Personal Injury

What’s the Difference Between an Injury Lawsuit and an Injury Claim?

by Staff Blogger | July 12th, 2021

After an injury, you may have many expenses. You may need medical treatment, which can include everything from a cast for a broken bone to surgery to weeks or months or physical rehabilitation. You also may be unable to work, which means no paychecks until you’ve recovered enough to get back on the job.

When many people are in your shoes, they look to the parties that caused their injuries to get compensation for their expenses. And there are two ways to go about getting that compensation: filing a damages claim against their insurance, or filing a lawsuit against them.

Filing a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance is almost always preferred by everyone involved—including the insurance company. In this situation, payment for damages is negotiated between the victim, their lawyer, the negligent party, and their insurer. When all sides agree on an amount, it’s paid up and the claim ends without ever going to court.

But when the at-fault party or their insurance company either refuse to admit fault or pay a fair settlement, filing a lawsuit is the next step. That’s when the damages claim goes to court and is heard by a judge and jury. Insurance companies usually want to avoid this, as it’s costly and risky. But sometimes, they dig their heels in and refuse to pay unless they’re ordered to by a judge and jury.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we use both methods to get our clients full compensation. Although we strive to avoid going to trial, we aren’t afraid to do so if it means getting victims the money they’re owed. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

Injured Less Than 2 Years Ago? You May Still Have a Claim!

by Staff Blogger | February 15th, 2021

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia personal injury attorneys always stress the importance of contacting a lawyer right away after accidents and injuries. But we know that not everyone wants to get involved in the legal process or is even aware of what their accident-related expenses will be. In fact, many victims don’t fully understand how much money they’ll be out until several months after their injuries.

At that point, many victims assume it’s too late to pursue a compensation claim. But because Virginia’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date they happened, victims can still file claims long after they were hurt. Of course, filing a claim several months or even more than one year after the injury occurred can make it more difficult to win, but there’s always a chance—especially when evidence is available.

Because we offer free consultations, there’s no risk to contact our firm and let us know what happened, even your accident occurred well over one year ago. Evidence is evidence, and when we can prove you weren’t at fault for your injury and that you’ve incurred serious damages because of it, we may be able to win you the money you’re owed. All it takes is making a phone call or filling out the form on this page.

Don’t be dissuaded from filing a compensation claim simply because you think too much time has passed. If the statute of limitations hasn’t expired, it’s always worth exploring your options, and we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

There’s No Cap for Personal Injury Settlements in Virginia

by Staff Blogger | December 28th, 2020

Getting compensation for an injury you suffered because of someone else’s negligence is a right afforded to virtually all Americans. But not all citizens can pursue the full amount of compensation they’re owed. That’s because some states place caps on injury damages, whether it’s economic (i.e., medical bills and lost wages) or non-economic (i.e., pain and suffering or loss of consortium).

Fortunately, Virginia has no such caps on either economic or non-economic damages. Capping personal injury settlements can make sense for the people and parties who are on the hook for paying settlements, but it can seriously hurt victims. That’s because some injuries can result in hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in damages.

How can an injury be so expensive?

  • Medical bills can be lifelong—Some injuries require lifelong care. Consider an auto accident victim who is paralyzed in the crash. They may need care and rehabilitation for the rest of their lives. A capped settlement will never be enough to cover these costs.
  • Disability can be permanent—There are few bigger life stressors than being unable to provide for your family. But some accident victims become permanently disabled, which means they can never work and earn paychecks again.
  • Pain and suffering can be immense—Accidents can be both physically and mentally traumatic. Victims may develop intense depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These psychological and emotional problems can severely impact relationships and day-to-day life for victims.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our job to help victims get every penny they’re owed. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation or call (757) 461-5555. We’ll determine how much money you deserve, and we’ll fight to get it for you.

What Exactly Is a “Catastrophic” Injury?

by Staff Blogger | September 7th, 2020

Legal terms are helpful for personal injury attorneys. We use them to communicate with other professionals in our field. We use them in legal documents. But we also know that most people aren’t familiar with jargon used in the legal industry.

