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The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Process in Virginia

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The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Process in Virginia

When you hire an experienced Virginia motor vehicle accident attorney it’s just the start of an involved process that will usually either end in a settlement or a court hearing before a jury.

To help guide you through this process Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has published The Motor Vehicle Accident Personal Injury Legal Process. Copies are available at our main office in Norfolk.

If you have been hurt in a car, truck or motorcycle crash, the first thing you should do is to get medical treatment. Read what to do after a car wreck here.

Once you have hired Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we will communicate with the insurance companies and their claims adjustor. There is no upfront fee. We only get paid if you make a recovery.

One of the advantages of hiring a personal injury lawyer is the fact you no longer have to deal with the other side’s insurance company which may seek to catch you out and to drive down your eventual payout.

Cooper Hurley investigates the pertinent issues related to insurance coverage benefits, exclusions, and coverage defenses.

The motor vehicle accidents claim process

Crash at Jefferson Avenue and Lee Street in Newport News (Newport News Fire Department)

We will also confirm medical providers with the client and obtain important documentation like medical records for treatment, lost wage information and expert opinions where necessary.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers may consult with a client’s treating doctors and other healthcare providers about a client’s condition and the progress of their recovery. We will prepare a settlement package to be presented to the insurance company.

If an acceptable offer is made and the client accepts it, settlement documents are drawn up with the insurance company.

If the offer is unacceptable to our client, we will start the litigation process. Although most cases are settled before trial we are prepared to take a case to trial and our attorneys have considerable trial experience.

Here are some of the things Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers does for our clients:

  • Gathers all written records and other documents to support a claim. These could include medical records, police records, employee records and video footage such as traffic camera evidence of a crash.
  • Performs an investigation of a client’s claim that will include gathering witness statements, diagrams of accident scenes, photographs and other physical evidence.
  • Reads and looks carefully at a client’s insurance policy to evaluate what coverage is available to pay for damages such as medical and wage loss benefits.
  • Obtains pertinent reports from experts to support a claim.
  • Educates and teaches the clients about the litigation process.
  • Prepares a client for deposition and a trial where relevant.
  • Analyzes and addresses any liens filed against a client’s settlement recovery.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyer’s our attorneys have more than half a century’s combined experience in motor vehicle accident claims. Please call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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