How long will my car accident (or other injury accident) claim take in Virginia?

If you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s likely that you want to resolve your case as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, in Virginia, if you’ve suffered a significant injury, your case could take weeks, months, or years to pursue. In terrible injury cases, it can take years.

That’s because, in Virginia, you’re only paid at the end of your case. Insurance companies will not pay out individual medical bills, weeks of lost wages, and other losses as they build in your life. (To be clear, we are talking about your personal injury liability claims. For a discussion on medical expense coverages, we will be drafting an article in the near future that covers this). That means that you will only be given one check once you’re fully recovered, had an opportunity to make a full demand to the insurance company, and have negotiated a fair settlement. If that can’t be done, your case has to be filed in court and prosecuted.

That means that once you resolve your claim and get paid, you can’t go back for more money. Therefore, if you have an injury and are still recovering, you should talk to an attorney to discuss your options before just settling.  In Virginia, there’s typically a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases (while in some instances it can be shorter, such as claims against the state or county).  So don’t wait to make the call, because you risk waiving your claim if you do so.

Should you have any other questions about Virginia accident cases, feel free to reach out to Abrenio Law at 703.570.4180. We provide FREE consultations. Also, take some time to review the other articles, blogs, and videos that we’ve created and will continue to create here. We hope they will provide useful information for you to make the best decisions about your case.