Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyers
Anchor Legal Group, PLLC is a full-service law firm, offering professional legal representation to members of our local community, as well as to clients nationwide. We are fully prepared to help clients who come to us when tragedy strikes and the need for legal guidance is urgent. We go the extra mile to respond to their needs after a serious motor vehicle crash, workplace accident, or other personal injury. Many of our clients also seek us out for trustworthy guidance involving other legal proceedings, including estate planning, business transactions, and matters involving church, ministries and nonprofits.
Our lawyers have established a national reputation for providing skilled representation in corporate and business law, particularly as it pertains to churches, ministries, and nonprofits. We are passionate about helping these organizations navigate the legal system effectively to protect their vision, assets, and rights.
Why Contact a Lawyer After an Accident?
Dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident can be overwhelming. Victims often question whether they should take the step of hiring a lawyer. The truth is, there are many reasons to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Any delay may diminish a victim’s chances for obtaining the justice and compensation they deserve. Other reasons to contact a lawyer include the following:
- A lawyer can help determine who was at fault. Accident victims should never assume their injuries are just a matter of bad luck or a twist of fate. A personal injury lawyer is experienced at collecting vital evidence needed to prove negligence. Because Virginia is a pure contributory negligence state, determining who is at fault makes all the difference in preserving a victim’s legal right to collect damages. Determining fault and presenting a case in a convincing manner requires legal skill.
- A lawyer can estimate the true cost of recovery. Often times, accident victims are not aware of the full extent of their injuries until days or weeks later. They may be surprised to discover that the financial impact of a serious accident can linger for years. Lost wages, as well reduced earning capacity, the cost of long-term rehabilitation, and future medical bills, can add up to an enormous sum.
- A lawyer can advise victims on the actions they must take to preserve their rights. It is wise to allow a lawyer to handle interactions with insurance companies and other parties. This can help victims avoid making statements that may be construed as admitting fault. A lawyer has the experience needed to file paperwork correctly and promptly, ensuring that clients meet all legal deadlines to preserve their eligibility for compensation.
At Anchor Legal Group, PLLC, we have helped many clients facing tragic circumstances and come out on the other side with a brighter tomorrow. We are prepared to handle legal challenges that arise in many other areas of life as well.
Victims hurt in a motor vehicle crash, slip and fall incident, or other type of accident should always seek medical treatment. Unfortunately, many victims fail to take the important next step, which is to quickly contact a trusted lawyer to explore their legal options for obtaining compensation. Failing to do so may jeopardize their rights to make a personal injury claim. Anchor Legal Group, PLLC has safely guided hundreds of clients through this process. Our extensive courtroom experience, combined with our drive for excellence, enables us to deliver the results our clients have come to expect. We strive to ensure that each and every accident victim we advise obtains the full compensation they legally deserve and need to build a better future.
Car accidents often result in injuries that appear to be minor but later develop into serious medical conditions, such as whiplash, musculoskeletal disorders, or swelling of the brain. That is why is it so important for accident victims to seek medical attention immediately and then contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Anchor Legal Group, PLLC is ready to evaluate car accident cases, gather evidence, and ensure that their clients’ legal rights to compensation are protected. We understand that car accident victims may face a long aftermath of paperwork, phone calls, and emails with insurance companies. There is no need for victims to take on this burden alone.
At Anchor Legal Group, PLLC, we bring exceptional insight into what it takes to run a successful business. In addition to deep understanding of corporate and business law, our team has years of experience in the industry as corporate executives and advisors. We are qualified to provide skilled, cost-effective counsel for every stage of operations, including business formation, contracts, transactions, leases, employment law, bankruptcy, and liquidation. We are always prepared to represent our clients’ best interests in disputes and do whatever we can to protect our clients’ personal and business interests.
While churches, ministries, and nonprofits share much in common with other types of businesses, they also have unique needs. Our firm understands those requirements and brings deep experience to church and ministry clients, helping them build their organizations, protect their rights, and extend their vision. We believe that all churches, ministries, and nonprofits can benefit from legal counsel at some point. For example, the structure of a charitable organization can have a dramatic impact on its effectiveness. Other legal questions are likely to arise over time, including compliance with labor laws, transfer of property, lease and rental agreements, and insurance claims. Anchor Legal Group, PLLC provides a full array of legal services to help nonprofits maximize their reach and effectiveness in every aspect of their mission and operation.
While any type of motor vehicle accident can be serious, those involving commercial trucks are much more likely to cause serious injury or death to car drivers and passengers. In addition, determining liability in truck accidents can be legally complex because multiple parties may be deemed negligent, including the trucking company, shipping company, leasing company, and the truck driver. For these reasons and more, it is imperative for truck accident victims to reach out to a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Victims should resist the temptation to accept an initial settlement from an insurance company that is working on behalf of a trucking firm. At Anchor Legal Group, PLLC, our lawyers stand prepared to represent the best interest of accident victims to ensure they are not short-changed by any settlement offer.
