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A car accident can be the beginning of a long, frustrating road. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident, you may be wondering just how long of a road you are facing.
Car accidents disrupt routine and create economic, emotional, and sometimes relational hardships. If bills are piling up, health care appointments are tying up your time, you are at odds with those around you, and you feel stuck and confused, it is time to take positive action. Let a car accident lawyer in Gainesville help.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC has spent many years helping car accident victims restore their lives. If negligence was involved in the car accident you are now dealing with, you may be entitled to compensation. Call 571-229-1800 for a free analysis of your accident.
How Do I Deal with the Other Party’s Insurance Company?
Your policy with your own insurance company may require you to speak to it, such as when you are making a claim for medical payments coverage. However, there is generally no requirement that you speak to another party’s insurance company.
It is a good idea to have legal counsel in place before you speak with any insurance company. At a minimum, however, you should have legal counsel before you speak to an opposing party’s insurer.
Insurance companies already have lawyers in-house. The representative who contacts you has potentially scripted her questions to collect information that the insurance company wants to hear and can use against you.
Even if it may seem clear to you who caused the accident, the insurance company may take advantage of Virginia’s strict contributory negligence law and lay part of the blame for the accident on you. If the insurance company is successful, recovering the compensation you need and deserve will be very difficult.
Even if you have already spoken with an insurance company, an insurance-savvy attorney can further your case along and help repair any missteps you may have unknowingly taken when dealing with the insurance company alone.
Attorney Jim Parrish of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC has an advantage when dealing with insurance companies: he used to represent them. He puts this knowledge from the inside of the insurance business to use for the benefit of car accident victims.
You do not have to let an insurance company bully you into a settlement for an accident you know is worth more than you have been offered.
Who Might Be Liable for My Accident?
To recover compensation, you must prove someone was negligent and, therefore, liable for the accident. Liable parties could include:
- The operator of a car in which you were a passenger
- A driver in a separate car
- A third party who negligently entrusted a car to the other driver
- A negligent automobile or automotive part manufacturer
Virginia recognizes joint and several liability, meaning you can pursue damages from multiple negligent defendants. The types of damages you may pursue involve both economic and noneconomic damages.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC will thoroughly review the elements of your case, taking care to evaluate all potentially liable parties (including people or companies you have perhaps not even heard from).
What Can I Recover for My Gainesville Car Accident?
Economic damages (or “special” damages) include items that you can quantify with bills, estimates, invoices, or other documents.
Economic damages also include lost wages substantiated by your employer. If you are self-employed, computing your damages requires a more sophisticated method but are still quantifiable.
Economic damages include those services or purchases for which you currently have records. This might include:
- Health care bills
- Mobility aids
- Home modifications
- Household cleaning
- Lawn care
- Other household tasks that you had to hire someone else to take care
- Future health care services and purchases
Proving and justifying a claim for economic damages often requires the use of expert testimony. Experts can both determine who the accident has affected you and can forecast, within a reasonable degree of certainty, what the accident has taken away from your future.
Noneconomic damages are losses that do not have a precise dollar amount.
“Pain and suffering” and inconvenience are major factors in your case and examples of noneconomic damages. Loss of society or loss of consortium within your family is another example of noneconomic damages.
The trial team at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC knows what your case means to you and is prepared to do battle on your behalf. Even if you do not believe you have a fight on your hands, it is worth your while and does not cost anything for the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC to review your case. Call 571-229-1800.
Award-Winning Legal Service is a Phone Call Away
Attorney Jim Parrish has earned Avvo’s “Client’s Choice Award” for his service to car accident victims and other personal injury clients. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has also honored him with a “Client Satisfaction” Award.
You can view feedback from past clients or browse through past case results to learn more about us. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 571-229-1800.