Experienced Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys Ready To Help You
Has your life been turned upside-down by serious, perhaps permanent, or catastrophic personal injuries suffered in a Virginia car accident? Are constant pain and suffering, lost wages, and mounting medical bills making things stressful for you and your family? You need the experience of our personal injury attorneys at Bounds and Bounds, PLLC.
The person or business whose negligence led to your injuries should be held accountable. As lawyers in Richmond, we will work to make sure you receive full financial compensation for your injuries and the financial struggles that are still to come. We have practiced law for a long period of time, and we have been involved with numerous personal injury cases.
Even if your health insurance covered your medical bills that resulted from the negligence of another, you are still entitled to recover the cost of those bills. This is known as the collateral source rule. Over and above the costs of your medical bills, you may also be entitled to compensation for the time you had to miss from work and compensation for pain and suffering. In addition, in some situations, such as when have been injured by the negligence of a drunk driver with a BAC of >.15%, you may be entitled to punitive damages or compensation as a form of punishment to the negligent party.
Hold The Negligent Party Accountable
Our motor vehicle, personal injury and wrongful death law practice can protect your rights after serious accidents involving:
- Commercial vehicles
- Recreational vehicles
How Much Compensation Will You Be Able To Receive?
The financial compensation you deserve depends on a number of elements. We speak with you and discuss the most important factors for your claim. Some of these factors include:
- Where the accident occurred
- What kinds of personal injuries you received
- The nature of your medical treatment
- The facts of the accident itself
What Is The Personal Injury Claims Process?
If you have been injured as the result of another person or entity’s negligence, you have a right to file a personal injury claim against them to recover compensation for your injuries. It is highly advisable to enlist the help of a seasoned personal injury attorney who understands the personal injury claims process discussed below, and who knows how to get you the compensation you deserve.
The demand letter – To get the ball rolling, you or your lawyer will first file a demand letter to the responsible party or their insurance company. This demand letter outlines things like the injuries you sustained, the reason that the negligent party is responsible for your injuries, and the monetary amount you are seeking in compensation for your damages.
The complaint – If the negligent party or their insurance company refuses to pay or offers too little compensation, then the next step is to file a complaint with the court system. This is an official notification to the defendant that you are serious.
The discovery process – In this step, both the plaintiff and the defendant collect evidence to support their claim or their defense. This step in the process allows both sides to get a clearer picture of the strength of their argument.
The settlement – A settlement between the two parties is an agreement on the compensation amount, and can be reached up to – and even during – trial. The vast majority of injury claims reach a settlement during mediation sessions and negotiations so that both sides can avoid the expense of a trial.
The trial – In a small percentage of personal injury cases, the case goes to trial and a judge or jury decides which side prevails and how much compensation is awarded.
What Are Your Injuries Worth?
Personal injury cases vary widely in the amount of compensation that is given to the injured party. However, by consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer, you can get an idea of what your injuries may be worth by considering some of the following factors:
Medical costs – You should be compensated for all of your out-of-pocket medical expenses and those that are covered by your insurance. This is fairly easy to quantify based on medical bills and other tangible records.
Future medical costs – Determining future medical expenses is more complex than medical costs. However, by consulting with physicians, therapists, and other qualified medical personnel, your personal injury attorney will be able to estimate your future medical costs based on the advised treatment plan and the estimated length of time for your recovery.
Lost wages and loss of earning potential – You can be compensated for any wages that you lost while in recovery from your injury. In addition, if you can no longer perform the exact job that you had prior to being injured, and you are forced to take a lower-paying position, you can be compensated for those lost wages in the future as well.
Pain and suffering – This is compensation for the pain and suffering that you endured and may continue to suffer because of the other party’s negligence. This amount is generally based on a multiplier. In other words, the amount of your medical expenses will be multiplied by a factor that is agreed upon, and that will be your monetary award for pain and suffering.
Knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer
In personal injury cases, our services are provided on a contingent fee basis, including the investigation, all negotiations, and litigation This means you owe no attorney’s fees unless we succeed in winning compensation for you.
If you have been seriously injured, or a loved one has been killed, due to the negligence of another in an accident, reach out to our law office immediately. Contact our firm for a free internet or phone consultation right now. The number to call is 804-361-3402 if you have been hurt in an accident and feel you deserve full financial compensation.