Personal injury cases are a type of tort lawsuit where an injured party sues for the wrongful act of another. The wrongful act could be something done intentionally (assault, battery, defamation) or negligently. The vast majority of cases involve someone's negligence.
Negligence happens when a person fails to behave reasonably, or falls short of a duty of care they owe to another, thereby causing injury to the other person. A person is injured when their body and/or mind is hurt, and could include a person's death.
Harris, Carmichael & Ellis, PLLC, represents injured persons in the following types of negligence cases:
- automobile accidents
- truck accidents
- tractor-trailer accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- medical malpractice
- wrongful death
- products liability/defective products
- traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
If you have suffered an injury because of the actions of another, you may be able to recover damages to compensate you for your injuries, your lost income, your lost quality of life, etc. The most important thing for you to do after you suffer an injury caused by another is to follow your physician's advice and take the steps necessary to get better. Take pictures of your injuries and your recovery. Keep track of when you attend your various doctors appointments and what medical bills you have received. Taking these steps will help your attorney make sure that you receive full compensation for each item of damage you can claim.
Personal injury cases are controlled by a strict statute of limitations; this means you must file your case within a certain time frame or your case is lost. In most personal injury cases in Virginia, that time is two years from the date you suffered the injury within which to bring a lawsuit. But some cases have a shorter or longer statute of limitations. Do not delay- if you or someone you love has been injured because a driver, a doctor or someone else failed to live up to their duty of care, call our experienced and tenacious lawyers today.