Practice Areas

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The attorneys in our firm have a wide range of experience in all types of personal injury law. Personal injury law encompasses many injuries and incidents for which a third party is legally responsible. The following are samples of the different types of cases we deal with on a regular basis.

wrongful death
Under Virginia law, whenever a person dies because of the wrongful act of another, a claim or lawsuit may be brought to recover damages for the benefit of the deceased person's beneficiaries (usually a surviving spouse or children). Lawsuits of this type are referred to as “wrongful death actions” and they arise from many different causes, including auto accidents, medical malpractice, and the use of dangerous products. We have years of experience working on these difficult and important cases. While legal action is not something a grieving family member thinks about in the aftermath of a death, in most cases it is important that an attorney be consulted as soon as possible to avoid compromising the estate’s claim. Many of our clients report a sense of relief in having an attorney handle the legal matters for the family.

Auto accident
Every motor vehicle accident case raises at least three questions:
1) Who was at fault?
To be entitled to damages under Virginia law, you must prove that someone else was at fault in causing the accident. Sometimes the question of fault is easily determined, such as when someone for no legitimate reason drives through a red light and collides with someone who is lawfully in the intersection. What, you might ask, could be a legitimate reason for driving through a red light? Well, the answers are endless - mechanical failure, sudden illness, or anything else that the driver is unable to control. Until your opponent concedes liability for the accident, you should take nothing for granted. For example, contrary to popular belief, a driver who drives into the rear of another car is not automatically at fault under the law. Fault is a threshold question without first establishing fault, the case cannot proceed.
2) What are the injuries?
The amount that an injury victim is entitled to recover from a negligent driver is usually determined by the extent of the injuries, although in some cases the defendant’s conduct is so outrageous that the injured victim can also assert a claim for punitive damages. The most common elements of compensatory damages in motor vehicle cases include bodily injuries and their effect, past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, future lessened earning capacity, disfigurement, inconvenience, pain, and suffering. Virginia law sets no limit on the dollar amount an injury victim can recover in compensatory damages.
3) Is there adequate insurance coverage to fully compensate you for your injuries?
There are many potential sources of insurance coverage from which you might receive compensation for your injuries. The insurance coverage types (click here for more info) available to automobile accident victims fall into three categories: liability coverage; uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage; and medical expense coverage (also known as medical payments coverage or "med pay"). Sources of potential insurance coverage can be found in some unexpected places, so when you meet with us, be sure to provide us with a copy of every policy that might apply. Because Virginia law sets such low limits on the amount of insurance that motor vehicle owners must have, we see too many people who have cases of clear liability, substantial injuries, but grossly inadequate insurance coverage. To ensure that this does not happen to you, please review your own policies and consider increasing the limits on your uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

Tractor Trailer Accidents
Although we ask the same three questions to victims of tractor trailer accidents as we do to those involved in automobile accidents, the extensive regulation of truckers by the state and federal departments of transportation add a significant layer of complexity to the proper presentation of a tractor trailer claim. Given the size and weight of most tractor trailers, the resultant injuries are frequently much more severe and the issues are often much more technical. We often consult with experienced tractor trailer drivers and accident reconstructionists to assist us in the evaluation and presentation of technically complex evidence.
Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are especially challenging. To prevail in a malpractice action, a plaintiff is required to prove that a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider was negligent and that the negligence caused injury. Proof of each element, negligence and causation, generally requires expert testimony. We work with doctors throughout the country to determine whether malpractice has occurred and then to determine what the result would have been if the health care provider had complied with the standard of care required by law. Of course, the defendants will have their own experts and that is what makes most of these cases such a challenge. Countering the defendants’ experts requires comprehensive knowledge of the client’s case and an understanding of the medical issues involved. We are proud of our ability to overcome these challenges and to help make a difference for our clients who have been injured by malpractice. Because these cases can be so difficult to prove, we are selective about the cases we take, but once we take a case we are dogged in our pursuit of it. It is a difficult process and we are good at it.

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