When someone is injured because of another party’s negligence, malice, or reckless behavior, in Virginia or in its surrounding communities, a good personal injury lawyer Virginia residents recommend may be able to help the injured person and their family understand what their rights are. When a loved one dies through no fault of their own and seemingly, in a manner that could have been avoided were it not for another party’s negligence (or malice or recklessness) the deceased and their surviving family members also have rights. Discussing the details of a personal injury victim’s experience may help a personal injury victim and/or their family understand whether or not the party or parties that caused (or contributed) to the cause of the injury are liable for expenses related to the victim’s injury.
Kinds of Personal Injury Claims
There are many different kinds of personal injury claims that personal injury victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for. In many ways, the term personal injury is an umbrella that covers the many different kinds of claims.
Personal injury claims are typically made in a civil court in the jurisdiction where the injury occurred. It is not unusual for a defendant in a personal injury claim to also be a defendant in a criminal case. The outcome of a criminal case should not have any bearing on the outcome of a civil case. A key purpose of a personal injury lawyer in Virginia and in many U.S. states is to protect their client’s rights by helping them to seek compensation for an injured person and/or their family.
While it would be difficult to come up with an exhaustive list of all the possible personal injury claims, some of the more common ones are because of:
- Accidents involving automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and other
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability accidents
- Faulty, dangerous and malfunctioning products
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Boating accidents
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Swimming accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Hotel accidents
- Public transportation accidents
- Taxi accidents
A good personal injury lawyer who is located in Virginia is a good place to start looking for answers for people who are unsure of whether or not an injury may warrant a personal injury claim.
Tips for Finding a Highly Rated Personal Injury Lawyer in Virginia and its Surrounding Communities
Research While it may be tempting to go with the first lawyer your cousin or friend or
minister (etc.) recommends, it is important to do research and read reviews. Just
because someone has a law degree does not mean that they are a good lawyer with a
track record of success, nor does it mean that he or she will have a victim’s best interest
at heart. Be wary of personal injury lawyers who charge upfront and/or are going to take
a larger percentage of a settlement or award than what is the industry’s standard.
Experience & Reputation While there is no guarantee that an experienced personal
injury lawyer in Virginia is going to get a victim and/or their family the maximum amount
of compensation they may be entitled to, a lawyer at a law firm with a track record of
successfully defending their clients’ rights is more likely to be able to do this than one
who does not have a history of success.
Awards, Accolades & Ratings The legal community in the United States acknowledges
lawyers and law firms for excellence and achievements through a variety of awards and
publications. There are several organizations that rate lawyers based on their
performances, verdict/settlement amounts, and peer reviews. These can help a personal
injury victim and/or their family to find the personal injury lawyer in Virginia or one of its
surrounding communities that is right for them.
For a personal injury lawyer Virginia personal injury victims and their families recommend that has over 30 years of experience successfully defending their clients’ rights, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a free case consultation and evaluation.