Richmond Injury Attorneys
Handling Personal Injury, Workers’ Comp & SSD Claims
At Reinhardt | Harper | Davis, we understand just how much a serious accident or injury can impact your life. If you were harmed due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another, you deserve justice—and our Richmond personal injury lawyers can help.
With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys have the knowledge, resources, and skills to effectively guide you through the legal process. We have earned a reputation among our legal peers, the courts, and the community for our commitment to our clients and to obtaining the results they need to heal and move forward with their lives. Our attorneys are here to listen to your story, answer your questions, and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Proving Your Personal Injury Claim
Most personal injury cases are based on negligence. In other words, the person bringing the claim (known as the “plaintiff”) alleges that the person or party against whom they are bringing the claim (known as the “defendant”) acted negligently in some way, and this negligence caused or contributed to an incident that resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries.
Generally speaking, to have a valid personal injury claim, you must prove the following:
- The defendant owed you a “duty of care,” meaning they had some legal responsibility to act in a certain way to prevent injury or avoid certain actions that could cause foreseeable harm
- The defendant failed to uphold, or “breached,” the duty of care, typically by acting carelessly, recklessly, negligently, or wrongfully in some way
- You were injured and suffered measurable damages, such as medical expenses and/or lost wages, for which you can be compensated
- The defendant’s failure to uphold the duty of care was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries and resulting damages
- You were not negligent and did not contribute whatsoever to the incident that led to your injuries and/or damages
Under Virginia’s strict contributory negligence rule, you cannot be even one percent to blame for the injury-causing event. If you share any of the fault, your case will be dismissed, and you will be unable to recover compensation for your benefits.
Insurance adjusters often try to take advantage of the contributory negligence rule by stating that the victim somehow contributed to the accident or traumatic event, thereby making them ineligible for personal injury damages. At Reinhardt | Harper | Davis, our Richmond personal injury attorneys are aware of these tactics and know how to fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to dispute, devalue, or deny your claim.
What Damages Can You Claim for Personal Injury?
Virginia personal injury laws specify the types of damages one may seek to recover in a personal injury claim. “Damages” is a legal term that refers to the economic and non-economic losses an individual suffers as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct.
Some examples of common damages in personal injury claims include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Past, current, and future pain and suffering
- Past, current, and future lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of earning capacity due to disability, permanent injury, or impairment
- Diminished quality/enjoyment of life
- Miscellaneous expenses, such as in-home care costs
Sometimes, victims of egregious negligence, malicious misconduct, or intentional criminal acts may also be entitled to punitive, or “exemplary,” damages. These damages are meant to punish the defendant, rather than compensate the victim for specific losses.
At Reinhardt | Harper | Davis, we help our clients fight for the maximum compensation they are owed. We believe that negligent and reckless parties should be held accountable, and we are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you throughout the legal process.
Fighting for the Injured & Disabled Since 1980
For decades, our firm has earned a name as one of the area’s most-trusted personal injury law firms. In addition to representing victims of car accidents, slip and falls, defective products, and other harmful incidents, events, and items, we also assist clients throughout the region with workers’ compensation matters, as well as Social Security disability claims. We are known for our dedication to our clients and to ensuring that their rights are protected every step of the way.
As your legal team, we are committed to being available when you need us most. We offer free initial consultations and answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our bilingual staff can assist you in English or Spanish, and we provide all our personal injury, workers’ compensation, and SSD services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any out-of-pocket litigation-related costs. Instead, we only collect attorney fees if/when we successfully recover compensation for you.