If the defendant (i.e. the person who injured you) has automobile insurance (or another type of insurance), the easiest way to collect your settlement or jury award is through the insurance company. In most cases, the insurance company will already be aware of the award and they will usually write a check for the specific amount that was awarded. Though, keep in mind that if your personal injury or wrongful death case went to trial and a jury awarded you damages, the insurance company has the right to file an appeal, which can extend the amount of time your case is litigated.
If, on the other hand, the defendant is uninsured or you were the victim of a hit-and-run accident, things get more complicated. In these scenarios, you may need to file a claim through your own auto insurance policy and they will step into the proverbial shoes of the defendant. These complexities are why it is wise to retain the services of an experienced and skilled Virginia Beach personal injury attorney.
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