What to Expect in a Consultation with an Injury Attorney | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party, Virginia law allows you to pursue damages against that at-fault party. You are entitled to financial compensation for the losses these injuries have caused you to suffer. Some of the most common damages that are awarded to victims include:

  • Past and future medical expenses. These include the costs of emergency room treatment, hospitalizations, surgeries, diagnostic testing, physical therapy, doctor visits, medications, and transportation costs for these appointments
  • Loss of income. Many accident victims are unable to work while they recover from their injuries. Whatever wages and benefits that are lost during this time can also be included in any settlement or award the victim receives. If the injury has left the victim unable to work in the profession they had before the accident, they may be entitled to future loss of income, as well.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Permanent disability
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of the ability to enjoy the activities they did before the injury
  • Any other losses the victim demonstrates




In order to be successful in an injury lawsuit, most accident victims will retain the services of a Virginia personal injury attorney. For more than 35 years, victims have been reaching out to Shapiro & Appleton because of the solid reputation that we have built for aggressively advocating for injured victims and their families and getting the compensation they deserve. If you would like to find out how our firm can help you, contact our office for a consultation.

What Can You Expect in Your Initial Consultation at Shapiro & Appleton?

Our Virginia personal injury firm offers all victims a FREE initial consultation. You will meet face-to-face with an injury attorney, not a staff person or investigator. And whether you decide to retain our firm or not, the information you share with our attorney remains confidential.

When you come in for your consultation, we will ask you please bring the following information with you:

  • Accident/Incident report
  • Medical bills
  • Any medical records
  • A list of places and doctors you’ve treated with
  • Your car insurance declaration page (page that shows amount of coverage)
  • Car insurance declaration pages for any relatives you live with
  • Pictures of the accident scene, vehicles, and/or injuries
  • Contact information for witnesses and/or other occupants of your vehicle
  • Any letters or emails from a car insurance company
  • Your medical insurance card(s)

During your consultation, you and the attorney you meet with will discuss how the incident occurred, including information about the person who caused the accident that injured you and how they were negligent. Your attorney will also ask you about the medical treatment you have received to date, as well as what treatment you may need in the future. Your attorney will also want to know about your job and if the injuries have caused you to miss any work. It is also important to share information about any prior accidents and/or injuries you have had in the past.

The attorney will assess your case based on the information you provide. If you decide to retain the services of the attorney you meet with, we will review the paperwork with you and begin working on your case. You are not required to sign any documents at the consultation.