Marks & Harrison, has a long history of protecting the rights of accident and injury victims and their families in Petersburg, surrounding areas in Colonial Heights and Dinwiddie, Chesterfield and Prince George counties and all areas south of Petersburg to the North Carolina state line.
Attorney Kevin M. McGowan heads our Petersburg office on South Crater Road. A member of both the Petersburg and Chesterfield Bar Associations, Kevin brings extensive experience in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation law to his clients.
Our hard-working staff of paralegals Lisa Adkins, Shelly Archer, Betty Johnson and Amy Marker provide excellent support to Kevin and our clients.
Marks & Harrison, is not only one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Virginia, it is also one of the largest firms dedicated exclusively to representation of the injured and disabled.
Our firm’s philosophy is to take an aggressive approach to cases, starting with putting our investigators onto a case right away. In fact, two of our investigators – Chris Greenwell and Keith Schilke – are former Petersburg police officers.
If a client has been hurt in an auto accident, harmed on another’s property or suffered any other personal injury due to another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, we feel confident in our investigators’ ability to track down the information we need to represent our clients to the fullest.
In addition to personal injury and auto accident attorneys, Marks & Harrison maintains robust workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security disability benefits practices.
Our Social Security Disability attorneys and Workers’ Comp lawyers help clients with filing applications as well as with appealing rejected claims, including representation at hearings before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission or administrative law judges.
Our firm believes strongly in contributing more than legal representation to the communities we serve. We are highly involved in local civic, charitable and educational activities.
For instance, we often give presentations on the dangers of drinking and driving to local high schools, including L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield.
During the holidays, we contribute funds that we have collected through our “Casual for a Cause” program that goes to families in need within the Petersburg area. The program involves firm employees making donations in exchange for being allowed to dress in casual attire in the office.
We have also served as sponsors for local sports teams, including the Chesterfield All-Star softball team.
Petersburg falls within the 11th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. This means that a personal injury or wrongful death case that occurs within the area would likely go through one of five circuit courts located in the Circuit, including the Petersburg Circuit Court located in the city’s downtown area. The other Circuit Courts are located in Amelia, Dinwiddie, Nottoway and Powhatan.
If you are seeking workers’ compensation benefits, your case may go to a hearing at a nearby Virginia Workers’ Compensation regional office.
A local Social Security Administration field office, on the other hand, would process your claim for federal disability benefits. If you live in Petersburg, the local office would be located on Poplar Drive, while an appeal hearing could be held at the Richmond Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
The Petersburg disability benefits lawyers of Marks & Harrison understand how difficult it can be when an injury or illness prevents you from being able to work.
We can meet with you in Petersburg today to discuss your right to seek benefits that can help you to get through this difficult time. You may be eligible to receive Virginia workers’ compensation benefits, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or both. We can review all of your options. Simply contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.
If you suffered a job-related injury in an accident at the workplace or at another site while acting in the course and scope of your employment, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. You can also pursue these benefits if you suffer from a work-related disease or a repetitive motion injury.
Workers’ compensation benefits can cover all of your medical expenses arising from your injury or illness. You may also be eligible to receive benefits that cover two-thirds of your average weekly wages or two-thirds of the difference between what you earn now in a lighter-duty job and what you earned before your disability arose. Additionally, vocational rehabilitation benefits may be available to you.
You should contact our Petersburg workers’ compensation lawyers if you need assistance with filing a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission or if your employer (or its workers’ compensation insurer):
We can represent you through all stages of the workers’ compensation claims process, including hearings and further appeals. Talk with us about your case today.
You may also be eligible to collect SSD benefits, which are provided by the federal government. These benefits are available to individuals who meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. In other words, you must be able to show:
If your SSD benefits claim is approved, you can receive monthly benefits payments that are primarily based on your past earnings. You may also be eligible to receive backpay, or past due benefits, in a lump sum payment.
Unfortunately, many people run into problems when seeking SSD benefits. You should get help from our Petersburg Social Security Disability attorneys if you need assistance with:
If you are not eligible for SSD benefits based on your work record, we can assist you with filing a claim for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In many cases, our attorneys help clients in Petersburg with pursuing SSD benefits and a workers’ compensation claim at the same time.
We will not charge a fee unless and until you are able to obtain the benefits you deserve.
Our Petersburg accident lawyers at Marks & Harrison know how frustrating it is to be involved in a crash due to no fault of your own. Our goal is to seek the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages. We will focus on your case while you focus on getting better.
Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common in Petersburg. This is primarily due to heavy traffic on interstate routes such as I-85 and I-95, highways such as U.S. 1, U.S. 301 and U.S. 460 and city streets such as Rives Road.
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, during one recent year, there were 669 crashes within the Petersburg city limits, including 49 that were related to alcohol use.
If you have been in a car accident in Petersburg, you should make sure get medical attention as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, see your family doctor or visit the emergency room at a nearby hospital such as:
Going to the doctor will protect your health. After all, you may have suffered a serious head or brain injury, soft tissue injury, spinal injury or internal organ damage that is not immediately apparent to you. You need to get checked. It also will provide evidence that your injuries directly resulted from the crash.
Additionally, you should request a copy of the police accident report. This report will help Marks & Harrison to review what happened in your case.
To request a report, you can contact the local law enforcement agency that responded to the crash. For instance, you can reach the Petersburg Police Department at:
You should allow between three to five business days for the report to be ready, according to the department. Additionally, you can get a copy by going through the Virginia DMV website.
At Marks & Harrison, we take pride in being able to launch immediate, comprehensive investigations of motor vehicle accidents as well as in our ability to work with knowledgeable experts in accident reconstruction and other areas.
We will work hard to prepare your case and seek a settlement with the insurance company that fully and fairly compensates you for all of your losses. While we can recover damages for most of our clients through a settlement, we will be ready to take your case to trial if necessary. We are highly skilled trial lawyers.
You will pay no costs or attorney fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict in your favor. Don’t wait to get help. Reach us today for a free consultation.
The attorneys of Marks & Harrison, are ready to put our strengths and resources to work for you. To learn more about how we can help you in pursuing personal injury compensation or disability benefits in Petersburg, please contact us today. Our initial consultations are free.