If you’ve suffered from a serious injury because of someone’s negligence, then there are probably a ton of questions racing through your mind. You’re probably worried about being unable to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you, or perhaps you’re unsure if you even need one to begin with.
The personal injury laws in Virginia are also tough enough to make all but the most capable lawyers shiver at the thought of representing an accident victim. But we are the best, and we don’t back down; at the VACAIL Law Firm, we offer our premium level services to all in Norfolk and Richmond, VA.
If you want to settle fairly for the damages you’ve sustained, don’t delay hiring a law firm to represent your case.
- What Constitutes As A Personal Injury Accident?
- Why Trust VACAIL For Your Norfolk Personal Injury Case?
- General Anatomy Of Virginia Personal Injury Cases
- Determining Settlement Amounts For Personal Injury Cases
- Statute Of Limitations In Virginia
- Can You Afford A Lawyer?
- We’ll Help You Secure The Compensation You Rightfully Deserve
What Constitutes As A Personal Injury Accident?
All forms of events and accidents that cause someone monetary, physical, or emotional harm and result due to sheer negligence or recklessness on the liable party are termed as personal injury accidents. They include, but are not limited to:
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Drunk driving accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle/Scooter/Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Work-related injuries
- Medical malpractice, i.e., negligence from a doctor, nursing home neglect, etc.
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective product liability
- Dog bite (bite injuries from someone’s pet)
Over the years, we’ve been dedicated to serving the community of our state. We’ve dealt with many clients and have practical exposure to all forms of personal injury cases. Whether your goal is to settle fairly with the insurance company or taking matters to court for maximum compensation, we can assist you throughout and help you get compensated fairly.
Why Trust VACAIL For Your Norfolk Personal Injury Case?
Here’s why we are worthy of your trust:
Years Of Experience
In the legal realm, there is no substitute for experience.
If they report matters with honesty, any accident lawyer will tell you that personal injury cases in Virginia are not as simple as most assume. There are many technicalities to consider, the groundwork to prepare, witnesses to persuade, evidence to gather, and so much more.
Only the most experienced and knowledgeable lawyers, such as our superheroes, can help you prepare a rockstar case so that you don’t have to settle for a penny less than what you rightfully deserve.
At no point in the case will you feel left out of matters or caught by surprise.
We make it a point to share all the relevant details with our clients and expect the same from them in return. Not to worry, every single word uttered in our conversation will be safeguarded by client-lawyer confidentiality, so be sure to tell us everything.
Our team members are down-to-earth humble and will ensure that you never feel lagging. Instead, our goal is to help people win their claim, and the first step for this is frictionless communication.
We Want Nothing But The Best For You
Compassion is just as important for the legal field as anything else, and our lawyers always wish to do the best for our clients. Your injuries and losses are insufferable, and we understand that. This is why we ask you to be patient as we build your case and win you fair compensation.
Rushing through stuff may seem appropriate, but believe us, it is not.
A general piece of advice: go ahead and ask any lawyer how they plan on winning you a fair settlement. If they fail to answer immediately, then do reconsider hiring them. We don’t believe in keeping secrets or hiding the ground realities.
If you have a case worthy of major financial compensation, we’ll tell you that it can be done and share how we plan to do so.
We Will Help You Understand Your Legal Options
The legal business is confusing, and you may be caught in between choices, i.e., to proceed with settlement negotiations or to take matters to court. An honest opinion can help you make the right decision here – we’ll lay down the facts (simplified) for you and thus help you choose your legal route.
If you know your legal options, then you’re halfway through exercising your legal rights.
General Anatomy Of Virginia Personal Injury Cases
Here’s how personal injury cases, generally, work out in Virginia:
The first step is getting in touch with a lawyer – that’s on your end, and discussing your case with them. Be completely honest because any details you may hide will be revealed later on, but by that time, it will be too late to do anything about them.
After hearing out your case, the lawyer will let you know if your claim is solid or not. It is only worth pursuing in the former scenario.
Ideally, victims gather firsthand evidence on their own, but situations don’t always permit so.
In either case, the legal team will go through every detail of the case and unveil new information. Surveillance footage or the endeavors of a private investigation team can shed some light on the facts that may help your case.
Lawyers usually strive their best to reveal as many details as possible to eliminate doubt, i.e., the role of the negligent party (i.e., a driver) in causing the accident.
Documentation Of Your Suffering
The next part is getting everything on paper. The insurance adjuster will not take your word for your sufferings. Thus it is important to have all the bills (for medical care) and receipts at hand. Your medical records and history are also quite relevant in such compensation claims.
The adjuster may suggest that your condition is the way it is because of some pre-existing injury. Your lawyer needs your medical records to counter such claims.
Usually, most cases resolve with a serious talk.
If they realize how strong your case is, the insurance company will be more than willing to avoid a legal battle. However, at times, the adjuster may try to delay matters for no reason, and if such is the case, it is best to quit futile negotiations and file a lawsuit.
Filing A Lawsuit
Taking matters to court and resorting to the legal process is only preferred when you have a very strong case and have exhausted the other option. In this scenario, your lawyer will prepare witnesses and create a case narrative to present before the judge and jury in a trial.
Experienced lawyers know how to move a liberal jury and get you compensated fairly for your losses.
Determining Settlement Amounts For Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases include both the economic and non-economic damages done to the victim. There is no single sum of settlement and no general estimates. Instead, the sum payable is reflected in the intensity of the injuries/incident, all of which is documented by:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages/loss of income (also for future earnings)
- Property damage (cost of vehicle repairs)
- Special damages
- Pain and suffering (associated with catastrophic injuries, i.e., physical pain and emotional distress)
- Wrongful death of a family member due to fatal injuries
The more the losses, the bigger the payout.
For instance, traumatic brain injuries and permanent injuries usually yield a much higher sum (under the insurance policy limits). The injury victim had to go through a lot in such scenarios.
Statute Of Limitations In Virginia
As with all other states, Virginia puts a deadline called the statute of limitations for victims to file their personal injury cases. This time period is two years, on average, and if you fail to file your claim within this proscribed time limit, the court will not hear your case.
While two years may seem like a lot, the settlement process will have its fair share of delays, so be careful (such as gathering all the medical bills, records, and data) and avoiding unnecessarily putting matters on hold.
And in case the state of limitations went by, and you failed to file your case, you may still have a fighting chance based on certain exceptions, so be sure to check on with an experienced attorney before losing heart and giving up.
Can You Afford A Lawyer?
At the VACAIL Law Firm, we make it a point to offer our services to everyone in need and on their terms. If you’re worried about being unable to hire the services of a lawyer, then don’t be because we work on a contingency fee basis plan.
This means no advance payments, no consultation charges, and no legal fees until you’ve won your claim – so hire our services without any worries!
Contingency agreement dictates that the lawyer offers their services without any upfront obligations and will be entitled to a predefined percentage of the sum you win for your personal injury claim. This percentage is based on the sum itself and the efforts vested by the lawyer for your sake.
We’ll Help You Secure The Compensation You Rightfully Deserve
If years of extensive experience and professional excellence have taught us anything, it’s that clients always appreciate when a team of experienced attorneys is genuinely concerned for their losses. And, this is how we approach every single case and have thus earned tons of satisfied clients.
You’re hurt and in pain, your mind is fighting off a swarm of thoughts, and your body seems to be no closer than the previous day to escape the writhing agony that has gripped you. This is no condition for fighting legal battles. Instead, you need lots and lots of rest.
Let VACAIL handle the tussle, and don’t worry – no win, no pay – call us now to get compensated justly!