Personal injury cases encompass a wide variety of claims where injuries occur due to the conduct of another. Liability may be determined under different theories of law. To increase your chances of successfully recovering the compensation you deserve, you need an Arlington VA personal injury lawyer with the expertise in both the type of accident and injuries most similar to your circumstances.
We Handle Different Types of Personal Injury Claims
Our legal team at The Strong Law Firm handles a wide variety of personal injury cases across Virginia, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents (e.g. car, truck and motorcycle accidents)
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip/trip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Premise liability
- Product liability (e.g. defective products)
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Dangerous prescription drugs
- Wrongful death
- Workers’ Compensation
What Is the Claims Process?
Your personal injury case could take anywhere between a few months to more than a year before reaching a resolution. Personal injury claims procedure can be stressful, especially without our experienced Arlington VA personal injury lawyer helping you navigate the claims process. We can help you obtain the best possible resolution by meticulously investigating your claim, aggressively negotiating your interests with the insurance companies and opposing parties, and tenaciously litigating your case.
Below are some steps you may encounter in your personal injury claim.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
In many cases, an insurance company may become involved because the company insures the other party (e.g., car insurance, property insurance, liability insurance for companies and employers, etc.). If an insurance company requests that you provide a statement, it is imperative that you first speak to an Arlington VA personal injury lawyer. Statements you make to the insurance adjuster could potentially be used against you.
Seeking Ongoing and Continuous Medical Treatment
If you suffered injuries in an accident, it is crucial that you immediately seek medical treatment after or soon after your accident to establish your injury. It is also important to continuously treat your injuries. Breaks in treatment could signify that your injuries have healed. Your treatment is medical evidence that is used to show the cause and extent of your injuries.
Recovering Property Damages
The accident you were in may have also resulted in damages to your property. t times, you may need to quickly recover compensation for your damaged property – such as your car. We can help you recover your property damages swiftly from insurance companies.
Negotiating a Settlement
Insurance companies generally give low-ball offers, or no offer if liability is in question. A knowledgeable Arlington VA personal injury lawyer can evaluate your claim, assess the insurance’s offer, and aggressively negotiate for a fair settlement.
Taking Your Case to Trial
If a fair settlement cannot be reached then the case will go to trial. Trials are expensive and time consuming. Leading up to trial, there is the discovery process (when evidence is exchanged), depositions, expert retention, and motion practice. Our Arlington VA personal injury lawyers are skilled in handling every step of the litigation process, including trial.
Who Is Responsible for the Accident?
In any personal injury case, you must know who is responsible for the accident. There could be multiple parties. For example, in a car accident case, the parties could be the driver of the other vehicle and the manufacturer of your defective car. In a chemical exposure case, the responsible parties could be the owner of the property, the contractor who used the chemicals, and possibly the chemical manufacturer.
But knowing who is responsible is also important in assessing fault. Unlike most states, Virginia is one of the few states—along with District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Alabama — that still follow the pure contributory negligence standard. Under this doctrine, if you are even 1% at fault, you are not eligible to recover any compensation from any party. Insurance companies take advantage of the doctrine to avoid paying damages by blaming you for a portion of the accident.
Obtaining Just Compensation
The purpose of personal injury compensation is to make you whole again after injury. We can help you obtain just compensation, including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
Contact an Arlington VA Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have sustained injuries in an accident, contact The Strong Law Firm and speak with an Arlington VA personal injury lawyer. Call (703) 935-5782 today.