Virginia is nicknamed the “Old Dominion” due to its status as a former dominion of the English Crown, and “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there, the Commonwealth of Virginia is the cradle of American civilization. As a personal injury lawyer in this great state I continually strive to protect its residents and visitors. It pains me that many people are unaware of their rights when it comes to car insurance companies, and that sometimes those suffering injuries are taken advantage of.
I hope this will not be the case for a promising young 19-year old woman who was seriously injured in a head-on car accident on Christmas Day. A 74-year-old was driving west on Route 14 in King and Queen County, VA when she lost control and veered off the road. Police say the woman then over-corrected, crossed the center line, and struck 19-year old Brianna head on. The impact of the crash caused both vehicles to overturn. Brianna was airlifted to Riverside Hospital in Newport News, where she remains unresponsive.
When the young woman regains consciousness, she and her family will have to face many challenges based on the extent of her injuries. Most likely the young victim has suffered a residual injury, which is an injury with long-lasting or permanent effect. Even a relatively small residual disability or disfigurement can greatly increase the negotiated settlement value.
When handling a case like this, our Virginia injury attorneys will often retain a life care planner to help us understand the consequences and future costs of the injuries. A life care planner is someone who specializes in understanding and analyzing the future medical expenses associated with an injury.