Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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.

  • What is the minimum car insurance I'm allowed to carry in my state?

    Insurance coverage is typically measure by three numbers. The first is the maximum you will be able to recover for a single bodily injury in a single accident. The second is the total recovery you can get for all injuries in a single accident. The third is the maximum recovery you can get for all property damage caused by the accident. District of Columbia: $25,000/$40,000/$10,000 North Carolina: $30,000/$60,000/$25,000 South Carolina: $15,000/$30,000/$10,000 Virginia: $25,000/$50,000/$20,000 West Virginia: $20,000/$40,000/$10,000 These statutory minimums protect you from other driver’s negligence. It is always a good idea to carry more coverage than the minimum in case you are injured in a crash that is someone else’s fault.

    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 is uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage and why should I think about having it?

    These two types of coverage protect you from injuries in cases where the other driver was either underinsured or uninsured. Underinsured motorist coverage pays for medical expenses, lost ages, and other damages when you or your passengers are hurt in an accident caused by a driver with auto insurance coverage too small to pay the bills. Your insurer will make up the difference between the negligent driver’s coverage and the maximum of your own policy. Uninsured motorist coverage operates the same way, except that instead of making up the difference between the negligent driver’s coverage and your own policy limits, your insurance company will be responsible for all of your bills. In Virginia and North Carolina, and many other states, uninsured and underinsured car insurance coverage is mandatory but the amounts that you maintain on your policy are optional over the minimal coverage. It is a very important part of your car insurance, because it helps you if the other driver is uninsured, or does not have enough insurance for the magnitude of your injuries. 
     

     

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton 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.

     

  • Does my state have a primary enforcement law for seat belts?

    Primary enforcement laws allow police officers to pull over and ticket drivers who are not wearing seat belts without requiring any other traffic citation.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that primary enforcement laws increase safety belt use by 11%.  This increase, nationwide, can save billions of dollars annually. 

    Here's a list of the states that we practice in that have primary enforcement laws:

    - South Carolina

    - North Carolina

    - District of Columbia

    - Maryland

    Virginia and West Virginia are still secondary enforcement states.  This means that the police officer must witness another traffic violation before he may pull you over for not wearing a seat belt.


    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.