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Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may face mounting medical bills and be unable to work. Whether the injury arose from a car crash, slip and fall, workplace injury, or some other accident, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is here to help. Our skilled Virginia personal injury lawyers have decades of experience practicing personal injury law throughout Hampton Roads, and we have 9 different offices in the area, including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth. We can get the compensation you deserve to move forward with your life. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

Did you recently experience an injury due to someone else’s recklessness, negligence, or careless actions? If so, you may be dealing with lots of pain and escalating medical debts. If your injury is particularly severe such as paralysis, you may wonder whether you can ever work in the same capacity again. 

While no one can turn back time and restore your health, you may have legal options. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for your injury will open the door to monetary compensation you can use to support yourself during your recovery. An experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can provide dedicated legal representation for your claim. 

Rely on Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers From Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

When you hire a Virginia personal injury attorney from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, the Car Crash Experts, you can count on attentive legal representation who will fight on your behalf to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you want to consult a personal injury lawyer, there are several reasons to turn to us: 

  • We have decades of experience practicing personal injury law throughout the Hampton Roads area. 
  • Our founding partner, John Cooper, is a native Virginian with 30 years of experience practicing personal injury law. 
  • We have recovered millions of dollars for personal injury victims, including the second-largest car crash verdict statewide in 2022. 
  • At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we never represent insurance companies. 
  • We have conveniently located offices throughout Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and the Eastern Shore. 
  • Our attorneys are recognized for their contributions to personal injury law by several state and national organizations, including Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers, and Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia.
  • We can help prove your vehicular accident case with the Crash Cam, which provides video footage sourced from 978 of Virginia’s traffic cameras.

What Is a Personal Injury?

A personal injury occurs when someone experiences physical, emotional, or reputational damage brought about by someone else’s actions or inactions. In Virginia, the basis for most personal injury claims is negligence. A person or entity is deemed negligent when they fail to exercise an ordinary level of care, and their behavior results in harm to someone else.  

Examples of situations where a personal injury claim can arise include the following: 

If you are the victim of a personal injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you can sue for compensation for your losses. The damages you receive could help pay for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and household costs during your recovery. You may also obtain compensation for emotional pain and suffering and the injury itself, among other damages. 

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Take:

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers handles a range of personal injury claims.

Auto Accidents

Vehicular collisions involving cars and trucks occur nearly every day through Hampton Roads. While some are minor, and parties walk away injury-free, others are much more severe. In the worst cases, victims may suffer long-lasting, catastrophic harm or even death. 

The Virginia personal injury attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are the go-to Car Crash Experts serving the Hampton Roads area. We have handled numerous claims on behalf of car and truck accident victims, resulting in millions of dollars in settlements and court verdicts, allowing people to focus on their recovery following a traumatic experience.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slips and falls can occur anywhere—at your local grocery store, shopping mall, or at the workplace. They are very unpredictable, and the force of falling to the hard ground in serious accidents can cause severe injuries, including broken bones, sprains, and traumatic brain injuries. 

If you can attribute your slip and fall accident to someone else’s negligence, such as failing to clean up a liquid spill or remove debris from a pathway, you may have a personal injury claim that a Virginia personal injury lawyer can assist you with.

Pedestrian Accidents

A pedestrian accident can occur on sidewalks, streets, driveways, parking garages, or any area where people walk from one place to another. If the pedestrian accident involves a car, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle, it can result in severe bodily harm due to sheer force. 

A Virginia personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation due to a pedestrian accident brought on by someone else’s negligence. 

Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents

Bicycles and motorcycles share the road with other vehicles, including cars, trucks, and buses. However, since they do not provide the physical protection that other vehicles do, a collision or accident can result in disastrous personal injuries to their riders and sometimes even death. 

If your bicycle or motorcycle accident arose from someone else’s negligence, it is critical to seek assistance from a qualified Virginia personal injury lawyer who can offer you legal representation for your claim. 

Premises Liability

Owners of public spaces, including shopping centers and workplaces, have a duty to ensure their area is safe for visitors and employees. Homeowners have the same responsibility. If you experience a personal injury due to unkempt spaces, you can sue the premises owner for negligence. 

