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Serious injuries can be catastrophic, not only to those who are injured, but also to their families. This is especially true if the person injured is supporting a family or others.
As Abingdon personal injury lawyers and Washington County injury attorneys, we understand the full range of issues that confront injury victims and their families. We offer experience and dedication in seeking to recover complete and fair compensation, and we are tenacious in seeking to hold accountable all those who are responsible for every dollar owed.
As trial attorneys, we will not hesitate to bring the cases of our clients to a jury if an acceptable settlement is not offered. We believe that the possibility of trial – and the potentially higher damages that may be determined by a jury – is a strong incentive for those who are responsible to pay the full value for all damages and injuries that they have caused.
We are also committed to helping our clients during their recovery process. We work with the insurance companies for our injured client, speak with medical professionals to learn about the extent of the injuries and the rehabilitation required, and provide information to medical bill collectors about our efforts in seeking a financial recovery. We strive for legal excellence to ensure the best results for all of our clients.
A Proven Track Record
Our firm has a long history of protecting the rights for the injured and disabled in Abingdon and the surrounding communities. Firm founder Mark T. Hurt has practiced law for over 25 years, and has litigated hundreds of injury cases, ranging from slip-and-fall cases to complex injury cases resulting in million-dollar settlements. He has also recovered significant compensation for clients through trial.
At our firm, your case matters. You won’t be treated as a number, no matter the size of your case. We work tirelessly for every client in seeking the best result possible.
Injury Cases Handled at Our Firm
According to the American Medical Association (AMA), catastrophic injury is defined as severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain, including skull or spinal fractures. These injuries often result in permanent and/or life-altering physical changes, such as paralysis and long-term chronic pain, as well as emotional and mental turmoil. Tragically, catastrophic injury can also lead to death.
Catastrophic injuries often are the result of car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bike accidents, bus accidents, and defective equipment. They can also occur from other causes.
For information concerning our wrongful death representation, please see our “Wrongful Death” page.
Injuries from Car and Truck Accidents and Crashes
Nearly 7,000 people are involved in car or truck accidents each day. Severe crash injuries can result in broken bones, lacerations, head trauma, and other catastrophic injuries. In some cases, these injuries will heal fairly quickly, but in many other instances these injuries can result in a lifetime of lingering pain that prevents injury victims from living the life they want. These injuries can also leave victims with substantial monetary loses.
For more information, see our page on “Car Accidents” and our page “Do I have to Talk to the Insurance Company after a Car Crash? Learn What You Should Say.”
Wrongful Death can result when a person dies due to the negligence, reckless conduct, or intentional acts of another person. Damages for wrongful death are permanent, and the pain from the loss of a loved may never go away. In a case for wrongful death, a victim’s family is entitled to specified damages under the law, which often include the present value of the lost income that otherwise would have been provided to a family, compensation for medical bills, property loss, burial expenses, other direct damages, and the loss of love and companionship.
In a wrongful death case, it is critical that all damages be properly sought in the course of litigation, and that a claim be initiated during the applicable statute of limitations. Our firm provides vigorous representation on behalf of families who have lost a loved one in seeking to recover the full compensation deserved.
See our page on “Wrongful Death.”
Industrial Injuries can be sustained from plant explosions, defective machinery, toxic chemical exposure, toxic fume inhalation, electrocution, and other industrial injuries. In most cases, if a worker is injured at their employment, they may only be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. In cases of extreme and reckless disregard for safety, a company may be liable if management knowingly exposed workers to highly dangerous conditions.
While worker’s compensation laws generally preclude injured workers from suing an employer for a work injury and instead limit their compensation to worker’s comp benefits, workers injured on the job can still sue others responsible for causing injury (in addition to receiving worker’s compensation benefits). For instance, workers may bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product, or against another contractor at a job site responsible for causing injury.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (also known as “TBI’s”) are often caused by vehicle crashes or collisions, physical assault, falls, bicycling and motorcycle crashes. TBI’s can result in life-long symptoms, including brain hemorrhages, seizures, amnesia, behavioral disorders, loss of impulse control, and many other devastating consequences. All brain or head injuries should be taken seriously and examined by physicians.
Getting experienced TBI lawyers is critical in seeking full recovery for a serious brain injury case, as the effects of the injury – and the care required – may last a lifetime.
Everyday, we use products that we depend on to function properly according to their intended use. Nonetheless, defective products can result in devasting injuries, including permanent injuries or even death.
Products can be defective in a number of ways, ranging from failing to work as intended to being unreasonably dangerous because proper safety instructions were not provided. Regardless of the reasons for the defect, those inured are entitled to damages and full compensation. As product injury lawyers, we help clients injured by defective products get the compensation they deserve.
Premises Liability – Slips and Falls
Legally, slips and falls are a type of “premises liability” matter, as property owners have a legal duty to make their premises safe. This duty applies not only to store owners and business owners, but also to residential property owners, landlords, and lessees.
In addition to slips and falls, premises liability extends to other injuries that can be sustained on a property, including dog bites (as discussed below) and tragic accidents such as drowning in a swimming pool that was not properly secured.
It is important to contact a premises liability lawyer shortly after an incident in order to successfully gather evidence to help build a strong case.
See our page on “Premises Liability and Slips & Falls.”
Motorcycle, Bike, and Pedestrian Accidents
Motorcycles are often attractive due to their relatively low cost, compact size, and the more exciting commute provided. Unfortunately, the compact sizes of motorcycles can make it hard for drivers to spot motorcycle drivers, resulting in catastrophic collisions. Even if they are wearing a helmet, motorcyclists have little protection in the event of a serious collision. As a result, even fairly low-speed collisions can result in severe injury or sometimes death.
Similarly, bicyclists and pedestrians also have little or no protection in the event that they are hit by a car or other vehicle. They too often sustain severe injuries in these crashes, and, tragically, many bicyclists and pedestrians are killed each year as a result of being hit. We are tenacious is seeking full damages for clients involved in motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian crashes.
See our page on “Motorcycle, Bike, and Pedestrian Accidents.”
According to a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) ¹, approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. Some dog bite injuries may seem minor, but nearly a quarter of dog bites result in infection, so it is important to consult with a physician as soon as possible after the attack.
With the growing number of dogs bites every year, insurance companies will continue to look for reasons to deny dog bite claims, which is why it is essential to hire a dog bite lawyer if you or a family member has been bitten.
See our page on “Dog Bite Lawyer.”
Appeals for Personal Injury Lawsuits
In some instances, a favorable outcome will not be obtained at trial, or a favorable outcome may be appealed by the opposing party. In these circumstances, our firm is available to appeal on behalf of clients for both firm and non-firm cases, provided that there are legal grounds to make an appeal.
Attorney Mark Hurt has had significant success in appealing cases throughout the Virginia state court system, and throughout the Federal court system, including the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
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“Mark took over my car accident case from another attorney that I fired. Mark worked hard on the case for several months to get ready for trial. Shortly before trial he got a settlement that was six times more than the offer my first lawyer tried to get me to take.”
 “Dog-Bite-Related Fatalities — United States, 1995-1996,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, , accessed August 06, 2019, https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00047723.htm.
We hired Mr. Hurt to help settle a worker’s comp injury case for my husband. Mark, Bart, and Mary worked tirelessly to resolve his case and reach a settlement we were pleased with. They were always available to answer questions and returned calls in a timely manner.