Fairfax County Car Accident Attorneys
Automobile accidents are traumatizing events that strike at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. Perhaps you were driving to work when you were struck by another motorist, or you were running errands when another driver hit you in the parking lot. Auto accidents cost you time and money. While many accidents are minor, some accidents are severe and have lasting implications. Perhaps insurance won’t cover the value of replacing your car or won’t cover your medical expenses. Perhaps an individual was texting and driving and hit you in a crosswalk. Regardless of your situation, you may be entitled to compensation for the damage to your property, your body, the pain and suffering that accompanied the accident, and even the wrongful death of a loved one. To ensure that you recover the full amount you are entitled to, you need an attorney experienced with car accident cases who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that you get the outcome you deserve.
At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we dedicate our practice to helping people just like you receive what they are entitled to. For more than forty years, the attorneys at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC have established a reputation for being one of the staunchest defenders of individual rights in Fairfax County. We zealously represent our clients’ rights and ensure that they receive desirable outcomes. Our dedication to our clients has been recognized through our attorneys’ exceptional awards and honors including AV Preeminent ratings by Martindale-Hubbell, receiving awards for the “Best Lawyers in America,” and recognition by the Virginia Super Lawyers and the Washingtonian Magazine. We use our vast experience, skill, and reputation to pursue what is rightfully yours. If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, please contact our offices today to schedule a free consultation.
What Claims are Available?
Virginia has harsh car accident laws. Whereas most states employ comparative negligence, Virginia employs contributory negligence to claims for injury resulting from a car accident. Under Virginia law, you must prove that the other driver was 100% at fault. This means that you cannot be found to have any involvement in the cause of the accident. If you are found to have contributed in any way to the cause of the accident, you cannot recover for your injuries.
Sometimes, it is evident who is at fault in a car accident. However, not all cases are simple. The result is that your entire case, and your right to recover damages resulting from the car accident, hinge on proving that you were not at fault. Proving that you were not at fault in court requires convincing both the judge and jury of the other party’s absolute fault, often requiring complex evidence and testimony to show that you were a completely innocent party affected by the car accident.
Police reports and insurance company report are not determinative in court. Thus, while the police report or insurance company report may state that you were at fault or partially at fault, you may still be able to recover in a court of law. The attorneys at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC have the courtroom experience and knowledge required to guide both the jury and judge to find that you were not at fault for the car accident under Virginia law.
In addition to strict negligence laws, Virginia employs a short statute of limitations for personal injury claims. Under Virginia law, you have two years to being a claim for most personal injuries and five years for claims arising from injury to personal property or personal injuries to an infant. After the statute of limitations has passed, you are barred from bringing the claim even if you have an open and shut case. Given Virginia’s short statute of limitations, it is paramount that you contact Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation.
What Damages May I Claim?
Under Virginia law, there are generally two types of damages which may be claimed: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are those that tangibly result from the car accident. Examples of economic damages include car repair, car rental, medical bills, and lost wages. Non-economic damages are less tangible, but may still be recovered. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional district, and loss of enjoyment of life. While economic damages are generally simple to prove, proving non-economic damages requires a skilled attorney who is well-versed in Virginia negligence law and resulting damages.
In addition to economic and non-economic damages, Virginia law allows for a third type of damages in very specific circumstances: punitive damages. Punitive damages are not meant to make you whole, they are designed to punish the individual who did wrong. As a result, punitive damages are only available in the most egregious of accidents, such as being struck by a drunk or otherwise intoxicated driver. Under Virginia law, you may pursue up to $350,000 in punitive damages. The attorneys at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC have the experience, tenacity, and dedication required to represent your right to recover for your injury in the most complex car accident cases.
Injured in an Accident? Call Us Today
At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we understand the unique challenges to bringing a claim for personal injury resulting from a car accident. Recognized as some of the best attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we utilize our depth of trial experience, knowledge, and tireless dedication to your case to ensure you gain the outcome that you deserve. We know the stress that results from medical bills piling up, car repair bills that you may not be able to afford, the potential need for a rental car, and to make matters worse, the potential for an inability to work to afford all these costs as a result of the injury – we are here to help you through these challenging times. If you have been injured or your property damaged in a car accident, please contact our offices today for a free consultation.