I generally see two types of potential clients in my office: those who think that every minor accident is cause for a Virginia personal injury lawsuit and those who are too annoyed by or afraid of the whole process. It's funny that the former are usually the ones without good cases, and the latter are excellent candidates.
Well informed clients will know that a Virginia personal injury claim needs 3 major things to be valid:
- a victim (you or a family member) who suffered serious injury in an accident;
- a defendant whose negligent behavior caused the accident; and
- substantial damages that would warrant compensation to the victim.
It's generally the second and third points that many clients over-dramatize, thinking they're going to land some big settlement and be set for life. Remember that in Virginia we follow contributory negligence laws, meaning the defendant must be found to be 100% at fault for your injuries. Your own behavior and negligence cannot have contributed at all to your damages, or else you just don't have a valid injury claim in the eyes of the court.
The damages themselves are often played up by the victim, and that's another difficult case to make. It's rare to see a personal injury claim make it to trial when all the victim has to claim for damages are a few cuts and bruises and a dented front bumper on their car. The purpose of a personal injury claim is to recover substantial damages from injuries with high medical expenses that cause you time out from work or result in permanent disability.
I love to see well-informed clients walk in my door who have a general idea of what a Virginia personal injury claim is and what the process of filing and settling involves. That's why I offer my free guides to Virginia accident claims, and I'm always happy to answer client questions. Knowing what you're getting into when filing a Virginia personal injury claim is important to having a successful settlement.
Contacting a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney
You don't have to deal with insurance companies alone when you're looking to file a Virginia personal injury claim. Fairfax personal injury attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their Virginia personal injury claim.
Before you go any further with your decision, order a copy of my free guide to Virginia personal injury claims, The Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Virginia Accident Case. To set up a free consultation, contact me today - 703-591-9829.