Being involved in an accident is a traumatic experience that can disrupt your life in countless ways. Whether you have been injured in a car crash, a slip and fall, or any other incident, my personal injury law firm will handle the legal aftermath.
As an experienced personal injury lawyer serving Portsmouth, VA, I easily recognize the details that make each case unique.
Whether you are driven by a sense of legal justice or financially motivated, I will create a custom legal strategy to meet your goal. Call my law firm today, and I, Ed Atkinson, will personally evaluate your claim.
Types of Personal Injury Cases My Law Firm Handles
Various situations lead to personal injury cases, such as car crashes, medical malpractice, and premises injuries. As an attorney practicing personal injury law, I have vast experience representing clients in these and other areas.
Serving clients from different walks of life and learning the unique circumstances of their accidents helped me become a more well-rounded legal professional. As a result, I easily anticipate potential issues arising during the legal process and resolve them before they escalate.
Cases I Handled As a Personal Injury Lawyer Include:
- Automobile accidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Maritime injuries
- Truck accidents
- Injuries suffered by children
- Premises accidents
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
I understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a personal injury takes on you and your loved ones. As your attorney, I will work tirelessly to ensure you receive fair compensation. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, I am here to help.
A Law Firm With a Client-Centered Approach
As a personal injury lawyer with a perfect five-star record, I am deeply devoted to client satisfaction. Therefore, I always take the time to understand my clients’ needs and concerns fully, so I can provide tailored legal advice that meets their unique circumstances.
Furthermore, I always go the extra mile to ensure my clients feel valued and supported. This combination of qualities has helped me consistently receive the highest ratings from my clients, and I am honored to continue to offer such high-quality legal services.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Portsmouth, call 757-648-8579
Damages Personal Injury Victims Can Recover
After the initial shock of the accident wears off, victims soon experience the financial aftershock. In addition to medical bills, which can be astronomical, you might need to take time off work to recover or be unable to work altogether. This loss of income can put a significant strain on family finances.
Injured victims do have alternatives for financial recovery. For example, you could receive damages for accident-related losses by filing a personal injury claim with an insurance company or a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
After an accident, you will experience various tangible losses, like medical expenses and repair bills. These easily-quantifiable expenses fall under economic damages. Using the available evidence, I will calculate the value of your damages and fight to recover the full amount.
The Following Table Illustrates Recoverable Economic Damages:
|Type of Damage||Description||Evidence|
|Medical expenses||The cost of medical care, doctor visits, medications, and physical therapy||Medical bills, receipts, and invoices from healthcare providers|
|Lost wages||Compensation for income lost due to the accident, including missed work days||Salary records, tax returns, and testimony from your employer|
|Property damage||The cost of repairing or replacing damaged property||Estimates and receipts from repair shops|
|Future medical expenses||The estimated cost of medical care that will be required in the future||Medical treatment plans, and cost estimates from healthcare providers|
|Future loss of earnings||The estimated loss of future income||Expert testimony and employment records|
These damages address the intangible losses you suffered after the accident, focusing on its psychological and social impact. Given the deeply personal nature of these experiences, non-economic damages can be more difficult to prove. However, I will help translate your intangible losses into a quantifiable amount.
This table outlines possible non-economic damages:
|Type of Damage||Description||Evidence|
|Pain and suffering||Refers to the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by the accident||Medical records and documentation of the impact on your quality of life|
|Emotional distress||The psychological impact of your injury, which can manifest as anxiety and depression.||Expert testimony and documentation from a mental health therapist|
|Loss of enjoyment||The loss of your ability to engage in activities you previously enjoyed||Testimony from you and your family about your quality of life|
|Mental anguish||Feelings of distress and humiliation associated with the accident||Testimony from you, your loved ones, and expert witnesses|
In Virginia, punitive damages are awarded to the plaintiff (injured party) as a form of punishment against the defendant (responsible party) for their intentional or reckless conduct. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, which aim to reimburse you, punitive damages punish the defendant.
These damages are only available in cases where the defendant’s actions were willful or showed a conscious disregard for the safety of others. For example, when a drunk driver operates a vehicle, fully aware of how dangerous this is.
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An Attorney Who Protects You From Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are for-profit entities whose primary goal is to minimize the money they pay in claims. As a result, they often try to take advantage of injured individuals who may not be aware of their legal rights or the true value of their personal injury claims.
As your Portsmouth personal injury attorney, I will protect your interests by negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf. I will also provide legal guidance throughout the claims process, helping you understand your options.
Ultimately, having legal representation will level the playing field between a victim and an insurance company.
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Respect Virginia’s Time Limit for Filing a Lawsuit
There is a legal deadline by which plaintiffs must file a lawsuit in court after suffering an injury caused by someone’s negligence. In Virginia, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years from the incident date.
If you do not file a lawsuit within two years, your case will likely be dismissed, and you will be unable to recover compensation. However, certain exceptions may apply to the deadline, depending on the case. For example, the deadline might be tolled until an injured minor turns 18.
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Call Atkinson Law for a Free Personal Injury Case Review
The financial impact of an accident can be substantial and take a toll on your well-being and your ability to support your family. At Atkinson Law, I will help you review the available paths to financial recovery. Then, if you decide to file a claim or a personal injury lawsuit, I will guide you through the process.
Contact my law firm today and schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation. During the meeting, I will address all of your concerns about your case and provide valuable guidance.
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