Powell Law Group - Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Attorney In Richmond, VA

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury

Are you injured at the fault of another but not sure what to do?

After You’ve Been Injured On The Job

We’ve helped thousands of people like you navigate their Workers’ Compensation cases over the past almost 40 years. Powell Law Group knows what it’s like to be injured and suffering at the hands of what maintains your livelihood. While the best next step is to call us so we can learn more about your unique case, we’ve gathered a list of some of the top questions people with Workers’ Compensation cases have asked us over the years. We hope they help you in this hard time, but mostly we hope you call for help.

**The answers rendered are designed as general suggestions and do not constitute legal advice. We are available to provide a free consultation if you call our office. Don’t wait - call today to begin your road to justice.

PERSONAL INJURY FAQ

Personal injury faq

  • What kind of personal injury cases does the Powell Law Group handle?

    • Personal injury

    • Wrongful death

    • Auto Accidents

    • Premises Liability

    • Slip and Fall

    • Physical Assault

    • Sexual Assault

    • Product Liability

    • Truck Accidents

  • I was injured, do I have a case?

    • In order to recover for personal injury, the injury must have been caused by another person’s negligence. Each person in society has a duty to exercise reasonable care so as not to injure others. Negligence occurs when a person fails to exercise this reasonable care, breaches a duty to the victim and that person is harmed as a result. The degree of damage and the level of compensation to be awarded will be determined by a judge or jury. It is important to consult an attorney to determine whether a breach has occurred, and whether you have a viable personal injury claim.

  • Should I go to the doctor?

    • We advise that you seek immediate medical attention and call our firm as soon as you can. Damages for personal injury cases are based on a proof of injury. Proof of injury is shown by medical treatment. It is important to seek medical treatment after an accident in order to prove your injuries to receive maximum compensation.

  • Should I call my insurance company?

    • If you are involved in an automobile accident, you should contact your insurance provider immediately. The person causing the accident normally would have insurance. An insurance adjuster for the other car may make a settlement offer; however, you should never settle without knowing the true value of your claim. Our experienced attorneys can help to assess the real value of your claim so that you can be fairly compensated.

  • What if the accident was partially my fault?

    • Virginia follows the rule of “contributory negligence,” meaning the injured party can only prevail on a negligence claim if the other person is “totally” at fault for the accident or injury. If the trier of fact, judge or jury, finds that the injured party is minimally at fault, even if the other person was mostly at fault, then the injured party may not collect damages. It is important to consult an attorney to analyze the facts of your case and determine the likelihood of success.

  • How much is my case worth?

    • Every personal injury case is different and can produce different results. The value of a case depends on a variety of factors, such as:

      • Medical bills

      • Past and future lost wages

      • Effect of the injuries on the victim’s current and future quality of life

      • Pain and suffering

      • Punitive damages

    • If your case goes to trial, a jury may be the “trier of fact” to determine liability. If the judge or jury concludes that the defendant was negligent, then damages will be assigned accordingly, based on the above factors.

  • When should I file a lawsuit?

    • Each state has a time limit for filing a lawsuit, also known as a “statute of limitations.” In Virginia, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for a personal injury case is 2 years. This means that you have 2 years from the time of the accident/injury to file a claim. If you miss this deadline, you may lose your right to recover damages for your injury. After you suffer an injury, you should immediately consult an attorney to discuss the facts of your case and to determine the proper course of action, which may include filing a lawsuit.

  • How long will the lawsuit take?

    • The length of each case will vary based on a variety of factors. A case could take as little as a few months or as long as a few years. At the Powell Law Group, we will work to make the process of your personal injury lawsuit as efficient and timely as possible.

  • How much does an initial consultation cost?

    • Your initial consultation with the Powell Law Group is free of charge. The initial consultation does not obligate you to retain the Powell Law Group to represent you.

  • How much will it cost to hire an attorney?

    • The Powell Law Group accepts most cases on a contingency fee basis, rather than an hourly fee. This means that we receive a percentage of your recovery, plus any expenses or costs incurred during the case.

  • How does the case proceed if I hire the Powell Law Group to represent me?

    • Initial consultation with an attorney from the Powell Law Group

    • Confirmation of Representation

    • Review of crucial documents, such as medical records, medical bills, records of lost wages, police reports, incident reports, photographs, statements by witnesses, etc.

    • Determination of settlement value

    • Submission of demand letter to the other party’s insurance company after consultation with client

    • 30-45 day wait to receive initial settlement offer from insurance

    • If we cannot negotiate a fair settlement, the Powell Law Group will file a lawsuit on your behalf.

  • What should I bring for my initial consultation?

    • For your free consultation, you should plan to provide documents that will be helpful for the attorney to assess your case. This includes the following documents:

      • Accident or law enforcement reports

      • Photographs of physical injury and/or property damage

      • Medical records and bills

      • Records of lost wages

      • Insurance policy information and records of any claims filed

      • Any other record or document that you believe is important to evaluate the extent of your personal injury or property damage.

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