Northern Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident, you deserve compensation from the responsible party. Get the full worth of your claim by working with a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer.
No matter how careful you are, you’re never immune to someone else’s negligence. You could slip and fall on an icy patch outside of your favorite business. You could be sideswiped by a car merging onto the interstate. A home appliance could malfunction, putting you and your family in danger. When an accident causes personal injury, it can be difficult to know what to do in the aftermath.
An accident can leave you with high medical bills, physical pain, and emotional trauma. If someone else’s negligence caused your serious injury, facing all of these hardships can be an especially tough pill to swallow.
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer with Priale & Racine, PLLC can work with you to hold the at-fault party accountable and get you the full compensation you deserve.
Types of Personal Injuries Cases
There are many different types of cases which fall under the umbrella of personal injury law. Your Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer will be a seasoned professional who has experience handling claims for a wide variety of different case types:
- Premises Liability – Property and business owners are bound by federal, state, and local laws to maintain safe premises for visitors. If you were injured because of a negligent property owner—whether you fell on an icy patch of sidewalk, were involved in an electrical fire, were exposed to toxic chemicals, or something similar—you could be entitled to a settlement.
- Vehicle Accidents – If someone else was negligent while driving a motor vehicle—be it a car, semi-truck, bus, motorcycle, or boat—and you were injured as a result, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses.
- Medical Malpractice – Medical professionals who deviate from standard modes of care put their patients at extreme risk. Examples of medical malpractice include misdiagnosing a patient, surgical errors, and prescribing drugs with dangerous interactions.
- Defective Products – The designers, manufacturers, and marketers of a product all have a duty to ensure that the product is safe before it hits shelves and to ensure that they properly warn the public if the product is found to be unsafe. Failure to do so can qualify you for a product liability claim.
- Dog Bites – Virginia follows a “one bite” rule for dog bites. This means that a dog owner might not be liable for damages if you’ve suffered a dog bite that is the animal’s first bite. However, you may still be able to file an injury claim if enough evidence is brought forth showing that the owner should have known the dog was dangerous.
- Work Accidents – From construction accidents to office mishaps, if a third party other than your employer was responsible, you might have grounds to go beyond what workers comp offers.
Your Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer will understand just how devastating an accident can be. While the results of your accident cannot be changed, we will fight to get you every penny you’re owed from the negligent parties.
Statute of Limitations and Contributory Negligence in Virginia
After your accident, it’s important to seek legal help as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Virginia is two years from the date of the accident. Upon contacting a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer, the first thing you will do is review all the details of your case in order to determine fault. The earlier you seek help, the likelier it is that more evidence will be available and that the events will be fresh in your mind.
If you wish to file a claim against a government entity in Virginia, the rules are somewhat different. You must first put the agency on notice that you intend to file a claim. For claims against a city or town, you have six months from the date of the accident to give notice. For claims against the state government, you have one year.
Virginia is one of the few states that still follow the harsh doctrine of contributory negligence. This means that if you are found to have contributed to your accident—even by as little as one percent—you will not be eligible for a settlement.
This does not mean that you cannot file a claim. Considering Virginia’s harsh contributory negligence rule, it’s important to have a seasoned legal ally who can demonstrate how you weren’t at fault and how the defendant’s arguments are flawed.
What’s My Injury Claim Worth?
The repercussions of an accident are felt long after the initial incident. You may have new physical hardships that stay with you for months—even years. These can leave you with medical bills that pile up seemingly overnight. Additionally, you may have serious emotional trauma. Accidents can leave you feeling like you’ll never know “normal” again.
Even if you’re offered a settlement from an insurance company, it will likely not be enough to meet your needs. Insurance companies are first and foremost businesses. They are interested in protecting their own profit margins. An offer you receive from an insurance company will likely have the insurance company as the primary beneficiary—not you.
After an accident, fighting with the insurance company for just compensation should be the least of your worries. A Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer from our office will deal with the insurance company and navigate the intricacies of the legal maze so that you can focus on getting your life back to normal.
We will work to get you full compensation that accounts for all the hardships you may be facing:
- Current and future medical bills
- Vehicle repairs and replacement
- Physical or emotional therapy
- Lost wages and reduced income-earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost companionship and disfigurement
Contact a Northern Virginia Injury Lawyer
You don’t have to face the aftermath of an accident alone. Contact a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer with Priale & Racine, PLLC today at 703-272-3922 or use the online contact form at the bottom of the page. Your consultation is free and carries no obligation past our initial discussion.