When a medical professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, fails to comply with the standard of care when treating a patient, a person can file a medical malpractice suit against that individual. Failing to live up to that standard of care can be deemed a negligent act. If that act resulted in the injury or death of a patient, that health care worker can be held liable for those damages. Nursing home residents are vulnerable to abuse and neglect because they are often too fragile or ill to care for themselves. Families and friends of elders must be vigilant for signs of nursing home abuse. Before joining the legal team at Anchor Legal Group, PLLC, Anthony Gantous spent years representing doctors and other health care providers. He knows their defense strategies and their techniques. Now, as a lawyer representing patients, he uses that insight to build an air-tight case for his clients.
The law affords many ways for individuals to ensure that their assets are protected during their lifetime and distributed according to their wishes after they die. However, most people are unaware the full extent of the benefits of planning ahead. Estate planning may not seem urgent, but it is one of the most important steps a person can take to ensure that loved ones or charities dear to them are provided for as they wish. Setting up a trust may allow individuals to reduce federal and/or state taxes while helping loved ones avoid probate court. However, trust administration is affected by tax laws and accounting rules, so it is important to seek legal guidance when drawing up a will or structuring a trust. Our estate planning lawyers possess the knowledge and experience needed to help structure an estate plan to benefit a family, business, and important charities to the client.
A civil litigation case involves a dispute between two parties over a wide range of areas, such as personal injury, property disputes, or even labor disputes. Similar to a criminal suit, both parties must prove their case, although the plaintiff has the higher burden of proof as they must prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence. Estate litigation is a form of civil litigation and can involve disputes among family members and heirs over the disbursement of assets after the death of a family member. These matters can be complex and deeply personal. It helps to have an impartial observer who has the experience in this area to sort out any disputes that might arise.
When a person’s death is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another person, it is known as a wrongful death. In the state of Virginia, surviving family members, dependents, or others who qualify as statutory beneficiaries, may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party to seek damages. Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims, except that the victim is deceased, and any resulting damages will be awarded to the beneficiaries. Beneficiaries may file lost wages and medical bills, as well as seek compensation for sorrow and mental anguish, loss of the deceased’s companionship, funeral expenses. and punitive damages. At Anchor Legal Group, PLLC, we are dedicated to investigating the details of wrongful death claims to assess their full value and advise grieving families regarding the best course of action.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects millions of Americans each year. Common causes of brain injury include falls, car accidents, and being struck by an object. In many cases, brain injury accidents are due to someone else’s negligence. Serious brain injuries may require a lifetime of rehabilitation, significantly impacting the victim’s family, ability to earn a living, and quality of life. Our personal injury lawyers understand the physical, financial, and emotional toll of brain injuries. When this devastation is caused by the negligence of others, our lawyers aggressively pursue full compensation for injured victims to obtain the resources they need for the long road to recovery.
The justice system in America holds that defendants are innocent until proven guilty. When a person is charged with a moving traffic violation or a crime, their driving privileges and perhaps even their freedom and ability to make a living may be on the line. Our criminal defense lawyers have successfully defended clients in Virginia facing various types of charges. We are familiar with the courts, judges, and prosecutors, and are committed to mounting a strong defense for clients, helping them face their legal battles with courage while giving them hope for the future.
Victims injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property may have a legal claim if the owner of the premises is found negligent. This is important because slip and fall accidents often cause serious harm, including traumatic brain injury, fractures, or muscle damage. Victims who slip and fall in a retail store should always alert the store manager immediately. Taking photos of the dangerous condition can furnish valuable evidence for a claim. After seeking medical attention, victims should contact a qualified premises liability lawyer before speaking with any insurance company. Anchor Legal Group, PLLC is familiar with the Virginia legal system, including the statute of limitations and shared fault laws. We are experienced at helping slip and fall victims navigate the complexities of these laws to obtain the compensation they deserve.
The purpose of Workers’ Compensation is to cover the costs of work-related injuries or illnesses that are serious enough to prevent someone from performing their normal job. Workers may be eligible to receive money for medical bills and lost wages, even if the accident was their fault. However, failure to complete paperwork properly can result in a loss of benefits. Workers who are injured on the job should always report the incident to their supervisor right away, then contact a lawyer before speaking to an insurance company. At Anchor Legal Group, PLLC, we help injured workers file paperwork needed to collect benefits. We also can advise workers regarding whether or not their injuries are covered under other systems. For example, workers stationed on defense bases, longshoremen, and sailors injured at sea may have other options for obtaining compensation.
Many factors contribute to a divorce. A divorce can be filed under fault or no-fault grounds; fault grounds involve adultery, abandonment, or abuse, while a divorce filed under no-fault grounds does not need to provide a specific reason. During the divorce process, a lawyer will review all the factors that contributed to the divorce, as well as what property needs to be divided, if alimony is to be issued, and custody and support arrangements for any children involved. Other issues that require the guidance of a lawyer involve prenuptial agreements signed before the wedding, parental visitation plans, and high asset divorces. Since a divorce can turn contentious, it is important to seek the guidance of a lawyer to make sure a client is treated and compensated fairly.
The Declaration of Independence declares everyone is created equal and that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Bill of Rights guarantees all United States citizens individual rights and freedoms, which are considered sacred in this country. The country was founded on these principles; however, that does not mean that everyone respects the rights of everyone else. There have been multiple instances in which people’s civil rights have been violated, whether that be by another individual, an institution, or the government itself. Despite those rare exceptions, the law is geared to protect its citizens from these violations.
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