AWARD-WINNING AND NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM
Our firm slogan is clear – all we do is injury law. The goal is simple – obtain the most compensation possible for you. And because we practice law with a professional and aggressive attitude, our attorneys have been able to recover deserved compensation for thousands of clients throughout Virginia.
Sustaining an injury can lead to significant setbacks for a victim and for their family members. Not only will an individual have to deal with pain and suffering, but they also have to handle incoming medical bills and various other expenses that arise from the injury. At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, we are here to help if you need a Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to the actions of someone else, we will investigate your claim and help you recover full compensation for your losses. We are not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or at-fault parties, and we will take your case all the way to trial if necessary.
Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp: Firm Roots
Our Virginia law firm was founded in 1985 by an attorney who had a prior career working for a major railroad company in Hampton Roads. He suffered an on-the-job injury that ended his railroad career, so he decided to go to law school in Richmond, Va., then returned to Virginia Beach to focus on representing people who had their lives turned upside down from a sudden, unexpected accident.
As you can see, our firm has deep roots in Virginia. Many of our attorneys grew up in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, etc. and attended Virginia colleges and law schools. We are proud to call ourselves Virginia personal injury lawyers.
Why Choose Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp?
- At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, our team handles only personal injury law claims, which has given us the experience necessary to understand what the defense will likely do and how these cases will proceed.
- Our attorneys have achieved more than $75 million in total jury verdicts and more than $100 million in combined settlements and jury verdicts for clients.
- We take each claim on a case-by-case basis, which means we take the time to get to know every client that comes through the door.
We work to provide every client top-notch, personalized representation. Simply said, every client receives personal attention and a professional experience from our entire staff. When you need help, we make your needs a priority.
From the first call, until the day your case settles, you will have an opportunity to speak with your attorney and have them answer all your questions, as well as explain the particular case strategy we will use to make a recovery for you.
In addition to your attorney, we also assign a paralegal to your case. Your paralegal will be responsible for the day-to-day tasks associated with your claim, such as sending out official Shapiro & Appleton correspondence on your behalf, retaining certified copies of your medical records and bills, and being there for you every step of the way.
When you hire our law firm, you are the boss. Your case will not be settled until you give us final authority to do so. We believe that serving our clients is Objective No. 1.
Personal Injury Case Results
- Record-Setting $60 Million Jury Verdict (including interest) for Brain Injured Gas Station Worker involved in Train Wreck
- $21 Million Settlement for Child’s Brain Injury Caused When Truck Rear-Ended Virginia Beach Family’s Car
- $8.6 Million Jury Verdict for Railroad Worker Wrongful Death Case
- More Case Results
Types of Compensation Available for Your Personal Injury Claim
There may be various types of compensation available to personal injury victims in Virginia Beach. Our injury lawyers work diligently to recover economic and non-economic damages on behalf of every client we work with.
- Economic damages. This is also referred to as special damages for a personal injury claim and is meant to compensate a victim for calculable losses they sustain. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- All medical bills arising due to the injury
- Lost wages if a victim cannot work while they recover
- Any household out-of-pocket expenses incurred
- Property damage expenses associated with the incident
- Non-economic damages. This is also referred to as general damages after a personal injury occurs, and this is meant to compensate a person for more immeasurable losses they sustain in these incidents. We say immeasurable because there are no direct bills or receipts that can be added up to calculate a survivor’s:
- The severity of the injury
- How long it takes a person to recover
- The amount of time away from work
- Property damage expenses
- The level of a victim’s pain and suffering
An attorney will work with trusted medical and economic experts to fully evaluate the client and help properly calculate total expenses.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost in Virginia Beach?
The attorneys at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp understand that injury victims often struggle financially, particularly as they are awaiting a settlement from an insurance carrier or jury verdict. That is why we handle Virginia Beach personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not have to worry about paying any legal fees until after we recover the compensation they are entitled to. If we do not win the case, our clients will not have to pay us a dime in legal fees. Additionally, clients will not have to pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs while their case is ongoing.
Why You Should Consider Contacting an Attorney
Our personal injury law firm in Virginia can help you with these and all types of serious injury cases, and there are many benefits as to why you should hire an attorney.
Even if you are unsure about who is liable for your injury, we can help answer your questions and help you understand the legal aspects of your accident.
As a result, we can save you from hours of extensive legal research on your options, rules, and formalities. Having someone on your side you can trust and who can help you navigate the claims process is critical. Our in-depth knowledge of personal injury and Virginia insurance laws can be the key to recovering the compensation you need to fully cover your losses.
We have represented clients in many types of personal injury cases. Our knowledge can help ensure you have a solid claim, including the evidence you need. In addition, if your case goes to court, our trial experience will be vital.
Protection From Insurance Companies
Insurance company adjusters may seem nice and as if they will be fair, but that is often not the case. Insurance adjusters are trained to settle claims for as little money as possible. If an attorney is not representing you, the adjuster may take advantage of you or may not take your case seriously and will assume they can beat you in court if need be. Without the threat of a lawsuit looming, your claim may be wrongfully denied, delayed, or significantly undervalued. A lawyer will protect you by handling all communication with the insurer for you to ensure you are treated fairly.
Recovering Full Extent of Damages
Industry studies show that personal injury victims who hire a lawyer generally receive three and a half times more compensation in settlements or awards, even after paying legal fees.
Our firm has experience representing clients throughout Hampton Roads including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg and in other eastern states.
