When a personal injury strikes, your plans, and dreams are put on hold, perhaps permanently. When the actions of another party cause your injury, they should be held liable, particularly if the injury causes pain as well as disability, and keeps you from working.
The West Point personal injury lawyers at Rutter Mills protect your rights and hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients over the past 50 years. While most cases are settled, we will go to trial when necessary.
Personal injury situations run the gamut, but they all have one thing in common. The injuries resulted because of another party’s actions– a truck hitting a car, a surgeon leaving a sponge in a patient’s body, a defective product causing burns or a commercial property maintaining dangerous conditions— and now your life is upside down.
Often, personal injuries involve broken bones or soft tissue damage that will heal eventually. Some personal injuries are catastrophic, meaning the individual is severely and permanently disabled. Not only are those with catastrophic injuries– which primarily involve trauma to the head, spine or spinal cord– unable to work, but they may never again live independently and may require long-term care.
Statute of limitations
Every state has a statute of limitations: a time limit in which to file a personal injury claim. In Virginia, that statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. Sometimes, the accident victim dies from the injuries. In such situations, the family may file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the victim’s death.
Two years may seem like a long time, but it is crucial to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely critical evidence may disappear and the memories of witnesses may begin to fade.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
After the accident, you may hear from the other party’s insurance adjuster with a settlement offer. Never accept a settlement offer before obtaining legal advice. The insurance company wants to settle for as little as possible, and once the settlement is made, there is no re-negotiation. An attorney knows the fair value of a settlement for the type of injuries received and your prognosis.
Personal Injury Damages
Damages, or compensation, for personal injuries may include:
- Medical expenses, present, and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
Virginia does not impose caps on personal injury damages, apart from medical malpractice, which is capped at $2.25 million.
Contact West Point Personal Injury Lawyers
If you suffered a personal injury because of another party’s negligence, recklessness, or deliberate actions, you need the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer at Rutter Mills. Call us today or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. We can get you the maximum compensation for your injuries. 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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