Personal Injury Law in Virginia
The state of Virginia requires that in cases of personal injury, the plaintiffs must prove that the incident was caused due to the defendant’s carelessness or negligence. Plaintiffs must also prove that the defendant’s wrongdoing actually caused their damages and/or suffering.
In Virginia, contributory negligence law is in effect. This means that if any party did not act in a manner that was to benefit their own safety, and they were injured by another person’s recklessness, the may not be entitled to compensation. If multiple parties are involved in the incident they may all be responsible for all of the suing party’s losses under Virginia’s joint and several liability rules.
In the case of a consumer product personal injury lawsuit, Virginia has a products liability rule. In order to win a personal injury lawsuit in these kinds of cases in Massachusetts, the plaintiffs must prove that the product was flawed or had a lack of warnings, which caused the consumer harm and damaged them in a substantial way. In Virginia, the suing party must also prove that the defect wasn’t an obvious one that could’ve been easily avoided.
Defendants in a personal injury lawsuit are responsible for a number of things in most cases. For example, they are responsible for any payments made by the plaintiff relating to the personal injury case that is underway. The defendant is responsible for any funds lost by the suing party, any personal property damage, any bodily injuries or permanent personal damage, any pain either physical or emotional, and any other costs due to the personal injury lawsuit at hand, not including attorney’s fees which are paid out of the total settlement amount.
The statute of limitations in Virginia for personal injury cases is two years, meaning that if there is no lawsuit filed within the first two years after the incident then there cannot be a lawsuit. Consult a qualified Virginia Personal Injury Attorney to see if you have a valid case before entering into any kind of lawsuit.
The article presented above is based on the best available data available and is for informational purposes only. Consult a qualified personal injury attorney before relying on any information presented here.
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