Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. From vehicle collisions to slip and fall incidents on public property, you are at risk of injury all the time. However, if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, then you should be compensated for your damages. This is where a skilled Richmond personal injury attorney can help. At Bain Sheldon, we have experience handling all types of personal injury claims in Richmond and the surrounding areas.
Our firm has represented countless people in their quest for reimbursement of damages in a wide variety of personal injury cases. Some of the cases we routinely handle include, but are not limited to:
- Car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and large commercial truck accidents
- Accidents involving a drunk driver
- Wrongful death after a variety of different types of fatalities
- Slip and fall cases and other premises liability incidents
- Dog bites
- Injuries resulting from some type of assault
- Medical malpractice cases, including birth injuries
Our goal is to build the strongest case in order to get you the compensation you deserve. Many cases resolve out of court through settlement negotiations. However, if you attempt to resolve your case on your own, you may wind up settling for less than you deserve. Let our years of experience dealing with insurance companies and their attorneys work for you. We are strong negotiators, but we are willing to take a case all the way to trial if that is what is needed.
Depending on the type of loss and the severity of your injuries, your potential settlement or jury award will vary. In general, some of the types of damages typically recovered in a personal injury lawsuit can include:
Medical expenses: This includes compensation for emergency room treatment, physical therapy, specialists, and surgery if warranted. In serious cases, there may be future medical treatment required. Future medical expenses are recoverable in these types of cases as well.
Loss of Earnings: Did you miss time off work? Are you expected to miss more time off in the future, or are you now disabled from this accident and unable to work for the foreseeable period? Current and future loss of earnings are also part of recoverable damages in a personal injury matter.
Property Damage: Was your vehicle damaged in an auto accident? We can also negotiate for your vehicle repairs as part of your injury settlement.
Pain and Suffering: Pain and suffering is part of what’s known as general damages. This is an amount not based on objective financial losses but based on subjective views. Of course, plaintiffs always think their case is worth more than they can likely get. We will sit down with you and explain what your case is probably worth from a general damages standpoint so you have a realistic expectation of what you could get by settling or going to trial.
There is no set amount or formula used, but legend says that insurance companies often multiply the amount of medical expenses by a particular number. For example, they might value a relatively minor auto accident with some injuries as three times the amount of medical expenses, while a serious dog with serious scarring on the face might be five times the amount of medical expenses. When you retain a skilled Richmond personal injury attorney, you have a much better chance at getting a higher general damages amount.
If you have been injured in a Virginia personal injury matter, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner he or she can start building a case and collecting important evidence. Contact Bain Sheldon today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us take a look at your case and give you an idea of what it’s worth.