Marks & Harrison is proud of our strong ties to the Charlottesville community and the aggressive, passionate representation we provide for the injured and disabled throughout Albemarle County and surrounding areas.The lead attorney in our Charlottesville office, Fletcher W. Harkrader III, is a native of nearby Louisa and a member of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Bar Association. Fletcher has been recognized in Virginia Super Lawyers (2013).
Fletcher works closely with paralegals Sharen Dowdy, Kara Payne, and Brenda Smallwood to provide the friendly and professional service that Charlottesville residents have come to expect from our firm.
In April 2015, Marks & Harrison proudly transitioned to our new home in Charlottesville – a 7,680-square-foot building located at 440 Premier Circle, just north of Hydraulic Road on Route 29.
The move from our original location at Peter Jefferson Place to the new office building allowed us to expand the services we provide to clients throughout Charlottesville, Albemarle and surrounding communities.
We go to work right away on cases, appointing our investigation team (which includes a former state trooper and two former local police officers) to find out why our client was injured and who should be held responsible.
Our attorneys then seek to efficiently resolve cases through settlement negotiations, and they are always prepared to take a case to trial. Our goal is to make sure our clients receive all compensation they are due.
We are able to assist clients in Charlottesville in a wide range of cases, including those that involve:
When you are ready to take legal action, call or reach us online for a free consultation.
Our practice is not limited to personal injury. Our lawyers can help the Charlottesville community with Workers’ Compensation and Social Security disability benefits. We can assist with initial claims for benefits as well as any appeals that may be pursued.
Many of our lawyers attended the University of Virginia as either undergraduates or law school students, while David A. Harrison III Field at the school’s football stadium is named after the uncle of one of our law firm’s founding partners, David A. Harrison Jr.
For many years, we have enjoyed supporting the annual Charlottesville Dogwood Festival, which promotes the natural beauty and historical attractions of Charlottesville and surrounding areas that make it one of the state’s prime destinations for visitors.
We have also sponsored teams in the annual Relay for Life race in Charlottesville, which honors cancer survivors, pays tributes to lost loved ones and raises funds for cancer research. In fact, one of our paralegals, Kara Payne, has participated in a relay team.
Our “Casual for a Cause” program allows members of our Charlottesville office to donate funds (and wear casual attire to work) that go to local families in need during the holidays.
Our personal injury law firm also visits local schools to talk with teenagers about the dangers of texting while driving and drinking and driving.
As residents of Charlottesville and surrounding areas, it is important to know where your personal injury, workers’ compensation or Social Security disability case may be pursued.
Personal injury claims would be filed and litigated in the 16th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, which includes the Charlottesville Circuit Court on East High Street and the Albemarle Circuit Court in the Albemarle County Courthouse on East Jefferson Street. The other courts in the Circuit are Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Madison and Orange.
A workers’ compensation hearing, meanwhile, would be held at the local Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission regional office in downtown Charlottesville.
Social Security disability claims are processed by the local Social Security Administration field office. In Charlottesville, that office is located at Pantops Mountain Place. Hearings are held in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in the same building.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to no fault of your own in a car crash, the experienced accident lawyers at Marks & Harrison want to help you. We will work aggressively to pursue maximum compensation for you, including:
We understand how frequently traffic accidents happen in Charlottesville due to the negligence of drivers. According to CBS 19, “high crash areas” in Charlottesville and surrounding areas in Albemarle County include:
Examples of careless and reckless conduct that leads to motor vehicle accidents include:
If you have been involved in a collision with another car, motorcycle or tractor-trailer in Charlottesville – or if you have been injured in a crash as a bicyclist or pedestrian – you should get checked for injuries as soon as possible.
Even if you do not believe you have suffered harm, you may have internal organ damage, spinal cord injury, head or brain injury or soft tissue damage that may not be readily detectable. A timely diagnosis can also prevent the insurance company from claiming that your injuries are not accident-related.
You should see your regular physician or go to the emergency room at a local hospital such as:
You should also obtain a copy of the accident report. You can get this copy by going to the local law enforcement agency which responded to your crash in Charlottesville such as:
You can also request a copy of an accident report through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. You should expect to pay a small fee.
