Every year, people in Staunton suffer serious injuries in accidents that could have easily been prevented. Those serious injuries can result in not only physical pain but emotional and financial hardships as well.

If you or a loved one was severely injured in an accident due to another person’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Reach out to a Staunton personal injury lawyer at the Warren Firm as soon as possible to let him or her review the facts from your case to see if you have a viable claim to pursue.

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A personal injury occurs when someone sustains bodily injuries and/or mental pain and suffering. If those injuries occurred due to someone else’s carelessness or willful misconduct, that person could have a personal injury claim. Some of the more common personal injury claims arise from the following types of accidents:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Medical and surgical malpractice
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective or dangerous products
  • Dangerous drugs
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Workplace accidents

A seasoned Staunton attorney at The Warren Firm has the knowledge, tools, and skills to handle cases involving personal injuries resulting from many different types of accidents.

How a Legal Negligence Lawsuit Works

A skilled lawyer would establish how a defendant is legally responsible for yours personal injuries under Virginia laws regarding negligence. To prove liability, a personal injury attorney would need to show that:

  1. the defendant owed youa duty of reasonable care;
  2. the defendant breached that duty;
  3. the defendant’s breach of that duty caused your injuries; and
  4. you suffered damages due to those injuries.

Possible Recoverable Damages in Staunton

In Virginia, there are no caps on the amount of economic and non-economic damages that you could recover, except in medical malpractice cases, as explained in Code of Virginia § 8.01-581.15. You may pursue unlimited recovery of medical costs, lost wages, loss of employment, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life. In the rare instances that a victim can establish that a defendant was particularly reckless or malicious, courts may also award up to $350,000 in punitive damages, as set forth in Code of Virginia § 8.01-38.1.

Shared Fault

In some situations, the injured party may also be partially responsible for an accident. Virginia courts apply a stringent policy of contributory negligence. If a court finds that you were at all responsible for the accident that caused your injury, then you may not be able to recover any compensation for damages.

Reach out to a Staunton Attorney Today

Recovering from a devastating injury can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. A successful judgment against the person responsible for your injuries could allow you to focus on your physical and emotional healing. Reach out to a compassionate Staunton personal injury lawyer at The Warren Firm today to see what they can do to help your case.