Have you been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s careless or negligent behavior? If you have been physically or psychologically injured as a result of someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the law. Tucker, Nong and Associates provides comprehensive legal services for all types of personal injury cases in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC areas.
Depending on your decision, our team of personal injury lawyers can aggressively pursue your case in court or, skillfully negotiate an excellent settlement agreement. Regardless of your decision, our experienced personal injury lawyers will get you the best possible result for your case.
Types of Injury Cases We Handle
The accident attorneys at Tucker, Nong and Associates have extensive experience in personal injury law. Our team handles serious injury cases throughout the DMV area and can represent you in all types of personal injury cases (including, but not limited to):
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation Claims in Virginia and Maryland
- Medical Malpractice
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Wrongful Death
What to Expect When Filing an Injury Lawsuit
Personal Injury cases are a tricky and windy road to go down as settlements and suits are messy matters for each party to endure. The first thing to understand is that it will not be resolved immediately and making sure to select the right attorney is imperative.
There may be a lot of waiting. Small cases can usually be resolved in a timely manner, but larger cases can take several months or even years to be resolved. The litigation process can be difficult for anyone to comprehend so choosing a lawyer that you trust is essential.
You have a right to know what is going on at all times. There are several steps in the process such as pleadings, motions, hearings, interrogatories, discovery, documents, continuances, adjournments, and deadlines. Though it is a daunting procedure you are embarking on, if you do not understand what it is your lawyer is explaining to you, it's important that you ask for more details. The decisions you make during this process can have a huge impact on your life and your family's future.
Be prepared to be questioned by the defense attorney as he may ask you several questions regarding your medical or financial history.
These are just some of the preparations that are involved in a personal injury lawsuit. Again, it is important to hire an attorney you can trust and who will frequently communicate with you on any updates or developments.
Personal Injury Laws Can Vary in Different States
State laws vary on how negligence is determined in accident cases. In some states, compensation is based solely on the other person’s amount of fault. In most states, an injured person will not recover anything if his or her carelessness was 50% or more responsible for the accident. If you have been involved in a personal injury accident, it is best to be sure of the specific laws governing the area you were in at the time of the accident. To learn more about the personal injury laws in your area, visit one of the following pages:
- Personal Injury Laws in Virginia
- Personal Injury Laws in Maryland
- Personal Injury Laws in Washington DC
How to Determine Liability in Accident Cases
Determining legal responsibility, which is known as liability, can be complicated. Most automobile accidents occur due to some degree of careless behavior, liability is generally determined by a basic so-called rule of carelessness. It says that if one person is not as careless as the other, the less careless driver must pay at least part of the damages suffered by the more careful one. This rule plus one or more of the following propositions is used to help determine legal responsibility in an accident:
- The injured party was not where he or she was supposed to be or was involved in an activity that could have been responsible for the accident.
- The person who did cause the accident might not be liable because there was no “duty” to look out for the injured person.
- The injured person was also careless. Therefore, compensation may be reduced.
- The negligent party caused an accident while working for someone else.
- That employer may also be held responsible.
- The accident took place on dangerous – meaning poorly built or maintained – property.
- The accident was caused by a defective product. The manufacturer/seller may be held liable even if the injured person is unaware who caused the defect or how it happened.
What Happens When More Than One Person is at Fault?
In some accidents, such as if several drivers are at fault for causing a wreck, more than one person may be held responsible. Most states hold any one of the careless parties fully responsible for a person’s injuries. That leaves all the responsible parties to decide between themselves whether one should reimburse the others.
This rule concerning collection from any responsible party has advantages for the injured person. If one liable person is insured and the other is not, a claim can be made against the insured person for the full amount. If both are insured, the claim must be made with only one insurance company. Injured parties are advised after an accident to notify any party thought to be responsible about a possible claim for damages.
Comparative Negligence Helps Determine Which Party Was More Careless
In most states, a person who is judged to be careless and in part responsible for causing an accident is allowed to receive some compensation from another person who was also judged to be careless and in part responsible for the accident. The liability of the other person is determined by comparing the carelessness of the two parties. This rule is known as “comparative negligence”. The resulting percentage of liability determines the percentage of damages that the other person must pay.
Have You Been Injured In An Accident Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C.?
If you've been hurt in an accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Vienna, Virgnia office directly at 703.991.7978 or our Rockville, Maryland office at 301.637.5392 to schedule your free case consultation.