Our Car Accident Injury Attorneys Can Help You Win the Settlement You Deserve
If you’ve been injured in a Norfolk car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. In Virginia, you have the right to file a personal injury claim, or lawsuit, against the at-fault driver to recover monetary damages.
Your injuries, insurance adjusters, the at-fault party, and the legal system are a lot for anyone to face. Insurance companies know most people are inexperienced with the Virginia personal injury claims process. And if they see an opportunity to minimize your settlement or deny your claim, they’ll take it.
The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. has successfully settled Virginia vehicle-related personal injury cases of all varieties including: drunk driving injury, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, commercial truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death and more. If you are interested in speaking with the Serpe Firm team, contact us for a free consultation.
Richard Serpe, A Trusted Advocate For The Injured
Richard Serpe is a highly skilled Norfolk personal injury lawyer with a reputation for meticulous preparation and presentation. For over 35 years, he has focused his legal career on helping victims of negligence get their lives back.
Richard Serpe has earned a reputation as a well-respected, hard-working attorney with a tenacious approach to every case he takes on. Along with his skilled legal team, Richard is ready to fight for you and protect your rights at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. Mr. Serpe has a tremendous track record of success in obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts for his clients.
Best Lawyers® (2005 – Present); Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers (2020); Virginia Super Lawyer: (2006 – Present); Avvo.com : Rated 10/10 – “Superb”, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: AV Preeminent rating (highest given).
Here’s How an Attorney Can Add Value to Your Norfolk Car Accident Case
Here are a few ways a Norfolk car accident lawyers can to protect your right to compensation:
- Conduct an investigation and determine the potential value of your claim
- Protect you from abusive insurance company tactics
- Help you to avoid costly mistakes that could ruin your case
- Negotiate with the insurance company for a favorable financial recovery
- File a lawsuit if the insurance company won’t offer a fair settlement
At the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC, we judiciously select each case we handle. This process allows us to provide each client with unmatched personal attention. With a commitment to maximizing your recovery, we’ll use our education, experience, and expertise to work for the settlement you deserve. Schedule your free consultation today (757) 233-0009.
Understanding Virginia Car Accident Settlements
Personal injury car accident settlements are typically based on both the damage done and the severity of the injuries sustained. Another major factor? Whether or not there is insurance coverage and the policy limits. Depending on the specifics of the car crash, accident victims may be entitled to one or more of the following types of compensatory damages:
Medical Bills: Whether you need an ambulance ride to a hospital, an emergency life-saving surgery, or years of physical therapy, medical bills add up quickly. Victims can seek compensation for those bills, as well as any future medical expenses associated with their injuries.
Lost Wages: Car accidents put people out of work for weeks, months, years, or even permanently. The loss of future earnings due to a life-altering injury can also be included in your settlement.
Pain and Suffering: This often involves measuring the severity and permanency of your car accident injuries.
Wrongful Death: If your loved one was killed in a car crash, you’re probably grief-stricken and wondering how you’ll pay for the medical bills and 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. In Virginia, certain family members may bring a claim for the losses they have suffered from the death of a loved one. Learn more: Virginia Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Virginia Statute of Limitations (Deadlines)
If you’ve been involved in a serious car accident, time is of the essence. The statute of limitations for most Virginia personal injury claims is typically limited to just two years. However, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, that deadline can vary. And once your statute of limitations has passed, Virginia will no longer allow you to seek compensation for your injuries.
While two years might seem like a long time, that could not be further from the truth. After a serious car accident, it may take months to a year for you to finish your medical treatment. Your attorney will also need time to conduct a thorough investigation, build your case, and negotiate with the insurance company. Accidents with complicating factors and life-altering injuries are inevitably more complex and time-consuming. If you wait too long, it may be hard for you to find a good attorney to take on your case.
How long does a Virginia car accident case take to settle?
There are many factors that go into determining how long it will take to settle a car accident case. These steps can vary in length depending on the case, so there is no cut and dried answer to questions about how long the personal injury claims process takes. Here are a few of the more important steps in the process:
- Initial consultation. When a client schedules their initial meeting with our auto accident team, they share their story and learn of their legal options. A discussion of the person’s rights leads to a decision of whether to work together or not. If the person wishes to hire our law firm, they’ll sign an agreement allowing us to represent them.
- Investigation. Our Norfolk car accident team will work to investigate the accident that caused your injuries. We’ll be looking into medical records, statements of witnesses, the police accident reports and photographs taken at the scene. In some cases, we may even hire experts to better understand what led to the incident.
- Settlement negotiations. In order to receive a fair settlement from your insurance company, we compile a demand package that contains pertinent results from the investigation. Most cases are resolved at this point, but if your injuries are severe these negotiations could go on for quite some time. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, a lawsuit may need to be filed.
- Resolution. Filing a lawsuit puts your case into the hands of the court system. Although this does kick-start preparations for a jury trial, your attorney will continue to negotiate and attempt to settle out of court.
Dealing With Insurance Adjusters After A Car Accident
It’s a good rule of thumb not to speak with the other driver’s insurance company by yourself. Insurance companies are businesses first and foremost, and they’re looking to pay the lowest amount for claims in order to make the greatest profit. Anything you say to the adjuster could potentially be used against you, and so it’s wisest to direct them to your auto accident attorney.
We strongly advise that you do not speak to any car insurance claims adjusters until you speak with an experienced attorney. Insurance adjusters are trained to get you to say things that will ruin your case.
We Can Protect Your Rights
If you choose our Norfolk personal injury law firm, we immediately contact the insurance companies and inform them that they are no longer allowed to contact you. We will take over all communication dealing with insurance. Of course, we do not make any decisions without speaking to you first. They have to go through us to get to you.
Contact Our Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers
Contact us to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options (757) 233-0009.
We understand the fees associated with a lawsuit can be a barrier to justice. Our Norfolk car accident lawyers 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. We will only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement or verdict.