If you have been injured by a negligent party, the fact is that you are now fighting a battle...
You would not believe the lengths that many insurance companies and their insurance adjusters will go to just to prevent you from seeking legal action on your behalf. Some will go as far as writing letters to claimants like you to discourage you from seeking legal reprentation! They have also been successful in turning the minds of people against the legal process you are thinking of going through to recover a fair financial recovery for your claim. They know that verdicts have been affected by this and will offer low-ball, unfair settlements until a plaintiff like you proves that you are willing to go to trial.
One of the effects of having a Virginia personal injury lawyer representing you is that the insurance company now has to deal with an experienced advocate who is invested in the success of your case (especially since most lawyers will operate on what is called a contingency fee). Additionally, lawyers like those here at BenGlassLaw who have real experience settling these cases and going to trial know how to deal with the hardball tactics of the insurance company.
If you have suffered any kind of major injury in your car accident, you need to seek out an experienced Virginia car accident attorney who will guide your through the process while taking care of the tough and dirty work for you. Our team at BenGlassLaw wants to help you get a fair result for your case so you can get back to living your life.
There are so many Virginia attorneys out there talking about how "aggressive" they are or how they "care" for you that it's just silly. They go on and on talking about themselves, and rarely ever share any information that could actually help you with your case. We want to change all of that...
We want to actual provide you with real, useful information about car accidents and other injury claims for you right on this page.
We are sorry that something in your life has caused you to be having to look for an attorney. We honestly hope that you recover from your injuries and that you move on with your life. That's why we are making it easy for you to helpful information for you, so that you can make smart decisions about your case.
Here is the best way to start your conversation with our professional team at BenGlassLaw - it's 100% confidential, without any obligation:
Call us at 703-584-7277 and talk with one of our expert team members about your case
BenGlassLaw has offices throughout Virginia, including in Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Alexandria, Reston, Herndon, Dumfries, Quantico/Stafford, Williamsburg and more.
Want to learn about your case before calling us? Read our report, The Five Deadly Sins that Could Wreck Your Injury Claim, to learn...
- What form you should never sign for an insurance company;
- What "service" provided by some lawyers can be the kiss of death to your case;
- How to avoid having past accidents come back to haunt your case;
- How to quickly and easily find a board certified attorney;
- What the insurance companies do to investigate your background;
- Whether the "standard" one-third contingency fee is really "standard";
- How to get through the "fluff" of lawyer advertising to find out what's really important;
- How to maximize your chances for recovery in your case;
- Whether your health insurance company is allowed to be paid FIRST out of your accident settlement;
- And what the insurance industry doesn't want you to know about the settlement of accident cases.
Essential information about Virginia car accident cases:
In an injury, accident, or wrongful death case in Virginia, the person who was injured, known as the "plaintiff," is responsible for proving that the carelessness or negligence of another person caused the injury to occur.
You may have already known that bit of information above. However, what you may not have known is that you may not be able to recover damages in your case due to something called "contributory negligence." This essentially means that if you are found to be partly responsible for the accident's and/or injury's occurrence, you may lose out on recovering damages. In Virginia, there is a strict contributory negligence policy - which is why having an attorney on your side to help deal with these arguments can be so important to your case.
Additionally, 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 of your ability to earn a living has been impaired.
In most cases today, attempting to negotiate with the insurance company before filing suit is not a worthwhile endeavor...
Insurance companies like use what is called "pre-suit negotiation" to try and learn as much as they can about you, your lawyer, and your doctor. The trouble is that most lawyers will waste time trying to negotiate with the insurance company before actually filing suit with the case. At BenGlassLaw, we usually prefer to file your suit before negotiating. Why do we this? Because if negotiations break down, we want to make sure there is already a trial date in place for your case.
Other lawyers may wait until what is called the "statute of limitations" has almost run out to file suit. We have seen some horrible mistakes happen when this occurs, including attorneys naming the wrong defendant (you can't recover damages if you sue the wrong person). Of course, there are some cases in which delaying filing suit is justified, however there is no excuse for a lawyer to wait until the last moment to see in the insurance company just might cave in for a settlement.
Sometimes lawyers who are not licensed in Virginia will attempt to represent someone in the state under false representation of themselves, hoping to just grab a settlement from the insurance company. When those claims don't settle, they then have to scramble to find an attorney who is properly licensed in the state to file the suit on time. Obviously this is not helpful to you, the client, and it puts your case at risk.
At BenGlassLaw, we are licensed in Virginia, and we make sure that your case isn't left until the last second.