The Charlottesville car accident lawyers of Marks & Harrison can provide a wide range of services, including:
You will pay no costs or legal fees unless and until we obtain a financial recovery for you. It all starts with a free and confidential consultation. Connect with us today.
Nothing is more frightening and confusing than being unable to work because of an injury or illness. How will you pay for the medical treatment you need? What will you do to pay for food, housing and other basic living expenses?
At Marks & Harrison, our Charlottesville disability lawyers want to help you to get through this difficult period in your life. We can work closely with you and pursue options that may include Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, workers’ compensation benefits or a combination of both forms of assistance.
Don’t wait to get started. For a free consultation, call or reach us online today.
First, we can determine whether you qualify for SSD benefits, which are provided by the federal government. These are monthly payments. They are based, in part, on your earnings record. You may also be eligible to receive past due benefits, or backpay, which can be provided to you in a lump sum payment.
To be eligible for SSD benefits, you must be “disabled” as that term is defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This means that you:
You can apply for SSD benefits by calling (866) 613-3959, going online or by going in person to the local SSA field office in Charlottesville.
Virginia Disability Determination Services (DDS) will determine whether you meet medical eligibility requirements. Our Charlottesville Social Security Disability lawyers can work with you and your doctor to make sure that DDS has all of the medical information it needs to make this determination.
If your claim is denied, we can help you to request a new review by DDS or, if necessary, we can represent you in a hearing before an administrative law judge at:
We can continue to fight for the benefits you deserve before the Appeals Council in Falls Church or by filing a lawsuit in:
In addition to seeking SSD benefits for you, we may be able to pursue benefits for your family members, too. If you do not qualify for SSD benefits based on your work record, we can help you to seek Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
If your medical condition arose from a work-related injury or illness, you should file a workers’ compensation claim in addition to seeking SSD benefits. Our Charlottesville workers’ compensation lawyers can help you at every stage.
Workers’ compensation benefits can cover all of your medical bills as well as any travel expenses that you incur in order to receive medical treatment. If you cannot work due to your disability or can return to work in only a lighter-duty, lower-paying role, workers’ compensation can also cover a portion of the wages you lose. Vocational rehabilitation assistance may also be available.
If your employer (or its workers’ compensation insurer) delays taking action on your claim, denies your claim or creates other difficulties for you, we will make sure your rights are fully protected. We can assist you with seeking a settlement of your claim. If necessary, we can represent you in a hearing before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.
You will pay us nothing unless you obtain the workers’ compensation and/or SSD benefits you deserve.
Many of the clients we assist in Charlottesville suffer from catastrophic, or life-changing injuries, including:
Traumatic brain injury – A brain injury can lead to a coma or death. The victim may suffer long-term or permanent cognitive, motor control and behavioral issues and may never be the same again. Even a minor concussion may lead to lingering problems that prevent a person from being able to work or go to school.
Back and spine injury – One of the most common injuries in motor vehicle accidents is damage to the spine such as a sprain, strain or a slipped or herniated disk. In the most severe cases, a victim may suffer loss of sensation and control, or paralysis, in one or more limbs.
Whiplash – When a person’s head violently snaps forward and backward in a crash – especially in a rear-end collision – it can cause serious muscle, ligament and other soft tissue damage at the base of the neck. The victim may suffer permanent chronic pain.
Burn injury – In many types of accidents, victims can suffer severe burns that cause disability and disfigurement and lead to other complications such as infections. A burn injury victim may need extensive medical treatment in order to repair the harm done to their body.
We will pay close attention to how you have been impacted by another person’s negligence, and we will work aggressively to pursue full and fair compensation for you and your family so that you can pay for your medical treatment and move on with your life.
It is important to act without delay if you are injured in an accident caused by another or if you are seeking disability benefits. The personal injury lawyers and disability attorneys at Marks & Harrison are ready to provide you with a timely, free and confidential consultation. We can explain your rights and options and go to work on pursuing the relief you deserve. Contact us today to get started.