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What am I entitled to if I'm involved in a car accident?

According to the Virginia Model Jury Instructions for civil cases, you are entitled to receive "full and fair compensation" for any damages sustained because of the at-fault driver's negligence. These include any bodily injuries and effects on your health because of those injuries, any physical pain, any disfigurements or deformities, and any humiliation, inconvenience caused, medical expenses, lost earnings, and property damage.

How do you obtain these monetary damages? The first step is to consult with a car accident injury lawyer so you can determine your legal options. The next step is to have your lawyer file a personal injury claim. Some cases will settle quickly while others may go all the way to trial.


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