The Virginia personal injury attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can assist you in a premises liability claim. We can investigate the source of your accident and hold the appropriate person or entity accountable for your injuries.

Railroad Worker Accidents

Virginia has numerous railroad depots, rail yards, and thousands of rail tracks. While railroads support our nation’s supply chain and provide public transportation services, they can also be quite dangerous to employees. A single train accident can result in catastrophic injuries or death to anyone involved. 

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is a leader in railroad worker accident personal injury claims. John Cooper, our founding partner, has over 30 years of experience representing victims of railroad accidents, including those against Norfolk Southern Railway and Amtrak. 

Bus Accident

While bus accidents occur less frequently than other vehicular collisions, they can result in severe injuries to multiple passengers, as well as any other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists involved in the crash. Accidents involving tour, school, and transit buses often arise due to poor safety standards or driver errors. 

A Virginia personal injury attorney can get to the bottom of your bus accident claim and assist you with obtaining the damages you need to support your recovery following a collision.

Boating Accident

Hampton Roads is full of waterways, including Chesapeake Bay, Elizabeth River, and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of recreational boats call Hampton Roads home, and it is not uncommon for boating accidents to occur. Collisions, boater intoxication, incidents at marinas, and accidents involving recreational equipment like jet skis can result in severe injuries to unsuspecting victims. 

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers can help you recover damages following a boating accident involving negligence. We will hold all negligent parties responsible for your losses. 

Damages Available in Virginia Personal Injury Cases

Victims of personal injuries can potentially recover both economic and non-economic damages for their losses.  

Economic damages include monetary compensation for losses arising directly from a personal injury. They’re usually easy to calculate and include things like: 

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses, including hospitalizations, doctor’s visits, physical and occupational therapy, and medications. 
  • Compensation for lost wages due to being unable to work. 
  • Household expenses for things you usually handle but can’t due to your injury, such as cleaning and caring for children. 
  • Property damage to your vehicle or other items. 

Non-economic damages also arise from your personal injury but are not as easy to estimate. They can include things like: 

  • Pain and suffering 
  • Emotional distress, such as fear or anxiety resulting from your experience 
  • Lowered quality of life 

A Virginia personal injury lawyer can determine the amount of compensation you may be eligible for, given the circumstances of your case.

How a Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Can Help Your Case

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To win a personal injury claim in Virginia, you must prove that your injury is due to someone else’s negligence. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help you substantiate your claim. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we’ll work to gather evidence to support your case.

Investigate the Accident

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers start building your case with a thorough investigation. We will assemble video and photo evidence documenting your injuries and the scene of the accident. If a police report is available, we will use it to substantiate facts and observations from law enforcement officers. We will also speak with witnesses who saw the accident and can attest to its chain of events.  

Filing Reports

We will file all legal documents required to begin your lawsuit against the negligent individual or entity. We will also act on your behalf during interactions with insurance companies and other interested parties. Remember, it is critical to avoid providing a statement to any insurance company in the aftermath of a serious accident, especially if you are considering a lawsuit. Instead, rely on your legal counsel to communicate for you.  

Hiring Medical Experts

Often, medical experts can provide strategic insights into the severity of your injury. Whether you experienced a broken arm or a spinal cord injury, the attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers will reach out to doctors and physicians who can attest to the injuries you suffered, as well as what type of care you will need to recover fully.

Wide Breadth of Personal Injury Experience

The attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have a broad range of personal injury law experience. As the Car Crash Experts, we are known for our legal prowess in vehicular claims. We also have expertise in unique personal injury cases, including Uber and Lyft claims and FELA railroad accidents. 

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Ask The Car Crash Experts
How long is the process of filing a personal injury claim and receiving a settlement?

Jim Hurley, Personal Injury Lawyer

“Unfortunately, resolving the case takes a long time, much longer than you would like and much longer than all the lawyers and team members at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers would like. The reason being is that you have to go ahead and get full medical treatment, usually taking months and months. After that, we gather everything we need: medical records, medical bills, the initial police investigation, private investigator investigation, so we can forward all of that to the other person’s insurance company that injured you. Then, they take time to review everything and get back with an offer. And then, we have to go back and forth because their offers are often terrible. We have to convince them why they are so terrible and get you a better offer. So, it does take time. We always ask people to be patient because here we want you to get the best results, which often does take some time.

