A valid Virginia personal injury claim involves 3 main things:
- a person injured in a Virginia accident;
- a person whose negligence caused the Virginia accident; and
- substantial damages resulting from the Virginia accident.
Virginia is a contributory negligence state, meaning you cannot be found to have contributed in the slightest amount to causing your injuries. The other person who you are blaming for your injuries must be found to be entirely at fault for the accident.
Once you've determined that it was 100% the other person's negligence that caused your injuries, you must have substantial enough losses to recover compensation for. Minor injuries like cuts and bruises are not cause for a Virginia personal injury claim. However, serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and so on are all likely to cause substantial medical bills from treatment and recovery.
Damages resulting from a Virginia accident include the medical bills, lost wages from inability to work, and pain and suffering. You must show a financial need arose from your Virginia accident to claim damages in a Virginia personal injury claim.
When you are considering filing a Virginia personal injury claim and are unsure whether you have a valid claim, you should speak to a personal injury attorney. Once you have provided your attorney with the details of your accident, they can help you determine the best way to go about obtaining a fair settlement for your injuries.
Contacting a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney
After you've been seriously injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or other Virginia accident where someone else's negligence was to blame, you should focus on recovery. Let a Fairfax personal injury attorney like Ben Glass relieve the stress of dealing with the insurance companies. Ben Glass Law fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their personal injury claims.
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