Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

A personal injury is often a very serious matter, requiring lengthy and painful medical treatment and rehabilitation. The most dangerous injuries are those that result in permanent physical or cognitive damage, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, disfiguring injuries, serious burns or those involving loss of eyesight, hearing or amputation. No matter what degree of injury you or your loved one has suffered, the experience and quality of your Virginia personal injury lawyer is of critical importance. The settlement, judgment or verdict that is achieved in your case will provide for your future health and ability to recover as much as is possible. It will also provide for you or your loved one with regard to the quality of life that will be possible after the injury.

Our firm represents clients in all types of personal injury cases, including those that involve and injury from a car accident, as well as motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, boating accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents, construction accidents, pedestrian accidents, train accidents, and other types of vehicle and watercraft accidents in which the innocent suffered injuries. In cases that will require a large settlement, such as birth injuries, burn injuries, catastrophic injuries, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injury, we ensure that every aspect of the case is fully documented and that we present a claim that will reflect the extensive damages and challenges that our client is facing. We believe that any person who has been injured through the negligent actions of another should have access to the best possible medical treatment and care, and we commit our resources to getting these cases resolved fairly.

We also take on cases that involve injury, illness or death from dangerous drugs, or defective products. These are often complex cases to litigate and our experience in court and in the claims process will be of great value when you need to pursue compensation. We can represent those who have been seriously injured by dog bites and other animal attacks. In cases of medical malpractice such as a failure to diagnose or emergency room errors, it can be crucial that you get legal representation from our firm immediately. These cases are often disputed. It is crucial that we obtain and preserve supporting evidence as well as getting witness testimony as early as possible in your case.

The firm also represents those who have been injured by a faulty or defective commercial product, and can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer, retailer or other liable party. In cases of premises liability, such as a slip and fall, we can help get your claim resolved, and will pursue the compensation you truly deserve. We have extensive experience in resolving car accident claims involving an uninsured motorist as well.

Our firm has provided high quality, aggressive legal representation in injury claims for decades. We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and have garnered many outstanding reviews for our work, including being named as “Preeminent Lawyers 2012”, “Super Lawyers”, “Best Lawyers in America” (years named are from 1993-2012), and many others. Our hard work and dedicated service to our clients have resulted in many high value settlements, even in the most complex cases. We simplify and win. We are proud of our service to the injured and their families, and every case we take on will get our full dedication. We know this is a difficult time for you, and we will fight for you. You deserve to recover compensation for the injuries and other damages in your case, and we will be resolute in our demands on your behalf.

For families who have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one, we can file a wrongful death claim in civil court to pursue justice and compensation and hold the responsible party accountable in financial terms. We serve the injured accident victims with great perseverance.

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Understanding Personal Injury

If you live in Northern Virginia and need legal representation to help you get a personal injury claim resolved, it is strongly advised that you contact our legal team at Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan. Our firm has had uncommon success in recovering compensation in all types of injury cases, and we can help you through this difficult time. Our mission is to protect your right to fair compensation, and to file a claim that truly reflects the damages in your case. We have helped out clients obtain millions from the big insurance companies. In addition to Virginia, we have represented clients from Florida to Maine and as far west as California. No matter where you were injured, we can help.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligent actions of another person or corporation, it is absolutely vital that you get legal representation from a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the injury. This will allow your lawyer to preserve evidence, access witness to get further documentation and take other vital legal actions to support your claim. The more thoroughly your claim is documented, the more likely that you will recover the compensation you deserve. We represent injured victims in all types of injury claims, including but not limited to:

Car Accidents
The state of Virginia has a large number of serious car accidents every year due to weather conditions and negligent driving. When an innocent victim is seriously injured in a car accident, they may have the right to pursue compensation under the law for their pain and suffering.

Motorcycle Accidents
The scenic beauty of Northern Virginia has made it a hotspot for motorcycle riders. When a motorcyclist is involved in a motorcycle accident, they are at far greater risk for fatality and life-endangering injuries than the passengers of a car.

Truck Accidents
Large commercial trucks weigh significantly more than passenger vehicles and can inflict severe injuries in a collision or accident. Call our firm immediately if your loved one has been injured in a truck accident.

Drunk Driving Accidents
Have you been injured in a drunk driving accident? The law protects the rights of victims who have been injured in drunk driving accidents, and a lawyer from our firm can help you file a claim for compensation.

Other Accidents
Personal injury law covers any type of accident that causes injury to a victim. From boating accidents to bus accidents or train accidents, our firm can assist you in filing a claim for compensation.

Birth Injuries
Has your child suffered injury during the birth or labor process? In some instances, these injuries are the result of negligence or miscalculations on the part of a medical professional. Serious birth injuries such as brain damage, Cerebral Palsy, fetal distress and others can significantly affect the quality of your child’s life.

Burn Injuries
A burn injury is one of the most catastrophic types of injury that one can endure, and the recovery process may take years. In addition to physical pain, burn injuries can take a toll on a victim’s emotional stability and confidence.

Catastrophic Injuries
The term catastrophic injury describes an injury that causes permanent damage to its victims. This type of severe injury may result from a car accident or any other type of personal injury accident, and it is important to enlist the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney if you have suffered catastrophic injuries.

Spinal Cord Injuries
Studies show that more than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury every year in the United States. This injury can be caused by a sudden blow or dislocation of the vertebrae, and may result in loss of sensation, paralysis or loss of mobility.

Traumatic Brain Injury
If you have been involved in a serious accident that resulted in a severe blow to the skull, you may be suffering from traumatic brain injury. The symptoms for this injury can range depending on the power of the blow, and it is wise to consult a medical professional.

