What is Considered a Personal Injury?

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What is Considered a Personal Injury?

Personal Injury Info

We know that accidents cause injuries. However, the difference between an ordinary injury and personal injury is that the latter occurred because of the negligent or reckless actions of another party. An individual can hold the party responsible for the accident accountable by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of personal injuries. That holds whether the collision involves two or more motor vehicles or a car or truck strikes a pedestrian or cyclist. The Virginia Beach car accident lawyers at Rutter Mills protect your rights while investigating the circumstances behind the collision.

Common Personal Injuries

Personal injuries in car accidents run the gamut from mild to life-threatening. Of course, some people succumb to their injuries. In such situations, family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties.

The most frequent personal injuries resulting from car accidents include:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Head trauma
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Whiplash

Recuperation for many of these injuries means the accident victim must take considerable time off work. Depending on the nature of the injury and the person’s job, they may never work again or hold employment on the same level. Our personal injury lawyers can help you understand the next steps.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Winning a personal injury lawsuit involves collecting as much evidence as possible. That documentation starts at the accident scene if the individual can do this. First, call 911 and see if anyone is hurt. Take photos and videos of the scene, including damage to the vehicles, license plate numbers, and road conditions. Write down or record what happened in the crash, while your memory is fresh.

Along with obtaining the driver’s license number and insurance information of the other driver, as well as their name and contact info, try to get the same for any eyewitnesses. Go to the emergency room or an urgent care provider right away. Documenting the crash scene is important, but documenting your injuries is also vital to your claim.

Before signing any agreements with the insurance company, find legal counsel to represent you. Although the statute of limitations in Virginia for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years, it is imperative to get the investigation started before crucial evidence vanishes.

Personal Injury Damages

Damages, or compensation, in a personal injury case involving a car accident, may include:

  • Medical expenses, current, and future
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

car accident lawyer knows a fair settlement amount for the type of injuries and long-term care the client needs. While the overwhelming majority of personal injury cases are settled, we will go to trial if the insurance company does not agree to a reasonable settlement.

Contact us at Rutter Mills for a free consultation

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident because of another party’s negligence, an experienced car accident attorney at Rutter Mills could help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling or texting us 24/7 or submitting our online contact form.

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A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

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