Accidents happen every day, and in many cases, they are the result of another person’s reckless or negligent actions. If you have been wrongly injured, you may have the right to recover compensation. Contact us online or call (888) 335-7477 today to schedule your free consultation.
Filing a claim on your own is an option, but working with an experienced personal injury attorney will give your case a better chance at success. They will bring vital experience and have the resources to assess your claim’s worth accurately, collect evidence to prove fault, deal with the insurance companies on your behalf, skillfully negotiate a fair settlement, or take your case to court if necessary.
Insurance companies have teams of attorneys working to minimize their liability and blame the accident on you. Having an attorney represent you will protect your rights, plus research shows that those who have professional representation recover three and half times more in compensation.
Any party responsible for causing your injury can be liable, but proving another party is liable requires proof of negligence. Negligence is the legal term for failing to behave with the same level of care that an ordinary person would have in the same situation. To establish negligence, you must demonstrate the following elements:
The at-fault party owed you a duty of care to act reasonably and prevent harm. (e.g., doctors have a legal obligation to provide patients with competent care)
The other party’s actions or lack thereof breached that legal duty. (e.g., a doctor prescribing an incorrect medication)
The injuries you suffered were a direct result of the at-fault party’s breach of duty, and had it not been for the other party’s negligence, you would not have been injured. (e.g., a patient has an adverse reaction to the incorrect medication prescribed)
The harm caused resulted in financial losses, such as medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, etc.
There is no way to determine your personal injury claim’s exact worth, but an experienced attorney can give you an estimate. This estimate and the amount you ultimately recover will depend on factors unique to your claim, such as:
Most personal injury claims are resolved outside of the courtroom. However, the first settlement offer from the insurance company will most likely be much lower than the value of your claim. Your attorney can advise you on whether to accept and will negotiate for fair compensation. If an agreement cannot be reached, you and your lawyer may choose to head to trial.
Our team at Ramsey Law Group has over 25 years of experience helping victims in Richmond. If you or a loved one believe to have suffered an injury caused by another’s negligence, call (888) 335-7477 to schedule a free consultation.