Virginia is not known as an overly friendly jurisdiction for Plaintiffs,
particularly when dealing with soft-tissue injuries. However, one positive
for Virginia plaintiffs is access to the
General District Court for claims under $25,000, which allows cases to be resolved much quicker than in Circuit Court
and without unnecessary delays and expenses.
Our firm is proud to announce that Attorney Joseph A. Smith recently represented
a man who was injured in a rear-end collision in Arlington County. Our
client suffered injuries to his neck, back, and shoulder. The client's
medical bills were less than $4,000. The defendant alleged that our client
made an improper stop.
The suit was brought against the defendant driver in Arlington General
District Court. The driver's insurance company denied liability all
the way to trial and had made no offer to settle the case. At trial the
defense attempted to show that our client had contributed to the collision
and should recover nothing. Fortunately, Mr. Smith was able to prove that
our client was not at fault and that the defendant was entirely responsible
for the collision as he admitted he was not looking in front of him when
he started to accelerate forward. Based on the client's testimony
and the medical records, the court awarded our client $8,770. More than
double the client's medical bills.
Regardless of the size of the case, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is dedicated to fighting
for our clients and getting the best results. If you have questions about
your rights and how a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer from our
firm can help,
contact us today.