According to statistics from the 2019 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts, there were 5,513 total crashes, 2,508 injuries, and 22 fatalities in Chesterfield County, Virginia, in 2019. Getting injured in a car crash can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. If you or a family member were hurt in an auto accident caused by someone else's negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
At The Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, I'm dedicated to offering comprehensive legal guidance and strong representation to clients in their personal injury claims. As an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney, I will review and investigate the details surrounding your case and explore your available legal options to seek damages. I will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical bills, lost income, or pain and suffering.
I am proud to serve personal injury victims across Chesterfield, Richmond, Petersburg, Henrico and surrounding areas.
When a person is injured in a traffic collision caused by another person's actions, he or she may pursue damages by filing a personal injury claim. Virginia is a "fault" state. This means that the at-fault party (the person responsible for the accident) will be held liable for any injuries or damages sustained by the accident victims.
Virginia follows a "pure contributory negligence" rule. Under this system, a plaintiff may not recover damages if found to be partially responsible for the collision, even if it was only 1%. Therefore, an accident victim will only be allowed to pursue compensation if the at-fault party is determined to be 100% responsible for the accident.
According to Virginia Code Section 8.01-243:
“Unless otherwise provided in this section or by other statute, every action for personal injuries, whatever the theory of recovery, and every action for damages resulting from fraud, shall be brought within two years after the cause of action accrues.”
This means a person injured in an auto accident will have two years from the date of the accident to file personal injury action.
As mentioned above, the Commonwealth of Virginia is an at-fault state. A person injured in an accident caused by another party can proceed by:
Filing an injury claim with their own insurance carrier
Filing a third-party claim directly with the at-fault party's insurance provider
Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party
The following damages may be recovered through a personal injury claim:
Medical care costs, including future medical treatment expenses
Lost wages and other benefits
Out of pocket expenses resulting from the injury
Compensation for reduced future earning capability
Pain and suffering
Loss of enjoyment of life
Loss of love, companionship, affection, and comfort provided by the injured person
Being involved in a traffic collision caused by another party's carelessness can be a devastating experience. If you sustain severe injuries, such an accident can affect you financially, physically, and emotionally. However, you don't have to face these challenges on your own. An experienced Virginia personal injury attorney can help protect your rights and pursue rightful compensation.
At The Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, I have devoted my career to offering experienced legal services and handling personal injury cases. As your legal counsel, I can:
Help identify the liable parties and work to hold them accountable
Review every detail of your personal situation and conduct a thorough investigation
Collect and document relevant information and evidence
Seek to prove fault and establish liability
Determine the full impact of your injuries and estimate case-value
Help negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance provider
File a personal injury lawsuit, if needed
As a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, I will fight aggressively to protect your rights and represent your best interests. I will also help you seek fair compensation for your injuries and property damage. Having me on your side can increase your prospects of obtaining a favorable outcome in your personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you can seek compensation. Contact my firm — The Thomas Law Firm, PLLC — today to schedule a free consultation. I can offer you the experienced legal guidance and compassionate representation you need. My firm proudly represents clients throughout Chesterfield, Richmond, Petersburg, Henrico, and surrounding areas.