Our Fairfax, Virginia Law Firm is committed to the representation of clients who were injured due to the negligence or misconduct of individuals or businesses that do not have the best interests of others at heart. We believe these entities should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, and that the victims of reckless or criminal actions should be made whole physically, emotionally, and financially. It is the esteemed duty of a Fairfax personal injury attorney to read and interpret the law in order to compensate clients every penny they deserve.
Common Car Accident Injury Cases
Car accident personal injury claims are common due to the high number of vehicular collisions in the United States every year. There are 37,000 fatalities per year, but these accidents leave another 2.35 million injured or disabled. Most of our car accident cases involve distracted drivers, overworked commercial drivers, inebriated drivers, or reckless drivers. The injuries these people most often cause to our clients include:
- Whiplash. When two vehicles collide with one another at high speeds, a victim’s neck will endure a hard back-and-forth movement often leading to a muscle strain in the neck. A person with a neck injury might experience pain, headaches, and stiffness.
- Concussion. This brain injury might leave a victim with reduced functionality and mobility, usually temporarily. Not all concussions result in loss of consciousness. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and headache.
- Lacerations. During the collision, any loose items will be thrown about. The impact may also cause glass to shatter. If left untreated, cuts and scrapes are extremely prone to infection.
- Broken Bones. These are extremely common during a strong impact. If a driver or passenger is wearing a seatbelt properly, the collarbone is often broken. Bruised or broken ribs are also susceptible to breakage.
- Internal Bleeding. Bad car accidents can result in internal bleeding. Your organs don’t have an airbag for protection, so seek medical attention immediately.
- Ocular Injuries. During an impact, glass will shatter and fly everywhere. Many surgeons report glass removal as one of the most common post-accident operations.
- Herniated Disc. It is also common for the spine’s vertebrae to rupture or sometimes shift. These can be extremely painful and require a lot of bed rest to heal properly.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many of those injured in car accidents are susceptible to PTSD. Many victims suffer temporary amnesia, causing discomfort and stress when authorities inevitably question them about the circumstances surrounding the accident. Those who do remember may be traumatized by the accident itself or the pain and suffering enduring in the following months.
How Compensation For A Car Accident Injury Is Calculated
Because insurance claims often precede lawsuits, compensation for car accidents is uniquely calculated. The process is a difficult one. The most common factors include:
- Medical Bills. Victims should keep an ongoing record of all medical expenses and injury reports. These financial hardships may be alleviated with insurance claims or civil lawsuits. Also included are all future trips to the doctor, and ongoing physical therapy.
- Pain, Suffering, and Emotional Distress. Following an accident, it is a good idea to seek emotional support and psychological counsel. Those suffering from PTSD because of long-term pain and suffering can sue for emotional distress incurred during and after the accident. This is harder to prove. The victim should keep a journal of daily thoughts and feelings, and report pain throughout recovery.
- Lost Wages and Earning Potential. After a serious accident, it is likely a victim will be rendered unable to work. Many of our cases involve lawsuits to recover lost wages and those that may be lost in the future because of pain, disability, or inability to acquire gainful employment because of new physical or psychological limitations.
- Death-related Expenses. If a client has friends or family that were killed in the car accident, they can sue for wrongful death. This includes damages for funeral expenses, financial support, or loss of inheritance.
- Punitive Damages. These are most often awarded in cases involving commercial drivers and bigger companies. When a personal injury attorney feels additional punishment is required of a particularly reckless driver, he or she might ask the judge to award punitive damages on top of everything else.
Settlement. A big factor in determining the outcome of a car accident personal injury case is whether or not the parties responsible want to negotiate for a settlement instead of dealing with the matter in court. While settlements might lead to reduced compensation, some clients would rather avoid court.
How A Fairfax Car Accident Injury Lawyer Fights For You
Acquiring proper compensation requires a number of steps for both our clients and lawyers, but we try to do as much of the heavy lifting as we can. Here are a few steps a personal injury attorney will take to ensure you receive all that to which you’re entitled:
- We investigate the scene of the accident.
- We contact the appropriate authorities and conduct witness interviews to determine how the other driver was negligent.
- We contact professionals who might provide expert testimony if the case should move to trial.
- We collect all relevant documentation related to medical bills and insurance.
- We work with a client’s insurance providers and contact the negligent party’s insurance providers to determine what your insurance claim will pay, which will have a bearing on any lawsuit awarded in our favor.
- We contact the negligent party with a settlement offer or file a claim in civil court.
Call A Fairfax Car Accident Attorney Today!
Our Fairfax, VA Law Firm is ready for any questions you may have related to a car accident or personal injury you were forced to endure because of another party’s negligence. Were you injured in a car accident? Contact us today for a free consultation!