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Helping Your Recover the Compensation You Deserve after an Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault.

After a serious injury that wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Your injuries, the insurance companies, the at-fault party, and the legal system are a lot for anyone to face alone.

While you might expect the insurance company to have your back, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Insurers are businesses and out to turn a profit. If they see any opportunity to deny a claim or minimize a settlement, they’ll take it. An experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer will know how to handle the tricks of the insurance trade and fight to get you the settlement you deserve.

Attorney Richard Serpe

Richard Serpe, a Portsmouth personal injury lawyer

For over 35 years, Richard Serpe has helped personal injury victims seek the compensation they deserve. He’s earned a reputation as a well-respected, hard-working attorney with a tenacious approach to every case he takes on. Mr. Serpe has a 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).


When To Consider Hiring An Injury Lawyer

We recommend that you contact a Virginia or Portsmouth personal injury lawyer if you have experienced any of the following:

  • New to the Claims Process: Keep in mind that insurance adjusters are trained negotiators and know that most people are inexperienced with the personal injury claims process.
  • Permanent Injuries: If you are permanently injured after an accident, it is likely your injuries will affect your ability to work and earn a living. A good attorney can help the insurance companies, and a jury, understand just how much your injury will affect your life.
  • Severe Injuries: Even when not permanent, severe injuries can still result in expensive medical bills. An attorney can work to ensure your medical bills, past and future, are included in your settlement.
  • Wrongful Death: Virginia allows certain family members to make a claim for losses due to the death of a loved one. Virginia wrongful death cases tend to be more complex than personal injury cases so be sure to hire an attorney with experience.

Virginia Personal Injury Settlements

Settlement amounts are based on both the damage done and the severity of your injuries. Other major factors? Whether or not there is insurance coverage and the policy limits. Agreed to in the insurance policy purchased by the insured, policy limits often represent the ceiling for settlement negotiations. Depending on the specifics of your accident, you may be entitled to one or more of the following types of compensation:

  1. Medical Treatment. When a negligent party has caused your injuries, why should you 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.
  2. Lost Income. Serious accidents can put people out of work for days, months, or even permanently.  Loss of earnings due to your injuries can often be recovered through a settlement. And if your injury has permanently affected your ability to earn a living, although complicated, future loss of income may be included.
  3. Pain and Suffering. Pain and suffering is measured by the severity of the accident, your injury and the pain you have suffered.
  4. 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. Learn more about Virginia wrongful death cases.

Statute of Limitations (Deadlines)

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. After this deadline has passed, Virginia law will not allow you to file a claim or lawsuit to recover money from your accident.

While two years may seem like a long time, the investigation, medical treatment, and negotiations can be quite lengthy depending on the severity of your accident. Protect your right to compensation and speak with a Virginia or Portsmouth personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

If you’d like to speak with our team about your potential case, contact us for a free consultation (757-233-0009).


No Fees Unless We Win

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 firm believes 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.

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    Car, Truck, & Other Vehicle Related Accidents

    The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC can help you seek compensation for pain and suffering (physical pain and emotional anguish), medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses you’ve suffered after a Virginia car accident.

    Learn more: car accidentstractor-trailer accidentsmotorcycle accidentsbicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.

    Dog Bites/Attacks to Adults & Children

    Our law firm specializes in Virginia dog bite personal injury cases. Our clients, who reside across the state, include: children, seniors, mail carriers, delivery drivers, contractors, joggers, neighbors, and many others. No amount of money can turn back the clock and prevent the dog attack from happening, but a settlement can help you get justice. Settlements may cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, plastic surgery, permanent injuries and disabilities, as well as loss of earning capacity or a wrongful death.

    We’ve helped a lot of innocent people attacked by dogs in Virginia. If you’re looking for a Virginia personal injury lawyer who specializes in dog attacks, give us a call to discuss your potential case.

    Learn more about Virginia personal injury dog bite cases.

    Boat, Jet-Ski, & Maritime Accidents

    After law school, Richard Serpe obtained a Master of Laws in Maritime & Admiralty (LL.M.) law from the Tulane University School of Law. Tulane’s School of Law is one of only a handful of universities in the U.S. offering maritime law degrees and is internationally known. Richard Serpe has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for his work in personal injury and maritime law (2005 – present).

