Surviving an accident can be traumatic, and you should not face the aftermath alone. Seek legal representation to protect your right to compensation. I will help you financially recover while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
As a Virginia personal injury attorney, I, Ed Atkinson, want to empower accident victims to seek justice. I will help you access the information you need to make informed decisions about your accident claim. Call Atkinson Law today for a free legal consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Cases My Law Firm Handles
Personal injury cases can arise from various accidents, including car crashes and animal attacks. While the specific circumstances of each case can vary, these types of accidents are typically caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person or company.
Under personal injury law protections, victims can obtain financial compensation to cover their accident-related losses and hold the at-fault party responsible for their actions.
Throughout my years practicing law, I have represented clients in a wide range of personal injury cases. Facing unique challenges helped me diversify my skill set and develop a more well-rounded approach to representing clients.
As a personal injury attorney in Virginia, my most common cases include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Maritime accidents
- Medical malpractice
If you were injured in a different accident type, please call my law office, as I might still be able to help.
A Personal Injury Law Firm with a Custom-Tailored Approach
I have a personal approach to offering legal services, so I take the time to understand your case’s details and create a custom-tailored legal strategy for optimal results.
Also, I understand that many accident victims suffer from catastrophic injuries that might make commuting impossible. Whether you are recovering in a hospital bed or at your home, I’m willing to travel to your location.
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury lawyer serving Virginia, call 757-648-8579
Recoverable Damages After a Personal Injury Accident in Virginia
After a personal injury accident, obtaining financial damages can be crucial for getting your life back on track. As a Virginia personal injury lawyer, I can help you seek financial compensation for various damages.
I can help you access compensation by building an evidence-based case to support your personal injury claim. While heavily relying on documents and physical evidence, I may also use expert witness testimony to strengthen your position.
Once your case is prepared, I will negotiate with the insurance company or the other party’s legal team to secure a fair settlement. If they refuse to offer a settlement you are happy with, I will quickly file a lawsuit and take your case to court.
These refer to the financial losses you suffered as a direct result of the accident. Economic damages are typically easy to calculate and can be documented through receipts, bills, and other forms of evidence. You can win:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earnings
- Property damage
If you were involved in an accident, seek immediate medical care. However, if you are unsure where to turn for treatment, please call me to discuss this issue.
These are the intangible losses you suffered due to the accident. Non-economic damages are more difficult to prove, but they help you recover compensation for the emotional and psychological toll of the traumatic event. Depending on the accident’s impact on your life, you could sue for:
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress.
- Mental anguish.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Scarring or disfigurement.
- Permanent injury.
Given their personal nature, non-economic damages are not so easily calculated. For example, pain and suffering damages may be calculated by considering the severity of your injury and the number of days it lasts; plus the specific impact those injuries have had on your daily life. For example, a hand injury may be “worth” more for a piano teacher than for a soccer coach.
With the help of an experienced attorney like me, you can maximize your chances of obtaining the damages you need to move forward after an accident.
Virginia awards punitive damages in certain cases when the defendant acts with reckless disregard for the plaintiff’s safety. Intoxicated driving–where a defendant knows how dangerous this is for other motorists–is a classic example and is even codified in Virginia law. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are not meant to simply “reimburse” the injured but to make an example and discourage highly dangerous conduct (again, think driving drunk or driving high on drugs).
Under Virginia law § 8.01-38.1, there is a cap on the amount of punitive damage that can be awarded in a personal injury case. This cap is set at $350,000. While this is a complex aspect of the law, I understand how it can be leveraged to get you the most money possible.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you have lost a family member in a fatal accident caused by someone’s negligence, Virginia state law allows you to fight for financial damages via a wrongful death claim.
At Atkinson Law, you can share your painful experience in a safe space. My clients must feel comfortable so they can open up about how the fatal accident changed their lives. The more details I receive, the easier it will be to build a strong wrongful death claim and achieve closure.
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Virginia’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits
If you decide to take legal action against the liable party, you must do so within a set period. In Virginia, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury for most personal injury cases. If you fail to file a lawsuit within the deadline, the case may be dismissed.
There are, however, certain conditions that might extend the deadline. For example, if the victim was a minor at the time of the accident. Waiting to contact a lawyer never helps. Therefore, I recommend contacting my law offices immediately to discuss your case.
I will give you an honest assessment of your case, based on facts at hand and the Virginia laws that would affect your chance of successful recovery, including contributory negligence, recovery limits, and the statute of limitations.
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Call Atkinson Law for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
It’s not easy to find a personal injury lawyer with a perfect record of five-star Google reviews. I am that lawyer because I treat my clients like my friends and family. At Atkinson Law, my clients know me from day one and they can always reach me personally.
If you need to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit, I can guide you through the legal process and will do everything I can to protect your rights. Furthermore, my knowledge of the law and the operations of insurance companies will give your case a competitive advantage.
Contact my offices today to discuss your legal options during your free initial consultation.