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Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan, P.C.

Virginia Beach & Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in a car accident in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or anywhere else in Virginia, you probably have questions and concerns. The information below is meant to help and is provided by our team of experienced Virginia Beach car accident attorneys.


The Injury Claim Process


One of the most common questions we get asked by clients injured in serious auto accidents is, "how does this process work?" It's a great question and the outline below should give you an idea of what to expect. However, please understand that every case is different so the process will vary depending on multiple factors including the insurance company the at-fault driver has, your insurance company, the extent of your injuries, and so forth. Nevertheless, as a general guidelines, this is how the injury claim process routinely works:

  1. We meet for a confidential, no-cost consultation and you decide to retain our law firm.
  2. We send out letters of representation to the at-fault driver's insurance company and your insurance company
  3. You seek treatment for your injuries, whether that be through a physical therapist, chiropractor, or other specialist
  4. Once your treatment is complete, we will request your medical records, lost wages, and other info related to your damages
  5. We send these documents to the at-fault driver's insurance company.
  6. The negotiation process will commence with the insurance company making an offer, our firm countering with a different offer, etc. 
  7. If an offer is made that you decide is acceptable, we can proceed with a settlement. If you don't like what's being offered, we will take your case to trial.  


For more information about the injury claim process, download our in-depth legal guide on what to do if you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a car wreck in Virginia. The report will be e-mailed to you in PDF format. 









Car Accident Lawyers Based in Virginia Beach and Proud to Serve the Hampton Roads Region

All of the attorneys at Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan are licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The firm's central office is based in Virginia Beach. We also have satellite offices in the following Tidewater cities: 


Frequently Asked Questions

Sample of Case Results


Keep in mind, every case is different, so the case results mentioned above cannot be guaranteed, even if your case sounds similar to one of the cases above.

You also need to know that when you pursue a personal injury claim, it will likely be an uphill battle. The insurance companies will often make the process as difficult as possible because their goal is to reduce or deny any liability for the car accidentThis is why having an experienced, well-respected Virginia car accident lawyer is absolutely critical.

Hire a law firm known for taking cases to trial

Car accident insurance adjusters know when they are dealing with an attorney who is just looking for a quick settlement. You don't want that kind of lawyer. For the sake of your case, you should look for an experienced attorney who is actually willing to take your case all the way to trial. In many instances, if you hire a lawyer who has a reputation for actually litigating cases in front of juries, the insurance companies will be more eager to settle. 


Rick N. Shapiro
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