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Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyer

Jan 21

Even if your nephew is a personal injury lawyer in Virginia Beach, VA you must use a personal injury lawyer that practices in Virginia.  

State Laws

Of course, we all follow the laws of the United States.  But many laws concerning personal injuries in Virginia Beach are left up to the discretion of the individual states.  This is why, when you are injured through no fault of your own, you must find a reputable Virginia personal injury lawyer.  

Only a Virginia personal injury lawyer Virginia Beach will be thoroughly familiar with the state laws of Virginia.  Attorney Scott R. Barney at Barney Injury Law has negotiated and litigated hundreds of personal injury lawsuits since 2005.  Nothing is a surprise to him. 

Dog Bites

For example, the city of Virginia Beach has quite specific laws regarding dogs on the beach. Suppose you have been bitten by a dog while out on the beach. Attorney Barney is familiar with these confusing leash laws.   He knows what times of the day dogs can run the beaches and exactly which beaches they can be on.

He will know how to prosecute a personal injury suit that involves a dog that is supposedly “under control” of the owner. These kinds of cases can be very tricky. Choose a Virginia Beach, personal injury attorney who knows all the details of the Virginia laws.  

Statute of Limitations 

Other personal injury laws are unique to the state of Virginia. In Virginia, the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury in Virginia Beach is two years. The victim must either file the lawsuit or settle their claim within two years of the accident date.

On the other hand, if your accident is in Maryland, you would have three years from the date of the injury to bring your lawsuit.  

In either case, once the period has elapsed, you will no longer be able to collect compensation.

Establishing Fault

An experienced, skilled Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer knows that establishing fault is an important part of your injury lawsuit.  Maryland is an at-fault state, which means the victim can sue the at-fault driver for compensation.  But in Virginia, we are a comparative-fault state.  This means that if the victim is found to be even a tiny bit responsible for the accident, he can’t sue for compensation.  

A skilled Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer will make sure to establish your innocence.

Barney Injury Law - Law Offices of Scott Barney
1551 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 965-7200