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Be careful with social media outlets following an accident. Many people religiously update what's going on in their lives for all to see. It's smart not to post comments or opinions related to your accident because they could be used against you.


No matter what kind of injury you have suffered, it is in your best interest to find out what your rights might be. A personal injury attorney can help you find out. They can also help you fight for those rights that you deserve.


Wish you had someone to help you decide how you should respond to an offer from the insurance company for the person who injured you? An attorney can help you with that- and can help you propose a fair offer to send back if you decide against their offer.


When people think of personal injury lawsuits, they may automatically think of accidents – like slipping in the local supermarket. Other kinds of personal injury cases can include medical malpractice lawsuits.


Sufferers of traumatic brain injuries deal with a variety of impairments caused by their injury. Their rehabilitation can include physical therapy, speech therapy, recreation therapy, occupational therapy and vision therapy to overcome their symptoms. We have experience in claims involving the costs of these types of therapies.


How do I find a personal injury attorney? You probably have seen ads from attorneys in your area, and that is one place to start. Make sure you find an experienced attorney, particularly if there is something unique about your accident – perhaps the potential liability of a third party. Remember that a consultation is free, and at that time, you should be able to find out if you feel comfortable with the attorney representing you in the case.


The financial compensation received from a personal injury settlement can encompass a wide range of losses. These can include medical bills, lost wages, legal fees and compensation for emotional and psychological distress.


If you are concerned about coming up with money to pay for your personal injury case, we can explain how we are paid in the case. Depending on the strength of your claim, you may not have to pay any money to us until you receive your award.


You may not think about it but choosing to accept an offer from the opposition’s legal team immediately after your injury you may have left a considerable amount of money on the table. This is why an attorney makes great sense.


When you’re trying to determine whether you should file a personal injury lawsuit, it’s important to consider anything you did that may have contributed to the injury. The other party may use this information as a reason to fight your claim.


It's important to protect your rights after you've been involved in an injury accident. You may be offered a settlement check almost immediately, but if you take it, you'll be limited to the amount of the check, even if other damages were not considered.


We recognize that many people recovering from serious auto accidents may worry about how they’ll pay for all the medical treatment they receive in addition to their regular bills. If someone else was at fault for your accident, it’s time to hire an attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve.


As personal injury attorneys, we specialize in an area of the justice system known as tort law, which covers civil violations and monetary or non-monetary damages to an individual’s property, rights or reputation.


Attorneys are trained to know the law, and to understand what the law means. That is the sort of person you want working for you after an injury because they will be able to find ways to use those laws to help you get what you deserve.


Although the word "accident" is commonly used to describe an occurrence that happens without volition or intent, in personal injury law the term can also refer to an intentional act as in the case of assault or battery.


Damages refer to the monetary compensation or indemnity that was caused by wrong doing or injury caused by the violation of legal right. Punitive damages are monetary compensation. Exemplary damages are a monetary award by way of punishment for injury caused.


We believe that skill, experience, and reputation are essential to a positive outcome for your personal injury case. A highly-regarded attorney will likely obtain a higher recovery amount than a lawyer who has little experience in personal injury law.


Specifically, a personal injury is a mental or physical injury that is the result of someone else’s negligence or harmful behavior. Negligence is conduct below standards established by law for the protection of others. Call us for advice.


After a severe auto accident, it’s not uncommon for the other party’s insurance company to try to settle while you’re still in the hospital. Since their job is to minimize their liability, it’s critical that you have legal representation to help you get every penny you have coming to you.


In some cases, you are entitled to an award for pain and suffering for an injury accident that was not your fault. We will negotiate with the other party's insurer, and if the offer is not fair, we will represent you in court.


Did you know that 1 out of every 4 drivers in the country will be involved in a wreck at some point in the next five years that is serious enough to require an accident attorney?


Give us a call as soon as you can after being injured when you think another party may be responsible for your injuries. If possible, call us from the scene of the accident, whether it's a car wreck or slip and fall. Take pictures and get names of witnesses, if you are physically able.


Did you know it’s possible to get another person’s telephone records? That’s just one of the ways a personal injury attorney can help to establish the negligence of the other driver. For example, if phone records show the other driver was texting or on the phone at the time of the accident, that is automatically a showing of negligence in most states.


One of the main reasons to hire a personal injury attorney in the case of an accident is because your attorney protects your interests, rather than the insurance company’s interests. You injuries are hurting the insurance company’s bottom line, so they will try to pay as little as possible.


Your accident has caused you to have considerable pain and maybe even cost your job- or at least considerable income due to the time it took to recover. You deserve to be made whole again- and an attorney is the best way to help make that happen.


Do you get intimidated or flustered when you talk to an insurance company representative? Or do you feel a little lost and unsure? A personal injury attorney will take care of all the negotiation for you, and knows how to talk to insurance companies to get the best settlement.


If you suspect you have a brain injury, you need to see a doctor immediately. Putting off seeing a doctor could mean the difference between life and death for someone with a traumatic brain injury, so contact us after seeing the doctor.


When you are injured, you know that you have lost considerable money and perhaps much more. You need to be made whole for those losses, and an attorney can help you make sure that you are, no matter what it takes.


Unlike criminal cases where you have a prosecutor to argue your case, the burden of proof in civil cases rests on your shoulders. If someone hurt you, we’ll do all we can to help prove your case against them.


Have you been contacted by an insurance company or an investigator in regards to your injury? It’s recommended that until you have consulted with an attorney, you do not discuss your injury or the way in which it happened with anyone else.


By law, police are allowed to use “reasonable and necessary force” when making an arrest, specifically when someone resists arrest, tries to use a weapon, or fights back against arresting officers. However, if there is no resistance and means such as a Taser or pepper spray are still used, then you may have legal recourse.


Sometimes, an injury accident is due to the negligence of the local government. Perhaps a road sign was missing, or a particular intersection has a dangerous design and a record of many accidents. We have the legal knowledge to handle these types of cases.


If you suffer an injury, the very first thing you should do is seek out medical treatment. After your initials needs have been met, then you should seek legal advise as soon as you can. Cases like this usually need to be investigated quickly.


While criminal cases go before a jury, civil cases – like personal injury lawsuits – can utilize either a judge or jury trial. Regardless of who renders the decision, you’re still entitled to the same level of damages if you win.


In our initial consultation, we will establish all the facts of your case and give you a sense of how much your case is worth and how difficult it may be to be awarded that claim.


1 High Street, Suite 1
Portsmouth, VA


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