Serious Accident Attorneys in Richmond, VA
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidents and unintentional injuries are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, more than 150,000 Americans die from unintentional injuries, with millions more who are seriously injured. For those who survive a serious accident, there is usually a very long recovery process, if the victim is ever able to recover at all.
In the meantime, the lives of victims and their families are turned upside down. Medical bills start to pile up, and the time missed from work can put a major financial strain on the entire household. Not to mention the enormous physical and emotional suffering serious injury victims go through as they face an uncertain future.
If you or someone close to you has been severely injured because of the negligence or recklessness of another person or party, you deserve to be fully compensated. Sadly, insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart. To them, you are just a number, and their goal is to pay out as little as possible to compensate you for your losses.
Do NOT provide an official statement to an insurance company, give them access to your medical records, or accept any type of settlement offer without first speaking with a seasoned personal injury attorney.
At Schilling & Esposito, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial pain serious injury victims and their families have to endure, and we provide strong legal guidance and moral support during this difficult time. Our attorneys have several decades of experience successfully representing individuals who have suffered all types of personal injuries in Virginia. We work closely with our clients, taking the time to thoroughly investigate their case and exploring every potential legal avenue toward recovering maximum compensation.
Serious accident cases are more complicated than standard personal injury claims. There are often multiple parties that may be at fault, and the extent of the injuries may not be fully known for quite some time. We have a proven track record with even the most complex cases, and we routinely go up against well-funded adversaries, such as large insurance companies and their high-priced lawyers. We are not intimidated by their vast resources, and we fight hard for every dollar of compensation our clients deserve.
What are the Most Common Causes of Serious Injuries?
Accidents happen every day, and most of them are minor. There are many, however, that result in severe injuries. Some of the most common include:
- Motor Vehicle Crashes: Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities. In fact, motor vehicle crashes and other traffic-related accidents claim the lives of approximately 40,000 Americans each year, which averages out to about 12 deaths per 100,000 population. In addition, hundreds of thousands of vehicle accident survivors suffer permanent and debilitating injuries.
- Falls: Unintentional falls are another leading cause of death and serious injury in the United States. More than 35,000 individuals are killed in falls each year, averaging out to about 11 deaths per 100,000 population. Falls can happen just about anywhere, and they are particularly common in certain types of workplaces. Elderly individuals are especially vulnerable to severe injuries from falling, and this a major problem in nursing homes, where incidents of neglect and abuse are growing due to staffing shortages, aging demographics, and other factors.
- Exposure to Toxic Substances: Unintentional poisoning deaths are actually more common than either motor vehicle crashes or falls. Approximately 65,000 individuals are killed each year because of exposure to hazardous substances, averaging out to about 20 deaths per 100,000 population. This is a major problem in many workplaces, where dangerous toxins are often used in enclosed areas where workers are more susceptible to serious illnesses or death. Toxic substances in some consumer products (such as Roundup herbicide) have also been shown to be dangerous and deadly.
Recovering Damages from Serious Accident Claims
There are some types of injuries that can be classified as “serious” or “catastrophic”. These are injuries in which the victim has a permanent medical condition or is expected to be disabled in some way for an extended period of time. Examples of serious injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Amputation/Loss of Limb
- Blindness or Deafness
- Severe Fractures
- Severe Burn Injuries
- Severe Internal Injuries
- Wrongful Death
With serious accidents that occur in the workplace, the victim will usually be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp is a no-fault system that covers medical expenses, two-thirds of gross weekly wages, and benefits for a permanent disability. Although you may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits, they are not always easy to obtain. Employers often put up unnecessary roadblocks to deny workers the rightful compensation they are entitled to. For this reason, it is best to work with an attorney who has extensive experience successfully advocating on behalf of Virginia workers.
If a workplace injury is the fault of a party other than your employer, or if their injury occurred outside of work, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the party (or parties) responsible. Compensatory damages in personal injury cases can be divided into two general categories:
- Economic Damages: These are actual monetary losses the victim suffers, such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and property damage.
- Non-Economic Damages: These are losses that are more intangible and difficult to quantify. Examples include physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, loss of consortium, disfigurement, and permanent disability.
In some rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded to “punish” the party responsible for the injuries and help discourage similar behaviors in the future. Punitive damages are usually only awarded if the accident resulted in a wrongful death, or if it was caused by willful or malicious actions.
Contact Our Experienced VA Serious Accident Attorneys
Serious accidents are life-altering events, and those who suffer severe and catastrophic injuries from these accidents (through no fault of their own) deserve to be fully compensated. You can be sure that the other side will try to minimize the amount they pay you for your injuries, and with so much at stake, you need a strong legal advocate by your side who is looking out for your interests.
At Schilling & Esposito, we are ready to go to work for you! Call our office today at 804-261-1001 to schedule a free consultation and case assessment. You may also send us a message through our online contact form or stop by our office in person at your convenience.
We accept all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay attorney fees if we recover compensation on your behalf