At some point after you’ve filed a lawsuit in a personal injury case in Virginia, you will probably be asked by the defendant’s lawyer to submit to a deposition. Short of trial itself, this is probably the most intimidating aspect of the litigation process for an auto accident victim. A deposition is the opportunity of the other side to sit down with you, your lawyer and a court reporter and ask you questions. Unlike your Interrogatory Answers, the attorney gets to ask follow-up questions to explore your case.
We get many phone calls from potential clients who either have cases that are too small for us to handle or are looking for advice on how to negotiate with the insurance companies on their own. One of the first things they ask is what documents the insurance company needs in order to evaluate their claim.
Drunk drivers are a menace on Virginia roads. Not only do they cause more accidents than sober people, but the car crashes caused by drunk drivers are more violent and cause more injuries and fatalities than those caused by sober drivers. This is because, due to the way the brain and your body processes alcohol, the driver’s reflexes are slowed and the impacts of the crash are much larger.
Some of the most catastrophic injuries that we see come from pedestrian vs. car accidents. These types of accidents are far too common and can often be avoided by putting some of these basic safety tips into practice.
If you’ve been in an auto accident in northern Virginia, you might be thinking about negotiating a personal injury settlement on your own. There are some ways to improve the value of your case in the eyes of the insurance adjuster.
If there is one available, make sure that you cross at a marked crosswalk or intersection. Lots of accidents happen because pedestrians cross the street in areas where drivers are not expecting to see them. If you’re at an intersection without a crosswalk, the commonwealth of Virginia requires you to cross by the most direct route and to exercise reasonable care for your own safety.
Insurance companies are great at creating fear in auto accident victims. As Fairfax car accident attorneys, we hear from people every day that they are frustrated that the insurance company is consistently setting up hurdles in their case or that the adjuster “stopped being nice” or that the case switched to a different adjuster who simply isn’t returning their phone calls.
Car Seats and Booster Seats Save Lives
Virginia has a simple rule for drivers and passengers seated in the front seat: you must wear a seat belt. There are a number of exceptions for mail carriers, taxi drivers and passengers, and people who have been told by a doctor that they should not wear a seat belt for medical reasons. However, by and large, if you are in the front seat and not wearing a seat belt, you are in violation of Virginia law.
Whether you’re a new parent, a parent with a new car or just purchased a new car seat, if you’d like to make sure that your child’s safety seat is properly installed and meets with local law requirements, you can make an appointment at several police stations in Fairfax County to have the seat inspected. A properly installed child safety seat can go a long way in preventing injuries in an auto accident.
Think dog bites aren’t a serious problem in America? According to a study by researchers from the Center for Disease Control, 4.5 million Americans a year a bitten by a dog. This means that, in any given year, each American has a one in fifty chance of being bitten by a dog.
You may have heard somewhere that dogs have very “clean mouths” and that the risk of infection after a dog bite is relatively low. This is not true, according to the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University.
Virginia has a relatively new registry that will help you determine whether there are any dangerous dogs in your neighborhood. This can be helpful for any bikers or runners or parents of small children who want to know what parts of their county to avoid.
Virginia, as a state, has very tough law when it comes to individuals getting compensation for their injuries. Dog bite law is no exception. Virginia is one of the few states in the country that allows a dog “one free bite.” This means that the first time a dog bites someone in Virginia – no matter what the dog’s owner has done (or has failed to do) in order to prevent the bite – the injured person gets zero recovery.
Did you know that it is legal in Virginia for a private citizen to own lions, tigers, bears and wolves? Did you know that a citizen can own a monkey, gorilla or chimpanzee without even having to file for a permit?
Dog bite injuries tend to be either very small or very large. Either the dog nicked your arm and drew a little bit of blood or the dog caused a lot of damage. The small injuries tend to be a result of a dog that is startled or backed into a corner and looking for a way out. The large injuries tend to occur when dangerous or aggressive dogs are not properly maintained by their owners.
Impaired driving is one of America’s most-often-committed and deadliest crimes. Overall in 2009, almost 11,000 people were killed in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Obviously, the paramount consideration in chooosing a motorcycle helmet is how it performs in crash tests. If you’re going to be cruising on the highways without any sort of bodily protection, you need to go to great lengths to protect your head and brain.
Just like airbags and seatbelts in cars, motorcycle helmets are designed to reduce the risk of serious injury in a motorcycle crash. As much as we’d like them to, they cannot prevent injury altogether.