Proving Liability in Virginia Accidents

To prove someone else is liable for your injuries in Virginia, you must establish their actions directly resulted in harm to you and that they failed to act as an ordinary person would under reasonable circumstances.  

Generally, the best course of action to prove liability in a personal injury claim involves reconstructing the accident through a comprehensive investigation process. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers will gather all the evidence necessary to substantiate your claim, including police reports, expert consultations, and medical records. If our client’s injury stems from a vehicular crash, we can use our Crash Cam to download footage of the accident from Virginia’s numerous traffic cameras. Video footage provides an objective resource that helps resolve conflicting accounts.  

What Is Contributory Negligence?

 Per Va. Code § 8.01-34, courts will consider whether your own actions contributed to your injuries if your case proceeds to the courtroom. If your behavior somehow led to your injuries, even if you are not entirely at fault, the other party may use your actions to defend their own—potentially derailing your case. That is why it is so critical to work with an experienced lawyer who understands the intricacies of proving liability in a personal injury claim. 

Virginia Personal Injury Statistics

How frequently do people experience personal injuries in Virginia? Unfortunately, quite often. 

Every personal injury case is different, but victims may suffer broken bones, severe lacerations, burns, sprains and strains, traumatic brain injuries, or even death due to another’s negligence

Personal Injury FAQs

1. What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Virginia?

Under Va. Code § 8.01-243, personal injury victims have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim. Exceptions apply in rare cases involving fraud, concealment, or some forms of medical malpractice. If you are considering a lawsuit, it is best to begin the process immediately so your legal team can assemble evidence. 

2. What Should I Do After an Accident?

In the aftermath of an accident, you may be in shock. First, assess yourself and others involved and determine whether immediate medical care is necessary. If you need ambulatory transportation to a hospital, call 911 for assistance. People involved in automobile, bicycle, or pedestrian incidents can contact the police so they can manage the accident scene. Avoid giving any statements to insurance companies and seek an attorney’s advice if you are considering a legal claim. 

3. Is There a Fee for Consultations?

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, there is no fee for an initial consultation. You can schedule a consultation with us to explain your case and explore your legal options at no cost to you.

4. Will My Case Go to Trial?

Many personal injury cases end in a settlement without the need for a trial. However, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers will not shy away from a trial if we believe the negligent party isn’t offering you satisfactory compensation for your losses. Our results speak for themselves. Last year, we won the largest car crash verdict within the Virginia Commonwealth. 

5. How Much Does an Injury Lawyer Cost?

We will not bill you by the hour when you work with Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. In fact, you will not owe a penny unless we successfully win your case. Even though you may not think you need to hire an attorney, consulting one is always wise. 

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Jim Hurley, Personal Injury Lawyer

“The great thing about what I practice in personal injury law is that there’s no upfront cost. You can call us, talk to us, and there’s no cost. If we go ahead and help you with your injury from a car wreck, any cost associated with that, like investigation, getting medical records, having to pay doctors to chat with them, expert witnesses, things like that, we advance all that money. So, there’s no out-of-pocket money whatsoever. We do get paid when you get paid, so at the end of the day, our fee is based on the recovery, and we do get our costs back. But the nice thing is, initially, no money out of pocket by you. We do everything to help you, and there’s no advanced money out of pocket. It’s great for you.”

Trust the Team at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

When you experience a painful personal injury due to someone else’s actions, you need an experienced attorney who understands the complexity of personal injury law and isn’t afraid to take on an insurance company or other entity on your behalf. You will find the representation you are looking for at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. Our skilled Virginia personal injury lawyers are here to listen and guide you in your legal options, and we will fight for the justice you deserve. We offer compassionate and attentive legal representation, and you will have a partner on your side to help you obtain compensation for your losses. 

We have offices throughout the Hampton Roads area, including: 

Our legal team stands ready to navigate you through your personal injury claim. Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.  

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