Since we only handle personal injury cases, these out-of-the-ordinary injuries are no surprise to us and we can represent you ethically and successfully in Petersburg, Richmond, Roanoke, Emporia, Harrisonburg, Radford, Charlottesville, Martinsville, Danville, Franklin, Lynchburg, Winchester, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Manassas and Fairfax (we actually handle cases throughout the eastern USA also).
What Should I Expect to Get From a Personal Injury Claim?
Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. It’s a fact-specific issue.
Each case’s value is directly correlated to its unique circumstances. However, there are common factors that are considered and often dictate a case’s worth, such as:
- The severity of your injury.
- Your age, occupation, past medical history, pre-existing injuries, etc.
- The extent to which your injury has impacted your life and ability to work.
- The extent of your bills related to the accident, such as hospital and medical bills, rehabilitation costs, prescription drug costs, lost wages, etc.
- The projected costs of future medical care.
- The severity of your physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- Whether you were partially to blame.
- The strength of evidence against the defendant (at-fault party).
- The degree of negligence exhibited by the defendant.
- Insurance policy limits for both you and the liable party.
Insurance policy limits can play a surprising role. For example, in a car accident case, a key component to assessing what you can receive via a settlement is the amount of insurance coverage the other driver has under their auto insurance policy. Unfortunately, many drivers in Virginia, and across the U.S., have only “minimum” auto insurance coverage.
If you get seriously hurt in an accident – like suffering a traumatic brain injury, paralysis, multiple broken bones, etc. – the other driver’s auto insurance coverage may not be enough to fully compensate you for your bills, missed time from work, and pain and suffering.
Fortunately, under Virginia law, auto insurance policies must have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. You can access this coverage when you are seriously hurt and the at-fault driver’s insurance policy is insufficient to cover all of your damages. In any case, it’s best to consult with a personal injury attorney and get legal advice before settling with any insurance company.
Time Limit to File a Personal Injury Claim in Virginia Beach
Any person who sustains an injury in Virginia Beach needs to know that they have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. The personal injury statute of limitations in Virginia is two years from the date an injury occurs. If an injury victim fails to file a lawsuit within this two-year timeframe, they will likely lose the ability to recover the compensation they are entitled to.
Those who sustain an injury also need to be aware of deadlines put in place by insurance carriers. The vast majority of personal injury claims in Virginia Beach are resolved through insurance settlements. However, insurance carriers have very strict reporting deadlines that must be adhered to.
How Long Will It Take to Get My Case Resolved?
It depends on the facts of your case.
For example, a case involving a client who suffered a low-back injury in a fender-bender between two compact cars will probably get resolved more quickly than a case involving a client who was hit by an SUV that was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on General Booth Boulevard.
The more complex the case, the more time it will likely take to get the case resolved.
What About Partial Liability?
Virginia is one of the few remaining states in the country that operates under a contributory negligence system. This means that any person who sustains an injury must be without fault for the incident in order to recover compensation for their losses. Even if an individual is 1 percent responsible for causing an accident that led to their injuries, they could be prevented from recovering compensation altogether.
This is vastly different from how other states handle issues of partial liability. In most other states, there is a comparative negligence system in place where a person can receive reduced compensation if they are partially at fault for the incident. That is why it is so important for individuals to work with a skilled personal injury lawyer in Virginia Beach who can counter any accusations of fault.
Proving Fault After an Accident in Virginia Beach
To be able to recover compensation following an injury in Virginia Beach, you must be able to prove that another party is fully at fault for the accident.
That will require proof of their negligence, which involves demonstrating the following four elements:
- Duty of Care: The defendant owed you a duty of care to demonstrate reasonable care and prevent harm. (e.g., in car accident cases, drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road to follow traffic laws)
- Breach of Duty: The defendant breached their duty of care. In other words, they failed to do what a reasonable person would have done in a similar situation. (e.g., in the car accident case example, if the driver was texting and driving, speeding, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, etc.)
- Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty is directly linked to your injuries, and you would not have been injured if not for their negligent actions. (e.g., police report notating your injuries and medical records from immediately after the accident)
- Damages: The defendant’s actions caused financial and/or personal losses, such as medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, etc., for which you are entitled to compensation.
Solid evidence of the defendant’s negligence will be critical to your case’s success. According to Instruction 6.000 of the Virginia Civil Model Jury, if a person fails to act reasonably to protect themselves under the circumstances of the incident, they would be a contributor, and therefor would lose their chance of collecting compensation. This is why our personal injury lawyers are diligent at gathering every piece of necessary evidence of fault that would aid your personal injury claim.
If you’re unsure whether you’re considered partially at fault for your accident, contact our office for a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys will take the time to explain your legal rights and will help you with your claim to recover your deserved compensation.
General Information About Personal Injury
Accidents and resulting injuries can happen in a number of places and with a variety of different injuries such as:
- Amputation (Amputated Leg, Hand, Arm, Finger or Thumb)
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Electric Shock and Electrocution Deaths
- Explanation of Workers Compensation vs. Negligence Suits Against “Third Party” companies
- Factory Injuries Involving a Crane, Boom, or Forklift
- Paralysis (Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, Loss of Feeling)
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
Contact a Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury caused by the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of another individual in Virginia Beach, the team at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp is standing by to help you today. We have extensive resources at our disposal, and we want to make sure that you recover full compensation for your losses. Let us investigate every aspect of your claim so we can get you on the path to recovery. When you need a Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at (833) 997-1774.