I pride myself in helping clients through their toughest times.- Bill O’Mara
Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Why Your Personal Injury Case May Go to Trial in Virginia
I help people when they are injured in car accidents. Sometimes, the injuries are absolutely terrible. Part of what I do is I file a lawsuit because insurance companies usually are not fair. I often have to file a lawsuit to help my client get what they deserve.
Filing a lawsuit is a long and complicated process. I deal with it day in and day out. Our firm deals with it day in, day out. However, often the people we help are not familiar with the process and don't understand it.
Generally speaking, a lawsuit can last 12 to 18 months on average. You have to file a lawsuit and then the paperwork is exchanged between both parties.
Then you have depositions with all the lawyers talking about what's happening and the injuries. Finally, you have a trial date and you have to get ready for the trial date.
That takes a lot of time and effort. You have to meet with the lawyer and the lawyer has to do amazing things to prepare your case. At the end of the day, at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we are ready to try your case. We are ready to go in front of a jury and we do everything we do to prepare for a trial.
Although many cases do settle before they reach a jury, at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we have a long track record of taking cases to trial and will take all of the necessary steps. Here are some tips to help your case if you are in a car accident.
Top Tips If You Are Involved in a Car Accident
1 Seek treatment immediately. If you decline treatment and have serious symptoms, it could complicate your case and the other driver's insurance company may downplay the seriousness of your condition.
2 Don't rush to settle your case. Often the other side's insurance company will seek to woo you with money. Typically, the sum offered is far less than your case is worth. If you accept at this time, you may not receive enough money to meet your medical needs.
3 Do not provide a statement to the defendant's insurance company. This can harm your case. You never have to give a recorded statement, even if the insurance company tells you they need one. If you hire a personal injury lawyer, we will deal with all of the negotiations with the insurance company.
4 Document everything. Start a file and write down everything about your case. if you have photos and witness statements from the accident scene, keep them here. Keep records that could be useful to your case and provide all of the evidence to your lawyer.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we are prepared to fight the insurance company all the way in line with our motto Your Injury, Our Fight! Call us at (757) 455-0077.
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.
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.
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.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.