Southwest Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer
No one prepares to be injured. Nonetheless, each year Americans make over 139 million trips to the ER, millions of which are related to injuries caused by someone else’s fault.
Southwest Virginia residents are not immune from being injured by others. From Abingdon to Roanoke and beyond along Interstate I-10, there are countless injury accidents and fatalities. Additionally, there also countless severe injuries and the tragic loss of life throughout this area in non-crash accidents.
For those seriously injured, and for the families who have lost a loved one, suffering through the initial pain, rehabilitation, or recovery can be difficult and financially devastating. If the injury or wrongful death was due to the negligence of someone else, you and your family should not have to worry about how to pay bills, or how to sustain your livelihood. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we are passionate about helping injury victims and families in seeking the full and fair financial compensation to which they are entitled.
We serve clients in Abingdon, Grundy, Bland, Wytheville, Marion Roanoke, Salem, Pulaski, Galax, Hillsville, Tazewell, Pennington Gap, Leesburg, Jonesville, Lebanon, Wise, Norton, Richlands, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Gate City, and throughout Southwest Virginia.
The Types of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases We Accept
With more than three decades of practice, firm founder Mark Hurt has secured millions of dollars for southwest Virginia clients and families. Mark is known as being a highly experienced trial lawyer, and has won cases in court at the trial, appellate, and supreme court in Virginia, as well as in U.S. Federal District Court, Federal Appellate Court, and before the United States Supreme Court.
Mark and our firm represent clients in virtually all types of injury and wrongful death cases, including those arising from or involving:
- Car, passenger truck, and passenger vehicles
- 18-wheelers and semi-trucks
- Construction accidents, including falls, amputations, and electrocution (as well as associated worker’s compensation claims)
- Defective products and product liability
- Slips and falls in commercial stores, parking lots, and on private property
- Vicious dog bites
- Traumatic brain injury
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia/tetraplegia
- Industrial accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
We Represent the Families of Wrongful Death Victims.
In the US, a person is killed every three minutes by a preventable event.2 When a wrongful death occurs, grieving loved ones can find themselves in an economically challenging position, especially if the decedent provided a substantial portion of the family income or if significant medical bills were incurred as a result of the tragic accident.
Our representation in wrongful death cases includes:
Seeking Compensation for Lost Wages
Wrongful death cases involving a family breadwinner or spouse are particularly challenging, as in order to secure full compensation, experts and other professionals will be required to provide an opinion on matters such as the lost income that otherwise would have been earned by the decedent. These financial calculations can be complex, as they require considering the job and wages earned by the decedent at the time of death, as well as the likely promotions, bonuses, and other compensation that the decedent would have otherwise earned throughout the course of a career.
Seeking Compensation for the Loss of Companionship
In addition to financial compensation, the family or spouse who loses a breadwinner is also entitled to recover for the emotional loss and loss of companionship. We are dedicated to showing to juries the full range of a family’s or spouse’s loss, including the love and guidance that otherwise would have been provided by a parent, and the emotional loss that is suffered by a spouse when their loved one is no longer there.
It is important that juries understand exactly how the lives of the loved ones left behind will be forever changed so that they will be able to determine the amount of compensation that will be just and fair.
Helping Clients Through this Difficult Time
If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence, we offer our sincerest condolences. We understand the emotional toll and financial strain that these types of situations create, and we are here to help at every step during the process of seeking financial compensation. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we have spent decades helping surviving family members in successfully seeking full compensation, and, if we are retained, we will work tirelessly in demanding justice from those responsible.
We Pride Ourselves on Providing Personalized Representation.
We pride ourselves on providing dedicated, tenacious, and personalized representation for every client. In injury cases, there are often additional matters that we can help with, such as seeking short and long-term disability from the insurance carriers if they fail to provide what they owe (if you have such insurance). Additionally, if you were injured in a vehicle accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver, we can also seek the appropriate compensation from your insurance company (if you also have this insurance).
We will help you with filing insurance claims and similar matters that may be a part of your case, and, if needed, we can contact those who may be sending you medical bills to advise that we are litigating and seeking compensation on your behalf.
We Do Not Charge a Fee Unless Compensation is Recovered, and We Advance Litigation Costs.
After a severe accident, the process of securing compensation from those liable can be overwhelming, especially if you have never had to bring a case. We help clients by taking on their full legal matter so that they can focus on the healing process.
We provide full-service injury representation on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we are only owed a fee if compensation is recovered (such amount is based upon a percentage of that compensation). We also advance litigation costs, such as fees for expert witnesses, court filings, and depositions. These costs are typically deducted from settlement proceeds or damages awarded through a jury verdict.
It is Important to Secure Representation Before Speaking to an Insurance Company.
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident caused by someone else, the insurance company for the at-fault driver will likely begin to immediately protect their interests in order to avoid (or minimize) payments. To accomplish this objective, these companies often utilize unethical or questionable tactics, including:
- Contacting a victim immediately after an accident to get them to agree to a minimal settlement before they know the full extent of their injuries,
- Taking a statement from the victim while their mental state may be compromised and later trying to use their statement against them,
- Making low settlement offers, despite knowing that the victim’s injuries are more significant, and
- Making a victim sign a settlement agreement without informing them that they are waiving their right to future compensation for any injuries that may later arise.
Don’t talk to them – call us first, before being tricked by their tactics.
Insurance companies for at-fault drivers are not on your side. They may attempt to get your information so that they can “close their file” or “submit a payment claim.” You can inform them you are seeking legal representation, and that your lawyer will call them back.
If you become a client of our firm, Mark Hurt can explain Virginia law and your rights and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, Mark can file a lawsuit to help recover compensation.
You Only Have a Limited Amount of Time to File a Claim – Call Our Offices to Schedule a Free Consultation Before it is Too Late.
Under Virginia Code § 8.01-243, a personal injury claim must be filed within two years from the date of the accident or, if you were unaware of your injuries at the time, it must be filed within two years from the day you learned of the injuries. If the lawsuit is not filed within this statute of limitations, Virginia courts will refuse to hear your case, potentially barring your ability to recover compensation.
Call Us Today for a Free Consult and Learn How We Can Help
Once we learn about your case, we can explain about how we can help, and discuss with your options for seeking a recovery. There is absolutely no cost or obligation for this consult.
 Emergency Department Visits, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/emergency-department.htm.