Injured in a car accident in Virginia? You can seek compensation for your damages. This includes medical bills, lost wages, and any other expenses related to the injury through a personal injury claim. Your lawyer will make sure to file your claim on time. If you need to file a lawsuit, your lawyer will work to make sure you meet deadlines and make the necessary steps to move the case along.
1. Your Attorney will Make Sure you Do Not Miss Deadlines
In Virginia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. Your lawyer will make sure that your claim is filed on time. If you need to file a lawsuit, your lawyer will make sure all court deadlines are met.
2. Your Attorney Can Guide you Through the Legal Process
Facing the personal injury claim process on your own can be daunting. Your lawyer will be your advocate. They will be your guide through each step of your claim’s progress – from gathering its supporting evidence to negotiating a fair settlement.
3. Your Attorney Can Determine a Fair Settlement Amount and Help you Seek It
The insurance provider will offer you a lowball settlement amount. Do not accept it without first discussing it with your lawyer. Your lawyer has experience seeking personal injury compensation and can use this to determine an appropriate amount for your case.
4. Your Attorney Can Negotiate on your Behalf
After receiving the lowball offer, your lawyer can negotiate with the insurance provider to secure a more appropriate amount of compensation for your damages. Do not attempt to negotiate the amount on your own.
5. Your Attorney will Know When to Litigate your Case
If you cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance provider, your lawyer may suggest filing a lawsuit. If he or she does this, the court will determine your case’s outcome.
6. Your Attorney Understands Car Accidents, Negligence, and Liability
Car accident cases are rarely cut-and-dry. You might be facing a claim that you were the negligent party and thus not entitled to recover anything. Your lawyer can help you navigate issues related to determining and proving negligence in your case.
7. Your Attorney Can Help you Obtain the Necessary Evidence to Build a Claim
Evidence to support a personal injury claim can include:
- Photographs of the accident;
- Witness testimonies;
- Your medical bills;
- Documentation of your lost wages; and
- Evidence that shows the intangible damages you suffered, such as a loss of enjoyment of your life.
If you do not have all of this evidence, your lawyer can help you obtain it by drawing upon his or her professional network or contacting parties such as your doctor and your employer.
8. Your Attorney will Handle the Hard Work while you Recover
As an injured claimant, you have to focus on your own health and recovery. Your lawyer can remove the burden of interacting with the insurance provider and the court to give you the time and space you need to help yourself recover.
Work with an Experienced Virginia Car Accident Attorney
Working with a personal injury attorney to handle your car accident case is an investment in your likelihood of securing an appropriate settlement. Contact our team at Leavitt & Martin, PLLC online or call 804-873-4004 to set up your free consultation in our office.