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If you have been injured in an accident, don’t try to deal with it on your own.

Call us today and let us fight for the compensation you deserve.

When you are injured in an accident, it can be a difficult time. You may feel like you don’t have anyone to turn to for help, especially if the accident was not your fault and the at-fault party refuses to pay for your medical expenses or loss of income.

At Right Path Law, we believe that everyone deserves a fair trial. Our Northern Virginia attorneys have experience working with injury victims and will work hard to recover compensation from the at-fault party.

Our experienced lawyers will examine your case in detail. Our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to determine who is at fault. If we believe that you can pursue a claim, we will help you every step of the way.

 

Personal Injury Liability

While being injured is bad enough, you can trust the experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers at our firm to help you recover all of the money compensation you deserve.

The unfortunate reality is that accident victims are often left with mounting medical bills and lost wages, not to mention additional expenses caused by their injuries. These expenses include home modifications and specialized vehicles or wheelchairs for handicapped people.

All Virginians are responsible for the safety of those around them. Drivers must use proper care when driving to keep others safe. Property owners must ensure that their property is safe for others to enter. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe to use.

When anyone fails to meet these responsibilities, they can be deemed negligent. Negligence is the legal concept upon which most personal injury cases rest.

When a person is negligent and someone becomes hurt as a result, the negligent party can be found liable.

In cases in which someone was liable for an accident, an attorney can help you hold that person accountable for paying you compensation for your injuries.

This is how accident victims get the financial help they need. However, if you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else, you should not try to file a personal injury claim on your own. Let us help.

Insurance Companies

Regardless of how you were hurt, you will likely have to deal with an insurance company. Auto accidents will always involve at least one insurance company. Slip and falls and other premises liability accidents will involve a homeowner’s insurance policy, or that of a business.

If you are holding a manufacturer responsible, their insurance company will become involved, as well. Many accident victims think the insurance company is there to help in their time of need. In reality, insurance companies are not looking out for your best interests.

Insurance companies want to keep their profits. That means they go to great lengths to deny, reduce, or delay your settlement. They will try many tactics when doing this. They will try to get you to admit fault for your own injuries. They will come to you when you are most vulnerable, asking you to sign a medical release. They will comb through your medical records, looking for signs of a pre-existing condition. They will take your words out of context and use them against you.

Insurance companies will try all of this so that they do not have to pay you the compensation you deserve.

An attorney will not let them get away with it. An attorney knows these tactics the insurance companies use. An attorney will refute the insurance company’s claims of fault, and hold them accountable for paying you what you deserve. An attorney can even speak with the insurance company on your behalf.

Personal Injuries Faq

In order to not feel overwhelmed at the start of your claim, you may want some basic information about personal injury claims. Here we have outlined some common questions about the process and what to expect.

How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim?

The State of Virginia provides personal injury victims a term of two years to file a compensation claim. If you wait to file a claim until two years, you may lose your right to a financial agreement.

Do I have a case if the accident was in part my fault?

Unlike most states, Virginia is still taking into account what is known as “contributory negligence.” According to this law, if you were responsible for causing the accident, you will not be allowed to file a claim for personal injuries. This applies even if your responsibility was minimum.

What if I don’t have enough money to pay the services of an attorney to attend my case of personal injury?

You can still get the legal help that you need! Personal injury attorneys work on a base of a contingency fee. That means that the fees of your attorney come from the amount of the final agreement. If you don’t get an agreement, you don’t pay.

Is it possible that my case of personal injury has to go to the court?

Not necessarily. Most of the cases can be solved through negotiations if the guilty party and his insurance company are willing to cooperate. Usually, this depends on how solid is your case, because they will want to avoid paying the Tribunal’s fee and the agreement if it is improbable that the verdict is in their favor.

Which are the “non-financial damages” in the cases of personal injury?

Even though the financial damages are obvious, the non-financial damages reflect how your injuries have changed the quality of your life for the worse. These damages include damages to your marriage, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of life enjoyment, and pain and suffering.

Can I seek compensation if the government was responsible for my injury?

Yes, although special rules apply in the cases against governmental entities in Virginia. In particular, the amount of time that you have to file a claim is much shorter. The claim against towns or cities must be filed within the six months after the injury occurred; while a claim against the state must be filed within a year.

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