Top 5 Personal Injury Questions 1) If I have an attorney, how much does it cost? Breit Law, P.C. handles cases on a contingency fee basis. This means they get a percentage of what you collect. Most personal injury lawyers charge one third of the total settlement or up to forty (40) percent if the case goes to trial. If the case is lost, the attorney gets one-third of zero. This fee means the lawyer will work to obtain the highest settlement possible since they are paid a percentage of what is collected. The contingency fee helps injured clients take on the insurance company and not have to worry about paying expensive attorney’s fees up front. 2) Do I still need to talk to the insurance adjuster after I have an attorney? No. A client should never give a recorded statement to an insurance company. After you hire an attorney, he or she will instruct you not to talk to the insurance company. The lawyer will provide all of the information an insurance company needs to settle your case. Insurance companies will ask for lots of documentation which can be quite burdensome. Lawyers do this all the time so the client no longer needs to worry or be bothered by the process, which seems difficult and overly complicated. Your lawyer will deal with the insurance company. 3) I did not suffer any life threatening injuries but I am still hurt. Do I have a case? Yes. Any person who sustains an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence has a case. Virginia has a General District Court for cases with a value less than $25,000.00. You can get a quick trial date, you can present medical evidence with an affidavit so the doctor does not have to come to court, and a judge decides how much to award. This is commonly known as “small claims” court. It is very helpful in resolving a soft tissue or whiplash type injury case without the expense of having a jury trial. 4) What will I win after my case ends? All settlements must be approved by the client. Insurance companies settle cases based on the amount of the medical bills incurred, lost wages, the extent of the injury, and whether there is permanent injury. The lawyer gets a one-third fee; there are court costs that have been advanced by the lawyer, and medical bills that have to be paid out of the settlement. For example, out of a $30,000.00 settlement, the client may net $15,000.00 after all attorney’s fees, court costs, and medical bills are paid. If the client accepts the settlement, the case is over. If the client wants more, then we go to trial and a jury decides the amount of damages. Damages are awarded for all expenses incurred, and damages for pain and suffering, inconvenience, and the affect of the injuries on your daily life. 5) Why should I choose Breit Law, P.C. to handle my case? Breit law has specialized in personal injury cases for almost (40) years. With some of the largest verdicts in the area, Breit Law, P.C. is the law firm many other law firms turn to when they have a difficult or complicated case. If you’ve been hurt in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, call one of the most experienced law firms in Virginia.
A personal injury case happens when someone injures another person as a result of negligence. Negligence is a failure to use ordinary care. Ordinary care is the care a reasonable person would have used under the circumstances of the case. So, if someone negligently injures another person, they will be held responsible for all injuries that were caused by the accident. For example, in an automobile case, the failure to use ordinary care means violating a motor vehicle law. If a driver causes an accident by speeding, following too close, failure to obey a highway sign, failure to yield, or violating some other traffic law, then that driver is negligent and will be responsible for any injuries caused by his or her negligence. In a medical malpractice case, if a doctor violates the standard of care, then he is negligent. The standard of care means using the degree of skill and diligence in the care and treatment of his patient that a reasonably prudent doctor in the same field of practice or specialty would have used under the circumstances of the case. This must be proven by the expert testimony of another doctor. Breit Law has specialized in personal injury cases for almost (40) years. With some of the largest verdicts in the area, Breit Law, P.C. is the law firm many other law firms turn to when they have a difficult or complicated case. If you’ve been hurt in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, call one of the most experienced law firms in Virginia.
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Mr. Breit mentored Ms. Stroyeck during law school in Virginia Civil Procedure. Lauren was Mr. Breit’s legal secretary for several years before deciding to go to law school.
No one is buying what McConnell is selling
“IGNORE THE RHETORIC about Gorsuch” (Mitch McConnell column, Feb. 2) is the pinnacle of hypocrisy. According to McConnell, Justice Antonin Scalia’s “seat on the Supreme Court does not belong to one president or one political party. It belongs to the American people.” Then he has the temerity to say that Neil Gorsuch is entitled to an up-or-down vote, just as we’ve had for past nominees by presidents of both parties.
This opinion was the exact opposite after Scalia’s death. At that time, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, made clear that no nominee of President Barack Obama would come before the Senate for a vote. Now he has the audacity to wrongfully complain that the left’s attacks on Gorsuch started even before his nomination was announced. That sounds awfully familiar. McConnell says that Democratic senators should fall in line behind the nominee because “this is not the time for further division or political revenge, and for the sake of the country it is time to bring our country together.” Why hasn’t McConnell spoken up as President Donald Trump demonizes anything and anyone, including U.S. senators, who disagree with him? When respect and diplomacy are abandoned by the president, and when members of Congress seem unwilling to exercise any check or balance, it is disingenuous for McConnell to expect others to respect the members of Congress, who appear to care only about their own political agendas. The American people voted to drain the swamp. They were justified. Senators now face a divisive nomination process that exemplifies why Americans are so angry with politicians in the first place. Gorsuch is a highly respected federal judge. He should receive the same type of fair and honest consideration that the Senate afforded Judge Merrick Garland.http://pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/letter-no-one-is-buying-what-mcconnell-is-selling/article_6db96391-7f24-5acf-8525-dcbbc306f587.html Virginia Beach