker Park to Smith Mountain Lake.

The Pigg River Blueway offers an eight mile float through some beautiful wooded landscapes and farmlands. This is a historic waterway from Waid Park to Lynch Riverside Park that provided transportation for Franklin County’s iron industry in the late 18th Century.

The Smith River Blueway is located at the base of Philpott Reservoir. It is a cold water release from Philpott Dam to Bassett with put-in locations in Franklin, Henry, and Patrick Counties. During release times, the river has very strong currents and is quite challenging for the inexperienced.

Scattered throughout Franklin County are a number of birding trails, horseback riding trails, ATV trails, and a number of parks giving access to trails. For experienced hikers, it is possible to leave the trails and find your own path. The Jamison Mill Trail System is a six mile moderate to strenuous interconnecting trail for hikers and bicyclists. The Turkeycock Wildlife Management Area is 2,679 acres of mountaintop outdoor experiences.

Any outdoor activity can become dangerous when your equipment is defective, when people are behaving irresponsibly, or when alcohol or drugs influence behaviors. If you are injured, through no fault of your own, call Altizer Law, P.C. When we are your Franklin County Personal Injury Attorney, we will help you build a recovery plan, we will be there when your family needs support or explanation, and we will combine your story with our knowledge and experience in personal injury law to build a strong and aggressive case against the person(s) responsible. We fight for our clients and ensure that you receive justice to the full extent allowed under Virginia law.

We have a history of successful experience in boating accidents, bicycling accidents, swimming accidents, and in representing our clients in a wide range of defective equipment, premises liability, and other types of personal injury cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in Franklin County, call us.


Franklin County has a diverse economy. The leading economic sectors are Manufacturing, Government, Retail Trade, Health Care and Social Assistance, Construction, and Accommodation and Food Services. Agriculture is also an important part of the County’s economy.

The leading employers in manufacturing include:

  • W. Manufacturers, which produces window and door products for the residential construction industry.
  • Trinity Packaging Corporation, which manufactures plastics products for a broad base of nationalTrinity Packaging - Altizer Law customers within a variety of industries.
  • The Uttermost Company, with a 600,000 square foot facility in Rocky Mount, produces accent furniture, decorative mirrors, alternative wall, art, clocks, lamps, lighting fixtures, botanicals, and accessories.
  • McAirlaid’s, Inc. manufactures nonwoven airlaid composite materials for medical and food packaging industries. It offers glue- and binder-free absorption materials.
  • Ronile is one of the world’s leading suppliers of custom dyed accent yarns.
  • Procon, Inc. provides turn-key concrete construction services to commercial, industrial, education and government projects throughout Central and Southwest Virginia, and the surrounding areas of North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • Newbold Corp. evolved from a manufacturer of imprinters for the healthcare and retail industries to a provider of leading edge products and services enabling the implementation of identification and technology solutions in core markets.

The Government sector includes the Franklin County School Board, the County of Franklin, the Postal Service, the Town of Rocky Mount, VDOT, and other agencies.

Franklin Memorial Hospital - Altizer LawLeading employers in the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector include Franklin Memorial Hospital, Gretna Health Care Center, Innovative Shared Service, Trinity Mission of Rocky Mount, Carilion Healthcare, Franklin Adult Healthcare, Carilion Emergency Services, and Healthcare Services Group, and Step, Inc.

The Construction Sector includes Willard Construction of Roanoke Valley, Fleetwood Homes, Ferfuson Land and Lumber Company, and Price Buildings. In addition, there are a number of retail and wholesale outlets that supply the construction companies.

Agriculture has been a critical foundation of Franklin County’s economy throughout its history. In the past, tobacco was the leading crop, and the local dairy farms were among the state’s leading producers. From forestry, fishing and hunting, to truck farms, to Homestead Creamery and Curtin’s Dairy , to breeding, raising and training Alpacas, to Nubian dairy goats and Anatolian Shepherds, to beef cattle, honey, poultry, pork, and eggs, to flowers, shrubs and grasses. Many of the farms in the County produce crops and animals free of hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics, as well as hydroponically grown produce. There are also several wineries in the area.

No matter how safe you job may seem, it is possible to be injured in most workplaces. Manufacturing plants, construction sites, and farms are common locations for on-the-job injuries. But something as simple as a small amount of water on the floor can cause someone to slip and fall or fall down a flight of steps, sometimes resulting in serious injuries. Workman’s compensation is the obvious recourse for workplace injuries, but sometimes you need your own personal injury attorney to represent you with insurance companies or with your employer.

If you have been injured on the job, and you believe your employer or the company’s insurance company is minimalizing your injuries or the long-term impact of your injury, it may be wise to have an attorney whose singular focus is on you, your injuries, your recovery, and obtaining just compensation for your hurts and harms. When you need personal legal representation by an attorney who is always on your side and only on your side, call Altizer Law, P.C.

We choose our doctors because we have confidence in their knowledge and ability to care for us. We choose other medical care and facilities because we trust the medical professionals to provide the quality of care we expect. Although Franklin County has offers medical care from regional providers recognized for quality of care, it is possible for someone to make a mistake or for something to go wrong. If you or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice, Altizer Law, P.C., is a strong and diligent advocate. We will help you assess your situation, evaluate responsibility for your injury and represent you to win for you the justice and compensation you and your family deserve.


Tourists are drawn to Franklin County by its history, particularly its music heritage, concerts at theBooker T. Washington National Monument - Altizer Law Harvester Performance Center, and several very popular music festivals throughout the year. Also popular with tourists is the Booker T. Washington National Monument (a working farm). Tourists also flock to the county to enjoy the natural beauty and the many outdoor activities, as well as historic buildings and unique shops.

If you are a tourist in Franklin County and you are injured through no fault of your own, call Bettina Altizer. At Atlizer Law, P.C., our team is always on your side.