Life turns upside down after suffering a personal injury. Not only are you in pain, but you cannot participate in normal activities or go to work. You worry about the effect it has on your family and your future, as medical and other bills pile up. If it occurred because of another party’s actions, help is available.
The Wakefield personal injury lawyers at Rutter Mills can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. We protect your interests, determine who is responsible for your injuries, and hold those parties accountable. Over the past 50 years, our dedicated attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Personal injury causes
While motor vehicle accidents, including those involving trucks and motorcycles, make up the bulk of personal injury cases, there are many others resulting from negligence or recklessness. These include:
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability
- Workplace injuries
In some cases, these injuries prove catastrophic, meaning the person suffered a head, neck, or spinal injury and is impaired permanently.
Statute of limitations
In Virginia, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. However, if it involved a government vehicle or took place on public property, the statute of limitations is much shorter. Depending on the jurisdiction– federal, state, or municipal– claims generally require filing within six months or less. This is just one reason it is imperative to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
If a person dies from their injuries, family members have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Personal injury case value
Every case is unique. When determining its value, the major factors include the type of injury and its extent. Generally, a person with a permanent injury can expect to receive more in compensation than someone whose injuries will eventually heal, but much depends on individual circumstances.
Personal injury damages
Under Virginia law, damages, or compensation may include:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Lost wages
- Property damages
- Future earnings loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
Virginia does not place a cap on personal injury damages, with two exceptions. Medical malpractice cases have a $2 million cap. In some cases, a jury may award punitive damages, which are designed to punish the at-fault parties for, particularly malicious behavior. If punitive damages are awarded, they cannot exceed $350,000.
In wrongful death cases, compensation may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of assistance, and mental anguish.
Contact Wakefield personal injury lawyers
If you or a loved one were seriously injured due to the negligent, reckless, or deliberate actions of another party, you need the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer at Rutter Mills. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
While most cases are settled, we do not hesitate to go to trial when necessary. There is never a fee unless we win.
When you’ve been injured, you’ve got a lot at stake - but so does the insurance company. Walking into the court room with a serious lawyer makes all the difference. Watch our video to learn more about Rutter Mills. Your lawyer matters.
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– Brother Rutter