posted on January 10, 2017
If you have suffered a serious personal injury in Virginia at the hands of another, you will have a lot to figure out.
Who will care for or transport your children while you are unable to do so? How you will continue paying your bills without an income? How will you file a claim with an insurance company? How much will the insurance company cover?
Throughout the process, family and friends may urge you to hire an attorney and file a personal injury claim against the party who harmed you. But before you go forward with that important step, you may wonder, “How much will my personal injury case be worth in Virginia?”
Before you file a claim, it may help you to have a better idea of what you could potentially recover in compensation.
Here, we discuss how the value of a personal injury case is determined in Virginia, what types of damages may be available in a claim and the different sources you may turn to when pursuing compensation.
Two major factors determine the value of a personal injury case in Virginia. Those factors are the:
As an injured party in Virginia, you can seek compensation for your economic and non-economic losses. In some cases, you may pursue punitive damages as well. The types of damages you may possibly recover in a personal injury claim include:
In the event that the injury results in a wrongful death, other damages may be recoverable such as:
Punitive damages may be allowed in a personal injury or wrongful death claim in the event that your injury was caused by the reckless or wanton actions of the defendant. There is a limit on punitive damages in Virginia. Currently the cap is $350,000.
The types of insurance available to you in a personal injury claim will depend on the insurance coverage held by the party who harmed you and, perhaps, your own insurance coverage. Different types of insurance include:
The more insurance policies involved in your case, the better chance you will have of recovering your full settlement amount.
Each personal injury case is very different. Therefore, you should not make a guess as to how much money you might be able to recover based on the information above or from other sources.
Instead, you really need to hire an experienced Richmond Medical Malpractice Lawyer who understands how damages are determined and has the skill as well as the resources needed to pursue the maximum amount for you and your family.
At Marks & Harrison, we understand that you want to have an idea of how much you can potentially recover before you file a claim, which why we work closely with you to inform you of our thoughts on the value of your claim and answer any questions that you may have.
It is important, however, to keep in mind that an exact value amount is impossible to calculate. Without a proper investigation into your case, however, it is impossible to even come up with an estimate. If you choose to work with us, we will handle all upfront costs of such an investigation, including hiring experts, and we will not charge you a penny unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.
Contact us today online or by phone to get started. We have offices in Richmond and eight other cities in Virginia. We will work hard for you!
Ryan T. Walker joined Marks & Harrison in 2014 after working for GEICO on the defense side of personal injury cases. A graduate of Virginia Military Institute and the Florida State University College of Law, Ryan has practiced exclusively in the area of civil litigation throughout his legal career, with an emphasis on personal injury law. He has vast experience in automobile accident litigation. In addition to being licensed to practice in all of Virginia’s state courts, Ryan is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.