Accidents happen, but you are in a difficult position if you were injured in an incident that was someone else’s fault. Car accidents, slip and falls, dog bites and other circumstances can lead to serious physical, financial, and emotional losses. Virginia law does provide you with rights as an accident victim, but the process of filing a claim can be complicated.
If you or a loved one was hurt in any type of accident, please contact Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a case evaluation with an Isle of Wight County injury lawyer. You may also find it helpful to check out an overview of your legal options.
Regardless of the specific causes of an injury-causing accident, they generally involve careless or reckless acts by someone else. In legal terms, the concept of negligence applies. There are four essential elements required to recover compensation for your losses.
In most cases, you will initially file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. If you cannot reach an agreement for settlement, you will need to file a lawsuit in court to seek monetary damages.
Negligence can cause any accident, but there are some that happen quite frequently. Examples include:
Personal injury claims may even involve a situation where the victim dies because of someone else’s negligence. These cases are similar in that negligence is a factor, but the claim is one for wrongful death.
There are two forms of compensation available in a personal injury case based upon negligence. Economic damages are items like medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket costs like medication. Non-economic damages include pain, suffering, scarring, emotional distress, and other subjective losses. Note, however, that there may be limitations on your claim:
As you can see, accident claims can be quite complicated. Though you do have rights as an injured victim, there are multiple laws in Virginia that can affect your claim. For more information, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a consultation with an Isle of Wight County injury attorney.