What Kinds of Personal Injury Lawsuits Do Our Harrisonburg Lawyer Take?
Our legal team in Harrisonburg, VA concentrate on representing people who are struggling to recover from serious injuries caused by others’ careless actions, disregard for safety or misconduct. By handling cases within a specific practice area, we have developed a detailed understanding of this area of civil law. Few attorneys in the Shenandoah Valley have handled more personal injury cases than David Kendall.
Today, David works with Elizabeth Kuhn, our senior personal injury paralegal, to assist injured individuals and families in Harrisonburg, VA. The legal team at the Kendall Law Firm believes that each of our clients deserves individual attention and our best effort to seek maximum recovery.
We handle a range of personal injury cases including:
Driving in Harrisonburg can be dangerous, even if you follow all traffic laws. Many car accidents are caused by drivers who engage in drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding, tailgating and other forms of careless driving. If you have been injured in a wreck caused by another driver, our injury attorney in Harrisonburg can investigate the accident and file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or, if needed, file a claim with your own uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage.
Accidents involving large commercial trucks require the assistance of an experienced Harrisonburg truck accident lawyer. Commercial truck accidents are more complex to resolve than crashes involving passenger automobiles. An investigation must be conducted, and logbooks, maintenance records, driver records and shipping manifests must be preserved as soon as possible. A personal injury claim involving a truck accident may involve the pursuit of claims against multiple parties, including parties located out of state. At Kendall Law Firm, our lawyer has experience with the complicated federal and state regulations that govern truck safety. We know how to hold negligent commercial truck drivers and trucking companies responsible for the harm they cause.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are common around Harrisonburg because of the presence of universities such as James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University. Unfortunately, drivers do not always look out for pedestrians and cyclists, who are extremely vulnerable if struck by a car or truck. Insurance companies often try to claim that the injured pedestrian or bicyclist was at fault. At Kendall Law Firm, we will aggressively challenge such attempts to shift the blame and fight for justice for our clients.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
When we move our loved ones into a nursing home, we have a right to expect that they will be treated with care and respect. If you suspect that your family member has been injured by physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse in a Harrisonburg nursing home, the Kendall Law Firm is ready to help you. Our Winchester personal injury lawyer can seek to hold those who harmed your loved one fully accountable. We also can serve as a liaison between you and the state or federal agency that may be investigating the situation. We can protect your family’s rights while a state or federal agency investigates an incident.
If another person’s negligence has caused the death of a loved one, you have the right to seek damages through a wrongful death claim. While a wrongful death claim is similar in many ways to a personal injury lawsuit, it can involve unique issues that require an experienced lawyer. For example, the types of damages sought in a wrongful death lawsuit differ from those pursued in a personal injury lawsuit. Common grounds for wrongful death lawsuits include fatal car accidents, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice and dangerous products.
At the Kendall Law Firm, we believe that individuals and businesses that act negligently and cause preventable accidents should pay for the harm they cause. Virginia law allows victims of personal injury accidents to seek full compensation for their losses.
Our attorney in Harrisonburg, VA will stand up for your rights and seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and pain and suffering.
What Services Do Our Harrisonburg Injury Lawyer Provides?
At the first meeting, our attorney will listen to you and learn as much as possible about what happened to you or your loved one. We will try to answer any questions you have about your situation. You should ask all the questions that you can think of and you should expect open and thoughtful answers.
We will explain your legal rights and whether in our opinion you have a valid personal injury claim. You are not under any obligation to hire us.
If we believe that you do have a case, we will discuss the strategy that we can pursue on your behalf to seek compensation and help you recover financially for your losses. We will offer to handle your case on a contingency fee basis.
If we agree to work together on your case, our lawyer in Harrisonburg, VA will get to work on your case without delay. It is important to move quickly before evidence is lost. We will:
Conduct a thorough investigation—We believe it is crucial to investigate an incident right away—before evidence is lost or destroyed. We will work quickly to examine the accident scene, interview eyewitnesses, obtain medical records and gather other evidence relevant to your claim.
Consult with qualified experts—We work with experts in fields such as accident reconstruction and life-care planning. They can help us determine how your injuries occurred and the impact of the injuries on your life and future.
Prepare your case—We prepare each case thoroughly as if it is going to trial. By doing so, we enter settlement negotiations with the insurance company in a position of strength and are in the best position to seek maximum compensation for your losses.
Seek justice for you in court, if necessary—Most clients would prefer to obtain the money to rebuild their lives without going through a trial if possible. We are successful in settling most cases without litigation. But if a case must go to court, we will be prepared to present a persuasive case on your behalf and vigorously challenge the other side’s version of events. If your personal injury claim is filed in state court, it would likely be filed in:
Rockingham Circuit Court
80 Court Square Harrisonburg, VA 22802
In some instances, the proper place to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is a federal court. The federal court serving Harrisonburg and the surrounding area is:
District Court for the Western District of Virginia
116 N. Main St., Room 314
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Additionally, we will always keep you informed of the progress of your case, return your calls and answer any questions you may have about your case. We believe our clients deserve the highest level of attention and respect.
What Steps Should I Take After an Accident in Harrisonburg?
If you have been involved in an accident in Harrisonburg or anywhere in the Shenandoah Valley, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should see a doctor, even if you do not require emergency treatment. Some injuries are not immediately apparent. You should get checked for head and brain injury, soft tissue injuries, fractures and damage to internal organs.
You can visit the emergency room of a hospital serving Harrisonburg such as:
Sentara RMH Medical Center (formerly Rockingham Memorial Hospital)
2010 Health Campus Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801