Virginia Personal Injury and Accident Law

Good preparation leads to success and starts with the information and documents given to your attorney. You want an attorney who is prepared and armed with the necessary information to promptly commence work on your case. Not only will the information provide details about the case, but it will help the attorney analyze whether you have a viable claim and what damages you may be able to recover, like medical bills or lost wages.

Here is a list of information and documents, which should be provided to your attorney at the initial consultation. Of course, if you do not have this information, Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards, PC has resources to help you.

You may have heard the adage that “every dog gets one free bite.” Generally speaking, that rule holds true in Virginia. For this reason, no matter how gruesome the attack or bite, dog bite cases normally turn on liability rather than damages.

Some confusion surrounds what persons, or beneficiaries, are entitled to damages under the Virginia wrongful death statutes (Code of Virginia § 8.01-50, et seq.). Beneficiaries are commonly referred to as “statutory beneficiaries.” Lay persons and attorneys alike frequently believe that the order of distribution follows the course of descents under the laws of intestate succession. However, the hierarchy differs, even at the highest level of distribution.

As many of you know, new laws took effect on July 1, 2016. The General Assembly enacted several noteworthy laws that affect personal injury cases and the prosecution of those cases. Perhaps, while you are enjoying some vacation time, you can peruse the following changes poolside or on the beach.

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