Personal Injury Lawyers in Lynchburg, VA
If you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, whether an auto accident, slip and fall, defective product, or something else, you need effective, compassionate, and sound legal counsel to ensure you receive just compensation for your losses.
When an accident occurs, it can disrupt your life completely and leave you with a ton of unanswered questions. Who is going to pay for your damaged vehicle or other property? What about the time you’ve lost from work and your upcoming bills? Whose insurance company will pay your medical bills? These questions don’t always have simple answers.
The Pack Law Group in Bedford represents the victims of personal injury throughout central Virginia. We have extensive experience helping injury victims seek justice from the parties responsible for their harm. Contact our office today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Recommended Steps After an Injury
If you get into a car accident, suffer a dog bite, experience a slip and fall injury, or are otherwise hurt by someone else’s actions, the steps you take immediately afterward may affect your case. General tips for victims include:
- Reporting the accident to the proper authorities; this may mean calling the police after a car accident or notifying a store manager after a slip and fall
- Seek medical attention and keep copies of all bills and documents you receive
- Gather any evidence you can, including witness reports or contact information, photos, and video
- Contact a personal injury lawyer before you communicate with insurance adjusters or other parties involved in your claim
- Do not speak about the accident or your injuries on social media, since anything that the other party can find may work against you
The Role of Contributory Negligence in Virginia
There is one aspect of personal injury law that separates Virginia from the vast majority of other states. In most states, when a victim is partially liable for the accident, their award is reduced by the percentage of fault they have. However, Virginia uses a standard of pure contributory negligence.
Under this law, if a jury finds that the victim of an accident is even 1% responsible for the accident, the victim cannot receive any damages from the other party. This is a significant risk for any victim who ends up taking their case to court.
However, the fact is that very few personal injury cases actually make it to court. Most cases are settled out of court, either before a lawsuit is filed or before court proceedings begin. This allows victims who may have some blame to still receive compensation while permitting the liable party to avoid the risk of a potentially huge award.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At the Pack Law Group, our personal injury attorneys provide a tremendous depth and breadth of experience to its clients. We are uniquely equipped to help you and your loved ones pursue the compensation and justice you deserve. Our firm handles cases involving:
There are over 8.3 million vehicles registered and 6 million drivers licensed in Virginia. Each year, more than 100,000 accidents take place, resulting in tens of thousands of injuries. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you have the right to pursue a claim.
Truck accidents can happen in an instant, and it’s an unfair matchup between a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck. These are complex cases where more than one party could be held responsible for your damages.
Motorcycle accidents often have devastating consequences for the rider due to a lack of safety devices and protection. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash, we can help you hold the right parties completely accountable for their actions.
When you step onto a bus, whether public or private, you trust you are in good and safe hands. This isn’t always the case. If you were injured in a bus accident, whether as a passenger or the driver of another vehicle, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help protect your right to recovery.
Pedestrian accident injuries can be catastrophic, and no two cases are quite the same. Our pedestrian accident attorneys will aggressively pursue the parties responsible as we protect your rights from insurance companies with inequitable claims tactics. We also handle bicycle accidents.
Property owners also have a duty to provide necessary security and safeguards to prevent slip and falls, assaults, animal attacks, theft, and other injuries on their property.
Designers and manufacturers of vehicles, machinery, chemicals, appliances, toys, and other products owe a duty to workers and consumers not to release products that have design or manufacturing defects. Still, defective products hit the market every year, and while many never cause serious damage to anyone, a handful do cause major injuries. Whether they were marketed, designed, or manufactured incorrectly, victims of defective products often seek compensation through a personal injury case. These cases may lead to punitive damages, particularly if it is revealed that the company knew of the product’s defects but went to market anyway. This occurs when companies believe that the cost of paying out settlements will be lower than the cost of redesigning a defective product.
Assault cases are often the civil follow up to a criminal case. While victims may get some justice through a guilty verdict in a criminal case, they still deserve compensation for the injuries and mental anguish suffered during a malicious and intentional assault. In these cases, victims may receive compensation for medical bills, property damage, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. While criminal cases and civil cases are separate, a guilty verdict or evidence from a criminal case can help in a personal injury claim.
Personal Injury Liability in Virginia
Individuals and businesses that assume responsibility for the safety and health of others – whether driving a vehicle, owning property, or running a business – are obligated to act in a manner that doesn’t cause injury.
