Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of accidental injury and death in Virginia. Chesapeake certainly has its share of high-speed traffic and congestion, especially along I-64, I-464, US 460, US Route 17, and other busy roads such as Greenbrier Parkway, Volvo Parkway, Battlefield Boulevard, Great Bridge Boulevard, S. Military Highway, Mount Pleasant Road, George Washington Highway, Dock Landing Road, Centerville Parkway, and Western Branch Boulevard. Traffic jams and collision happen at high rates near our waterways and bridges, including the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Deep Creek Bridge, Gilmerton Bridge and High Rise Bridge. These arteries provide ample opportunity for negligent drivers to cause accidents and resulting injuries through:
If you’ve been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, your first concern is your health. Then worry sets in while you recover as you miss time from work and the medical bills pile up. Having our professional legal team on your side can give you peace of mind. You can focus on your health as we fight to protect your rights and help you recover what you’ve lost.
Our auto accident lawyers have more than decades of combined experience in complex motor vehicle collisions cases arising from any scenario:
We know how to thoroughly investigate crashes, and in appropriate cases, we work with accident reconstruction experts who can help us prove the cause of an accident and negligence. Once we ascertain how the crash happened and understand the full extent of your injuries, we’re ready to pursue the maximum amount of compensation possible under the facts of your case.
You can be confident knowing your legal team is comprised of attorneys who’ve received high praise, including an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for high ethical standards and professional ability, the Client Champion Silver Award, admission to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, inclusion on the Virginia Super Lawyers list, and a perfect 10.0 Avvo Rating.
Auto accidents are not the only instances in which an individual negligently harms others through carelessness. A personal injury negligence claim can arise through nearly any circumstance in which an individual (or business) fails to act as an ordinary safe person would, and as a result causes injuries, harms, and losses to another. Our nearby Chesapeake attorneys also represent clients in personal injury accident cases rising from injuries at businesses.
If a person is injured because a business acted with negligence (or negligently failed to act), a personal injury claim can be brought against a business just the same as an individual. Slip and falls (or trip and falls) are very common incident resulting in injury caused by businesses such as grocery stores, hotels, and restaurants that fail to act reasonably to prevent injury to their customers and guests. Chesapeake residents have a wide choice of activities, including shopping at the Greenbrier Mall, Crossways Shopping Center, Chesapeake Square Mall, or any of the town’s six Walmarts, or at any of the business districts in Greenbrier, Indian River, Western Branch, Deep Creek, Great Bridge, Hickory, and Grassfield areas of Chesapeake. A slip and fall accident, or any incident resulting in injury, can ruin an outing, leaving you with a painful injury and long recovery period. Fortunately, you can trust our injury lawyers to manage your accident claim while you recover.
Our Chesapeake injury lawyers also sue companies that cause injury through defective products. Defective consumer products include goods such as auto parts, electronics, toys, medical devices, and dangerous drugs. These products injure tens of thousands of Americans each year. But getting justice from large corporate manufacturers can be difficult. Fortunately, our law firm has the experience and resources to hold powerful corporations accountable.
When choosing an attorney near you should also consider whether they have experience managing accident cases with injuries as severe as yours. Our legal team has successfully prosecuted claims involving serious and catastrophic injuries, such as:
Our local lawyers are determined to maximize your recovery for your accident, which can include medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. We also help next-of-kin and beneficiaries recover damages for a wrongful death.
If you believe you or a loved have been injured as a result of negligence through no fault of your own it is important that you act quickly. Typically, the deadline to file a lawsuit in Virginia is two years from the date of injury. However, prompt investigation and guidance from an experienced personal injury law firm will help prove the cases against the negligent actor and improve your chances of securing prompt and fair compensation for your harms and losses. If you have been injured by the negligence of another through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to payment, including payment for the following:
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers offers free consultations, so you can learn more about our services at no cost to you. We also accept injury cases on a contingency basis, so you pay no legal fees until you recover compensation through a settlement or court verdict. Call us today or contact our law office online to schedule your appointment. Our Chesapeake office is located at 512 Albemarle Drive Ste. 102, Chesapeake, VA 23322.
A Virginia personal injury case is a type of insurance claim or lawsuit brought by an injured person against another person or business (or their insurance company). If a person or business acts with negligence that results in injuries to another claim for payment for damages can be made in many instances. To have a successful Virginia personal injury claim, the following elements must be present:
In the context of a Virginia personal injury case, pain and suffering typically refers to physical pain and mental anguish that one experiences flowing from any injuries caused by the negligence of another. Virginia allows for someone to seek payment for both past and future pain and suffering. Virginia personal injury law permits someone to seek payment not only for physical harms, but emotional harms, worry, and anguish that flow from physical injuries and the resulting circumstances each create.
Examples of pain include physical pain, burning, discomfort, radiation, or other physical symptoms experienced following an injury. Examples of suffering would include physical suffering and emotional suffering and other harms, such as anxiety, distress, uncertainty, and fright experienced that flows from the accident and resulting physical injuries.
The money secured through a Virginia personal injury claim is typically paid by an insurance company. This is true if the money is obtained through an out-of-court settlement or after receiving a favorable verdict from a judge or a jury following a trial. If there is insurance in force covering a negligent party, then the insurance company can either reach a settlement or pay a court verdict up to its limits of insurance.
While it is possible to settle or collect a judgement against an uninsured person or business following a personal injury, it is often very challenging. A negligent party must have the funds to pay the amount owed. Also, the process of attempting to collect this debt can be difficult and expensive. As a practical matter, the recovery in most personal injury cases is typically capped at the amount of insurance coverage available to an injured person.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by:
The severity of a traumatic brain injury can range from a minor concussion that quickly resolves to brain bleeds to tearing of the brain along nerve fibers, known as a diffuse axonal injury. TBIs caused by car accidents are typically the result of impacts and abrupt acceleration and deceleration.
Traumatic brain injuries are sometimes difficult to diagnose and prove. Often someone with a TBI is slow to recognize the symptoms they are experiencing. Prompt and proactive medical attention is important to prove a TBI. TBIs in a personal injury case are often proven through the testimony of a treating healthcare provider. There are also TBI specialist physicians who can be hired following an accident to evaluate a person to help determine the extent of any TBI suffered as a result of an accident.
In Virginia, if you are injured by your employer or a coworker, your exclusive remedy is to file a Virginia workers’ compensation claim. You may, however, also have a personal injury claim (or “third-party claim”) in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. If your job-related injury is caused by someone unrelated to your job or work, or is caused by someone outside the business, you can often file an additional personal injury claim against this person unrelated to your job or business.
For example, someone involved in a car accident while on the clock and doing something for their job often has two cases. First, that person can typically file a Virginia workers’ compensation claim. In addition, however, that person may also have a personal injury (“third-party) claim against the other motorist who caused the accident.
Virginia does not prohibit a person from filing a personal injury lawsuit on their own behalf without a lawyer. A person who does this is commonly referred to as a “pro se plaintiff.” With that said, an unrepresented plaintiff will be held to the same court rules, rules of evidence, and laws as a plaintiff who has the assistance of a lawyer. It can be very challenging to represent yourself in a personal injury lawsuit if you lack the necessary legal training and is therefore unadvisable.
In Virginia, there are deadlines that apply to personal injury cases known as the statute of limitations. If a lawsuit is not timely filed within the statute of limitations, the personal injury case will forever be barred. Typically, the statute of limitation, or deadline to file a personal injury case, for adults in Virginia is two (2) years from the date of occurrence.
There are exceptions to the typical two (2) year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. For example, the statute of limitations for a minor’s personal injury case is tolled until he reaches the age of majority (18 years old). In these cases, the personal injury deadline will be the former minor’s 20th birthday. The exception for minors is different in medical malpractice and some other types of cases.
If you have questions about whether you can still timely pursue a personal injury claim longer after the incidence causing injury, you should contact our experienced personal injury attorneys.
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