It's so frustrating.
With all of the car accident websites put up by lawyers and law firms (not to mention the hundreds of lawyer referral websites that are spending millions of dollars to get good search engine placement) you would think that it might be just a little easier than it is to get good, useful information about automobile accident claim - information more in depth than the typical "help the injured at the scene;" and "don't talk to anyone but the police."
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How about some straightforward information on how to find the best lawyer for your case?
There are some simple steps you can take to get beyond the lawyer advertising.
Personal injury cases are vigorously defended by the insurance industry. The resources a defendant has to fight a case are endless. Insurance companies do not settle cases fairly and fully until you demonstrate to them that you have the expert witnesses, the resources and the attorney who is going to beat them in court. Results matter.
Most Lawyer Advertising is Actually Pretty Silly
Sadly, most lawyer advertising does little more than shout "we are aggressive" or "we care for you", or "trust us" or "free consultation." (By the way, what's so special about a free consultation in an injury case--EVERYONE DOES THAT!)
This almost total lack of useful information is what drove me to write the many books and special reports on car accident cases in Virginia that are available at this website.
Before you hire a lawyer or deal with the insurance company on your own you should get Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Virginia Accident Case.
Essential Information About Car Accident Cases in Virginia
In any personal injury or wrongful death case in Virginia the injured person, or plaintiff, must prove that the carelessness or negligence of another caused injury. In Virginia any negligence on the part of the plaintiff will bar any recovery under the legal doctrine of contributory negligence.
Expert testimony may be necessary to prove some parts of your claim. Expert testimony is generally needed to prove the extent of your physical injury and the relationship of any medical bills to the defendant's negligence. Expert testimony is necessary to prove any other issues that are beyond the general knowledge of jurors, such as the extent your ability to earn a living has been impaired.
We believe that it is a dangerous practice to wait until the statute of limitations is almost expired to file suit. We have seen other attorneys do this only to find that the defendant they sued is either not the correct defendant or is now blaming someone else. While there are legitimate reasons for delaying filing suit, there is no excuse for the practice that we sometimes see whereby some attorneys routinely wait until the last moment to see if the insurance company will settle your case.
Unfortunately, we have also seen lawyers not licensed in either Virginia or the District of Columbia attempt to represent people with claims in those jurisdictions. When the claims do not settle, they often panic to find an attorney to file the case on time. We believe that clients are ill-served by hiring attorneys who are not licensed in the jurisdiction where suit must be filed.
Once the lawsuit is filed, both sides engage in the legal process called discovery. Each party is allowed to investigate what it is the other side is going to say at trial. The defendant will be permitted access to your medical and work history, including your income records. You must give a deposition under oath and you may be required to submit to a medical examination by a physician of the defendant's choosing.
The defendant is also subject to discovery. He will answer written and oral questions about his own background and he will have to give sworn testimony about the incident at issue.
If you would need to speak with a real human being who is interested in helping you out (and not treating you like every other law firm), pick up the phone and call BenGlassLaw today at (703)584-7277.