    If you’ve been injured on the water because of someone else’s negligence, call Richard Serpe.

    Learn more: boat accidentsjet-ski accidents, and maritime law.

    Wrongful Death of a Loved One

    No matter the circumstance, losing a loved one is always hard. But losing a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness can feel like an injustice. In some cases, it’s just that. Navigating the legal waters surrounding a loved one’s death – while grieving – can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in.

    Learn more about Virginia wrongful death cases.

    Birth Injury Medical Malpractice

    Medical malpractice can occur virtually anywhere, including the delivery room. When medical negligence occurs at birth, it often results n life-long challengers for mother and baby. Over the last 35 years, a substantial portion Richard Serpe’s practice has been devoted to children with brain injuries. He is frequently associated with complex litigation, managing cases with difficult scientific and medical issues, and is highly skilled in demonstrating the extent of a victim’s loss.

    Learn more about Virginia birth injury cases.

    Nursing Home Injury & Wrongful Death

    It’s an incredibly difficult choice: an elderly relative is unable to care for himself or herself, and your family has made the decision to place them in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. As hard as the choice was to make, you assumed that your loved one would be safe there—that is, after all, the reason they were to live in the facility in the first place.

    Learn more about Virginia nursing home injury and wrongful death cases.

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    Defective Vehicle Wrongful Death
    Roanoke, Virginia
    $3.5
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    Barge Accident Brain Injury
    Richmond, Virginia
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    Carbon Monoxide Wrongful Death
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    Birth Injury
    Hampton, Virginia
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    Suzanne, Google Review
    Their heart is with you
    I was severely injured by medication produced by a top corporate entity. I was unable to continue working, the whole situation seemed hopeless. The team at Serpe law offices was
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    “My husband and I worked with Richard for the past year and had a wonderful experience. At our first meeting, he did not push us to sign anything or make
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    Richard Serpe, and his staff did a thorough investigation into the dog owner
    My 7-year-old daughter was outside playing with friends in front of our home when she was viciously attacked by our neighbor’s Rottweiler. The Rottweiler dug a hole under the fence,
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    Such a wonderful group of people to have by your side! Genuinely cares and wants to help you and your family 🙂
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    Richard acted as my advocate, my friend, my partner and my champion
    Within seconds of meeting with Richard Serpe, he identified a number of potential mistakes I was making – many of which could have been quite costly. Throughout the entire process,
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    “I endorse this lawyer. Richard is an extremely intelligent person and a very kind man. Not only is Richard a top-notch attorney, but he also is very compassionate one. You
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    I am very satisfied!
    “I highly recommend this Personal Injury Law Firm. They kept me in the loop with everything going on and gave honest advice. I am very satisfied!”
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    Mr Serpe is a kind, considerate professional
    Mr Serpe is a kind, considerate professional I would recommend to anyone who needs legal help recovering from an auto accident or other personal injury. I really enjoyed working with
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    Liz & Steve, Virginia Beach, VA
    Richard Serpe was the answer to our prayers for finding justice in the legal system
    Richard Serpe was the answer to our prayers for finding justice in the legal system. Our fight against the Chinese over the course of six years was emotional and difficult
    - Liz & Steve, Virginia Beach, VA
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    Absolutely amazing what he has done for me!
    “My experience with Richard was great. He put in the time and effort to get what I needed done and in months he worked a miracle that I didn’t expect!
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    Angela W., Richmond, VA
    Richard Serpe was able to get an excellent recovery for my daughter
    When my daughter suffered an injury from lead poisoning, I did not know where to turn. There did not seem to be many lawyers who could help. The landlord responsible
    - Angela W., Richmond, VA
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    Thank you Richard Serpe and your firm
    This firm has been beside us through the whole process from when we first found out that our home had been built with Chinese drywall until justice was served. They
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    The people who work for him were always great to work with
    Richard Serpe handled the case for my daughter for injuries she received over 10 years ago. The people who work for him were always great to work with! They responded
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