Serving Injured Clients Throughout Northern Virginia
Each year thousands of Virginians are involved in accidents that have long-lasting consequences. Beyond serious injuries and pain and suffering, many accident victims must deal with significant medical expenses as they struggle to recover. The burden can be more difficult to bear when an accident is caused by the negligent, reckless or malicious conduct of another person or entity. In times like these, it takes an adept personal injury attorney to help lift the burden.
Located in Fairfax, Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC has decades of experience fighting for the rights of injury victims throughout Northern Virginia. Guided by a principle that no one should suffer because of another’s negligence, we work tirelessly to help our clients obtain the maximum compensation they deserve.
Virginia Personal Injury Claims Overview
Well-versed in the applicable negligence laws, our legal team routinely handles a wide range of accident cases, including:
- Automobile Accidents — If you have been injured in a car accident in Virginia, you may be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses. We have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies and will help you obtain compensation that considers all of your future financial and medical needs.
- Bicycle Accidents — Today, many Virginians ride bicycles for exercise and leisure, even to commute to work. Bicyclists must adhere to all state and local traffic safety laws and bicycle accidents are often caused by negligent drivers. Our attorneys have the skills and know-how to show that the other driver was negligent in causing the accident that led to your injuries.
- Motorcycle Accidents — As motorcycle riding has become increasingly popular in Northern Virginia, motorcycle accidents have also become far more common. While a single vehicle crash may have any number of causes, such as poor road or weather conditions, most motorcycle accidents involve collisions with motor vehicles that are the fault of the other driver. Because motorcycle accidents often result in grave injuries, having an experienced personal injury attorney handle your claim is essential.
- Truck Accidents — Because Virginia is a gateway for interstate commerce to the mid-Atlantic region and beyond, motor vehicle drivers must safely share the roads and highways with trucks and tractor-trailers. While state and federal laws are designed to keep the public safe, truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries for occupants of smaller vehicles. Our experienced attorneys work to hold negligent trucking companies and truck drivers accountable.
- Medical Malpractice — People who seek medical care from doctors and other medical professionals expect to have their illnesses or injuries properly treated. When medical mistakes due to incompetence, or a doctor’s failure to provide the appropriate standard of care, cause harm to patients, injury victims may be able to obtain compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Premises Liability — All property owners in Virginia — private, commercial, or public — have a duty to provide a safe environment to visitors, guests and passersby. When slip, trip, and fall accidents are caused by hazards such as wet floors, broken steps, cracked or raised sidewalks, poorly lit areas, falling objects or other dangerous conditions, injury victims can hold negligent property owners accountable by pursuing a premises liability lawsuit.
- Product Liability — Although consumers in Virginia are protected against dangerous and defective products by state and federal laws, manufacturing and design defects continue to cause numerous injuries each year. In these situations, it is possible to hold negligent manufacturers, product designers, distributors or retailers accountable through a product liability lawsuit.
- Assault and Battery — While convictions for violent crimes such as assault, aggravated assault and sexual assault may result in convictions and prison sentences, assault victims may also be able to recover damages through a personal injury claim. Regardless of whether or not the perpetrator is convicted, however, we believe that victims of violent crimes deserve just compensation.
- Fireworks Accidents — In Virginia, certain types of consumer fireworks are permitted, such as sparklers, while fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles into the air are prohibited. There are also state laws governing public fireworks displays as well as the manufacture, storage and transportation of fireworks. When fireworks accidents are the result of another’s negligence, injured parties may be able to recover damages.
- Catastrophic Injuries — Often the result of car accidents and motorcycle accidents or construction site and factory mishaps, catastrophic injuries can lead to permanent impairments or disabilities and significant medical expenses. We have extensive experience handling claims involving spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, internal organ damage, crushed or broken bones, paralysis, vision or hearing loss and other catastrophic injuries.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries — Each year, thousands of individuals sustain traumatic brain injuries that result in concussions, loss of consciousness, skull fractures, paralysis, or even death. When such injuries are the result of another person’s negligent or reckless conduct, significant compensation may be awarded to the victim.
- Wrongful Death — Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy and even more of a burden when the death was caused by another’s negligence. No amount of money can ever bring back another person, but survivors can find justice as well as peace of mind through a wrongful death lawsuit.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Virginia?
It is important to note you must file a personal injury claim within two years of the date the accident or injury occurred. Additionally, before filing a lawsuit against a public entity or employee, it is necessary to file a Notice of Claim with the appropriate government agency within one year of the date of the accident.
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover compensation that includes both economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages are designed to cover lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and other financial losses, while noneconomic damages compensate you for pain and suffering, physical impairment, loss of enjoyment of life and similar losses. If the responsible party’s conduct was intentional or particularly egregious, punitive damages may also be awarded.
It is important to remember that Virginia follows a contributory negligence rule, however. This means that the other party must be found to be 100 percent at fault for you to be able to recover damages. If you contributed to the accident in any way, and are even found to be 1 percent at fault, you may be barred from pursuing an injury claim.
Why You Need to Call Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC for Your Personal Injury Claim
Our legal team has a well-earned reputation for being dedicated advocates of injury victims and holding responsible parties accountable. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, let us handle all the details of your claim so that you can focus on recovering. Because resolving claims typically requires dealing with an insurance company, we will leverage our negotiating skills to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. If the insurer or at-fault party refuses to make a fair and reasonable settlement offer, we are fully prepared to litigate the matter in court. Get in touch with us by calling our office today or completing the contact form on our website.