A motorcycle helmet doesn’t do you much good if it comes off in a crash or fails to absorb the impact and protect your brain. The United States Department of Transportation has created a set of standards designed to set the safe helmets apart from the unsafe. Among those standards, the DOT asks whether hte helmet absorbs a significant amoutn of the impact, whether its shell prevents penetration, and whether the fastening system that holds it on your head stays intact when struck with a significant amount of force.
One of the surest ways to cause a brain injury in a motorcycle crash is to wear the wrong helmet or no helmet at all. Virginia motorcycle regulations require that everyone on a bike be wearing a helmet. In addition, the driver either be wearing a helmet that provides some sort of eye protection or must have a face shield on the front of his bike.
After increasing for 11 years straight, motorcyclist fatalities have dropped for the first time in 2009. While motorcyclists make up only 6 percent of motor vehicles on America’s roads, motorcyclist fatalities made up 13 percent of the total traffic fatalities in 2009.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash in Virginia, you’re probably beginning to see the medical bills come in and the medical costs piling up. Small injuries are rare in motorcycle crashes because of the lack of protection that motorcycle riders have. You’re probably starting to wonder “who is going to pay all of these bills?” If your first thought is that the insurance company for the negligent driver should be paying them as they come in, you’re in for a surprise.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash in Virginia, you’re probably beginning to see the medical bills come in and the medical costs piling up. Small injuries are rare in motorcycle crashes because of the lack of protection that motorcycle riders have. You’re probably starting to wonder “who is going to pay all of these bills?”
전형적인 개인상해 또는 의료 과실 소송건에서는 고객이 선금으로 미리내는 돈은 없습니다. 우편비 및 복사비 그리고 경찰 보고서와 의료 기록등을 입수하는 데 들어가는 비용들이 있습니다만, 이러한 비용들은 변호사 사무실에서 미리 지출하고 후에 배심원 평결 금액 또는 합의 조정금액에서 제하게됩니다. 저희는 변호비용으로 당신이 받는 보상금의 1/3를 받습니다. 저희는 당신이 조정 합의금 또는 평결금액등을 받지않는 한 변호비를 받지않습니다. 당신이 충분히 상황을 이해하고 동의하지않는한 저희는 어떤 조정합의에도 동의하지않습니다.
이 질문은 이 사건에 관련된 모든 사실이 입수될때까지 보통 대답을 해드릴 수없는 궁극적인 질문입니다. 각 케이스마다 다르고 또한 그 보상 가치도 각각 다릅니다. 보상 청구액의 수준은 사고로인한 부상으로부터 완전히 회복이 되는지 아니면 영구적 부상을 입었는지가 결정났을때 더 분명해집니다. 이러한 모든것은 변호사와의 처음 상담때 모두 상의될것입니다.
만약 의료보험 또는 의료비 지불 보험이 없으시다면, 저희가 당신의 진료 제공자에게 당신이 보상청구중에 있으며 의료비 지불은 보상청구가 끝날 때까지 보류되야만한다고 통보 할것입니다. 결국, 목표는 당신의 의료비가 배심원 평결 또는 조정 합의금을 통해서 지불되도록하는 것입니다.
저희 사무실에 연락하셔서, 첫번째 무료 상담을 위한 예약을 하십시요. 그 첫번째 상담에서 당신의 케이스가 적법한 청구건이 되는지 그리고 저의 법적 조력이 필요한지등에 관하여 조언해드리고, 또한 당신의 케이스가 밟을 절차 및 가장 적절한 절차등을 설명하고 추천해드릴것입니다. 변호사들이 당신의 소송건에 관련된 변호비 및 다른 비용등을 당신이 충분히 이해하는 지도 확인할 것입니다.
만약 당신이 혼자서 스스로 당신의 청구건을 해결하려고 시도해 보셨다면 그것이 얼마나 많은 시간을 요하는 일인지 아실 것입니다. 사고에 연관되는 것을 원하는 사람은 없습니다만 변호사를 고용함으로써, 절차를 밟는 중에 생기는 걱정등을 절감할 수 있을 것입니다. 상해 그리고 의료비, 상실된 임금 및 사고로 인해 받은 고통등에 관한 보상 청구를 변호사가 당신을 대신하여 잘 정돈하여 진행시킴으로써 당신이 자신에게 더 중요한일에 정신집중할 수 있도록 해줄것입니다.
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