Leesburg Personal Injury Attorney
Being the victim of a car accident can be a scary and confusing time. It’s difficult to know what to say or do. In the midst of the chaos and confusion, with the rush of adrenaline flowing through you, you may not even realize you’ve been hurt until some time later. When the negligence of another injures you, Schwartz Kalina, PLLC, can help you get compensation from the negligent driver to cover your present and future medical bills, lost income if you missed work or became disabled, pain and suffering, and other damages authorized by Virginia personal injury law. Our Leesburg personal injury attorneys help people injured by drunk drivers, drowsy or distracted drivers, speeding and reckless drivers, and others who were not paying attention to the road or driving as responsibly as they should. Call Schwartz Kalina, PLLC, for passionate and effective advocacy after any personal injury in Loudoun or Fairfax County, including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Defective Products
What if I was partially to blame in causing the accident?
Under Virginia’s strict contributory negligence law, any percentage of fault allocated to you will keep you from recovering any compensation from the negligent driver, property owner, manufacturer, doctor, etc. who injured you. Insurance companies rely on this law as one of their chief weapons to get out of paying what they should. That’s why it’s so important to have a skilled, knowledgeable and aggressive personal injury attorney who is dedicated to protecting you and getting results. At Schwartz Kalina, PLLC, we’ll thoroughly investigate the facts of the case and fight hard to see you are not unfairly accused of playing a role in the incident that caused your injuries.
What if the driver who hit me was uninsured?
Virginia law requires drivers to carry liability insurance to cover at least $25,000 in personal injury damages they cause in a car accident, or at least $50,000 if more than one person is injured in the wreck. Yet drivers can get out of this insurance requirement by paying $500 to the DMV when registering their vehicle. If this is the case in your crash, you are limited to pursuing a case against the driver personally or making a claim with your Uninsured Motorist coverage or no-fault coverage, if you have it. Nearly one in ten Virginia drivers are uninsured, and many of them may not have the resources to fully compensate you in a crash. It’s important to get coverage yourself through UM or no-fault to protect yourself. In any event, call Schwartz Kalina, PLLC, after a car crash in Northern Virginia, and we’ll help you sift through your options and assist you in getting the compensation you need and deserve.
What is the duty of a property owner toward people injured on their premises?
Property owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe, and they can be liable for spills or other hazards that cause a slip and fall, trip and fall, or other injury. The scope of a property owner’s duty to a specific person depends on that person’s status as an invited customer or guest, or as someone with a license to enter the premises and conduct business, such as making deliveries or sales calls. Property owners may claim they didn’t know about the danger or have time to correct it before the accident happened. They may also claim your own negligence or inattention was to blame. Premises liability cases are complex; we employ investigators and industry experts as necessary to prove the property owner’s liability to you.
What if the injured person dies as a result?
Virginia law allows the family members of the deceased to bring a “wrongful death” lawsuit against the responsible party and recover certain damages. Family members can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in the following order:
- Spouse and children or grandchildren
- Parents and siblings
- Dependent family members living in the household
- Other family members entitled to inherit from the deceased
Damages recoverable for wrongful death include funeral expenses; medical expenses; loss of income and household services; mental anguish and sorrow; and solace for the loss of companionship, society, guidance and comfort. Punitive damages are also recoverable for “willful or wanton conduct” or recklessness in causing death.
Let the Compassionate Leesburg Personal Injury Attorneys at Schwartz Kalina, PLLC, Help You Get Compensation for Your Injuries
When another party injures you through their negligence on the road, in a store, or elsewhere in Fairfax or Loudoun County, call the personal injury attorneys at Schwartz Kalina, PLLC, in Leesburg for a free, initial telephone consultation. We’ll handle your matter on a contingency fee basis, only taking a fee if we are successful in recovering compensation for you.