Personal Injury FAQ
Serving Central and South Virginia
1. What is a personal injury case?
When you are harmed because of the negligence (or carelessness) of another party—whether it’s a person, company, or government—you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury attorneys have helped innocent victims who have been injured by a variety of causes, including:
No matter what type of injury you suffered, you deserve experienced legal representation. Our law firm has what it takes to win—just dial (800) 477-5480 or fill out a free initial consultation form. We’re ready to build a strong case for you today.
2. What is negligence?
The definition of negligence is broad and may vary depending on interpretation, but it often refers to a failure to act with reasonable care given the circumstances of the situation. In personal injury cases, this could refer to:
- a driver speeding through a stop sign and causing an accident,
- a doctor prescribing the wrong medication,
- or a property owner’s failure to fix a dangerous step.
3. Do I have to see a doctor after my accident?
It’s important that you see a doctor to maximize your chances of receiving compensation for your accident-related expenses. A doctor can diagnose your injuries, determine a treatment plan, estimate how long your recovery will take, and complete a medical report. This information can serve as valuable evidence when our Roanoke personal injury lawyers build your case.
4. What should I say to the insurance company?
After your accident, you may be contacted by an adjuster who works for the insurance company. When speaking to the adjuster, it’s important that you keep a few guidelines in mind to protect your rights to compensation:
- Don’t agree to any settlement offers.
Settlement offers from the adjuster are often “lowball” settlements that aren’t enough to cover your accident-related expenses. If you accept a settlement, you forfeit your rights to seek additional compensation.
- Don’t volunteer information about the accident.
It’s the adjuster’s job to use what you say against you and make it seem like you were at fault for the accident. The less you say about the accident to the adjuster, the better.
- Don’t talk about your job or activities.
The adjuster may ask you questions about your personal life. In some cases, this is an attempt to get proof that your injuries aren’t serious—don’t give them that chance.
5. How much is my case worth?
It can be difficult to determine how much your case is worth without a thorough review of the accident. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury attorneys may be able to estimate the value of your claim by calculating your lost wages, current and future medical bills, vehicle repair costs, pain and suffering, and more.