If you have been injured in an accident, there is usually no good reason why you need to rush out and hire an attorney immediately.  You should become educated about your claim and do your research carefully.  I detail how you can go about finding the right lawyer for your case in my book "the truth about lawyer advertising."

For most personal injury claims, the statute of limitations in Virginia is two years.  In some cases where you have been hurt by a governmental employee, there are shorter time limits for giving the government notice of your claim.  These vary.

Obviously, you should not wait too long to contact an attorney if you believe you have been injured by the negligence of someone else.  Most attorneys will have written information about the claims process. I've written a number of consumer publications, which are available at this website.

You can download a FREE chapter of our consumer guide, The Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim, to learn more about personal injury claims.

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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized car accident and ERISA disability attorney in Fairfax, VA.