Were you hurt in an accident through no fault of your own? Did someone else’s reckless or negligent actions severely or fatally injure someone close to you? If so, turn to a legal team with the experience, skill, and resources necessary to get justice for you and your loved ones. For more than three decades, the experienced Virginia Personal injury lawyers of CHASENBOSCOLO have helped defend the rights of injured people across Virginia. We are committed to providing compassionate and committed representation for our clients, and we get results.
Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers
CHASENBOSCOLO handles cases all over Virginia, from major cities like Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, and Newport News to smaller communities such as Norton, Emporia, Covington, Buena Vista, and Galax. Our firm serves every county in the state, from Fairfax County to Prince William County to Loudoun County and everywhere in between.
No case is too big or too small for our firm, and no location is too far for us to reach. We are committed to helping all Virginia accident victims, residents, and visitors.
Did you suffer severe injuries, or did another party’s negligence in Virginia kill your loved one? You don’t have to fight for compensation on your own. Turn to a legal team that others have trusted when it matters most. Turn to CHASENBOSCOLO for help.
Our aggressive team of Virginia personal injury attorneys will fight to ensure you get every last dollar of compensation you are entitled to. Call (703) 538-1138 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer?
After an accident, insurance companies will contact many people very quickly for the negligent parties. You should never provide a recorded statement or say anything to these agents until you have legal representation.
An insurance company aims to resolve your case for as little money as possible, even though a representative for the insurer may claim that the company is committed to helping you. Agents can lull victims into a false sense of security, so they see no harm in speaking about their accident with the insurance company. Still, the questions asked are usually designed to make people unknowingly make very damaging admissions about their degree of negligence in these cases.
Some insurers may offer you a lump sum settlement and then aggressively try to get you to accept it. Representatives will commonly tell people something like “more money to keep for yourself,” this logic is often fed to people before they have even had the opportunity to contact a lawyer.
Whatever settlement you may have been offered, you should refuse it because chances are very good that the amount is nowhere near what you are actually entitled to. CHASENBOSCOLO can determine the true value of your case and then diligently work to recover as close to that amount as possible.
Why Choose CHASENBOSCOLO To Handle My Case?
CHASENBOSCOLO has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for thousands of clients since our founding in 1986. We have grown to become a team of 25 attorneys and more than 90 professionals with over 100 years of legal experience.
Barry M. Chasen has over 30 years of legal experience and has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence. He was also named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2013.
Benjamin T. Boscolo has also received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is an American Association for Justice member and was a workers’ compensation panelist for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).
CHASENBOSCOLO understands the financial strain many people face after accidents, so we provide the No Fee Guarantee®, so you do not have to worry about paying anything unless you receive a monetary award. You can count on our firm to work towards a fair and full settlement of your case, but you should know that we will never be afraid to file a lawsuit if an insurance company does not make an acceptable offer.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
CHASENBOSCOLO handles various personal injury cases for clients all over Virginia. Our team of experienced attorneys works together to help people reach the most favorable possible outcomes for their cases.
Some of the most common practice areas we handle include, but are not limited to:
- Auto Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Athletic Injuries
- Bike Accidents
- Burn Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Defective Products
- Dog Bites
- Drug Injuries
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Premises Liability
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Maritime and Longshore Injuries
- FELA Train Injuries
- Defense Base Act
- Workers’ Compensation
- Wrongful Death
You should not wait after an accident until things become difficult before you contact an attorney. You want to reach out for legal representation as soon as possible.
Your lawyer will immediately investigate your accident to determine the cause, collect evidence, and identify all liable parties. You can count on CHASENBOSCOLO to fight for maximum compensation because we represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means our fees are based strictly on what you recover.
Virginia Car Accident Personal Injury Statistics
According to the 2022 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
- There were 122,434 traffic crashes in Virginia in 2022. This represented a 3.3 percent increase compared to the 118,482 crashes in 2021.
- That year, one crash occurred every 4.3 minutes throughout Virginia.
- Of those crashes, 942 (7.7 percent) were fatal crashes, and 37,550 (30.7 percent) were injury crashes. The remaining 83,942 crashes resulted in property damage only.
- There were 1,005 killed in Virginia accidents that year, a 3.8 percent increase over the year before. Of those killed, 685 were drivers, 149 were passengers, and 171 were pedestrians.
