Personal Injury Law Firm Northern Virginia
King, Campbell, Poretz, and Mitchell demand their clients receive full and fair compensation when the negligence of another has caused a serious injury or the death of a loved one. Our lawyers are not ambulance chasers and we do not file nuisance value lawsuits. We represent select individuals that have suffered an injury caused by the negligence of another.
With King, Campbell, Poretz, and Mitchell, you will receive individualized attention and attention to detail. We prepare personal injury cases to go to trial and settle cases when appropriate. We have extensive experience and a long record of success in personal injury cases.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in VA?
In Virginia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally two years. This means that you typically have two years from the date of the injury or accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Virginia's civil court system.
If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame, the court may dismiss your case, and you may lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries. It's important to note that there can be exceptions and variations to this general rule depending on the specific circumstances of your case. For instance:
- Discovery Rule: In some cases, the two-year statute of limitations may not start running until the injury is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. This is particularly relevant in cases of medical malpractice where the injury may not be immediately apparent.
- Minor Plaintiffs: If the injured party is a minor (under 18 years of age) at the time of the injury, the statute of limitations may be "tolled" or paused until the minor reaches the age of majority (18 years old). In such cases, the two-year period may not begin until the minor turns 18.
- Government Entities: If you are filing a personal injury claim against a government entity in Virginia, there may be specific notice requirements and shorter deadlines. These cases can be particularly complex, and it's important to consult an attorney promptly.
- Defendants' Departure from Virginia: If the defendant leaves Virginia and resides outside the state for a significant period, it may affect the statute of limitations, and the clock may be paused during their absence.
- Wrongful Death: If the personal injury results in death, Virginia has a separate statute of limitations for wrongful death claims, which is generally two years from the date of death.
Given the complexities and potential exceptions in Virginia's statute of limitations laws, it's advisable to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an injury to ensure that you take the necessary legal actions within the applicable time frame. An attorney can assess the specific details of your case and help you protect your rights and pursue compensation for your injuries.
What Matters in a Personal Injury Attorney
Importantly, our clients know we care. We care about our clients’ physical and emotional well being and we care about pursuing compensation for all our clients have suffered, including damages related to medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of economic opportunity and more.
Mr. Ryan Campbell is The Great Lawyer! Very knowledgeable about the law and had my case dismissed!- Eduardo O.
Right from the start, I felt like I was in good hands. I could tell Joe King really cared about my situation and believed me.- Mark T.
Mr. King has the ability to really and truly listen, and then starts to strategize from a point of understanding.- Meti L.
From our initial meeting and throughout the process I had a 100% confidence I had made the right choice. Joe was easy to communicate with, very professional.- J.G.
Mr. Campbell went above and beyond to defend me and I am great-full to have representing me.- Habte Z.
My case became so complex and Evelyn managed to be one step ahead each time. She kept me updated at every step.- Rinku S.
Mr. Sherlock is definitely for the people he represents.- Evin R.
I highly recommend Evelyn Mitchell, if your marriage must be dissolved she is a lawyer you can trust to watch for your best interests and bring you to a good conclusion.- Ross B.