Personal Injury Q&A: I Wasn't Seriously Injured, but Getting Rear-Ended Caused Major Disruption in My Life


Q. I was recently rear-ended at a stop light, causing some pretty serious damage to my car. Luckily, I was able to walk away from the accident, but I’ve been having persistent headaches ever since. I even had to miss work for doctor’s visits and because my car was in the shop. I know my injuries weren’t too serious, but is it possible to get compensated for the major disruption this accident had on my life?

Yes! If you suffer injury or damage in an accident through no fault of your own, it is possible to be compensated for the impacts this event has on your life, even if it could have been much worse. Of course, every circumstance needs to be carefully examined, but based on the details provided in this question, you may be entitled to compensation for 

  • The damage to your vehicle

  • The use of a rental car, while your vehicle is being repaired

  • Any and all medical costs associated with treatment for your accident-related headaches

  • Time missed from work, due to medical treatment and lack of transportation

  • The pain, suffering, and aggravation you experience as a result of the accident

At Wakefield Law, we are all too familiar with this kind of story. Of course, it is good news that you weren’t seriously injured in the accident. However, this doesn’t mean that the accident didn’t cause a major impact on your life. You may still require medical treatment. Your car may need to go into the shop. You may need to miss some work. And as if that wasn’t enough, you are stuck with mountains of paperwork, hours trying to get insurance companies on the phone, and the stress of knowing you are responsible for dealing with this mess when the accident wasn’t even your fault!

But, there is another way. Even if you were not seriously injured in an accident, you are still entitled to compensation for the impact it has on your life. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be entitled to damages for physical and emotional injuries you suffered, as well as damages to your car and other property, time missed from work, and costs for things like rental cars.  

Hiring a personal injury attorney can bring order to the chaos caused in the aftermath of an accident. When you’ve just been rear-ended, you don’t want anything to do with paperwork and insurance companies. Let any attorney handle it for you! An experienced personal injury attorney can step in on your behalf as soon as you want, so you don’t have to deal with things like getting accident reports, coordinating your medical records, reaching out to insurance companies, and even arranging reimbursement for a rental car. At Wakefield Law, our team is experienced, pays close attention to detail, and empathizes with our clients’ difficult experiences. That’s why we go above and beyond to take stress off of your plate and put money back in your pocket. 

To learn whether Wakefield Law can help you organize your claim and get compensated for your damages after an accident, give our office a call at 703-771-9740. We never charge for an initial phone consultation. In fact, we don’t charge hourly to pursue personal injury claims at all! Check out our blog to learn more about the personal injury process in the Commonwealth of Virginia.