After suffering significant injuries in a car crash or other accident, most people face similar fears and questions: How much will my medical care cost? Will there be long-term expenses? What if I can no longer perform my job because of my injuries?
If you were in a serious accident, you need an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer on your side. I will provide you with best-in-class customer service and will work tirelessly to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
There is a reason that I am the only personal injury lawyer in Norfolk, VA, with perfect five-star reviews. Call today for a risk-free consultation.
Accident Types My Personal Injury Law Firm Handles
As the founding attorney of Atkinson Law, I represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims caused by accidents involving:
- Motor vehicle accidents: I represent clients injured in auto accidents, scooter and motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and pedestrian accidents. The aftermath of any vehicle accident can be stressful, and I’m here to help.
- Dog bites and attacks: As an owner and trainer of protection dogs, I have unique insight into the more intense breeds and the psychological and behavioral factors that lead to dog bites. Dog ownership is a great endeavor; however, irresponsible and unknowledgeable dog owners can create dangerous situations. The catastrophic physical and emotional scars that result from bite injuries can last a lifetime, especially for children.
- Infant and child injuries: I fight for maximum compensation for infants, injured children, and their parents. Contact me for aggressive representation if an insurance company is pursuing a compromise settlement or has obtained a court-approved settlement.
- Medical malpractice: If a doctor, surgeon, nurse, pharmacist, or other healthcare industry professional acted negligently, resulting in illness or injury to you or a loved one, I could bring a medical malpractice claim to help you obtain the compensation for damages.
- Police misconduct: If a police officer has abused their position of power, violated your rights, or injured you, I will fight for justice on your behalf.
- Nursing home abuse: I represent older clients who have suffered abuse, neglect, and exploitation. If you or an elderly parent has been hurt in this way, I can help.
I can also represent you if you have lost a loved one in an accident. By bringing a wrongful death claim, I can help you recover damages for loss of income, medical expenses before death, burial costs, funeral costs, and other damages.
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How Long You Have To File a Personal Injury Claim
After suffering accident injuries, you’re likely wondering how you will pay for associated medical costs. Filing a claim against the negligent party is the first step toward getting the compensation you qualify for. According to the Code of Virginia § 8.01-243, you have two years to file an injury claim.
As an experienced Norfolk injury accident lawyer, I recommend you file your claim as soon as possible. Doing this will give me more time to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and prepare your case. It will also give us a greater chance of recovering maximum compensation for your injuries.
Though the statute of limitations gives you two years to file, the details of your case may give you more or less time. I can determine exactly how long you have until the filing deadline, provide legal advice, and answer any questions you may have about the legal process.
Wrongful Death Claims
If you lost someone you love due to another party’s negligence, you have my deepest condolences. And though nothing can make up for this loss, obtaining fair compensation can help with daily expenses and other costs during this challenging time.
Virginia law gives a personal representative of your loved one’s estate two years to file a wrongful death petition. Furthermore, if you were appointed beneficiary of your family member’s will, you would be eligible to file the claim.
Family members eligible to collect damages through a wrongful death claim include the following:
- Biological and adopted children
- Siblings (if there is no spouse, children, or grandchildren)
Contact me anytime, no matter how unique your circumstances are. I speak with most clients within 24 hours and often within 24 minutes! Then let me explain how wrongful death benefits are designated.
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Compensation for Damages Following Your Accident
After you sustain injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you have the legal right to collect damages. There are two primary types I can help you collect: economic and non-economic damages.
After an accident, you likely suffered losses affecting your financial status. These losses are called economic damages and have a specific dollar amount that can be recovered. I will fight for compensation to cover:
- Bills for medical care.
- Loss of employment.
- Loss of future income.
- Property damage.
- Lost wages.
- Loss of household services.
- Physical therapy.
You could suffer damages that are more challenging to calculate, though you could still receive financial compensation for them. They are relatively subjective and are known as non-economic damages.
I will use medical records and other evidence to recover non-monetary damages, including:
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical disfigurement
As your legal advocate, I will work hard so you won’t have to worry about outstanding bills and other expenses. Instead, I will fight for you to receive the economic and non-economic damages you’re eligible for.
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As Your Personal Injury Attorney, I Will Handle the Insurance Companies for You
Every insurance agent’s dream is to work with an accident victim not represented by an attorney. I have negotiated with countless insurance adjusters throughout my years of experience, and I’m ready to help you.
I know how insurance companies defend against personal injury claims. Let me handle settlement negotiations while you focus on recovering. After our initial consultation, I will gather the information and documents needed to move your case forward.
Though unfortunately, most insurance company business models are based on denying qualified injured accident victims the money they need to carry on with their lives.
If the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair settlement, I will quickly file a lawsuit, prepare for trial, and fight for your rights in litigation.
I swing for the fences with every case my firm takes on. I hate losing and will do anything within ethical rules to win your case.
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Factors that May Affect the Value of Your Personal Injury Case
When I sit with a client during a consultation, many ask what their claim is worth. I understand the urgency of overdue bills and mounting expenses, so I will explain some factors that determine a case’s worth, including:
Severity of Injuries
The top factor in calculating a settlement amount is how severely you were injured. Compensation for your personal injury case will be higher if you’ve suffered life-threatening and catastrophic injuries.
This can be attributed to the extensive medical care you’ll likely require, a lifetime of costly medical devices and medications. For example, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are bodily injuries that could generate a higher settlement.
Degree of Negligence
When reviewing your case, I’ll also consider the degree of the liable party’s negligence. If their actions were intentional, you might qualify for punitive damages in addition to actual damages. When a negligent driver, or another party, deliberately hurts you, they should pay considerably more for the harm they’ve inflicted.
For example, suppose a driver intentionally runs a red light and causes an accident that injures you. In that case, you could recover punitive damages on top of compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
It’s important to note not every case involving intentional misconduct will result in an award of punitive damages. The decision is up to the judge or jury and will depend on the specific circumstances of your case.
When I meet with you, we will carefully evaluate the specific details of your case and determine factors that could affect the outcome. I view each of my client’s cases as unique and offer customized, premium service tailored to your preferences.
I Make Your Problems My Problems; Call Today
When you contact Atkinson Law, you will speak with a trained paralegal and an attorney/business owner. That’s all.
Conversely, “big reputation” personal injury firms will pass you off to several employees who are not your lawyer: an “intake specialist,” an “investigator,” and later a “case manager.” As a result, you may not meet “your” lawyer until the morning of your trial on the courthouse steps.
Our firm does not operate an assembly line or a warehouse. Instead, it’s an artisan workshop dedicated to bringing you and your loved ones the best possible results.
Call my Norfolk law offices or complete the contact form to schedule a free case consultation today.