Car accidents often cause serious, life-altering injuries. And if the lingering physical challenges weren’t enough, these tragic wrecks can also create emotional and financial hurdles for you and your family.
Unfortunately, you can be a safe, law-abiding driver and still have your life turned upside down because of someone else’s careless behavior. However, you don’t have to deal with this situation alone. Experienced personal injury attorney James H. Shoemaker, Jr. proudly represents clients that were hurt in automobile accidents.
If you were injured by a distracted, drunk, reckless, or otherwise negligent driver, you deserve justice and compensation. Call 757-223-4580 today to discuss your case free of charge*. Mr. Shoemaker welcomes clients from Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., and throughout the United States.
Types of Auto Accident Injuries
The injuries that car accident victims suffer tend to vary depending on the unique circumstances surrounding their crash. Many factors, such as speed and direction of impact, likely affected the type and severity of your injury. However, some types of injuries occur frequently.
People often suffer from short- and long-term injuries after a crash, including:
- Whiplash and other soft tissue damage
- Scrapes and lacerations
- Head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Spinal cord damage and herniated disks
- Broken bones
It is important to visit a doctor after being in a car accident. While some injuries may be obvious, others may show up days or weeks after your crash. Seek medical help even if your accident was minor. Your visit will also create paperwork that can support your injury claim
Compensation You May Receive After a Collision
You were injured due to someone else’s negligence. You shouldn’t have to face the ensuing financial challenges alone. It is crucial to seek compensation for the ways that the accident has affected your life, and how it may continue to follow you into the future.
Mr. Shoemaker can help you seek compensation for a variety of things, including:
- Medical expenses including physical therapy and pain medication
- Loss of wages
- Diminished ability to work
- Vehicle and property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Emotional distress
It takes a skilled lawyer like Mr. Shoemaker to calculate the exact damages that you should pursue. For example, it may be easy to determine the amount of money that you need to replace your car. However, determining noneconomic damages — like emotional distress — isn’t so straightforward.
How Fault Affects Your Car Crash Claim in Virginia
Virginia’s laws involving fault can be incredibly unforgiving. Unlike most states, Virginia adheres to the “contributory negligence” model of establishing compensation based on fault. If you are found to be responsible for your crash in any way, you will not be able to receive compensation. Most states allow you to seek compensation if you are less than 50 percent at fault.
This should not discourage you from pursuing your case, but it should highlight your need for an experienced attorney. Mr. Shoemaker will work with you to prove that the other party was at fault.
Contact Our Auto Accident Lawyer Near Virginia Beach
Insurance companies may not pay you what you deserve for your car accident case. There is a limited window in which to take legal action after a collision, so contact Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580. One of our paralegals will review the facts of your case with you and then Mr. Shoemaker will call you and discuss your case with you free of charge*.
Mr. Shoemaker has over 22 years of experience as a trial attorney and is a partner in the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. ("PWHD"), based in Virginia. Mr. Shoemaker, his partners, and associates are available for representation nationwide. He also represents clients close to home, from areas such as Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton Roads, and Washington D.C.