Our personal injury partner, Yvonne Griffin, offers unique insights into estimating the value range of your auto accident case, including your “pain and suffering.” Her judgement and intuition are based on representing well over a thousand car accident clients. In addition to Yvonne’s own experience, she has a powerhouse of cross-practice legal expertise available to assist in your consultation, such as workers’ compensation, social security disability or property law attorneys.
Yvonne will look at your case from all angles; all of her attention and expertise will be focused on your unique injury situation, no interruptions, no rush. She’ll help you analyze your case, and provide options going forward.
Yvonne’s consultations are free, the information she provides is exceptional. Request a meeting today.
Yvonne T. Griffin – Personal Injury Partner (College of William and Mary Law School)
Matthew B. Westmoreland – Personal Injury Attorney (Liberty University School of Law)
Carolin McDonald – Personal Injury Paralegal
Rachael Roy – Personal Injury Legal Assistant
“My team and I truly value our clients. We fight with everything we’ve go to help them recover the full value of their cases. We fight to recover all available med pay, reduce their medical liens, and maximize their settlement offers; and when the insurance companies won’t offer a fair settlement, we take them to court and let the jury decide. Our clients deserve to be made whole.” — Yvonne Griffin
“Yvonne Griffin is an extremely smart lawyer. Her years of experience were on prime display as she worked through every difficult problem with my case. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer.”
“Thank you for taking my ‘small’ case. I know you all worked hard to help me and I’m very grateful for all you did for me.”
“I highly recommend Yvonne Griffin and her staff. Not only did they get me a great settlement, they also got my medical liens reduced, which meant more money for my family.”
“Yvonne Griffin represented me in a car accident that required many months of hands on attention. She was a compassionate person always taking into consideration my limited ability from my brain injury, but not making me feel inferior. I highly recommend Yvonne. She is a true professional.”
“Yvonne Griffin is a fearless trial attorney with significant court room experience.”
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[The results obtained under one set of circumstances cannot be a predictor of future results.]
Whatever the severity of your injuries, you need to begin protecting your rights immediately. After a wreck, an insurance adjuster will contact you asking you to give statements, sign releases or settle your case.
REMEMBER, the adjuster works for the insurance company – not you. The adjuster looks out for the insurance company’s best interests – not yours. You should always speak with a personal injury attorney before you talk with someone from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Yvonne Griffin will put your needs first – not the insurance company’s.
Some damages that result from car accidents are easily quantified. They are called economic or “special” damages. These can be proven with hospital bills for medical treatments; auto-body shop bills for towing and repairs; and, when you are unable to work, statements from employers, W-2s, or tax returns. Although quantifying special damages may be simple, measuring pain and suffering is far more challenging.
“Pain and Suffering” costs are included in the category of non economic or “general” damages. Back in the early 2000s, many insurance companies multiplied medical bills by 3 to come up with a value in soft tissue cases (muscle strains and whiplash.) In the past decade, most insurance companies in Virginia have moved away from that system. In Virginia these days, insurance companies typically are using one or more of several methods:
Some people underestimate the value of their own pain, missing out on a considerable amount of deserved compensation. Other people may overestimate the value of their pain and suffering, only to have an adjuster refuse to negotiate with them because the injured person’s valuation is unrealistic.
Personal Injury attorneys, i.e., lawyers who do only personal injury cases, typically have a large amount of experience, training, and education that they use to evaluate the value range of a case. PI attorneys look at the evidence of your case, your medical treatment and bills; how your injuries have impacted, and possibly will continue to impact, your health; how your injuries have impacted your ability to do your job and other necessary activities; how your injuries have impacted your enjoyment of hobbies and recreational activities; inconvenience, mental anguish, and other problems caused by your injuries. They apply their experience, training, and education to these and other factors to come up with an opinion as to the value range of your case.
Unless you have served on a jury deciding a personal injury case, knowing how jurors come up with a case’s value is a mystery. Most juries probably start with medical bills and then add value for each proven portion of pain, suffering and lost wages. Two different juries hearing the same case will, more likely than not, come up with different values for the case. For example, say a case is tried and the jury gives a verdict of $1,000,000. After the defense is granted a new case on appeal, the same witnesses, the same testimony, the same physical evidence, the same lawyers, and the same arguments go before a new jury. The new jury gives a defense verdict of $0. This scenario, with different numbers, has happened, probably may times, in Virginia.
My team and I can review the details of your case and calculate a value range to fit the pain and suffering your injuries have caused. Using experience, education, training, the law, the evidence, and our willingness to fight for our clients, we obtain the most money that we can for our clients.
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