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When serious injuries occur, the injured person must deal with dozens of problems in addition to their often devastating injuries. The injured persons often worry how they will pay medical bills or support their families while they are recuperating. The victim who is injured as a result of the negligence of another needs a lawyer to protect his or her claim and ensure that the victim receives the compensation deserved. The car accident lawyers at the Ritchie Law firm can provide help at critical times following an automobile accident.
First Priorities for Injured Persons and Their Families
As a first priority, an injured person should get all the treatment needed to ensure a rapid recovery from injuries. If you are a family member of an injured person, be sure they have your full support and the everyday details of life are handled for them.
The doctors who treat you will know you were involved in an accident, and will not generally ask for much detail. However, you should be careful not to overstate what happened such as “the other guy was driving 80 when he hit me!”
You should give the doctor as much detail as possible about what happened to your body in the accident including things such as portions of your body that were struck, location of bruises, areas of soreness, whether you lost consciousness, and problems with vision or memory. You should also be prepared to describe the kind of pain you experience, including the location of the pain; whether it is sharp or dull; whether it involves burning, tingling, or numbness; how long it lasts; what kinds of activities seem to aggravate the pain; and whether medication helps.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
Claims adjusters work for insurance companies and must act in the best interests of the insurance company. It’s that simple. If you have serious injuries, there is too much at risk to go forward without professional help. The insurance companies have lawyers protecting their interests, and you need the same protection. Call the Ritchie Law Firm today at 1-800-277-6124 for a free claim evaluation.
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries
In Virginia and West Virginia, claims for personal injuries must generally be preserved by filing a lawsuit within two years of injury or the claim will be barred
If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to be compensated for your medical expenses; the value of property damaged in the accident; lost wages; loss of future earning capacity; past, present, and future pain and suffering; and diminution in your ability to enjoy life. A parent of an injured child is entitled to the “loss of services” associated with a child’s injury and medical expenses. In West Virginia, the spouse of an injured party is entitled to be compensated for the loss of the normal love and affection disrupted by a serious injury.
How Do I Find the Right Lawyer for Me?
As a first requirement, your lawyer should be a specialist whose practice primarily handles injury cases. A lawyer who routinely handles criminal cases, divorces, wills, and other legal matters may not have the depth of experience needed to maximize your recovery. You should seek a lawyer who has trial experience, particularly in accident and injury law. Perhaps the easiest way to determine whether an attorney has the experience needed is to verify that he/she is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, www.nbtanet.org. Board certified attorneys have to meet rigorous requirements involving trial experience, ethics and legal knowledge.
Auto Accident Brochure
For additional information, please see our auto accident brochure.
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