Car Accident Lawyer in Woodbridge, VA
When you suffer injuries in a car accident, Virginia law gives you the option to pursue compensation through a claim or lawsuit. Financial recovery can account for your medical treatment, property damage costs, and “pain and suffering” and inconvenience.
A Woodbridge, VA car accident lawyer from our team can analyze your legal options and help you navigate the claims process. Attorney Jim Parrish and the legal team at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, are ready to go to work for you. We know you want the best possible outcome, and we will do everything in our power to secure it.
You don’t Pay Anything Up Front or Out of Pocket
Our law firm doesn’t charge hourly fees. We don’t send you surprise bills or invoices, either. We work on a contingency-fee basis. Getting paid for our help is contingent on your case’s success
You don’t pay our attorney’s fees from your savings. A portion of your settlement pays for your help. That means we don’t get paid until the conclusion of your case. If your case doesn’t achieve a settlement or court award, you owe no fees to our office
How Long You Have to File Your Car Accident Lawsuit in Virginia
The statute of limitations in your case depends on various aspects of your accident, such as:
- Whether you’re filing an injury lawsuit. Per Va. Code § 8.01-243, you generally have two years to file your case. This deadline begins from the date of your collision, although some factors can alter this deadline.
- Whether you’re filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Per Va. Code § 8.01-244, you have two years to file your wrongful death case. This deadline begins from the date of your loved one’s passing although, again, other factors can affect this time frame.
You must file your car accident lawsuit on time. Failing to do so could leave you without financial recovery options. Your lawyer in Woodbridge, VA, can examine all relevant deadlines and determine how they apply to your case.
How does the Virginia Auto Accident Insurance Claims Process Work?
Virginia motorists must carry the minimum amount of liability insurance or a certificate of self-insurance, as outlined under Va. Code § 46.2-472. This coverage reimburses injured claimants after an accident.
We need to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover this compensation. But what does this involve?
We Start By Calculating Your Damages
To determine the value of your case, we will add up your damages. Then, your personal injury team will send the insurer a demand letter outlining the money you need. Our team rarely receives the full amount we request on the first try.
However, it gives us a good starting point to negotiate the settlement to cover your current and future losses.
We Negotiate an Offer
Usually, we resolve car accident claims through insurance settlements. Sometimes, however, the insurer refuses to agree to our terms. If this happens in your case, your injury lawyer can move forward with a lawsuit. Our firm will fight for the money you need either in or out of court.
What Types of Damages Can I Expect From My Woodbridge Car Accident Claim?
Compensable losses are divided into the following categories:
Economic Damages (Losses with Financial Values)
These are likely the damages you consider first after an accident. They include your direct financial losses. Depending on your accident, recoverable damages may include:
- Your medical care
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost wages
- The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle
- A rental car while yours is in the shop
- Assistive medical equipment
- Miscellaneous accident-related expenses
- Funeral expenses (for wrongful death claimants)
You can also recover damages you have not yet incurred. For example, if you suffered major injuries, you will likely have ongoing care costs or future medical needs. You may also be unable to return to work because of permanent injuries. We request compensation to cover all losses and future expenses.
Non-Economic Damages (Non-Financial Losses)
Non-economic damages do not have intrinsic monetary values. These damages offer a way to compensate accident victims for the physical suffering and emotional stresses they suffered.
Specific examples include:
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How Much is My Woodbridge Car Accident Claim Worth?
In their initial consultations, many claimants want to know what their cases are worth. Unfortunately, there is no good one-size-fits-all value that encapsulates all accident claims.
To calculate your losses, we will need to:
- Investigate your accident
- Discuss your prognosis with experts
- Learn the costs of your treatment and repairing your vehicle
- Analyze other costs associated with your crash
Once we have a thorough understanding of your current losses, expected future expenses, and emotional hardships, we estimate the value of your case.
We Must Prove Negligence to “Win” Your Case
Many car accident claims hinge on the principle of negligence. We must show the other driver’s actions caused your accident to recover compensation for your damages.
Usually, this requires providing evidence to show the driver broke at least one traffic law.
Imagine, for example, you suffered serious injuries when another driver failed to yield the right-of-way. You were not speeding but still could not stop in time to avoid the collision.
To establish negligence, Our team would show:
- The at-fault party had an obligation to drive their vehicle with care.
- The at-fault party failed to do this.
- The at-fault party caused the accident.
- You suffered financial losses as a result.
We Must Gather Evidence to Prove Negligence
Our legal team can identify and collect the following evidence to support your case:
- The police report from Prince William County (that you must file within 24 hours)
- Eyewitness accounts of your crash
- Images of the scene, your damaged vehicle, and your injuries
- Videos of the crash, when available
- Your medical records concerning your accident-related injuries
- Accident reconstructions performed by experts
- Testimony from healthcare professionals
Call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Today
Our legal team knows how to navigate the insurance claims process and recover the compensation you need. Our founder, Jim Parrish, used to represent the insurance companies. He knows how to address bad faith insurance tactics and fight for what injured claimants need.
Dial (571) 229-1800 to learn about starting your free car accident case review. Feel free to ask us about partnering with our lawyers serving Woodbridge.