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Frequently Asked Injury Questions

Personal Injury FAQs

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.

For more specific questions, we have also added FAQ resources pertaining to the following:

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  • 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.

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