Personal Injury Attorney Fairfax
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence you may be able to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In Virginia, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury action. You must be able to prove that the person who caused your injuries breached a duty of care they owed to you and that the breach caused your damages. Our law firm handles a wide variety of personal injury claims for clients located in Northern Virginia including those arising from:
• Automobile Accidents, Truck Accidents
• Bicycle Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents
• Premises Liability, Dog (or other Pet) Bites, Slip and Fall Accidents
If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence it is important to first seek necessary medical treatment. Just because you do not feel pain right away does not mean you are not injured. Often soft tissue damage does not result in pain until several days after the accident. Afterwards, be sure to follow up with your doctors and follow all of their recommendations.
Second, write down everything you can recall about the accident and keep a daily diary of your pain, discomfort, and difficulties with day to day activity. Personal injury cases often do not go to trial for several months or years after the accident. Keeping a journal will help you recall specific details like time of day, weather, exact location and orientation, and any statements made by witnesses, which may be the key to winning your case. Also, take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and/or your injuries as they progress.
Third, seek a competent attorney in your area. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay until the case is settled or you receive a judgment in court. An attorney can evaluate your case at no cost to you, and give you advice as to how to proceed. Be sure to show the attorney the accident report, court documents, medical bills and medical records, documents regarding lost wages, and your notes regarding what happened during and after the accident. Ask the attorney about recent settlements or judgments to be sure they are familiar with handling personal injury cases.
Your attorney will first evaluate your claim and prepare a demand package to send to the negligent party’s insurance company. He or she will then negotiate with the insurance company in an attempt to get the best settlement possible based on your specific situation. If the negotiations do not result in a settlement, the next step is to file a lawsuit. In a lawsuit the parties are able to conduct discovery, which involves asking questions and requesting documents relevant to the claim, and conducting depositions of parties and witnesses. Your attorney will request the negligent party’s insurance information to determine the amount of coverage the individual has. The insurance company’s attorney will ask questions and request documents relating to your damages and to the accident itself. The final step is to have a trial where each side is able to call witnesses and present documents to the judge to determine if the negligent party is liable for your damages, and if so, how much is he or she liable for.