Hello everyone. This is Jim Parish. I am a personal injury accident attorney in Virginia and today I would like to explain the process of arbitration.
ARBITRATION is a process by which parties who are at issue in a lawsuit or claim allow an independent third party, usually a retired judge or another lawyer that practices in the same area, to decide their case. During an ARBITRATION each side gets the opportunity to put on evidence to question witnesses and to have people testify on their behalf. At the end of the arbitration, the arbitrator will take all the information that’s been gathered, review it, and then issue an opinion with his or her decision about the case. Usually ARBITRATION is binding and that means that when the arbitrator issues his or her decision, that’s the end of the case. It’s very much like going to court. However, some of the formalities of court are avoided. Many personal injury cases are resolved through ARBITRATION. It’s usually a less expensive way to go, and the parties are typically happier. I hope this information is helpful. Thank you.
Hello everyone. This is Jim Parish. I am an accident attorney in northern Virginia. Today I would like to answer the question can “I recover for my injuries if I wasn’t wearing the seatbelt at the time of the accident?”
The answer is yes. In Virginia there is a specific law which prohibits, any defendant or person who caused the accident from raising the issue of you not wearing your seat-belt. So in short certainly you can recover, even if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt. I hope that’s helpful. Thank you.
Hello. I am Jim Parish of the Parish law firm. I am a personal injury accident lawyer in northern Virginia. Today I would like to answer the question: “what kind of damages can be recovered in a Virginia personal injury accident case?”
Under Virginia law, an injured person is entitled to recover for medical bills, both in the past and in the future; lost wages, both in the past and in the future; pain and suffering; inconvenience. Also, you are entitled to recover for a loss of earnings capacity, meaning that if you can’t go back to the same job that you were performing before you were injured, if you are permanently injured, then you are also entitled to an award for damages which will span the remainder of your life. I hope this information has been of assistance. Thank you.
Hello everyone. This is Jim Parish. Today I would like to explain the process of mediation. Many personal injury cases are resolved or settled through a process known as mediation.
Mediation takes place typically in the lawyer’s office with both sides being present as well as usually a retired judge or practicing lawyer in the personal injury field. Both parties come together, they get an opportunity to tell their side of the case or their side of the story, and then the mediator, again, typically retired judge, will separate the parties and talk to them individually about their case. The judge then goes back and forth between the parties relaying offers and demands and settlement issues and so forth, until hopefully the parties reach a mutual resolution of the case. Mediation doesn’t always result in settlement, but in the vast majority of the cases in which I’ve been involved, mediation has been successful. I hope this information is helpful. Thank you.