If you've been in a serious car accident in Virginia, your first concern should be getting the proper medical treatment you need. But the chances are that during that time, you will start thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. After all, medical bills may be piling up, and you could potentially be losing out on wages at work during your recovery period.

So, how soon can you file a lawsuit after a Virginia car accident?

If you've hired an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you, he or she will likely go through a series of settlement negotiations with the insurance company to try and get you a fair settlement without having to go through the rigors of going to trial. Of course, you always want to hire an attorney who is willing to go to trial with your case and isn't just going to push you into a lowball offer from the insurance company (yes, there are personal injury attorneys out there who almost never go to trial and the insurance companies know it, so they just give low offers - take care to hire the right attorney for your case).

How soon should you file a lawsuit after a car accident?Ultimately, you have two years to file a lawsuit for your case. During that time, negotiations will occur, and you may reach an offer that you want to accept.

The truth is that filing your lawsuit quickly doesn't make a difference. And if you file suit too soon after your accident, you won't necessarily know the complete extent of your medical bills and other factors that go into your case.

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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney