Frequently Asked Questions About Virginia Personal Injury Law
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What are some of the most common types of accidental injuries in Virginia?According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), close to 50,000 people suffer serious injuries and nearly 4,000 people lose their lives in unintentional accidents each year. In fact, preventable bodily injuries have been found to be the leading cause of death for Virginia residents between the ages of 1 and 44, according to the National Institutes of Health.Regarding the most common types of accidental injuries, here is a general list:
- Car accident injuries
- Head wounds and brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Looking for additional information about accidental injuries and personal injury law? Check out these videos:
- Video: What to do if you are injured in an accident in another state
- Video: Can I recover my out-of-pocket expenses if I am hurt in a car accident?
- Video: Should you still pursue a personal injury claim if health insurance pays your medical bills?
- Video: What is the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim?
What are the safety standards for toys in the US?The standards are laid out in intricate detail in the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Testing is done by the CPSC in approved testing centers. If your child is hurt by a toy, your attorney will check this document to see how testing may have been applied to the toy in question.
What should I know if my child is injured by a toy?In many cases, the fault in the injury case could be not with the parents but with the toy manufacturer. All too often, the manufacturer may have designed the toy improperly or may have manufactured it cheaply to boost corporate profits. Even though the Consumer Product Safety Commission has strict testing requirements for toys, not every manufacturer follows the rules. If you suspect the toy was defective, you should contact a product defect attorney in North Carolina or Virginia.
Should I wait until the child is 18 to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Waiting until the 18th birthday is not wise. This is especially true if the child was very young when hurt. For example, it can be difficult to collect evidence after years have passed, and also hard to collect medical records and bills after years have elapsed.
Are there any exceptions to the rule on the statute of limitations for children in Virginia?One exception is if the minor was emancipated from their parents. If they were emancipated, then the standard two-year statute of limitations will apply.
How does the statute of limitations in Virginia on personal injuries differ when a child is involved?
Under Virginia personal injury laws, the statute of limitations is two years. But when the case involves injuries to minors, the clock does not begin until the minor is 18 years old. This is noted in Virginia Code 801.-229(A)(1).
Is a whiplash injury temporary?Fortunately, many cases of this injury are temporary. But approximately 25% of whiplash injury cases result in long term chronic pain. That pain can last for years. Insurance companies may accuse you of engaging in fraud. that is why you need the services of a personal injury attorney if you have suffered a whiplash injury. He or she can help you to get the compensation you deserve for this complex injury.
Why is it difficult to diagnose a whiplash injury?There is no visible sign of the injury. Also, there is a difference in healing between whiplash and other body strains and sprains that affect other parts of the body. They may heal faster, while a whiplash injury can take months to heal.
What are some situations where a hip injury could be caused by negligence?
Many elderly people have injuries when they live in nursing homes. Sometimes these cases occur due to overmedicating the patient, or when the patient is not watched carefully.
What is the critical factor in whether a serious hip injury will heal right?
The hip injury must be diagnosed right away and treated quickly. But some elderly people may be unaware they have a serious injury.