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Answer: Each county in Virginia has its own set of local laws regulating what a dangerous and/or vicious dog is. In Fairfax, a “vicious dog” is one who has (1) killed a person, (2) inflicted serious injury to a person (multiple bites, seroiusly disfigured, seriously impaired the health of, or seriously impaired the bodily function … Continue reading How does Fairfax County define “dangerous and vicious dog?”

Answer: Yes. In Maryland, there is a three year statute of limitations on personal injury cases. This means that within three years of the date of your injury, you must have either settled your dog bite case or filed a lawsuit. Otherwise, you will not be able to recover a dime. It is important to … Continue reading Are there time limits for filing or settling a dog bite case in Maryland?

Answer: A medical malpractice case must be filed within two years of the date of the injury in Virginia. However, there are several exceptions to this rule that can be explained to you by a Virginia medical malpractice attorney, including the fraudulent concealment rule and the continuing treatment rule.

Answer: In the District of Columbia, you have three years from the date of your injuries (the day of the motorcycle crash) to either file a lawsuit for injuries sustained or to settle your case. If you fail to do either within the required time period, you will never recover a penny for your injuries. … Continue reading What is the statute of limitations for a motorcycle accident case in D.C.?

Answer: No. This is actually a very foolish idea. Maybe you got up after being hit and you’re feeling a little rattled, but you don’t think anything’s broken… and you’ve always been a “fast healer,” so you’re happy to just accept a couple hundred in cash from the other driver in exchange for not making … Continue reading Is it safe to settle with the other driver at the scene of a Virginia motorcycle accident?

Answer: Probably not. Motorcycle helmets are designed for use in one crash and one crash only. But they can generally withstand the force of the impact of a short drop to the floor, especially if they are certified by the Snell Foundation or by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The real damage is done to … Continue reading I dropped my motorcycle helmet on concrete. Do I need to buy another one?

Answer: The Snell Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to improving the effectiveness of auto racing helmets, recommends that, in the absence of any crashes, you change your helmet every five years. This is because the materials inside the helmet, like glues and resins, tend to degrade over time in a way that affects the liner … Continue reading How often should I replace my motorcycle helmet?

Answer: In Maryland, you have three years from the date of your injury to either settle your motorcycle accident case or file a lawsuit. If you do not do one of these two things within the three year statute of limitations, your claim will expire. A lawsuit filed even a day after the statute of … Continue reading How long do I have after a motorcycle accident in Maryland to file a personal injury claim?

Answer: Yes. In Virginia there is a two year statute of limitations for personal injury actions. This means that your case must either be settled by two years from the date of your injury or you must have filed a lawsuit. If you were injured in a Virginia motorcycle accident, it is important to contact … Continue reading Are there any time limits for filing an insurance claim after a motorcycle accident in Virginia?

Answer: Maybe. The rule in Virginia is that if you ahve been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving “moral terpitude,” then that conviction can be introduced at trial to allow a jury to infer that you are being less than truthful. Crimes of moral terpitude are those that involve lying, cheating or stealing. … Continue reading Will a prior felony conviction affect my recovery in a Virginia personal injury case?

Answer: Tort reform is variety of ideas and laws that are designed by big business and the insurance industry to limit the recovery of the Plaintiff in a personal injury case. Most commonly, we see tort reform in the medical malpractice field. Tort reform ideas include: Limiting an injured person’s right or access to a … Continue reading What is tort reform?

Answer: Tort is one of those words that almost no one uses outside of law school, except to talk about “tort reform.” But to understand what they’re trying to “reform,” you first have to know what a tort is. A tort is a wrong caused by the breach of a duty. Typically, when we’re talking … Continue reading What is a tort?

Answer: The definition of a frivolous lawsuit is one that is brought with no legal merit and little or no chance of success. Frivolous cases are those that are brought based on absurd legal theories or that have no underlying basis in fact. While the insurance industry has done a wonderful job of creating the … Continue reading What is a frivolous lawsuit?

Answer: All of our fees are contingency based. This means that whether you owe us any money at the end of your case is contingent upon us getting some recovery for you. You may have heard these referred to before either as “no fee if no recovery” or “we don’t get paid unless we get … Continue reading What is a contingency fee?

Answer: The law firm is advertising that they are taking the case on a “contingency basis.” This means that they will not take a fee if they can’t either get your case settled or win it at trial. However, it does not necessarily mean that you don’t owe them any money. In most cases, you … Continue reading What does it mean when a law firm advertises that there is “no fee if no recovery?

Answer: Probably not. In Virginia, have a claim against the negligent teenaged driver after an auto accident, but not her parents. This is true even if the teenaged driver was unlicensed or still driving with a learner’s permit. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule: if a drunk teenager asks her parents for the … Continue reading I was hit by a teenaged driver – do I have a claim or a lawsuit against her parents?

Answer: No. Simply bringing a personal injury claim does not mean, in and of itself, that you are headed for the courthouse. The vast majority of cases settle without even having to file a lawsuit. However, in cases where the insurance company is unreasonable, you may be forced to file a lawsuit and even take … Continue reading Does filing a personal injury claim in Virginia mean that I have to go to trial in the courthouse?

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