- Pedestrian fatalities saw a major increase of 36.8 percent to 171 deaths, up from 125 in 2021.
- Alcohol-related crashes rose by 2.4 percent to 6,910. Alcohol-related fatalities were up 10.9 percent to 274 deaths.
- Speed-related crashes increased slightly by one percent to 24,877. However, speed-related fatalities decreased by 0.9 percent to 441 deaths.
- Motorcycle crashes and fatalities also increased in 2022, rising by 0.2 percent and 8.8 percent, respectively. Bicycle accident fatalities saw a 31.3 percent decrease.
- Distracted driving crashes decreased by 1.1 percent but still accounted for over 20,000 crashes. Fatalities involving distracted driving were down 18.8 percent to 95 deaths.
Virginia Workplace Injury Statistics
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 125 fatal workplace injuries throughout Virginia in 2021. Of those fatal occupational injuries:
- Twenty-six (20.8 percent) resulted from violence or other injuries by persons or animals
- Thirty-nine (31.2 percent) resulted from transportation incidents
- One (0.8 percent) resulted from a fire or explosion
- Twenty-one (16.8 percent) resulted from slips, trips, or falls
- Eighteen (14.4 percent) resulted from exposure to harmful substances or environments
- Sixteen (12.8 percent) resulted from contact with objects or equipment
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injuries
What should I do if I am involved in an accident?
Whatever accident you are involved in, your first step should always be to ensure you receive medical care. You should go to a hospital even if you do not think that you were hurt, as you may have suffered an injury involving delayed symptoms.
Suppose you wait until symptoms worsen to seek medical attention. In that case, you may not receive the best possible care, and an insurance company will be very likely to question the severity of your injuries because of the delay in treatment.
Another important step after any accident is to preserve whatever evidence you can. In most cases, this will involve two key steps: taking multiple pictures of your accident scene and getting the names and phone numbers of any people who saw your accident. Try to get as many as you can from multiple angles and distances when taking photographs. Lastly, do not speak to any insurance company or anybody else about your accident until you have legal counsel. Be especially cautious about what you share on social media.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit for an accident?
Under Virginia Code § 8.01-243.A, a person generally has two years from the accident date to bring an action for injuries. The statute of limitations is also two years for a wrongful death claim, but the limitations period begins on the date of a person’s death instead of the date of the accident. Two exceptions to the statute of limitations include minors or mentally or physically incapacitated individuals. When a victim is a minor, the two-year limitation period will begin on their 18th birthday.
What is contributory negligence?
Contributory negligence is a common law defense only recognized by five states nationwide. Virginia is one of those states. Under contributory negligence, a person whose injuries were caused by their negligence (even just 1 percent to the other party’s 99 percent fault) is prohibited from recovering any damages.
Contributory negligence is far different from the comparative negligence model used by most states, in which both parties’ fault is considered and can impact jury awards. Contributory negligence is also the first thing that most insurance companies will look for in any injury case, as a finding of contributory negligence will help a person avoid liability.
Personal Injury Statistics
The 2017 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reported 13 bicycle fatalities in 2017 in 14 fatal crashes, 619 injury crashes, and 37 property damage crashes. The DMV also reported there were 539 bus crashes in 2017, with two accidents classified as fatal crashes, 215 bus accidents classified as injury crashes, and 322 accidents classified as property damage crashes.
According to the DMV, 127,375 total crashes in Virginia in 2017 caused 843 fatalities and 65,306 injuries. The total included 787 fatal crashes, 42,425 injury crashes, and 84,163 PDO crashes.
The DMV reported that 114 pedestrians were killed in crashes in 2017, 1,571 were injured, and 447 were seriously injured. The 2,119 motorcycle crashes resulted in 107 motorcycle riders killed, 1,794 motorcycle riders injured, and 770 motorcycle riders seriously injured.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the private construction sector in Virginia had 24 workplace fatalities in 2016 and 4,700 total recordable cases of nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses associated with construction in 2017. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that 21.1 percent of worker fatalities in private industry in 2016 were in construction.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Virginia
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in Virginia, you must take action as soon as possible. You usually have limited time to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions, and every second counts after any accident.
CHASENBOSCOLO has been helping people all over Virginia get justice for over three decades. Our lawyers can help you understand your legal options when you call (703) 538-1138 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.