Haymarket Personal Injury Lawyer
Unforeseen injuries that force us to deal with sudden physical limitations can frustrate and even overwhelm us. If you or a loved one is recovering from a personal injury, you are not alone. A personal injury lawyer in Haymarket can support you and potentially help you recover the compensation you deserve. If someone else was responsible for your injuries, call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today for help.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC handles many types of personal injury cases. In addition to helping car, truck, and motorcycle accident victims, the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC also pursues compensation for bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, defective products, dangerous drugs, medical malpractice, and dog bites.
To receive a free evaluation of your case, call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC at 571-229-1800.
Let the Parrish Law Firm Handle the Details of Your Personal Injury Case
From start to finish, the Parrish Law Firm leaves no stone unturned. We handle any and all of the following for your case:
- Case presentation: Skilled legal strategists uncover facts, analyze evidence, and strategize a game plan. This includes researching all theories of liability and putting all potentially culpable parties on notice of a claim.
- Negotiations: When there is enough available information on which to negotiate, we will present a compelling case to the insurance company or defendant(s).
- Filing a Lawsuit: In the case where an insurer refuses to pay fair compensation, and/or the statute of limitations is closing in, our pretrial team prepares the case for presentation to the court.
- Discovery: The parties exchange information in response to formal requests. It is important to be both truthful and tactical in the discovery process. The Parrish Law Firm’s discovery staff will work with you to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
- During a lawsuit, parties obtain testimony from each other and from witnesses. Witnesses include both eyewitnesses and expert witnesses.
- Motion defense: An opposing party may try to file a motion asking the court to throw your case out. Aggressive defense of such a motion is vital to your case.
- Mediation: Whether ordered by the court or voluntary, mediation is an opportunity for all parties and their representatives to discuss resolution of the case prior to going to trial.
- Trial: While in many times it is to a victim’s advantage to settle out of court, a jury trial is a fundamental right. The team at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC employs courtroom technology, cross-examination skills, storytelling expertise, and persuasive closing arguments to make your case as compelling as possible.
Regardless of the specific type of personal injury claim, Virginia law requires proof of four different elements:
To recover compensation, a victim must establish a specific duty of care. Sometimes a published law gives rise to a duty. Other times, this duty is less clear. In general, people owe a duty to act as a “reasonable person” would. Failing to act in a way in which most people within a community would behave in a particular situation constitutes negligence.
If the other party violated a published law (e.g., driving while intoxicated), the victim can meet both the elements of duty and breach. Where there is no published law, however, the victim must prove that the other party (or parties) breached its duty of care.
Defendants (or their insurance companies) will likely deny there was a duty or a breach in any type of personal injury case.
Another element where an opposing party is likely to fight is causation. Even with a solid legal theory for a duty and evidence of a breach, the victim must still prove that the breach proximately caused the victim’s damages.
Only those damages that occurred “but for” the other party’s negligence are eligible for compensation. This is another element where an expert witness can help an insurance company or jury understand the victim’s case.
A victim must prove the dollar amount of compensation that he seeks. This includes the value of medical treatment and other economic and noneconomic losses.
Demanding Compensation for Your Injuries
Some damage values are straightforward. For example, a victim can total his medical bills using invoices, statements, receipts, etc.
Other damages are not as simple to calculate. It is better to leave these calculations to experts rather than to potentially short-change yourself.
For example, compensation based on future medical needs will require an opinion from a physician. In addition, the impact of an injury on personal earnings often goes beyond lost wages. Compensation for loss of earnings might depend on the opinion of an economist, who can describe the value of lost earnings over time as opposed to a simple dollar-for-dollar view.
“Pain and suffering” and inconvenience are other damages that do not lend themselves to easy calculation. Not being able to enjoy your life as you once knew it nevertheless has a monetary value, for which you should receive compensation.
Fully identifying and quantifying damages is critical. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC often relies on a team of experts that can help bolster a fair demand for compensation.
How the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is Different
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC has relatively unique experience in this field, having also defended large insurance corporations at one time. The team at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC can anticipate and swiftly counter the strategies of opposing lawyers when litigating personal injury claims.