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Virginia Car Accident Claims: Recovering Compensation for Whiplash

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Virginia Car Accident Claims: Recovering Compensation for Whiplash

Serious automobile accidents remain far too common in Northern Virginia. According to data from the Virginia Highway Safety Office, in the year 2015 there were more than 1,900 highway collision in the city of Alexandria alone. Collectively, these wrecks resulted in 731 reported injuries.

Auto accident injuries come in many different forms. Among the most common, and complex, are whiplash injuries. If you sustained a whiplash injury in a Virginia car accident, you deserve just compensation for your damage. Here, our experienced Alexandria auto accident attorneys discuss what you need to know about recovering compensation for a whiplash injury.

 

Understanding Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is a type of neck strain injury that frequently occurs in car accidents. The reason for this is that collisions can cause an occupant’s head to be stretched back and forth in a very violent manner. Not only is this type of neck overextension extremely painful for the victim, but it can also cause serious damage to underlying soft tissue.

Notably, these types of injuries are difficult to diagnose. They often come with a delayed onset, and there is no specific medical test or x-ray test that can be used to definitively prove the existence or extent of a whiplash injury. If you feel as though you have suffered serious neck strain in a car accident, you need to get yourself to the doctor for an immediate examination. Some symptoms you should watch out for include:

  • Severe pain;
  • Neck stiffness and reduced motion;
  • Headaches;
  • Shoulder pain;
  • Back pain; and
  • General discomfort when sleeping.

 

Recovering Compensation for your Injuries 

In Virginia, whiplash victims are entitled to financial compensation for the full extent of their damages. Though, sadly, insurance companies make recovery for whiplash extraordinarily challenging. As whiplash injuries can be difficult to prove, insurance companies often undervalue these claims. To protect your interests, you need to work with a qualified Alexandria car accident attorney who can help you obtain the full settlement offer you deserve. You may be able to recover for any of the following:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Costs of physical therapy;
  • Lost current and future wages;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental distress; and
  • Loss of life enjoyment.

 

Contact Our Top-Rated Alexandria Car Accident Lawyers Today

 

At Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC, we have helped many auto accident victims recover fair compensation for their whiplash injuries. If you suffered whiplash or any other type of soft tissue damage in a Virginia car crash, please call us today at (703) 370-8088 to set up a free review of your case. From our office in the heart of Alexandria, we represent clients throughout Northern Virginia, including in Arlington, Fairfax and Springfield.

Who is Eligible to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Virginia?

Losing a loved one in an avoidable accident is a tragic, heartbreaking experience. We know that there is nothing that can truly make up for that type of deep personal loss. Still, family members of the victim should always exercise their full legal rights. The negligent party must be held accountable, and victims need financial relief to support themselves and their loved ones.

In Virginia, these types of claims must be brought under the state’s wrongful death statute. Unfortunately, not all loved ones of the victim have direct legal rights under this law. Here, our compassionate Alexandria wrongful death attorneys explain who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Virginia.

 

Virginia Wrongful Death Lawsuit Eligibility  

Spouse and Children

Under Virginia law, statutory beneficiaries have the primary right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Indeed, no one else will be able to bring a claim ahead of the primary statutory beneficiaries. Under the law, the primary beneficiaries are:

  • The spouse of the victim; and
  • The children of the victim.

 

Other Immediate Family Members

Of course, some people do not have a surviving spouse or surviving children to bring a claim. Additionally, for whatever reason, a spouse or child may simply choose not to participate in the legal process. When this occurs, other parties can step into to take legal action on behalf of the deceased. Though, at this point, only immediate family members are eligible to bring a claim. This includes:

  • The parents of the victim;
  • The siblings of the victim; or
  • A blood relative who was a legal dependent of the victim.

 

The Estate 

Finally, if there are no eligible relatives to bring a claim, regardless of the reason, then the estate of the victim has a right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Anyone who is in line to inherit the property of the deceased may have the right to step in and take over the case as a representative of the estate. These situations are especially complex, so it is imperative that anyone in this position seek immediate legal assistance from a qualified Virginia wrongful death lawyer.

 

Contact Our Alexandria Wrongful Death Attorneys Today

 

At Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC, our compassionate wrongful death lawyers want you to be able to focus on your family, while we handle all of your legal issues. For immediate assistance with your claim, call us now at (703) 370-8088 to get a free case evaluation. Our firm is located in Alexandria, and we serve communities throughout the region, including in Fairfax County and Prince William County.