Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Virginia
We Advocate for the Rights of the Wrongfully Injured
An unexpected injury can turn your life upside down. Suffering an injury due to a car accident, vessel collision or other maritime hazard, product defect, dog bite, or other mishap touches every aspect of your life. You may suddenly be faced with medical bills, property damage expenses, lost wages from having to take time off work to recover, physical pain, and mental anguish. Serious injuries can lead to permanent disability and even death.
If you or a loved one have been injured at no fault of your own, Rothermel Law Firm, PLC can help. Our local personal injury lawyer has over a decade of experience handling claims on behalf of wrongfully injured clients throughout Virginia. We believe that victims of accidental injuries shouldn’t be the ones who must suffer when someone else is at fault for their losses. We will fight to obtain fair and just compensation for all your accident-related expenses, even if you or a loved one have been affected by a permanent disability.
What Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law allows for victims of injuries they are not at fault to bring a lawsuit against the individual, people, or organization who caused their injury. For instance, say you were recently in a car accident and had to stay in the hospital because of broken bones and a mild head injury. If a drunk driver struck your vehicle causing your injuries, you can sue the drunk driver for damages. In the event your crash was caused by poor road maintenance—a pothole, for example—you can bring a lawsuit against the governmental agency that manages the road.
Unfortunately, it is up to the victim (a.k.a. “the plaintiff”) to prove that someone else (“the defendant”) caused their accident and that the accident led to actual losses, known as “damages.” An attorney can help investigate your claim in order to effectively establish fault. A lawyer can also determine how much in losses your accident resulted in so you can be adequately compensated.
Our Personal Injury Practice Areas
Accidents don’t only happen at unexpected times but in unexpected ways. If you have been injured at no fault of your own, there is a good chance you can file a personal injury claim as long as your injury resulted in actual losses and you can establish fault. If you’re unsure of how to do so, Charles Rothermel can help—just give our firm a call to discuss your options.
Personal injury matters we handle include:
- Animal attacks (dog bites)
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Maritime accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
- Truck accidents (18 wheelers, commercial vehicles, etc.)
- And more
In addition to our personal injury practice, our firm has represented many individuals in child injury cases. We understand the sensitive nature of such claims and will do whatever we can to ensure your child gets the treatment they need as well as the compensation they deserve.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Each case is unique, but most people who suffer accidental injuries should at least look into the benefits of filing a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim often does result in a lawsuit, which can mean court battles and a significant amount of paperwork. Yet, only about 10% of such cases actually go to trial—the majority of personal injury claims settle outside of court. With an attorney on your side, you have even less to worry about. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows the laws that apply to your case, how to investigate your accident and collect relevant evidence, and how to put together your claim and argue for its legitimacy.
Ultimately, the decision is completely up to you. If you aren’t certain whether you would like to pursue a claim, reach out to a local lawyer near you to discuss your options. At the very least, this can give you a better idea of where you stand.
Contact Our Firm Now to Get Started
Have questions? Ready to file a claim? Our experienced personal injury attorney is happy to help. Our free case evaluations are confidential and come with no obligation, so please do not hesitate to call even for legal advice. We look forward to helping you!