It only takes a moment of inattention or negligence to cause an accident that leaves innocent victims with life-changing physical and emotional injuries. Often, these injuries can be severe such as traumatic brain injury, back injuries, paralysis, and burns.
When preventable injuries occur due to the carelessness or negligence of another party, Virginia personal injury law allows victims to pursue the responsible party for damages.
The insurance company is likely to do everything in its power to undermine your case. They may allege that you were somehow responsible for your injuries so that they won’t have to pay a dime. Don’t let this happen. You’ll need to be vigilant from day one, which means you should refuse to sign any releases or give a recorded statement. It’s also a good time to get a strong legal advocate in your corner.
What is My Case Worth?
It’s tough to put a value on a case just after an accident. But, if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden of your losses. When you meet with the personal injury attorneys at the Pack Law Group, we will carefully and thoroughly evaluate your case.
The damages you may be able to collect equal what the accident has cost you physically, mentally, and monetarily, including:
- Property losses– includes the cost to repair or replace property involved in the accident. Damage to your car, whether it needs repairs or is completely totaled, can be covered in a personal injury claim. Loss of or damage to other items in the vehicle may also fall under this category. Related expenses include towing and rental cars.
- Medical treatment– includes the costs of past medical care resulting from the accident and estimated future care required. Ambulance transportation, copays, hospital stays, adaptive equipment for the healing process, and medications are all items covered under this category. This is particularly important because health insurance often is unwilling to pay for your care if they believe another party is responsible for it.
- Lost income– you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and future lost earning capacity. A car accident often requires at least one day off of work. If you have injuries that limit your ability to work or require a longer recovery period, you could be away from work for weeks or months. A personal injury claim allows you to recover that lost income.
- Pain and suffering– includes compensation for the pain and discomfort resulting from the accident, past and future. A car accident and subsequent recovery can be extremely painful. It is difficult to quantify the financial value of pain, but through non-economic damages, an accident victim can still get compensation for what they have suffered.
- Emotional distress– you may be compensated for other emotional impacts from the injury, such as insomnia and anxiety.
- Loss of enjoyment– includes compensation for loss of enjoyment of certain activities, such as hobbies and exercise. The victim of an accident may suffer a permanent decrease in their quality of life, particularly if the crash leaves them disfigured or permanently disabled.
- Lost earning capacity. If an accident leaves you disabled or with chronic pain, you may be unable to work at the same level you previously did. Furthermore, you may lose out on possible promotions and raises. When an accident permanently impacts your ability to work, you may get compensated for lost future earnings.
Deadline for Filing a Virginia Personal Injury Lawsuit
All states place a time limit on filing personal injury claims, and Virginia is no different. According to Virginia Code § 8.01-243, you have just two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you won’t be able to collect compensation for your injuries.
Coping with the Physical and Emotional Impact of a Personal Injury
Social support is by far one of the most important elements of recovering from a personal injury. Those without assistance from family or friends often struggle to recuperate. This isn’t just due to the lack of physical assistance, but also the lack of emotional support and healing. As a victim, you should be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and ask for help when it is needed. People often want to help but don’t know exactly what you need.
Medical care is essential for your physical and mental healing after an accident. Don’t be afraid to seek out a second opinion if you feel like your current medical provider is not listening to you, addressing your needs, or answering your questions. You deserve high-quality care that makes you an active participant, not a passive bystander.
Mental Health Care
During this time, your care should not be limited to your physical injuries and ailments. Going through an accident and subsequent injuries can be mentally traumatizing and emotionally exhausting, which is why so many victims benefit from mental health care.
Perhaps one of the most important resources you need for healing is money. This is where many people feel that they will not be able to recuperate. As the medical bills start to pile up and your hours at work start to dwindle, you might feel like you need to get by on less support—not more.
Speak with a Qualified Virginia Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a vehicle accident or suffered an injury due to another party’s wrongful conduct or negligence in central Virginia, we can help. Personal injury claims give you a tool for seeking restitution from the parties responsible for your damages.
The Pack Law Group in Bedford handles every personal injury case with care and an eye towards personalized service. We aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for personal injury victims and their families.
You won’t pay us anything upfront for representation since all of our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. Contact our office today at 540-586-7225 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation.