After an accident, you need an ally who will work tirelessly to make sure your rights are protected. Our team at the Serpe Firm can be your advocate in your time of need. Contact us to set up a free, no obligation, consultation to discuss your options.
We represent victims throughout Isle of Wight (IOW): Smithfield, Windsor, Benns Church, Camptown, Carrollton, Carrsville, Rushmere, Battery Park, Burwell’s Bay, Central Hill, Comet, Indika, Lawson, Morgart’s Beach, Pons, Raynor, Rescue, Stott, Walters, Willis Corner, Zuni, the town of Surry and all of Virginia.
5 Things to Know About Personal Injury Cases
- How will my medical bills get paid?
- What kind of settlement can I get?
- Statue of Limitations (Deadlines)
- No Legal Fees Unless We Win
- Do I really need to hire a lawyer?
How will my medical bills get paid?
It’s tempting to take the first settlement the insurance company offers you, especially when you’ve got medical bills piling up. But accept that first offer and you’ll be out of luck should long-term injuries and complications set in. When accepting the check, you’ll likely have to sign a release agreeing that the payment is a “full and final settlement.” Sign it, and you’ll never again be allowed to ask the insurance company for more compensation.
An experienced Virginia personal injury will ensure that you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (when your condition cannot be improved any further), before negotiating with the insurance company. This will ensure that all of your medical bills are included in the settlement, as well as any permanent long-term care that you may need.
Settlements and Compensation
Depending on the details of your situation, you may be entitled to one or more of the following types of damages:
- Medical bills: Medical bills can add up quickly. A personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for those bills, as well as any future medical expenses associated with your injury.
- Lost income: That lost income shouldn’t be written off – seek the paychecks you missed out on. As well, serious accidents can permanently put people out of work, so the loss of future earnings may be included in your settlement.
- Pain and suffering: Long after the physical wounds heal, the emotional pain of an accident can linger. Pain and suffering may be included in your settlement.
- Punitive damages: Negligent parties often need more than an accident to deter them from acting recklessly again. Punitive damages can motivate them to act more responsibly in the future.
- Wrongful death: If your loved one was killed because of someone else’s negligence, you’re probably grief-stricken and wondering how you’ll shoulder medical bills, funeral costs – not to mention the loss of future income for your family. The emotional loss cannot be understated, either. The loss of companionship and affection is irreplaceable. The Virginia wrongful death statute allows certain family members to bring a claim for the losses they have suffered from the death of a loved one.
Statue of Limitations (Deadlines)
Under Virginia law, it is necessary to file a lawsuit within strict deadlines imposed by law. In many cases, Virginia provides for a two-year deadline also known as a Statute of Limitations. However, every case is different and this deadline could vary depending on the circumstances of the situation. To protect your rights, you should speak with a Virginia personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Once you have missed this deadline, you will no longer be able to file a claim.
No Legal Fees Unless We Win
We offer a no fee promise, which means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. We will work on your behalf to get a fair settlement, and only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement or verdict.
We understand that the fees associated with a lawsuit can be a barrier to justice, and we believe that everyone should have a voice when it comes to asserting their rights. Corporations and insurance companies have tremendous resources, and our no fee promise levels the playing field.
Do I really need a lawyer?
The honest answer is no.
However, you need to be careful not to sign away your legal rights with the other insurance company for a small settlement. If you agree to a settlement and sign the release papers, you cannot change your mind or come back for another settlement at a later date. It is important to have an attorney review all of the paperwork before you sign them, and to assist you in obtaining the best possible car accident settlement.
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Our attorneys represent injured victims involved in various types of Virginia car accident cases including collision accidents, rear-end accidents, texting and distracted driving accidents, drunk driving accidents, truck & tractor-trailer accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accident, injuries caused by vehicle defects, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death.