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How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

When it comes to personal injury, there are many types of incidents where a personal injury attorney can make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Personal injury goes far beyond car accidents or pedestrian accidents. Let’s take a look at several instances where you may seek the help of a personal injury attorney.

Incidents Where a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you’re not sure if your situation is one where a personal injury lawyer can help, see if it falls under one of the following categories:

Car Accidents

At Olmstead & Olmstead, P.C., we help car accident victims in many types of collisions such as:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Side-swipe crashes
  • T-bone accidents
  • Left turn/right turn crashes
  • Intersection collisions
  • High-speed accidents

A personal injury attorney can also help with accidents involving uninsured drivers. If you are injured in one of these accidents, you’ll want a personal injury attorney on your side to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Truck Accidents

If you are involved in a truck accident, you’ll want to have a personal injury lawyer represent you as well because many of the accidents involving trucks are serious. They can include:

  • Rollover accidents
  • Jack-knife accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Underride accidents
  • Blind Spot accidents

Serious injuries can result from truck accidents such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, and traumatic brain injury. Victims often need extended medical care, sometimes for a lifetime. A personal injury attorney can help you get medical compensation as well as compensation for lost wages due to the accident.

Motorcycle Accidents

Because motorcycles do not provide as much coverage as vehicles, the risk of serious injury can be greater. Riding on a motorcycle can be more dangerous and result in serious injury. Some common reasons for motorcycle accidents that people call a personal injury attorney include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Blindspot accidents
  • Speeding/reckless driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Vehicle defects

Any one of these types of motorcycle accidents in a variety of serious injuries such as:

  • Cuts, bruises, and skin abrasions
  • Fractures/broken bones
  • Head and facial injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Amputations/loss of limbs
  • Internal injuries
  • Burn injuries

If you receive any of those types of injuries due to a motorcycle accident you may be entitled to compensation that is either economic or non-economic.

Burn Injuries

Burn injuries fall under the category of issues that a personal injury attorney can help with. Several types of burns can cause serious injury. These include:

  • Thermal burns
  • Chemical burns
  • Electrical burns
  • Friction burns
  • Radiation burns
  • Laser burns

Any of these burns can be classified as first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree. First-degree burns are the least serious with third-degree burns being the most severe. Third-degree burns can often require long-term medical care that can be costly. Having a personal injury attorney can help you obtain that compensation.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can also result in serious injury. Many pedestrian accidents are due to human error. Reasons for pedestrian accidents include:

  • Failing to stop/come to a complete stop at a traffic light, intersection, or stop sign
  • Performing a right or left-hand turn without checking to ensure that the road is clear
  • Speeding
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while distracted
  • Failing to check rearview mirrors before reversing
  • Driving up onto the sidewalk

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, they can suffer serious injuries including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Fracture injuries
  • Crush and amputation injuries
  • Internal injuries

Pedestrians can also be at fault for accidents if they are walking while intoxicated or crossing the roadway illegally.

Dog Bites

If you are a victim of a dog bite in the state of Virginia it’s important to know that Virginia does not have a dog bite statute that holds owners liable if their dogs hurt someone. Pursuing compensation in dog bite cases requires a negligence-based case approach, one that requires a personal injury attorney.

Virginia does have a “one-bite” law that states that if a dog has shown aggressive or vicious behavior in the past, the owner had a duty to prevent a bite or attack from happening again. If the owner failed to prevent the attack, then they acted negligently. A personal injury lawyer can investigate the circumstances that lead to your injury to see if that was the case.

If you are bitten by a dog and can prove that the owner should be held liable for your injuries, you can seek compensation for:

  • Lost wages
  • The value of psychological harm, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, you have suffered
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Medical expenses
  • All other economic and noneconomic losses

While a personal injury attorney can help you in many dog bite cases it’s important to know that you may not be able to seek damages under certain circumstances such as:

  • Trespassing at the time of dog attack
  • Taunting or teasing the dog
  • Continuing to go towards the dog after being warned to stop
  • Carelessness near the dog

 If you have been injured by a dog, contact a personal injury attorney to see if your case may be eligible for compensation.

 Slip and Fall

While a slip and fall accident may seem harmless, injuries can be life-threatening. Statistics show that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of death in older Americans. If you think that your slip and fall accident was the result of dangerous conditions that could have been prevented, contact a personal injury attorney so that your situation can be assessed and you can receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Us if You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you need a personal injury lawyer, contact the offices of Olmstead & Olmstead, P.C.  We can make sure the compensation you receive from your personal injury case is fair.

Call us today at (703) 361-1555 to schedule your first appointment. We will review your case and answer any questions you may have. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

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