Questions About Personal Injuries in Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News
Following are some frequently asked questions and answers about personal injuries —
- How long can I wait before filing a lawsuit?
- Can I file a lawsuit without a lawyer?
- Will my case go to trial?
- What types of compensation am I entitled to?
- What is pure contributory negligence?
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According to the statute of limitations, you have two years from the time of your injury to file a lawsuit in Virginia. After this time expires, you are barred from taking legal action. As a result, it is in your best interests to contact a lawyer immediately after suffering any kind of personal injury.
The short answer is yes. However, your chances of filing a successful suit increase dramatically when you have an experienced lawyer by your side. He or she can explain the law to you, review your case and identify strengths and weaknesses, negotiate a settlement offer and fight for you in court.
Many people abstain from taking legal action after an accident because they are worried that they will have to endure a long court battle. Every injury case is different and you will have to speak to a knowledgeable lawyer to have a better understanding of whether your case can be resolved through settlement negotiations. However, the majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court.
The compensation you may be entitled to depends on the extent of your injuries, the amount of evidence you have to support your claim and whether you contributed to the accident. You may be entitled to receive reimbursement to cover the cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of wages.
The State of Virginia follows what is known as a pure contributory negligence rule. Under this rule, a plaintiff may be barred from receiving compensation if the defendant proves that he or she contributed in any way to the accident.