Virginia Personal Injury Law Explained
Crucial Timing in Virginia Personal Injury Cases
A Virginia personal injury case begins with an injury from an auto accident, motorcycle accident,
slip & fall, dog bite, or incident.  One generally has
two years from the accident/incident to file a
lawsuit to recover damages associated with the injuries and damages to property.  This time limit is
called the
"Statute of Limitations."  If this time has passed, immediately speak with an attorney to
review exceptions to this general rule.
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Auto and Motorcycle Accidents
Slip and Falls
Dog bites
Nursing Home Negligence
What to do after a Virginia Personal Injury
PHI 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let
your requests be made known to God.
1. Document the Accident or Incident

As soon after the accident / incident as possible, you should document the facts of the case. Begin a
folder to keep all the information together. Be sure you have the information you need about any
witnesses to the accident (name, phone numbers and addresses) - you may need them during trial to
prove the other party's fault. Take photographs of the cars involved, the location of the accident,
and your injuries (most Virginia personal injury lawyers have private investigators for this purpose
but take photographs early so that there is substantial evidence of the injuries involved). Draw a
diagram of the accident scene with sufficient detail as to locations of landmarks and vehicles to assist
your recollection later on.  Remember to note dates and times.

The insurance company for the driver at fault may want you to give them a recorded statement,
either in person or on the phone. Most Virginia personal injury attorneys recommend that you not
give such a statement, at least not without first consulting with an attorney. Most Virginia lawyers
encourage you to talk with your own insurance company, however, so that you can receive any
medical payment or personal injury protection benefits that may be available under your own
insurance policy (insurance rates generally cannot be raised from using one's medical payment
provision under insurance).   These are highly technical issues - please consult competent personal
injury attorneys familiar with the Virginia system to guide you.

2. Keep An Injury Diary

People either forget or repress many of the problems they suffer after a serious injury. You should
begin keeping a diary or log. Write down information about:

- how much pain you feel daily (on a scale of 1 to 10),
- activities you could not perform during the day
- events that you miss due to the injuries like vacations, family reunions, etc..
- hobbies you cannot / could not perform due to the injuries like sports, etc..
- physical activities you cannot/could not perform as a result of the injuries including private

This information can be invaluable at the time of settlement negotiations or trial. In addition to the
above list, you should record the following information in your diary:

- a list of your injuries resulting from the Virginia accident or incident
- log (daily) your pain and discomfort including trouble sleeping, nightmares, etc..
- log how your personal injuries have affected your job performance
- log how your injuries have affected your day-to-day activities (especially activities you wanted to
engage in but could not due to pain or discomfort)

3. Recovering From Your Injuries

You should faithfully follow any instructions from your doctor, and be sure to keep any
appointments with specialists, physical therapists, etc.  In most lawyers' view, legal issues should
be secondary to your full recovery - physically and emotionally.

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Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

Bose Law Firm, PLLC

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American Bar Association
Virginia State Bar