Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Do I really need a lawyer?

    This is a good question since some cases don't really require a personal injury lawyer. In you're on the fence about hiring an attorney, we totally understand. This is an extremely important decision and there are so many lawyers out there telling you to "call them right away or your claim will forever be doomed." We don't work like that. 

    Part of our job is to help you figure out if you need a lawyer. We do this during a confidential, no-hassle consultation (which can be in-person or done over the phone). If you do not need an attorney, we will tell you and there is no charge for this initial evaluation. 

     

  • How long will the whole process take?

    Unfortunately, there is no simple response to this question. The length of time depends largely on how serious your injuries are, whether or not the at-fault party has insurance, the length of time in between the accident and when you contacted the firm, and so forth.

    We take great pride in being able to resolve cases as quickly as possible while knowing that we have not rushed the process. Our team of personal injury lawyers will help you determine a realistic framework for your case and its particular needs.
     

  • What should I do and not do if I am involved in any personal injury situation?

    Whether injured in a car wreck, on the job, or as the result of other negligent conduct of others, there are a few simple things anyone can do which will help in later investigations as well as the preservation of evidence and memories. The first step in any accident is to assess the presence and extent of any injuries. The appropriate authorities should be summoned without delay in the event of a car wreck (police and emergency medical personnel). You should also make an effort to identify as specifically as possible all eyewitnesses (names, addresses, telephone numbers).

    In the event of a car wreck you should notify your insurance company as soon as possible. You should also obtain photographs of your automobile, if it is damaged, as well as any injuries which are apparent. (If you don’t have a camera readily available disposable cameras are easily available at grocery and drug stores and serve an invaluable purpose in this setting). As soon as practical after the incident have photographs taken of the scene of the incident. When dealing with a car wreck be sure to get photographs of the layout of the highway, controlling speed limit signs, highway markings, traffic control devices, skid marks and gouges in the pavement resulting from the wreck. Prompt and appropriate medical care is probably the most important aspect of dealing with any injuries.

    Be sure you promptly obtain medical from a physician qualified to respond to your injuries. Give the doctor a complete history, including a description of the events which caused the injuries. Keep records of the dates of your doctor’s appointments, as well as the address and telephone number of the doctor’s office. This makes obtaining a complete medical file at a later date an easy task. Most medical offices have business cards readily available, you simply need to obtain a card and keep them together for easy reference at a later date. These simple steps will assist in reconstruction of your wreck as well as your medical care which are essential in the protection of anyone injured as the result of the negligence of others.  Virtually this entire site is devoted to this topic, to please read on.  Review our "case results" and video discussions. 

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.


  • Can I afford to get into a lawsuit?

    At our law firm, we handle cases on a contingent basis so that if we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us any fees. We also advance the legal costs for you so that large corporations and insurance companies cannot overwhelm you with experts and other legal tactics. We will also assist you in obtaining all benefits available to you to help you in this difficult time.

  • What if I do not want to go to court because I am getting nervous about testifying?

    On average, we are able to resolve a great majority of cases by settlement approved by you. However, we are always ready to try your case and will work with you to make sure you understand the process and to prepare you for court. As a result, there usually are no surprises when we go to court.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • How much am I likely to recover when in court?

    Our goal is to obtain the best possible result for you. We believe that every case is unique and our evaluation of your case reflects our experience in assessing your situation. Our firm has obtained record verdicts because we are willing to fight hard and not just except a claim adjuster's evaluation of your case. As a result, we often have "million dollar" results whether by settlement or trial.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • Who pays if I incur an injury due to an auto accident or my car is damaged?

    If you are to blame for an accident, your liability insurance will pay the other driver for property damage and personal injuries up to your policy's limits. If you are not at fault, the other driver’s liability insurance pays for your car damage and personal injuries.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • Is there a way to check out my doctor or surgeon before choosing one?

    While you can never find out every little thing about your doctor, there are a few things you can do to make an informed decision. First, ask questions: - Where did you go to medical school? - What American Board of Medical Specialty Certifications do you have? - How long have you been practicing? - Are there any disciplinary actions outstanding against you? All of these are perfectly legitimate to ask. But, if you don't want to talk to your doctor about this, you can get all this information from http://www.askmedi.com/ for $15. Shopping around for a good physician is one of the best medical decisions you can make.  For other information about medical negligence/case results of our firm, surf around this website.  Call us for a free consultation.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • What should I do if I am involved in a car accident?

    First, you should seek proper medical attention. If you are conscious at the scene, collect all pertinent information from the other drivers (i.e. driver’s license numbers, address, phone number, insurance card information, etc.). Make sure to keep a daily journal beginning with the date of the accident to document all physical and mental injuries, as well as document your view of the accident.


    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • I was in a car crash. How quickly do I have to find an attorney and file a lawsuit?

    Each state has a "statute of limitations" that governs how long you can wait before filing a lawsuit. The time limit will be different depending on the type of injury you suffered. Here is a list of the statute of limitations for auto accidents in the states that we practice: - North Carolina: 3 years, wrongful death 2 years, - Virginia: 2 years - West Virginia: 2 years - Washington, D.C.: 3 years While the statute of limitations provides the “end date” for the filing of a lawsuit, there may be many good reasons to get yours started earlier. Additionally, because every case is different, there may be some exception to the general statute of limitations rules that applies to your case.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.