Dangerous Drugs
It is in our nature to trust our physicians and the medications that they prescribe us. However, when a prescription drug causes undisclosed or harmful side effects, you should seek the help of a dangerous drug attorney from our firm. You may be able to file a claim for compensation for your pain and suffering.

Defective Products
Defective products can be attributed to error on the part of a manufacturer or design team, and victims of defective product injuries may be able to seek compensation for their pain and suffering. Our esteemed firm has been fighting for the victims of defective product injuries since 1923, and we are prepared to fight for you.

Dog Bites
Have you suffered injury because of a dog bite? Almost 40% of American households have at least one dog, and you may be at risk for a dog bite simply by walking around your neighborhood. You may have the right to seek compensation for your dog bite injuries, so contact an experienced lawyer today.

Medical Malpractice
When we are injured by the medical professionals that we trusted, we have the right to seek compensation under the law for the additional pain and suffering we endured. If you have been affected by a medical mistake, you need a personal injury attorney who can help you navigate through the complex process of filing a medical malpractice claim.

Product Liability
Have you or a loved one been injured by a defective product? Product liability law was created to protect the rights of consumers who are injured by products deemed safe.

Premises Liability
If you are invited onto another person’s premises, that person is responsible for providing you with a safe environment. When you suffer injury because of the negligence of an owner, you may be able to file for compensation under premises liability law.

Slip and Fall
Slip and fall claims are some of the most common accidents that occur on properties. A property owner is legally responsible to keep their establishment or premises safe at all times, and you may be able to file a claim if you have suffered injury from a slip and fall accident.

Uninsured Motorist
If you have been injured in an accident where the other driver was not insured, it may be difficult to obtain compensation. Call a determined lawyer at our firm for aggressive help in seeking the compensation you deserve.

Workers’ Compensation
When a serious injury occurs in the workplace, you may be unable to work for an extended period of time and suffer financial strain as a result. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and more.

Wrongful Death
Have you lost a loved one because of the negligence of another person? This may be a devastating and traumatic time in your life, and a lawyer from our firm can provide the caring legal support you need to seek compensation from those responsible.

We believe that innocent victims should be compensated for every type of damage in their case, including the cost of medical treatment, hospital costs, testing, nursing care, rehabilitation, medications, medical equipment, loss of income from wages, both now and predicted future financial losses, as well as other economic damages. The issue regarding non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or loss of quality of life must also be addressed, based upon the degree of the injuries that the victim sustained. We know this is a difficult and emotional situation, and we are here to assist you with the legal issues that must be resolved.

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Involved in a Car Accident?

Northern Virginia has a significant number of serious car accidents every year. Some due to weather conditions or an unexpected item or animal on the roadway, while there are also a large number of cases that are the result of negligent driving—and innocent victims pay the price. Cases of drunken driving accidents, texting while driving, speeding, reckless driving and distracted drivers lead to debilitating and even fatal injuries every year throughout the state.

Car accidents can endanger the lives of all drivers out on the road at the time of a collision, and many of the victims in such cases suffer terrible injuries—some of them even resulting in permanent damage. In more serious accidents, a victim may sustain a multitude of injuries, including spinal cord injuries, internal damage, traumatic brain injury and whiplash. All of these injuries may result from a serious traffic accident, and can lead to a devastating future for the victim—including the debilitating costs of medical bills, rehabilitative treatment, hospital visits, and assisted living. If a negligent driver caused the collision, however, the injured victim has the right to pursue rightful compensation.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reported in 2011 that there were over 760 fatalities from VA car accidents, along with over 63,000 people who suffered severe injuries. Just what are the causes of these accidents? While many crashes can be attributed to factors outside of human control, there are all too many incidents which could have been corrected had a driver taken more care or been more cautious behind the wheel. Take, for example, distracted driving. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), more than 3,000 people were killed and over 400,000 were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.

So what is considered distracted driving? According to DOT, anything that diverts the attention of the driver away from the road ahead of them could be described as a form of distracted driving. This could include anything from eating and drinking, talking to passengers in the car and even using a navigation system. One of the most prominent forms of distraction comes in the form of using a cell phone to read and send text messages. According to the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications (CTIA), over 196 billion text messages were sent or received in June 2011. Unfortunately, many of those happen behind the wheel.

While distracted driving is only part of the equation, it does highlight a sad truth – that in many cases, car accidents are caused by human error. While weather-related causes do occur (for example, a bad storm) or a defective car part, they are not as common as those causes associated with negligent and reckless drivers behind the wheel.

Below, we explain two of the most common causes of Virginia car accidents:

Alcohol-Related: The DMV reported over 245 people were killed and over 5,000 were injured in 2011 in crashes that involved a driver who was drunk or under the influence. Alcohol is a known hazard on the road – impairing the perception, judgment and reaction time of a driver.
Speeding: The DMV reported that over 300 people were killed and over 13,000 were injured in speeding-related accidents. Speeding causes a two-fold danger. Not only does it limit the ability of a driver’s ability to react, but it gives them a far less amount of time in which to do it.
Other causes include failing to yield to oncoming traffic, tail-gaiting, as well as failing to pay attention when backing up, changing lanes or passing other vehicles on two-way roads. Regardless, however, of the cause of the accident that you were involved in, it is extremely important that you get the involvement of a high-quality lawyer that you can rely upon. If you have been involved in a car accident in the state of Virginia, you should not hesitate to get the involvement of an experienced attorney to fight for you.

At Howard, Morrison, Ross & Whelan, you can be confident knowing that you will have an attorney in your corner who means business. Combining experience with a reputation of excellence, you can be confident knowing that our firm will always keep your best interests at heart. If you are looking for a heavyweight in your corner, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us to schedule your initial case consultation as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.