Falls Church, VA Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury attorneys handle many different types of cases. From car accidents to slip and falls, there is really no limit to the types of cases they file. If you’ve been hurt at the hands of another person, you will need a personal injury attorney.
Sometimes, injuries are caused by accidents. Other times, these injuries can be inflicted intentionally. Either way, the person responsible needs to pay. Personal injury attorneys fight to get you the compensation you deserve when you are hurt.
In order to have a personal injury case, you need to suffer some sort of injury or illness. There is a misconception that you can sue somebody for thousands or millions of dollars for minor indiscretions. This is not the case. The amount of money you can sue for is based on the injuries or losses you actually suffered.
When our personal injury attorney evaluates your case, he is going to look at a few things:
- What happened? What were the circumstances surrounding your injuries?
- Who was responsible? Was it the fault of one person or multiple people? Were you also at fault?
- Did any of these people owe you a duty of care? In order to file a case for negligence, the other party must have had a duty of care. They must have breached that duty. This breach must be the cause of your injuries.
- Were you hurt? There are attorneys who will file a case without proof of actual damages. They hope that a sympathetic jury will award damages for pain and suffering. However, the general rule is that you have to have lost something before you file a personal injury lawsuit.
Keep this in mind when you schedule your initial consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Falls Church Handle
Our attorneys have decades of experience handling personal injury cases. Each case is unique and the outcome depends on the particular circumstances. Some injuries are serious while others are only minor. There may be property damage involved. Some clients require multiple surgeries whereas others may need a few months of physical therapy.
Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include:
This is the most common type of personal injury case. Car accidents can cause all sorts of injuries. It really depends on the type of accident. Some of the types of car accidents our office sees involve:
Sadly, even with the convenience of rideshare companies, people still drink and drive. These accidents are dangerous because they often involve drivers who are speeding and driving recklessly. Our clients are innocent victims who can suffer life-changing injuries due to another driver not being responsible.
There is no justification for texting and driving. Unfortunately, more people do text and drive than do not. Like drunk driving, these types of accidents involve drivers who are not paying attention to the road. Therefore, some of the injuries our clients suffer from distracted driving accidents are very serious.
This may be the most common type of accident we see. There are fender benders every day on our ride to work. Thankfully, the injuries are not usually that serious. However, due to the impact from behind, clients often suffer back and neck injuries in these sorts of accidents.
Accidents involving trucks, or tractor-trailers, can be the most dangerous of all. When a passenger vehicle is hit by a large semi-truck, it can be devastating. Over 5,000 drivers and passengers hit by a tractor-trailer die each year. An additional 700 semi-truck drivers die each year as well. When something that weighs several tons is going at high rates of speed, whatever they hit is going to be destroyed. These types of accidents are usually caused by:
- Driver fatigue
- Improper maintenance of trucks
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
- Distracted driving
- improper loading
One of the concerns with motorcycle accidents is that the driver of the motorcycle has no protection. The only thing that stands between them and the asphalt or another vehicle is a helmet. We represent motorcyclists and some of the accidents they suffer are tremendous.
The types of injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Lacerations and broken bones
- Facial disfigurement
- Back injuries
- Internal injuries
A lot of drivers forget that they share the road with people on bicycles. Cyclists are supposed to obey the rules of the road. However, it is still prudent to keep an eye out for them. Like motorcyclists, people who ride a bike are susceptible to injury because there is nothing protecting them. They have just a plastic helmet. When a car going just 15-20 miles per hour hits someone on a bike, there are bound to be serious injuries. Our personal injury attorneys will fight to get you compensated for these injuries.
Yes, dogs are said to be man’s best friend. However, this is not the case when they decide to bite you. Dog bite cases are tricky. Oftentimes, they involve young children and any case involving kids is hard. The issue comes down to causation. Unlike a car, nobody can be 100% in control of how their dog behaves. If a dog bites you, chances are we will be able to file a case on your behalf. Just keep in mind, you too have a responsibility when it comes to dogs. If you have reason to know the dog is aggressive, you could run into issues of causation.
The most difficult cases for personal injury attorneys are wrongful death cases. Our clients aren’t just looking to get compensated. They are looking for justice. When you lose a loved one at the hands of another, it is devastating. Whether it’s a child or a spouse, it is a crushing blow. Our attorneys are compassionate and understand that you are going through the most difficult time of your life. Some of the common types of wrongful death cases are:
- Medical malpractice
- Dangerous drugs
- Faulty equipment
- Car accidents
- Products liability
Many of our clients suffer back injuries in different sorts of accidents. They are common with car accidents, but they are also caused by slips and falls. A lot of people fall due to dangerous conditions on a property. A common example of this is someone who falls in a parking lot or grocery store. If someone didn’t care for their property the way they should have, you may have a case for damages. Back injuries may require surgery or physical therapy. They can cause people to lose wages. They can even permanent disability. The damages associated with back injuries can vary. Schedule a consultation with one of our back injury attorneys today to discuss your case.
This type of injury is scary. Because they aren’t obvious or even visible, internal injuries can go undetected. This is why we always tell our clients to seek medical attention after every accident. They should do this even if they don’t think they’re hurt. The only way to detect an internal injury is to see a doctor. They can do MRIs or CT scans to make sure there’s nothing going on inside your body. Some of the most common types of internal injuries are:
- Internal bleeding
- Spleen damage
- Punctured lung
- Kidney damage
- Brains welling
If left untreated, internal injuries can be fatal.
This type of injury occurs when you suffer a violent blow or impact to your head. Your brain is shaken around your skull and can be injured. We see a lot of this in car accidents and falls. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are scary because they can lead to lifelong disability. As a result of a TBI, you can suffer the following:
- Memory loss
- Vision problems
- Hearing problems
- Fatigue or insomnia
- Permanent disability
Damages associated with a TBI case can be very high. We have attorneys who specialize in this type of case.
Don’t Fight the Insurance Company Alone! Contact a Falls Church Personal Injury Lawyer
In most personal injury cases, you will have to file a claim against an insurance company before you file a suit. It may be a car insurance company or someone’s homeowner insurance company. If you fell in a store or business, you will have to file a claim against their liability insurance.
You may have to file a suit against several different insurance companies for the same injury. These insurance companies have attorneys working for them. These attorneys do nothing but fight insurance claims day in and day out. Knowing this, you really don’t want to go up against them alone.
Insurance companies may have lawyers, but they still want to settle your case. Once the insurance company sees you have retained an attorney, they take your claim a little more seriously. They are put on notice that you are not going to back down. When this happens, they stand up and take notice.
Once the insurance company knows you are represented by an attorney, they will be more interested in settling your case. Nobody, including the insurance company, wants to endure a long trial. Trials are expensive and time-consuming. Both sides should work hard to negotiate a settlement.
Call a Falls Church Personal Injury for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact a Falls Church personal injury attorney. Within days of your accident, there are certain steps you need to take. First, you need to seek medical attention. Second, you need to call an attorney.
Contact our office today and schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys can answer any questions or concerns you may have. We can give you an idea of how strong your case may be. Our attorneys will do their best to give you an estimate of what your case may be worth. We can get started on the road to settling your case with the insurance companies.
When you first visit your personal injury attorney’s office, you may be nervous. This is normal. If you are honest with your attorney, they will to do everything in their power to get you justice.
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