Personal Injury Law in Virginia – FAQ

Dirk Padgett Law - Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a family member have been injured in an accident that you believe was someone else’s fault, you likely have a number of questions about Personal Injury Law. What should you do now? Should you file a lawsuit? What would it cost?

While not every situation requires an attorney, it’s important to remember that insurance companies will have teams of lawyers and adjusters investigating your claim. They’ll begin their work quickly and will be documenting every word you say or write – that’s their job. Despite what their commercials say, if you have a claim against them they are not on your side.

That’s why it’s important that you protect yourself, your family, and your interests from the very beginning. We hope these answers to some Personal Injury Law frequently asked questions are helpful for you. 

Keep in mind that all personal injury cases are different. Contact Dirk Padgett Law to speak with an attorney about your specific situation. Consultations are free and there’s no obligation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is personal injury?
    • In the context of the law, personal injury is a broad term that refers to any type of accident or incident that results from the negligence or wrongdoing of others that leads to bodily injury or death. Examples include, but are not limited to:
      • Brain injury
      • Motor vehicle accidents
        • Car accidents
        • Truck & 18-Wheeler accidents
        • Motorcycle accidents
        • Plane & Helicopter accidents
        • Boating and Personal Watercraft (PWC) accidents
      • Wrongful death
  • When do I need a personal injury lawyer?
    • If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, it’s important that you retain a personal injury lawyer as soon after the accident as possible. You’ll want the benefit of dedicated legal counsel with you during all parts of the process. 
  • How much is my case worth?
    • With Personal Injury law, every case is unique. The value of your claim will vary based on the specifics of your situation. Elements that come into play when calculating the value of your claim include:
      • Medical expenses
      • Property damage
      • Lost earnings
      • Future lost income
      • Estimated future medical expenses
      • Pain and suffering
  • Will this cost me out-of-pocket? What is a contingency fee?
    • At Dirk Padgett Law, you don’t pay anything out of pocket to us for personal injury cases. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that our fee and expenses are deducted from money you are awarded. In short, we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
  • What is litigation and how does it work?
    • “Litigation” is simply the process of taking legal action. With personal injury cases, the litigation process begins when we file a personal injury lawsuit in court on your behalf. Once the lawsuit is filed, the process begins so that we can schedule a trial. This can be a lengthy process, so it’s important to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after the accident.
  • Why should I select Dirk Padgett Law for my personal injury case?
    • At Dirk Padgett Law, 95% of our practice is devoted to litigation. That high level of experience, coupled with our founding principles of dedicated service to, and aggressive representation of our clients, have given us a formidable track record in winning personal injury cases.


This content is for basic informational purposes only and is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice.