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Northern Virginia Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Lawyers

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Attorneys Howard Ackerman and David Falcon have a long history of representing injured persons. Whether it is a car, truck, or motorcycle crash, a slip and fall, or a mishap on the job, Ackerman & Falcon has the knowledge and skills to help you get back on your feet by ensuring that any and all responsible parties are held legally liable. We have successfully resolved more than 1,000 personal injury and workers’ compensation cases and have been recognized by our peers for our achievements with the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating for our skills and integrity.

Personal Injury

People who suffer injuries in accidents can seek recourse from any party that caused their injuries. Generally, in a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff will assert a negligence claim against the defendant. Under Virginia law, to prove that a defendant should be liable for negligence, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff and that the defendant breached the duty by failing to act with reasonable care. The plaintiff and their Northern Virginia personal injury attorney must then demonstrate that the breach proximately caused the plaintiff to suffer actual damages, which means that the harm would not have occurred if the defendant had not breached the duty owed.

Car Accidents

Car accidents may occur because of unsafe roads, defective vehicles, or other causes, but typically they are caused by negligent driving. If you were injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover damages from the party who caused the accident in a personal injury lawsuit. Typically, a plaintiff who successfully proves a defendant’s liability for a car accident may be awarded economic damages, such as compensation for the cost of medical treatment, out-of-pocket expenses, property damage, and lost wages. A plaintiff also can receive non-economic damages, which usually include compensation for the emotional distress, suffering, and pain caused by the accident.

Truck Accidents

Tractor-trailers pose a risk of harm to other motorists, due to their massive size and weight. As a result, they must be driven carefully to prevent devastating accidents. Specifically, truck drivers are required to comply with safety regulations regarding maximum drive times, truck weight limits, pre-trip and post-trip inspections, and truck maintenance and repair. Many accidents involving trucks are caused by a truck driver’s failure to comply with safety regulations, and drivers who negligently cause accidents can be held liable with the assistance of a personal injury attorney in Northern Virginia. If the driver was working for a trucking company at the time of the accident, his or her employer may be held liable as well.

Motorcycle Accidents

There are risks associated with riding motorcycles, since they do not provide any external protection, and other motorists often fail to respect the rights of motorcyclists. For example, many collisions are caused by drivers turning left in front of motorcyclists without sufficient clearance, or striking motorcyclists from behind or when attempting to pass them on the left. In many cases in which a motorcyclist is injured in a collision, the person who caused the collision will argue that the motorcyclist was at fault and should therefore be denied damages. Therefore, it is critical for anyone injured in a motorcycle accident to hire an attorney who can counter these arguments.

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one due to someone else’s carelessness is devastating and often financially concerning. The Virginia Wrongful Death Act allows the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate to seek compensation for the losses caused by the person’s death. Specifically, people defined as beneficiaries, such as children and spouses, may be awarded damages for the loss of the deceased person’s income, reasonable funeral expenses, the cost of medical treatment prior to the deceased person’s death, and compensation for the loss of the deceased person’s comfort and companionship. Our Northern Virginia personal injury lawyers can guide grieving families through these difficult times.

Construction Accidents

Construction accidents often cause catastrophic harm, such as paralysis, crushed limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and death. In many cases, a person injured in an accident on a construction site may not only file a workers’ compensation claim with his or her employer but also pursue damages against negligent third parties that contributed to or caused the accident. For example, the injured person may be able to pursue a product liability claim if his or her injuries were caused by unsafe machinery.

Premises Liability

Slip and fall accidents and other accidents arising out of dangerous conditions on a property are some of the most common causes of injuries. In many instances, people injured on the premises of another party will seek compensation for their harm from that party. Generally, whether a property owner owes a duty of care to a person entering a property, and therefore whether the property owner can be held liable for the person’s harm, depends on the person’s purpose for entering the property and whether the property owner knew or should have known of the risk of harm. For example, a property owner owes a greater duty of care to a person entering a property for business purposes than to a trespasser.

Dog Bites

When a dog bites a person, it can cause severe pain, infection, scarring, and other harm. The owner of a dog that bites someone often may be held liable with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in Northern Virginia. In most cases, the owner will owe the injured person damages only if the owner knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous. Under Virginia law, a dog will be deemed dangerous if it attacks, bites, or causes injuries to another companion animal, such as a cat or dog, or a person.

Workers’ Compensation

Workplace injuries often require medical treatment and may prevent an injured worker from earning an income. Virginia workers’ compensation laws provide a remedy for this harm, however, by allowing injured workers to seek benefits from their employer. To recover benefits, the injured person must establish that he or she is an employee and that the injury occurred while he or she was in the course and scope of his or her job duties. Benefits recoverable include medical coverage for treatment and compensation for lost wages.

Contact a Vigorous Advocate for Accident Victims

People who fail to act responsibly and injure other people should be held accountable for any harm that they cause. The trusted personal injury attorneys at Ackerman & Falcon are dedicated to helping injured people recover compensation for their harm, and we will tirelessly pursue the full amount of damages that you are entitled to recover. We represent injured people in lawsuits throughout Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties. You can contact us via our form online or by calling 703-636-3052 to set up a meeting.

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