Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Manassas Park
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A car striking an exposed person is much different than a car striking another automobile. Because of the serious nature of pedestrian accident injuries, these cases may require extensive treatment and a longer time to reach resolution than other personal injury cases.
This can leave victims with thousands of dollars in medical bills and no way to pay them. However, if a negligent driver caused your accident, you can — and should — hold her liable for damages. For help from a pedestrian accident lawyer in Manassas Park, call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today: 571-229-1800.
What Should I Do Following a Pedestrian Accident?
The most important thing you can do following a pedestrian accident is to get medical attention. This will protect both your physical and your financial health. It will ensure you get help for any injuries as well as tie those injuries to the accident that occurred.
You must also continue your medical care until you have reached maximum medical improvement. If you skip appointments, the insurer can accuse you of contributing to your injuries and failing to mitigate, or minimize, your damages.
You should also gather as much evidence as possible. If you were able to take pictures or speak with any witnesses, turn that over to your lawyer.
Make sure you save any receipts or bills related to your injuries. This might include actual doctor’s bills or even a receipt for parking at the doctor’s office.
How to Deal With the Insurance Company
Drivers can be at fault for hitting pedestrians in any of the following situations:
- Backing up: This can happen when a driver backs out of a driveway or parking space.
- Turning: This often occurs when pedestrians are crossing the street at a crosswalk and a driver does not yield the right of way.
- Straying off the road: This can occur if a driver is fatigued, intoxicated, or distracted.
Being able to show clear liability simplifies the issues about which an insurance company can argue. Clear-cut liability is seldom the case, though.
Insurance companies do what they can to save money. This means they frequently blame an accident on the pedestrian, alleging carelessness. Unfortunately, this can happen even in situations where the pedestrian lawfully has the right-of-way.
And while this might be just a little hurdle in other states, this is especially problematic in Virginia, which is one of nation’s few strict contributory negligence states. Under this doctrine, if a pedestrian contributes to an accident, it can be very difficult to recover compensation.
It is important to speak with an attorney prior to communicating with an insurance company. The insurance company can (and will) use any information you provide against you.
What Can You Factor in As Damages?
Even if the insurance company is not disputing who was at fault, it will probably dispute the amount of compensation it has to pay.
While in some cases it seems no amount of money can undo what happened or right the wrong, money is unfortunately the only thing a court can make someone pay.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Emergency room bills
- Ambulance and paramedic bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
- Permanent disability care
- Any other related damages
Your damages include those you already incurred and those that you can establish prospectively, i.e. what you will need in the future. We may incorporate testimony from expert witnesses, such as doctors, to help meet the burden of proof on this issue.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?
You have two years to file a lawsuit before the state bars you from recovering compensation forever. It is important to note, however, that you should start as soon as possible.
You need to finish treatment or at least receive your prognosis before we can resolve your case. Accidents requiring a neurologist, orthopedic surgeons, and chronic pain management treatment may take longer to reach a legal resolution. If it takes one year to determine your prognosis, that only leaves us with one year to file your claim and negotiate with the insurer.
Call Jim Parrish of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Today
Attorney Jim Parrish is an award-winning personal injury attorney who limits his practice to obtaining compensation for personal injury victims. However, while he currently limits his practice to personal injury law, he did not start his career here. Jim used to be an attorney for the big insurance companies.
This means he has knowledge from the inside of how insurance companies operate as well as the tactics they use to offer less than a claimant deserves. This knowledge allows him to anticipate and defend against these tactics.
However, his knowledge is not the only reason he is the person you want in your corner. He also truly cares about justice and his clients. He has won both the Avvo Top Personal Injury Award and two Avvo Client’s Choice Awards.
If you need a hard-hitting attorney with a record of client satisfaction, call 571-229-1800 today for a no-obligation consultation.