Our law firm represents and supports victims of personal injury and their families in the Fairfax, Virginia region. Our team of personal injury lawyers has a proven track record after hundreds of cases, including jury trials. We know our way around the courtroom, and we do the investigating so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for fair and just compensation because of an injury you sustained due to someone else’s negligence, we’ve got you covered.
What Is Personal Injury?
Personal injury occurs when one person is injured because of another person’s negligence or misconduct, both intentional and unintentional. Compensation for this type of liability is most often calculated according to some combination of the injured party’s medical bills, earning potential, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and quality of life after the accident or injury.
- Back Injuries. These most often occur because of a slip and fall, especially at a place of employment, but can occur anywhere because of negligence. Sometimes back injuries are part of another category, such as car accidents.
- Bicycle Injuries. Cycling accidents often lead to serious injuries, such as lacerations, road rash, internal bleeding, concussion, traumatic brain injury, etc. They most often occur because of a driver’s negligence or when roadways are improperly maintained.
- Brain Injuries. These include after a sharp impact to the head, and often accompany many other injuries, such as concussion or spinal cord damage. Because they are often overlooked by physicians, they sometimes precede medical malpractice suits.
- Car Accidents. These include injuries caused by distracted, reckless, or negligent drivers, who will almost always be prosecuted both criminally and civilly when possible. The outcome of such cases is dependent upon a number of factors, including insurance carriers for all affected parties.
- Catastrophic Injury. This category of injury means a victim sustained “catastrophic” and prolonged injury. Such injuries prevent victims from acquiring gainful employment, leading to reduced pay, lost wages, and drastically reduced earning potential. They often accompany disability claims.
- Medical Malpractice. Technically different from personal injury in general, medical malpractice cases are more complicated. They require more time, better documentation, and lengthier periods of research. In addition, hospitals and other medical establishments usually have a team of lawyers to defend their own practitioners when these cases inevitably arise. Because of the workload and increased likelihood of serious injury, these cases usually result in greater compensation.
- Motorcycle Accidents. Injuries sustained after motorcycle accidents are almost always severe, and can result in lifelong disability and physical limitation. Like cycling accidents, they often occur because of a driver’s negligence or improperly maintained roadways.
- Neck Injuries. This category of injury includes whiplash, bone fractures, pinched nerves, pulled muscles, and minor strains and sprains. They often occur as the result of slip and falls or automobile accidents.
- Product Liability. These can become more complicated than other categories of personal injury because of liability laws favoring the manufacturer. Product liability injuries occur when a product is defective, such as when an airbag fails to deploy during a car accident.
- Shoulder Injury. Settlements and verdicts in the favor of the victim usually follow cases during which the victim sustained a serious loss of earning capacity, greater than expected medical bills such as those that occur after physical therapy or surgery, or lifelong pain and suffering. Injuries usually fall into two categories: impingement and instability.
- Truck Accidents. These cases are similar to car accident or cycling accident cases, except they are often complicated because commercial truck drivers have a strong legal backing. Cases are easier to win when a personal injury attorney can prove a driver’s carelessness, fatigue, lack of training, or violation of traffic law led to the accident.
- Wrongful Death. This type of claim is usually lodged by family or friends of a victim who died in an accident because of another’s gross negligence or recklessness. They are usually filed against employers, medical practitioners, and drivers. Compensation usually includes the deceased individual’s pain and suffering during the accident causing death.
How To File A Personal Injury Claim
First and foremost, you should find a qualified personal injury attorney in order to provide you with guidance for the duration of your case. Ask yourself these questions if you’re not sure whether or not you are ready to file a claim:
- Will my insurance carrier cover my injuries?
- Is another party responsible for the injuries I incurred?
- Does the party responsible for my injuries have an insurance policy?
- Am I willing to accept a settlement before trial?
You’ll want to have documentation (photographs, medical bills, dates, and journal entries) of the injuries you sustained.
How A Fairfax Attorney Defends Your Right To Compensation
Your attorney will use the documentation you collected and any information from subsequent investigations to notify the other party of your complaint or additional insurance claims, or file a complaint in civil court in a timely fashion in accordance with state laws when settlement is not an option. When applicable, your lawyer may help you file a direct claim with the other party’s insurance carrier in order to avoid an altercation in court. When necessary, a Fairfax personal injury attorney is ready to fight for your right to financial compensation in court. No one should have to do this alone.
Call Our Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney Now
Our Fairfax, VA Law Firm is ready to take on your personal injury case because we recognize your right to a swift and rigorous defense against the person or persons responsible for damages incurred. We take pride in our knowledge of the law, and we look forward to hearing the details of your case. Contact a Fairfax personal injury attorney for a free consultation now!