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Questions About Personal Injuries

The following are some frequently asked questions and answers about personal injuries —

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How long can I wait before filing a lawsuit?

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 interest to contact a lawyer immediately after suffering any kind of personal injury.

Can I file a lawsuit without a lawyer?

The short answer is yes. However, your chances of filing a successful suit increase dramatically when you have an experienced lawyer by your side. An attorney can explain the law to you, review your case, identify strengths and weaknesses, negotiate a settlement offer and fight for your rights in court.

Will my case go to trial?

Many people abstain from taking legal action after an accident, because they fear 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. That said, the majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court.

What types of compensation am I entitled to?

The compensation you may be entitled to depends on the extent of your injuries, the amount of evidence that supports your claim and whether or not you contributed to the accident. You may be entitled to receive reimbursement to cover the cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.

What is pure contributory negligence?

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 the plaintiff contributed to the accident in any way.

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