2 yr statute in that state. The problem with trying to handle a personal injury claim without a lawyer is that you will only be offered a tiny nuisance settlement at best. Retain a pesonal injury lawyer so you can get the maximum possible compensation.
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I agree with Mr. Lassen. Get a lawyer. It does not cost you a penny. He does not get paid if he does not recover money for you. An attorney will always recover more than what you would get. Look in avvo for an attorney in Fairfax, VA.
This answer is provided by Manuel A. Juarez, Esq., aka El Abogado de Accidentes de California: 510-206-4492. It is of a general context and is not intended to form an attorney client relationship. I am licensed only in California. This information is good only in California and it is not to be taken as legal advice on accident, personal injury, divorce, bankruptcy or in any other type of situation. Esta respuesta es del Abogado de Accidentes y Lesiones personales, Manuel A. Juárez, 510-206-4492. Abogado Hispano de Accidentes, Divorcios, Abogado Latino de Accidentes, y Abogado de Bancarrotas de Oakland, Hayward, San Francisco, y California. Estas respuesta son solo para información general y no consisten en consejo legal sobre divorcios, mantención de esposas, mantención de hijos o bancarrotas. Las respuestas son comentarios legales que no forman una relación de abogado y cliente. Manuel Juarez, Esq., esta licenciado solo en el Estado de California.
Whether or not the offer they have made you his fair of course depends upon all of the circumstances. You would likely benefit from an experienced personal injury attorney reviewing the entire claim, including the accident report, medical records, bills, prior records and any lost wage information if lost wages are being claimed. Both you and the insurance company will then be evaluating what your case is worth in northern Virginia. Just because you hire an attorney does not necessarily mean you will get more money in your pocket as you will of course incur an attorney fee. This means that before hiring an attorney to represent you you must have some assurance that you can recover substantially more than you've been offered in order to justify the expense you will incur in the time it will take to get the settlement. Also you need to know whether any of your bills need to be repaid to your insurance company (health) and whether or not there are any outstanding bills. Finally, the insurance company might be lowballing you because, now living on the West Coast, you will incur substantial transaction costs in returning to Virginia for depositions, medical examinations and trial.
Ben Glass is licensed in Virginia. He offers a number of free consumer book downloads at his site for information purposes only. You should consult an experienced, board certified attorney in your area. Obviously, no attorney client relationship is formed by participating in Avvo.
You will need to retain an attorney. You may have to pay some percentage of the settlement, but you'll be receiving what will likely be a larger settlement/award. I've handled personal injury matters like yours and I'd be happy to speak with you.
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