Personal injury claims involve either a wrongful death, a slip and fall, or an automobile accident.
A wrongful death claim is one brought by an *administrator of the estate or *executor of the estate of someone who was fatally injured as a result of an automobile accident or some other means. If you are considering a wrongful death claim, it is prudent to bring the attorney a copy of the death certificate, autopsy report (if one exists), accident report, and a Certificate/Letter of Qualification from the court showing that you have qualified as the administrator of the decedentís estate.
For a slip and fall claim , you will need photos of the place where your injury took place, photos of your injuries, and any medical bills/records related to the fall. Generally, in a slip and fall case, the area where your injury took place has to be obvious enough for the owner of the establishment to see but not obvious enough for you to see.
Automobile accidents can sometimes lead to permanent injuries. If you have been involved in an automobile accident, please be sure to have the following information for your attorney: photos of the vehicles involved, copy of accident report, copy of traffic ticket, and copies of medical records/bills. It is always a good idea to sit down and write out what happened soon after the accident. What you remember so clearly today, you will not remember so well in a month or longer.
Medical records do cost money, so be prepared to pay for them. It is best to show up at the providerís office and ask for them. Then, tell the clerk that you will wait for your records.
Statute of Limitations
Please note that the time to bring a case in Virginia for injuries is two years, although there may be factors that could shorten or lengthen the amount of time you have to take legal action. Many cases involve more than one doctor, and often involve doctors from Bristol, Tennessee or other states. This can cause your limitations to be even shorter.
We do offer a contingency plan for medical malpractice and personal injury cases. This means we only get paid for our services if you receive a monetary award for your case.
*The administrator of the estate is applied to one to whom letters of administration have been granted. This person does not have to be the executor of the estate of the decedent. The decedent may have passed intestate (or without a will).
*The executor of the estate has been appointed by the decedent in his/her Last Will and Testament to execute such will or testament.
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