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Does Virginia Have Contributory Negligence?

Virginia operates under contributory negligence laws. Those laws state that if an injured accident victim is found to be at fault in any way for the accident or injuries, they are not entitled to any compensation. In other words, if the person who caused your accident is not shown to be 100% responsible, you cannot collect any monetary damages.

Negligence laws require individuals to conduct themselves according to certain standards of conduct. When a person violates these standards, and it results in the injury of another individual, the law requires them to compensate the victim. For example, all drivers are required to not be distracted during their driving. However, if a driver’s attention was diverted from the road because of using a cellular device, for instance, and they cause a crash because of it, any resulting injuries incurred by other parties (including other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians) can be blamed on that driver’s negligence.

This makes hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer all the more important. You need an advocate who can build a case to show you are at 0% fault for your accident and injuries. Call (757) 474-0089 today to schedule a free consultation if you’re in Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, or Portsmouth.

Types of Damages Recoverable in a PI Claim

If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to the loss of financial resources, such as wages, earnings, future earnings, and earning capacity. This category also includes medical expenses and costs to repair damaged property.

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are those losses that don't have a particular monetary value attached to them. This includes damages such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium. These types of losses are much harder to assign a specific monetary value to. Settlements are typically determined based on an insurance company's investigation into statistical data about a settlement range that is fair for the case you are facing. However, remember that the insurance company’s goal is to offer you the lowest amount possible. This is why you need to work with a skilled lawyer who can help you negotiate a fairer pain and suffering settlement with the insurance company.

Get the Representation You Require

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or another incident that is someone else’s fault, Hallauer Law Firm can help you fight for fair and full compensation. Don’t try to negotiate with insurance companies on your own. They do not have your best interests in mind and will try to offer you a low-ball settlement. Our Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer knows what your claim is worth and is committed to getting you the money you are owed.

There are a variety of accident injuries you may be eligible to file a claim for, including:

  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Premises liability injuries
  • Medical malpractice injuries
  • Dog bite injuries
  • Bicycle accident injuries
  • Pedestrian road accident injuries
  • Workplace accident injuries
  • Catastrophic injuries

If you think you are entitled to money damages following an accident injury, it is important not to rush into a settlement, either with an insurance company or an individual. Get in touch with our Virginia Beach personal injury attorney at Hallauer Law Firm so that we can help you pursue maximum compensation.

Why You Need a Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyer

When you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, it's important to have a knowledgeable and experienced Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer on your side. Dealing with insurance companies, navigating the legal system, and fighting for the compensation you deserve can be overwhelming and complex. Our Virginia Beach personal injury lawyers at Hallauer Law Firm are dedicated to advocating for your rights and ensuring you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Here are a few reasons why hiring a personal injury lawyer is crucial:

  • Legal expertise and guidance
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Investigating and gathering evidence
  • Fighting for fair compensation
  • Peace of mind and support during a difficult time

Don't navigate the complexities of a personal injury claim alone. Contact our team of experienced Virginia Beach personal injury attorneys today for the representation you need to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

You owe us nothing unless we win your case. Call (757) 474-0089 today for assistance along the path of your recovery, or contact us online.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is contributory negligence and how does it affect my accident claim in Virginia?

Contributory negligence in Virginia means that if you, as an injured party in an accident, are found to have any degree of fault, you are barred from receiving compensation. This underscores the importance of proving that you were not responsible for the accident. It's a stringent rule that necessitates a thorough legal approach to ensure that the other party's liability is clearly established and that your rights to compensation are protected.

What types of damages can I recover in a personal injury claim in Virginia Beach?

In Virginia Beach, you may be entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages in a personal injury claim. Economic damages cover financial losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages account for intangible losses like pain and suffering or loss of consortium. It's crucial to have a knowledgeable attorney to accurately assess all damages and negotiate with insurance companies to secure fair compensation for your losses.

Why should I avoid settling with an insurance company directly after an accident in Virginia Beach?

Settling directly with an insurance company after an accident in Virginia Beach can be risky because insurers often aim to minimize payouts. Without legal representation, you may accept a settlement that is far less than what you're entitled to. A personal injury lawyer can evaluate your claim's worth, negotiate effectively, and ensure that you receive a settlement that reflects the full extent of your damages and suffering.

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