Personal Injury

Paul A. Morrison

Focusing on personal injury, wrongful death and high profile criminal and domestic relations cases.

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Recognition: Paul A. Morrison

Member of the American Association for Justice and the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association

Admitted to practice before all Federal Courts in Virginia as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court

Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Chris Whelan

Chris Whelan specializes in civil litigation, personal injury and criminal defense cases.

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Recognition: Chris Whelan

Over twenty years experience litigating all types of civil and criminal matters

Former Army JAG defense counsel and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

Member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

President of the Fauquier Bar Association in 2004

Tom Ross

Specializing in business & real estate law, zoning appeals, wills, estates and trusts.

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Personal Injury Attorneys: Your Ally In Insurance Disputes

What happens after a car accident? Hopefully, your car damages and your bodily injuries (if any) will be paid for by insurance. There are a variety of cases, however, where this may not go as smoothly as you would like:

  • The other driver is at fault and does not carry insurance
  • The other driver is at fault and his or her insurance is not sufficient to cover your costs ("underinsured")
  • There is a dispute over who is at fault
  • The insurance company offers an amount that is unfairly low
  • The insurance company delays your claim, and the deadline for filing a lawsuit is approaching

All of these cases can make it hard to know what to do or where to turn. This is where a personal injury lawyer becomes your personal ally in the battle to get the payment that you deserve.

A personal injury lawyer is an attorney who specializes in handling cases for people who were injured or had their property damaged in accidents of all kinds. They deal very frequently with insurance companies and have valuable experience with the best legal strategies for getting an insurance company to pay. This is because accidents and injuries almost always involve filing a claim with an insurance company somewhere along the way, and insurance companies have an interest in paying out the least amount possible for these claims. Insurance companies are for-profit entities and will use a variety of tactics to minimize what they must pay, even when they are obligated by an insurance policy.

The kind of pressure that a personal injury attorney can put on insurance companies is sizable. Immediately when you hire a lawyer, your lawyer will notify the insurance company that you have legal representation and to direct all correspondence to the attorney's office, not to you. This sends a clear message that you are willing to take your claim to court, which means the insurance company will have to pay lawyers of its own if it wishes to keep fighting you. In some cases, this immediately triggers an offer from the insurance company, simply to get the case to go away.

Secondly, the insurance company now knows that it cannot hope to pressure or trick you. Insurance companies often pressure claimants to take a quick offer, even if it seems low, by threatening that it will be the final offer. In law, however, there is no final offer until the paperwork is signed. Your attorney will have expertise in understanding insurance companies' viewpoint and tactics, and will know whether they hold water.

Finally, if your case goes to court, your attorney will be able to represent you and bring all the strongest evidence to bear. Lawyers will rely on expert witnesses such as doctors to back up your claim with objective facts. Your chances of winning an insurance dispute go up as soon as you have a lawyer at your side.

If you are in Virginia and need a personal injury lawyer, call the law offices of Morrison, Ross and Whelan today.

Contact a Virginia personal injury attorney from our firm for immediate assistance in your injury case.