Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is personal injury?

A civil law case where you have an injury to the physical body, mental, or emotional trauma, as opposed to an injury to property due to the negligence of someone else.

Who is at fault?

The responsibility of the person for an accident or misfortune.

What is the fee?

CAIL is a “contingent based” law firm. We are paid a percentage of the recovered amount as approved by you.

Do I have to pay expenses?

Expenses are typically paid from any recovered amount.

What is my case worth?

Any amount depends on your particular set of circumstances. The person “at fault” and responsible for the injury may have to pay for any medical treatment that was sought, time missed from work and emotional damages that are related to the injury. Other factors may include any partial or permanent disability, disfigurements or deformities, inconvenience and loss of earning capacity, as well as any missed educational training. For the most part, the more serious the injuries the higher the recovery.

How do I pay my bills?

Typically, most doctors and medical facilities will hold the bills until the matter settles, at which time the firm will pay the bills from any amount recovered.

What is contributory negligence?

Failure to act as a reasonable person would have acted under the circumstances of their case.

What do I need to do?

There are a variety of things that need to be done. First and foremost take care of your health. Then, you can begin obtaining evidence. This may include pictures of the vehicles, the surrounding area of the accident, and the injuries sustained. Start a journal or some note system on a daily basis to keep a record of your activities, pain level, doctor appointments, missed days from work, etc.

Is there a time limit in which I have to file my lawsuit to be compensated for my injuries?

Yes. In Virginia the “statute of limitations” for most personal injury matters is 2 years from the date of injury. If you fail to file your claim within 2 years, you may be completely barred from receiving any compensation.

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