How Long Will It Take to Settle My Personal Injury Claim?

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Frequently Asked Questions - My Personal Injury Case

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

How long will it take to settle your personal injury case? At the risk of sounding like a “lawyer answer,” the truth is that it depends. But we can give you a rough idea of how to make an estimate based on a few important factors. Every personal injury case is different, but there is a certain progression of steps that have to be taken in handling and resolving a personal injury claim. The length of these steps can vary, but we have provided some general estimates as a guideline.

The first factor is the type of injuries sustained and the period of…

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Motor Vehicle Crashes: Be Sure to Keep the “Exchange of Information” Form from a Non-Reportable Accident

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

In Virginia, a law enforcement officer is required to complete a Police Crash Report (Form FR300P)[1] only if there is a complaint of injury, or if the total property damage exceeds $1,500.00.[2] The officer is required to file a copy of their report with the Virginia DMV within 24 hours of completing his or her investigation.[3] When you are involved in a relatively minor automobile accident with property damage to the vehicles estimated at less than $1,500 and there are no injuries reported at the scene, the officer will most likely designate your accident as “non reportable”. When that happens, rather than complete the Police Crash…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: R. Clayton Allen - VIDEO

 Clayton Allen is a partner and trial attorney with the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen. He works primarily in the firm's Mechanicsville and Richmond offices and handles cases throughout the state of Virginia. He has been with Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen for over 20 years, where he is known for negotiating settlements with difficult insurance companies and for handling complex cases. Clayton is a member of the third generation of the Allen family to practice law with the firm. Additionally Clayton is the editor of the Allen Law Blog. To learn more about Clayton, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/r-clayton-allen.html

Video: http://youtu.be/tMGCTB3GrkI

Video Transcription: My name is Clayton Allen; I…

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Motor Vehicle Accidents in Virginia - Why hire an attorney? - Part Two

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In Part One of this series, I talked about some considerations of why you might hire a personal injury attorney, and some ways insurance companies may take advantage of you if you don't have an attorney. In Part Two, I'll discuss some additional considerations.

1. The more money that is involved, the more you have to lose if you handle it wrong. And the more incentive the insurance company has to take advantage of you.

If your injuries and losses are small, then if you make a mistake in handling your claim then you haven't lost much. However, if your losses are more substantial, then you have more at risk if…

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Tips to Help Ensure the Success of Your Case

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Va Personal Injury Attorney

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Va Personal Injury Attorney

There's no doubt about it - you play an important part in your case. Here are 9 things you can do to help insure a successful recovery in your personal injury case.

1. Follow your doctor's and other health care providers' advice. When your attorney submits your case documents to the insurance company to discuss settlement, the insurance company will analyze your medical records closely. Your dedication and commitment to your own recovery - including physical therapy programs - are extremely important. Failure to follow your doctor's advice, missed appointments, or gaps in treatment will reduce the value of your…

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