Your serious injury may have been a motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, a defective product, medical malpractice, or premises liability due to dangerous property conditions—but, all these have one thing in common. They occurred because of the negligence of another party.
The Windsor personal injury lawyers at Rutter Mills work hard to hold those responsible liable. For over half a century, we have helped personal injury victims receive the maximum compensation. Our dedicated attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. While most cases are settled, we will go to trial when necessary.
Personal injuries and insurance companies
You may find yourself contacted by the responsible party’s insurance company not long after the incident. The insurance adjuster might make what sounds like a reasonable settlement offer. Never accept an insurance company’s settlement before obtaining legal advice. Insurance companies want to settle for as little as possible– it is their business model. A lawyer knows the fair amount of compensation for the type of injuries you suffered.
Virginia statute of limitations
Every state has a statute of limitations; a time limit to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Virginia, that statute of limitations is two years from the date of the incident. However, if it involves a defective medical device or another injury that is not immediately apparent, the clock begins ticking on the statute of limitations when it is discovered. Accordingly, the statute of limitations is two years from that date.
If a person succumbs to their injuries, the personal representative of the estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the death date.
If the personal injury occurred on any government property or involved a government vehicle, the statute of limitations is much shorter. For example, if you suffer an injury on the grounds of a municipally-owned property, you must file a claim within six months of the incident. If the injury occurred on state-owned property, the claim requires filing within one year.
While it is critical to focus on healing, it is also crucial not to wait too long to contact a personal injury attorney regarding your case.
Virginia personal injury damages
Damages, or compensation, for personal injuries in Virginia may include:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Rehabilitation, whether physical or vocational
- Lost wages
- Future earnings loss
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
Virginia does not impose caps on damages for most personal injury claims, although there is a $2 million cap for medical malpractice. There is also a cap on punitive damages of $350,000. However, punitive damages only come into consideration if the party responsible for the injuries behaved in a particularly egregious manner, as punitive damages are meant as punishment for the defendant.
Contact Windsor personal injury lawyers
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries because of the negligence, recklessness or deliberate actions of another person or party, 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. There is no 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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