Following a personal injury accident, your priorities most likely consist of (1) recovering from your injuries, (2) returning to work as quickly as possible, and (3) managing your family’s finances appropriately. The last thing you are wanting to do is make this challenging time of your life more complicated. Unfortunately, these legitimate goals and desire to avoid complications leads some individuals to “go it alone” and decline to have a personal injury attorney assist them in seeking compensation for their injuries.
The Mistake of Representing Yourself
As many of these self-represented (called pro se) litigants soon find out, attempting to prosecute a personal injury lawsuit without an attorney’s assistance creates more – not fewer – problems. An experienced and knowledgeable Virginia personal injury attorney can often alleviate several major sources of stress and anxiety surrounding a personal injury lawsuit, leaving the victim free to focus on other matters. Specifically, your personal injury attorney can:
- Determine if you have a case and, if so, how much your case may be worth: It is common for some injury victims to think their injury case is “clear-cut” and worth thousands or millions of dollars in compensation when in fact case evaluation is actually a complex and complicated process. Virginia tort law has doctrines concerning liability and defenses to liability that are different than in most other states. Having an attorney who can objectively evaluate your situation and determine if you have a case worth pursuing can save you significant time and resources in the long run.
- Ensure your pleadings are properly and timely filed. Your personal injury lawsuit begins when you file an action in the appropriate court. Not only must your pleadings conform to certain statutory requirements, but it must be filed in a court that is an appropriate venue and one that has jurisdiction over your case. All this must be done before the statute of limitations expires. What might take an injury victim weeks or months to accomplish can oftentimes be accomplished much quicker by a personal injury attorney.
- Devote resources to investigating your case. While it is theoretically possible to win a personal injury case without needing to investigate the case to uncover evidence or witnesses, in practice most every personal injury case will require some amount of investigation in order to afford the injured plaintiff a reasonable opportunity of succeeding in his or her claim. But many plaintiffs do not know how to locate witnesses, preserve important evidence, and prepare their cases for trial. Even if they did, they would oftentimes lack the time and resources necessary to accomplish these tasks. An attorney will not only know how to conduct personal injury investigations effectively but will also often have the resources necessary to carry this task out.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Virginia personal injury accident, contact the dedicated and resourceful team at Hampton Injury Law for assistance. Attorney Jan Hoen and the other members of the Hampton Injury Law legal team will ensure your claim is thoroughly investigated and will take appropriate measures to protect your rights and pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact Hampton Injury Law today by calling (757) 838-1136 or completing the firm’s online form.