One common term used by personal injury lawyers and doctors is catastrophic injuries. Though this phrase can include several types of injuries, it typically implies that the injury is debilitating and long-lasting.

So, a sprained ankle is not a catastrophic injury. But a serious spinal cord injury is absolutely a catastrophic injury.

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

To better illustrate our point, here are a few injuries that fit the term catastrophic:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Serious burn injuries
  • Loss of a limb

Each of these injury types tend to share a few things in common. They restrict people from performing everyday activities. They are incredibly painful and costly. They’re also, at least to some extent, permanent in nature.

Why Does It Matter if an Injury Is Catastrophic?

Personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries tend to require a great deal of research and preparation on the part of a personal injury lawyer. The stakes are also very high in these cases. If the injured person doesn’t get adequate compensation for the damages they’ve experienced, they could be forced to live a life without the care, treatment, and rehabilitation needed to cope with their injuries.

In short, when you hear that an injury is catastrophic, you know that the damages suffered by the injured person are severe. When someone suffers an injury of this magnitude, they need an attorney with experience handling catastrophic injury cases.

If You Need Help, Contact Us

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury through no fault of your own, reach out to the experienced Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Swimming Pool Injury? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | June 1st, 2020

For many people, swimming pools are the ultimate summertime escape. They’re great places to cool off on hot days for both kids and adults alike. However, in addition to the ever-present threat of drowning, swimming pools can also put people at risk of other serious injuries.

Common swimming pool-related injuries include:

  • Slip and fall injuries—Whether it’s from splashing or dripping swimmers, every surface near a swimming pool is likely to get wet while the pool is being used. It’s up to pool owners to ensure that those surfaces don’t become slick and dangerous when they get wet to prevent slips and falls.
  • Chlorine and chemical injuries—Maintaining an optimal level of chlorine and other cleaning agents in swimming pools is mandatory to keep them free from bacteria and safe for swimmers. When there’s too little, swimmers can get sick, and when there’s too much, they can suffer health problems.
  • Cuts and abrasions—People walk around swimming pools with bare feet, and they come into contact with metal and rough surfaces such as ladders, diving boards, slides, and liners. Hazards such as broken glass, sharp edges, and broken equipment can put swimmers at risk of serious injuries.

The Virginia personal injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help if you or someone you love suffers a serious swimming pool injury this summer. All swimming pool owners are required to take many steps to ensure their property is safe for swimmers, and when they fail to do so, we hold them accountable. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

Injured Because of Someone Else’s Negligence? You Need a Lawyer.

by Staff Blogger | February 17th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we assist people who were injured in auto accidents, truck accidents, work accidents, medical malpractice scenarios, and more. While our practice areas cover a wide swath of the most common types of injuries, we know that not all injuries are easily categorized. In addition, many victims are unsure of the type of injury or illness they suffered, and that can make them hesitant to pursue compensation.

We believe that innocent victims should never pay out of pocket when their accident-related expenses were caused by careless people or parties. That’s why we’re always available to hear stories from people throughout Virginia who have been injured in accidents or unforeseen events. Our consultations are always free, and we don’t get paid unless we recover compensation for our clients.

Our office is located in Norfolk, but our Virginia personal injury lawyers are available to help innocent victims throughout the state, including residents of Chesapeake, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and more. Our team is ready to take phone calls 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. We also have a team of operators on our website who are ready to assist you with your questions and concerns.

Don’t let an injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence slide. You may be facing a future filled with expensive medical bills and weeks, months, or years off the job. That can make it difficult to stay on top of your family’s living expenses, but we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Social Media Can Jeopardize Your Auto Accident Claim

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2019

Social media is a great tool for staying in touch with family and friends, but it can cost you big money after an auto accident. Insurance companies do everything in their power to pay victims as little as possible after crashes, and that includes keeping tabs on their social media profiles.

