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Car accidents can be very costly. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), collisions cause more than $75 billion in damages a year. But what about at the individual level? What damages can an individual collect after an accident?
If you were hurt in an auto accident, a Dumfries car accident lawyer can recover your medical bills, lost income, and “pain and suffering” and inconvenience. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC advocates for car accident claimants in Prince William County. Today, we can start building your case at no upfront cost.
Your Case Comes with Time-Sensitive Deadlines
In Virginia, you generally have two years to file your car accident lawsuit, per Va. Code § 8.01-243. If you don’t file within that period, you lose the right to damages. When the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC manages your case, we will take care of these deadlines.
What Happens if I don’t File My Case Within the Appropriate Timeframe?
Missing the statute of limitations means more than losing the right to file a lawsuit. It could also mean that:
- You lose the right to hold the at-fault party financially accountable.
- You would have to pay for your own losses.
- The insurance company may have no reason to settle your claim.
After being in a serious car accident, days turn into weeks, weeks into months. You don’t want time to get away from you. By retaining prompt legal aid, you preserve your right to damages through a lawsuit.
We’re Ready to Pursue the Full Cost of Your Accident-Related Losses
Recoverable damages may comprise:
- Medical bills, including hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions, and rehabilitation
- Lost income, both current and future
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
- Alternative transportation costs
- Reduced quality of life
- Funeral expenses, including the memorial service, embalming, and cremation
How We Calculate Your Injury-Related Losses
Our car accident team in Dumfries wants to secure the full cost of your past, present, and future injury-related losses. We will calculate your damages by:
- Evaluating your quality of life
- Adding up your injury-related invoices, billing statements, and receipts
- Consulting with healthcare providers and economists
- Reviewing your employment records
Understanding your damages’ cost allows us to negotiate a fair offer with the insurance company.
We’ve Recovered Millions in Damages for Our Injured Clients
Some of our previous case results include:
- We recovered $1.4 million for the family of a late car accident claimant. We resolved this case without filing a lawsuit.
- Our client’s loved one lost her life in a serious auto accident. We recovered $700,000 for her family’s losses.
- We recovered half a million dollars after our client suffered injuries in an auto accident.
We also have testimonials from previous clients, thanking us for our service. They describe us as “knowledgeable” and “helpful.” We will live up to those descriptions when we manage your case.
How Our Law Firm will Recover Compensation for Your Hardships
To secure financial recovery, we will:
Investigate Your Accident
We will use traffic camera footage, eyewitness statements, and the accident report to determine how your accident happened. We may find that one or more of the following factors contributed to your collision:
- Reckless driving
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Failing to yield
- Disobeying traffic signals
After we identify the at-fault party, we must prove they were negligent. Specifically, we must show:
- The other party had an obligation to act with reasonable care.
- The other party failed to do this.
- The other party caused your accident.
- You suffered losses.
File Your Insurance Claim
Filing an insurance claim isn’t just filling out forms. It involves showing the insurance company that you deserve compensation. To do this, we will present evidence, cite the liable policy, and defend you from bad faith insurance practices.
Negotiate a Settlement
We resolve many of our car accident cases through insurance negotiations. This requires us to understand the full cost of your past, present, and future injury-related losses. During negotiations, we’ll update you with any potential offers. It’s also your final decision as to whether we accept an offer.
File a Lawsuit
Filing a lawsuit usually isn’t necessary to recover compensation after an auto accident. However, our trial-ready team is always ready to fight for compensation. To advance your lawsuit, we will:
- Interview witnesses, including expert consultants
- Follow courtroom proceedings
- Present your case to the judge and jury
- Show the cost of your losses
- Share information with the other party’s legal team
While your case unfolds in court, we will continue negotiating with the liable insurance company. Sometimes, after filing a lawsuit, a once-uncooperative insurance company decides to offer a fair settlement.
Let the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC deal with the insurance company for you
After a car accident, you deserve to focus on your health and well-being. So, we will manage all communications with the insurance company for you. Not only does this give you peace of mind, but it can benefit your case’s outcome.
Our founding partner, Attorney Jim Parrish, started his career as a lawyer who worked for insurance companies. He knows how these organizations operate and what lengths they will go to deny claimants compensation.
Now, he advocates for injured claimants in Virginia. With him on your side, Attorney Parrish will protect you from bad faith insurance practices and other unscrupulous tactics.
What Should I do After Being Injured in a Collision?
These three things can support your case’s outcome:
Refrain from Giving a Recorded Statement
The insurance company may ask you to give a recorded statement–which it will use to deny or devalue your losses. Attorney Parrish knows firsthand how detrimental this can be to one’s case.
Even misremembering some information can result in your claim’s denial. You protect your legal rights by refusing to give a recorded statement. Your lawyer can supply the claims adjuster with the information they need.
Follow Through with Medical Care
You want to show the insurance company that you’re committed to making a full recovery. By taking all prescribed medications, attending appointments, and making lifestyle changes, you can bolster more than your health; you can bolster your claim.
Think Twice About Accepting the First Settlement Offer
Sometimes, immediately after getting hurt, the insurance company may offer you a settlement. It does this for one reason: to see if you’ll accept less than you’re really owed. By letting your lawyer in Dumfries evaluate your case, they can determine whether an offer meets your needs.
We’re Ready to Listen to Your Story Today
If you suffered harm in an auto accident, we’re ready to seek compensation for your losses. Our team in Dumfries, VA, will do everything possible to recover what you are owed. We offer free case reviews where we can discuss your case and legal options.
To learn more about partnering with our legal advocates, call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC at (571) 229-1800.