Proving damages in a PI case is crucial
Written by our personal injury lawyers in Manassas
One of the most important parts of a personal injury case, especially one involving a car accident, is proving damages. Even if you are not at fault for an accident, you may not be able to recover unless you or your personal injury lawyers can prove damages.
For more than 30 years, our personal injury lawyers in Manassas have been helping accident victims in Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, and Annandale.
Not proving damages can be costly
In a recently Virginia case, the injured party was rear ended by the defendant driver. The defendant admitted he was at fault and therefore the only issue was the amount of damages that the injured party suffered.
The plaintiff testified that she did not suffer any cuts, scrapes, bruises, swelling, or other injuries. There was no evidence presented regarding any damage to her car. However, the plaintiff went to the emergency room, her primary care doctor, an orthopedist, a physical therapist, and a neurologist – incurring roughly $73,000 in medical bills.
The jury began their deliberations and asked the court whether the plaintiff’s medical bills were paid by health insurance. The judge instructed the jury that the presence or lack of insurance was irrelevant. The jury then returned a verdict for the plaintiff for $0.
In this case, just like other personal injury cases, the burden was on the plaintiff to prove her damages by a preponderance of the evidence. She did not.
If you have been injured in a car accident, our personal injury lawyers in Manassas can analyze your case and take every step necessary to prove your damages.
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Personal injury lawyers in Manassas serving Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, and Annandale.