Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Is the law applying to a car and truck wreck case different from a car injury case and how?

    There are many parts that are the same, but evidence law applying to interstate trucking is vastly more complicated.  For example, federal motor carrier safety laws apply to trucking.  There are many insurance regulations governing trucking.  The law of statutes of limitations usually, not always, is governed by state laws.  Please review our practice area (trucking injury) for extensive discussions of car/truck accidents/collisions.  Our firm has handled major injury cases involving trucks and tractor trailer crashes, for example review our case result section on this website.

    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 never diagnosed with a closed head injury or a brain injury at first-what does that do to my potential case?

    It is fairly common that a brain injury/closed head will not be diagnosed at the ER or even in the first weeks after a wreck or collision.  This alone will not defeat the potential case.  Brain injuries are often missed at first even by trained professionals.  Please read over other discussions we have posted related to brain injury law or case results.  Call us to discuss your questions.

    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 never knocked unconscious, or at least can't be sure I was ever knocked out. I don't even know if my head struck anything. Could I suffer from a brain injury/closed head injury?

    It is well documented that brain injury, closed head injury, and concussion can occur without the skull striking any object, and brain injury is well documented in persons that were never knocked unconscious.
    Memory problems, slight behavior changes, and many other signs, can possibly indicate brain injury.  Please review our website discussions of brain injury cases and case results.  We have worked with top experts in the field and handled significant brain injury cases.  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.

  • Are the laws or rules applying to a wrongful death claim different from a personal injury not involving death?

    Yes, there are many different laws that apply in each state.  Most such cases arise under state laws (but some federal laws set forth the rules/laws) and each state provides evidence laws on the types of losses/damages that can even be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit (caused by negligence, carelessness, or violation of a relevant statute/regulation). 

    The state limitation period to even file a wrongful death suit is sometimes different than the statute of limitations for a personal injury suit. 

    Also, many states have laws on who can file the suit for the deceased person.  We highly recommend you obtain a free consultation very early on to protect your family. 

     

     

  • 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.