The questions on this page were answered by our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.
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What is one of the most common emotional injuries a victim can suffer in a car accident?
One of the most common mental health issues a victim can develop after a crash is post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Car accidents are cited as the most experienced traumatic event for men and the second most experienced traumatic event for women.
Is it possible to find a hit and run driver?
There are cases where a hit and run driver is found. The police investigating the accident, your insurance company, or your car accident attorney may be able to take the available evidence and use it to locate the responsible driver. The driver will not only be responsible for damages and losses a victim has but will also face criminal charges, as well.
What is the definition of a hit and run crash?
A hit and run crash occurs when at least one of the drivers leaves the scene of the accident without offering appropriate and legally required information or leaves without helping any of the other parties involved in the crash. Failure to report the crash may also be classified as a hit and run.
What type of diseases can a victim develop from a dog bite?
There have been more than 60 types of bacteria that could potentially be in a dog’s mouth. This is why almost 20 percent of dog bite victims develop infections. The more common infections include:
- Capnocytophaga: Although many people who are exposed to this bacteria do not become sick, victims who have weakened immune systems are in danger of serious – if not fatal – infections.
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): This staph infection can be resistant to certain antibiotics and can cause lung, skin, and urinary tract infections. If this bacteria enters the bloodstream or the lungs, it can be fatal for the victim
- Pasteurella: These bacteria show up in more than half of infected dog bites. Symptoms of this infection include pain and redness in the bite area, swelling of joints, swollen glands, and difficulty moving.
- Rabies: Rabies affects the victim’s brain and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.
- Tetanus: This bacteria causes a rigid paralysis in the victim.
How is a victim of a hit and run accident compensated for their losses?
If the at-fault driver is not identified, the victim can file an accident claim with their own insurance company. Keep in mind that although you are filing with your own company and not another driver’s insurance company, your company may still balk at paying you the full value of your claim and attempt to lowball or deny your claim. This is why you should contact a Virginia car accident attorney.
What are reasons why an insurance company would act in bad faith in a personal injury case?
There are a number of reasons why an insurance company would try to violate the terms of the customer’s insurance policy. Although there are instances that there was a processing error, in the majority of these situations, the company will deny a valid claim in order to try to avoid paying the victim damages for the losses they suffered and that they legally are entitled to. Whenever there is bad faith on the insurance company’s part, the victim can pursue litigation through the court system.
When can an insurance company legitimately deny an injury claim?
An insurance company is legally allowed to reject an injury claim – in good faith – if it can cite grounds that are described under the terms of the customer’s policy. For example, if the customer’s insurance policy only covers damages to vehicle repairs and not any injuries a victim may sustain, the insurance company can legally reject any injury claims.
What is insurance bad faith in a personal injury case?
Insurance bad faith happens when the insurance company fails to honor an insurance claim that qualifies under the terms of the customer’s insurance policy. When the company has no legitimate reason for denying the claim, this is referred to as insurance bad faith.
What happens after a demand letter is sent to the at-fault party in a personal injury case?
Once the at-fault party’s insurance company has received a demand letter from a victim’s injury attorney, one of the following will happen:
- The insurance company will accept the demand outlined in the letter and settle the case.
- The insurance company will counteroffer an amount of financial compensation for the victim’s losses.
- The insurance company will deny the victim’s claim. At this point, the victim’s injury attorney will file a lawsuit petition with the court in order to litigate the case.
What information should be included in a demand letter in a personal injury case?
The demand letter should include:
- The relevant facts of the case, basically telling the victim’s side of the accident
- All of the damages the victim has sustained because of their injuries, including medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, scarring, and any other losses the victim has experienced.
- A statement of fault, detailing the other party’s negligent or reckless actions. The statement of fact should include all the evidence that has been collected against that party, including police reports, photographs, and medical reports.