The adjusters assigned to your case may check your social media accounts on a regular basis for things like:

  • Information about your accident—To be successful, auto accident claims must be truthful and consistent. If insurance adjusters find differing accounts of the accident on victims’ social media profiles, they may question the official accounts of what happened.
  • Pictures of you—Insurance adjusters also check victims’ profiles for new pictures that may indicate their injuries aren’t as serious as they claim. For example, adjusters may be skeptical of victims who claim to have suffered serious injuries but who upload photos of themselves being active or taking part in activities that might be difficult due to their injuries.

In many cases, insurance adjusters misinterpret what they see and read on victims’ social media profiles. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry and to not give the adjusters any edge against you when it comes to getting compensation.

Stay off social media after your crash, and be sure to get an experienced Norfolk auto accident attorney on your side. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Defective Product Victims Deserve Maximum Compensation

by Staff Blogger | May 6th, 2019

Consumer products are designed to make life easier and more efficient, while medical products are designed to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. The safety and effectiveness of products hinges on the steps their manufacturers took before they were released to the consumer or medical markets. Unfortunately, some manufacturers skip essential steps or use low-quality materials, and that can put the people who purchase or use their products at risk.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk defective product lawyers know how dangerous untested and poorly manufactured products can be. We also know that victims may feel helpless when it comes to getting compensation from huge billion-dollar corporations. We aren’t afraid to stand up to big product manufacturers, especially when it involves getting damages for victims’ medical bills and lost wages.

Don’t be afraid to get the money you deserve for what you’ve been through. Defective product injuries are often debilitating and disabling, and you may be facing an uncertain future involving extensive medical treatments and weeks, months, or even years out of work. We know what you’re dealing with, and it’s our goal to help you recover and put your injuries behind you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Injuries Are Expensive. Let Us Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve.

by Staff Blogger | February 18th, 2019

The financial impact of injuries is twofold.

First, victims incur big medical bills that can continue to pile up for weeks, months, or even years after their injuries occur. That’s because injuries often require everything from surgeries and hospitalization to prescription medications and physical rehabilitation.

Second, injuries can result in temporary or permanent disabilities that make it difficult or impossible for victims to work in any capacity. That means no paychecks and no way to support themselves or their families.

The Norfolk personal injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers believe that innocent victims shouldn’t have to suffer because of injuries that weren’t their fault. That’s why we do everything we can to help victims get maximum compensation for their injury-related expenses.

If you or someone you love was injured because of a negligent driver, healthcare professional, dog owner, nursing home employee, or any other party, we’re here to help. First, we’ll investigate your claim to determine your rights to compensation. If we prove you weren’t at fault, we’ll determine exactly how much money you need to move forward with your life. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to help you get it.

Don’t trust the insurance company to give you a fair settlement without a lawyer on your side. Insurance companies are in business to generate big profits for themselves—not for injured victims like you. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help you and your loved ones.

Hurt Because of Someone Else’s Negligence? A Lawyer Can Help.

by Staff Blogger | November 26th, 2018

Whether you were hurt in an auto accident, by a defective product, or because of a negligent healthcare provider, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses. That includes expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk personal injury attorneys help victims who have been harmed in a variety of situations and by a variety of individuals and parties. Our law firm has many years of experience assisting people just like you, and we know what it takes to win.

When you contact us:

  • We’ll help prove who was at fault—Insurance companies are often skeptical of injury claims, and they frequently cast doubt on the innocence of victims. Our attorneys know how to collect and present evidence that makes a compelling case for the origin of your injuries.
  • We’ll negotiate to get you maximum compensation—Even when insurance companies agree that victims weren’t responsible for their own injuries, they still may refuse to pay settlements or they may offer only lowball settlements. We’ll calculate how much you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses, and we’ll fight to help you get it.

Trying to get compensation on your own after an injury or illness that wasn’t your fault can be difficult. It requires extensive knowledge of the legal system and how insurance companies view claims—and we have both. Call us today for a free consultation.