Most personal injury victims have questions, and many wait too long to take action. Misconceptions may lead injury victims to make choices based on incorrect information that could hurt their chances for recovery. The best course of action is get expert advice from a seasoned attorney.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, the Zedd legal team recommends that you take the following basic steps.
- Call the Zedd legal team before the Defendant’s insurance company calls you
- Take photos of your injuries and the vehicles if you are able to
- Write down what happened while it is still fresh in your mind and make a list of witnesses and their contact information
- Visit the ER or your doctor and follow your care plan, attending all follow-up appointments
Questions Commonly Asked by Our Personal Injury Clients
What is the Personal Injury Claim Process?
We usually approach the other side for settlement or attempt mediation after your medical treatment has concluded. If an agreement can be reached through this process, we collect payment and the case ends.
If your case can't be settled, a personal injury trial begins when we file a summons and complaint in the appropriate Virginia court. Our office is in Norfolk, Virginia so we often file suit there, but we serve seven cities in Hampton Roads, so the case may be opened in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, or Portsmouth.
After filing your case, we serve the Defendant a copy of the documents, including your complaint and everything that you need for recovery.
Will my Personal Injury Case go to Trial?
Most personal injury cases do not go to trial, usually resolving by settlement. A case is most likely to go to trial when the facts are in dispute, when there is a contested legal issue, or when we feel like a better result can be reached by a judge or jury.
The more carefully we build your case and present your evidence, the more likely we are to reach an appropriate settlement. If your case is in the minority of cases that go to trial, the Zedd legal team will prepare you for what to expect.
How Much is my Personal Injury Case Worth?
There is no way to calculate the exact value of your claim, but we can estimate your damages by considering your costs for medical treatment, lost wages, general pain and suffering and other expenses that we will compile when building your case. Call to set-up your free consultation for further details.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
This depends on the extent of your medical treatment.
The shortest cases resolve in a few weeks without any formal litigation. In other cases, litigation can continue for a year or more. Most cases fall somewhere in the middle. The more complicated your case, the longer you can expect it to take. You have some control over the length of your case because it is up to you to accept or reject settlement offers.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is two years. You have until one day before the period of limitation expires to file, but we recommend doing so well in advance.
How much will it cost me to pursue a personal injury claim?
The Zedd legal team will work on your case with no money upfront. If we succeed in your case, then we earn a one-third contingency fee after deducting any costs we paid upfront to pursue your case.
How can a personal injury attorney help?
Every case depends on a unique set of facts. We handle each step of your case in a way that is calculated to help you get the results that you are looking for. We get to know you, your priorities, and the details of your case. The Zedd legal team has many years of experience handling personal injury claims and a deep understanding of the local Court systems. We always seek maximum compensation for you.