Portsmouth Personal Injury Lawyer FAQs
- Do I need to hire a lawyer?
- How much is my personal injury case worth?
- What are the deadlines for an injury claim?
- How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Do I need to hire a personal injury lawyer?
No. You are not required to hire a personal injury lawyer.
However, insurance companies know that most people are inexperienced with the personal injury claims process. You need to be careful not to sign away your legal rights for a small settlement. If you agree to a settlement and sign the release papers, you cannot change your mind or come back for more money later.
In the wake of an accident, it can be difficult to know who to trust. While you might expect the insurance company to have your best interests at heart, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Insurers are out to turn a profit. If they see any opportunity to deny a claim or minimize a settlement, they’ll take it. A personal injury attorney can help you negotiate a fair settlement and ensure you’re not being taken advantage of.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
Understanding Policy Limits and Your Settlement
Settlement amounts are based on both the damage done and the severity of your injuries. Another major factor? Policy limits. Agreed to in the insurance policy purchased by the insured, policy limits often represent the ceiling for settlement negotiations. A lawyer can help you negotiate a fair settlement.
Types of Compensation
Depending on the specifics of your accident, you may be entitled to one or more of the following types of compensation:
- Medical treatment. When a negligent party has caused your injuries, you shouldn’t have to pay for the medical treatment you receive. By seeking compensation for all the care necessary for your healing process, you can recover costs including hospital bills, physical therapy and any future medical expenses associated with the injury.
- Lost wages. Serious accidents can put people out of work for days, months, or even permanently. Past and future loss of earnings due to your injuries can also be included in your settlement.
- Pain and suffering. The emotional and psychological pain of an accident can outlast even the most serious of physical injuries. Pain and suffering is measured by the severity of your injury and the pain you have suffered.
- Punitive damages. Reckless, careless individuals are often punished for their negligence through punitive damages. In addition to compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering, punitive damages serve as a deterrent from any future reckless behavior.
- Wrongful death. When a loved one was killed in an accident caused by someone else, they leave behind bills and funeral costs – and the loss of future income for their family. Of course, their loss is felt emotionally as well. This loss of companionship and affection is priceless. But compensating a loved one for the wrongful death of a family member is the fair thing to do.
Time Deadlines for Virginia Injury Claims
In Virginia, there are strict deadlines for filing a lawsuit. In many cases, Virginia provides a two-year deadline also known as a Statute of Limitations (SOL). However, sometimes special circumstances apply that can alter that deadline.
While two years may seem like a long time, the healing process and settlement negotiations can often be lengthy. It is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to protect your case. After this deadline has passed, the law will not allow you to file a claim for your injuries.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Our no-fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. Our Portsmouth personal injury lawyers will work on your behalf to get a fair settlement, and only charge legal fees if you receive a settlement or verdict.
We understand the fees associated with a lawsuit can be a barrier to justice. Our Portsmouth personal injury attorneys 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.
The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped accident victims and their families for over 33 years. We represent victims injured in many different types of accidents including Portsmouth car accidents, maritime accidents, wrongful death, brain injuries, lead poisoning, tractor-trailer and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and any other type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence.