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Hiring an experienced lawyer after surviving a car accident can help you achieve a substantial and timely settlement.

In the aftermath of a car accident, you may be feeling anxious, scared, and unsure of what to do next. You or a passenger may have been injured in the crash and may now require costly medical attention. Sometimes, bringing a lawsuit is the only way to make sure that you receive the financial relief you deserve.

The parties who are responsible for your car accident should be held accountable for your injuries. The lawyers at the Virgina based Smith Law Center will handle your car accident litigation with professionalism and compassion. We have a storied history of achieving incredible results for our clients. Contact us online or by calling (757) 244-7000 to discuss the specific needs of your case. 

How Can an Attorney Help Me After a Car Accident? 

Hiring a lawyer can give you peace of mind while you heal if you have sustained substantial injuries in a car accident. Those who hire attorneys to manage their cases often receive larger settlements than those who do not. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to efficiently and effectively handle your case while you focus on what is most important. 

A car accident attorney can help you by:  

  • Accurately calculating damages: Awarded damages can include economic damages such as loss of wages, and medical bills. Wrongful death damages can also be awarded to help cover the loss of emotional and financial support. Damages may also include punitive damages or damages that are awarded by the court to punish the wrongdoer. 
  • Performing a professional investigation: Your car accident lawyer will perform a professional investigation into your car accident and determine which parties can be held responsible. If you have been injured, this is a crucial step that helps your lawyer determine which parties can be sued. 
  • Representing you and your interests to opposing counsel: An experienced lawyer will be able to deal with opposing legal counsel, insurance company representatives, and courtroom procedures on your behalf. If you are unfamiliar with courtroom procedure, having a lawyer handle it for you can invaluable. 

Your attorney can also help you by filing paperwork, meeting important court deadlines, negotiating settlements with insurance companies and insurance representatives, securing expert testimony, and visiting and investigating the crash site. Once you hire a car accident lawyer, all of this responsibility becomes theirs. Your focus can be solely on your family and your healing. 

You deserve to be represented by skilled and proven counsel. Your lawyer’s responsibility is to prepare your case and professionally represent you. Your responsibility is to heal and focus on your health.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident? 

Immediately after a car accident, seek medical attention. Common injuries resulting from car accidents include spinal cord injuries, whiplash, and concussions. Even if you don’t feel hurt or don’t think that you have been injured, it is important to be checked by a doctor for any injuries following a car accident. Traumatic brain injuries are not always obvious and may go undiagnosed. Brain injuries are often called “invisible injuries.” Additionally, you may not even know you are injured if you are in a state of medical shock. Seeing a doctor immediately after a car accident can help catch these injuries before they become debilitating and keep you from needlessly suffering. 

Seeing a doctor after a car accident is also important in that you begin the process of gathering valuable evidence for your legal team. Once you have received medical treatment, you may want to start the process of hiring a car accident lawyer. You always have the option to represent yourself in any court proceeding. However, the litigation process is complicated and stressful. Oftentimes, people make the mistake of thinking they can handle the legal process themselves only to eventually hire a lawyer. A reputable car accident attorney can make the process much more straightforward for you. 

When looking for a car accident attorney make sure to consider the type of cases they have handled in the past, as well as the results that they have managed to achieve. An experienced lawyer will be able to help you achieve the maximum results possible. Damages are awarded based on provable costs that you accumulate. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to help accurately calculate your losses.

When Should I Get a Lawyer After a Car Accident? 

The most important thing you should do after a car accident is see a doctor. Your health is invaluable and seeking medical care is the best thing that you can do for yourself and your family. According to the CDC, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 100 people every day and sending about 2.1 Million people to the Emergency Room every year. It is important to take care of yourself after an accident.

Once you have received medical care, you should then start to think about hiring legal representation. This is especially important if you have sustained substantial injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident you may require physical therapy, additional visits to the doctor, and visits to medical specialists. A car accident attorney can hold the parties responsible for your injuries accountable and make sure that you get the damages that you deserve. 

The team of skilled lawyers at the Smith Law Center has a proven track record of assisting those who have been injured in fender benders and car accidents. Contact us online or by calling (757) 244-7000. We are standing by to ensure that you receive the representation that you deserve.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

Unfortunately, catastrophic, life-altering, and even life-ending accidents are all too common. Sometimes, in order to receive the medical care that you need, it is necessary to bring a lawsuit to hold responsible parties accountable. 

The Smith Law Center is experienced in achieving the maximum settlement for their clients who have been injured in car accidents These victories include a $7.5 million dollar settlement to a woman who suffered a brain injury in a car accident and a $4.75 million dollar settlement to a school librarian who was injured in a car accident.

At the Smith Law Center, your case and your care are our top priorities. Our lawyers will be with you every step of the way. Contact us regarding your case online or by calling (757) 244-7000. We are standing by to help you achieve justice.

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If you or a relative had a severe reaction to military housing mold, it might be time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Mold is everywhere, and can be dangerous. Researchers have linked mold to serious respiratory illnesses in some individuals.

Smith Law Center may be able to help if a property owner failed to keep you safe from mold in your military housing. We are one of Virginia’s oldest and most successful firms. We know how to hold negligent property owners responsible, especially when the military is involved.

Call us at (757) 244-700 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. There’s no fee for learning more about Virginia mold laws, your rights, and your legal options.

Mold in Military Housing

Black mold in military housing became widely known when Reuters published an investigation in 2018. Since then, the Department of Defense and the housing providers were supposed to take steps to improve the situation.

Unfortunately, a 2020 audit by the DoD Office of Inspector General found many issues, including the need for mold remediation, still persist.

Monetary Awards in Military Housing Toxic Mold Cases

If the property owner lets toxic mold run wild and continue to cause you harm, talk with our toxic mold attorneys about filing a lawsuit.

You may receive financial compensation for:

Service members and their families do not receive different types of damages than civilians. These are civil lawsuits in traditional courts of law.

Military Housing Mold Toxicity Symptoms

The Institute of Medicine discovered there was evidence connecting exposure to indoor mold with:

  • Upper respiratory tract symptoms;
  • Coughing;
  • Wheezing;
  • Asthma symptoms in individuals with asthma; and
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals with weak immune systems.

There is also limited evidence that mold causes respiratory illnesses in healthy children or causes people to develop asthma.

Understanding Exposure to Toxic Mold in Military Housing

The topic of toxic mold is complicated. This Is in part because the term “toxic mold” isn’t accurate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains mold isn’t toxic or poisonous. However, some molds are toxigenic, which means they produce toxins called mycotoxins.

Mold is common in military housing because it’ll grow anywhere there’s moisture. That includes on and inside walls, carpet, upholstery, wallpaper, and heating and air conditioning systems. This is especially pronounced in humid conditions such as those present in Virginia.

Some people have no difficulties around mold, even large infestations in their homes. Other individuals are sensitive to molds, including those that produce mycotoxins. Someone can have a severe reaction when exposed to a large amount of mold indoors.

People may be more likely to experience mold toxicity symptoms if they have:

  • Allergies,
  • An underlying lung disease,
  • Immune suppression,
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder,
  • Asthma, or
  • Another chronic respiratory disease.

Common Types of Military Housing Mold

When you’re trying to learn more from the CDC and other resources, you’ll see the word “fungus” a lot. Mold is a type of fungus, which is something that exists all around us. Fungi are living organisms different from animals, plants, and bacteria. There are over 200,000 types of fungi and over 100,000 types of molds.

If you discovered mold in your military housing, it could be Cladosporium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys chartarum, Aspergillus, or many other types. Stachybotrys is what everyone knows as black mold. Aspergillus is a common indoor fungus, which releases mycotoxins and can cause illness. Your symptoms may resemble common allergy or asthma symptoms.

Who is Liable for Military Housing Mold?

Since 1996, most military housing has come under the management of private companies:

  • Belfour Beatty Communities: Fort Eustis and Fort Story/li>
  • Lincoln Military Housing: Dahlgren, Little Creek, Naval Station Norfolk, Northwest Annex, Oceana, Portsmouth, Quantico, and Yorktown/li>
  • Hunt Military Communities: Fort Lee and Langley AFB

Outside of Virginia, Lendlease and Corvias Military Living are two more housing providers. Together, these five companies formed the Military Housing Association.

Military families living in on-base housing must take their complaints to their private management company — not the military. The company is responsible for providing habitable conditions and making repairs, including mold remediation.

If you’re unsure about your rights, review your state law and local ordinances about mold. In general, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable unit, which means it has to be safe to live in. A unit isn’t safe if it’s causing a tenant health issues due to mold.

The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act requires landlords to disclose if there’s mold in the written report of the move-in inspection. If a tenant discovers visible mold in the unit, then the Act requires the landlord to remove the mold and relocate the tenant until it’s gone at no additional cost to the tenant.

Unfortunately, many families find their housing providers aren’t receptive to complaints. Attorney Stephen M. Smith has handled many mold lawsuits against military housing providers who fail to abide by their lease terms and the law when it comes to mold remediation and other hazards.

Other Hazards in Military Housing

Many service members and their families deal with uncomfortable, if not hazardous, conditions in privatized military housing, including:

Lead Paint: Lead-based paint can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, organ damage, and in extreme cases, death.

Asbestos: Exposure to asbestos harms a person’s lungs, and can lead to lung fibrosis (scarring), lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Radon: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It naturally forms underground, however cracks and gaps in buildings lead to over-exposure indoors.

Poor Water Quality: Dozens of military sites have water with detectable levels of harmful chemicals.

Other issues involve rodent or insect infestations, pesticides, and faulty electrical wiring.

What Happens When a Lot of People Get Sick?

Sometimes mold exposure impacts a single individual or family. However, when the mold spreads throughout military housing, it can impact hundreds or thousands of people.

Occasionally, a large enough group of people are injured to allow for a class action or mass tort lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is one where a class representative acts as the plaintiff on behalf of the group of hurt individuals. Not every victim participates in the lawsuit. There are rules about when a group is big and similar enough to create a class action.

Mass tort lawsuits are different. When there are fewer plaintiffs who have their own set of circumstances, each person files a lawsuit. For efficiency’s sake, one or a couple of law firms may represent most plaintiffs, and the lawsuits are consolidated in a federal court.

Call the Military Housing Mold Lawyers at Smith Law Center for Help Right Away

Mold cases come about in a few ways. You or a loved one may start getting sick, and after weeks or months of struggling to find answers, you finally realize your military housing has a mold infestation. In other cases, you struggle with visible mold and then become ill.

Once you connect the illness with the mold, it’s time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Reaching out to an attorney early helps you build a strong compensation claim. We know how to collect evidence, identify who is liable, and craft a successful argument for a settlement or court award.

Attorney Stephen M. Smith has decades of experience handling injury claims and has been internationally recognized for his work. He has litigated cases involving catastrophic injuries and complex legal and scientific issues. In 2019, he was inducted into the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.

You’re in good hands when you come to Smith Law Center for help. Reach out online or call (757) 244-7000 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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