At The Warren Firm, we understand how confusing and nerve-wracking it can
be to face a personal injury matter, especially if it is your first time
dealing with this kind of situation. To better serve the needs of the
men and women we represent, our
Charlottesville personal injury lawyer has been collecting some of the most commonly asked questions brought
forth by our clients and provided the answers below for your benefit.
To discuss your case further, you can schedule your
confidential consultation today.
What is Virginia’s statute of limitations?
A statue of limitations is the time limit that is set by Virginia Code
(the statute) in which a lawsuit must be filed. This is probably the most
important deadline in a personal injury case, or any other type of case,
because after this time limit has passed, nothing can be done and the
claim is null and void. Generally, a personal injury case must be filed
within two years of the date of the accident.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to put a value on your Virginia
personal injury case, whether it be an auto accident or trucking accident.
Ultimately, the value of a case is what a jury will compensate you when
the case is tried. Because each jury varies – it is simply 7 people
from the community – it is hard to predict how a specific jury will rule.
If an insurance adjustor calls me after my accident, what information should
I tell or not tell him or her?
If you have been injured in an accident, your best bet is to speak with
an attorney BEFORE speaking with an insurance adjustor. Remember, attorneys
represent YOU - they're on your side - while insurance companies are
looking to pay you as little as possible. In fact, insurance adjustors
are often rewarded for doing just that. If you speak with an adjustor
first, no matter how friendly they seem, you run the risk of saying something
that could damage your chances of receiving any money to cover your expenses.
What information should I collect at the scene of my car accident?
Attempt to get as much complete and correct information as possible at
the scene of your auto accident. First, exchange driver's licenses
with the other driver. Make sure to take note of the driver's name,
address, date of birth, telephone number, driver's license number,
and expiration date. Also, ask for the other driver's insurance card
and write down their insurance company information. Take note of the make,
model, license plate number, and VIN of the other car. Ask the driver
if he or she is the owner of the vehicle. If not, gather the name and
personal information of the car's legal, registered owner. Write down
the names of any passengers and witnesses at the scene. If you have a
camera in your car or on your phone, take pictures of the scene and the
cars in their original position following the accident. Make note of the
time of day and weather conditions, and if at all possible, draw a diagram
of the accident so that you can clearly remember the incident later. Most
importantly, do not admit to any fault at the scene of the accident.
How long does it take to resolve a personal injury case in Virginia?
When it comes to personal injury law, it is much more important to do
things correctly than to get the case settled quickly. Remember, you only
have one chance to settle your case. You will not get another trial if
the verdict is not what you were expecting. With that said, many cases
will be ripe for settlement within six months to one year after the accident.
Other cases involving significant injuries will take longer to progress
through the Virginia court system. In many areas, it can take well over
a year to even get a court date in the local courts.
Call our Charlottesville personal injury attorney today at 434-688-0899.
If your question was not mentioned on this page, we warmly encourage you to
call us without delay for the answers you need before making a decision. We would
be happy to provide you with reliable information before you decide to
move forward with your personal injury case. The Warren Firm has your
best interests in mind.