If you or someone you love was injured as the result of another party's negligence, you have rights. In such cases, a personal injury attorney can help to hold the negligent parties accountable so that you can concentrate on healing. At Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC , we are happy to review your case during a no-obligation consultation. Rest assured, if you require counsel from a personal injury attorney, the team at our Richmond, VA, law office will help you get the assistance you need. Contact our practice today to get in touch with one of our experienced legal professionals.
In civil cases, a person or party can be held liable if their actions led to another person's injury or loss, even when no crime was committed. For example, most slip and fall accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, or motorcycle accidents do not result in criminal charges being filed. However, the at-fault owner or driver can still be held responsible for related damages in a civil court if the accident resulted in damage or injury to another party. Injuries such as a brain injury, paralysis, and other catastrophic outcomes can result in extensive medical bills, lifelong suffering, and extreme hardships.
The first thing that must be determined in a personal injury case is liability, or who was at fault. Once your attorney can establish the cause of your injury, it is then possible to prove that the responsible party acted negligently. A personal injury attorney has many tools at his or her disposal that can be used to determine fault and establish negligence, including expert testimony, interviews, and professional knowledge and experience.
Once your attorney has determined that you are eligible to file a claim, he or she will then counsel you on your rights and advise you on the best course of action. Your attorney can also advise whether you could be eligible to file for Social Security Disability. If you have been injured, we can review your case and help you get the counsel you deserve.
Damages are monies awarded to injured individuals for financial loss, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and other hardships. In personal injury cases, damages may or may not include the following items:
Medical Expenses: You might be able to receive compensation for any medical bills incurred as the result of your injury.
Future Medical Costs: If your injury requires ongoing recovery or will result in continuous medical care, these costs might be recovered.
Loss of Wages: If you are unable to work temporarily due to your injury, you might be able to recover against the negligent party for loss of wages.
Loss of Future Wages: Individuals who are unable to work for extended time periods – or permanently – you might be able to recover for loss of future wages.
Loss of Earning Capacity: Injuries that leave a person unable, or less able, to maintain employment in their field might result in a recovery for compensation for a loss of earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering: In some cases, you might be able to recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional hardship, and other quality of life losses.
In addition to the damages above, other types of compensation exist as well. In cases where it can be proven that the liable party was reckless or malicious and grossly negligent, it might also be possible to secure punitive damages, which are awarded on top of compensatory damages as a means of punishing the negligent party.
If you have any questions regarding your rights or claim eligibility, we encourage you to contact our team of attorneys today. We always work with our clients' best interests in mind, and if we are unable to help you, we will find someone who can.