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Suffering a serious injury can devastate your life. You need comprehensive medical care and the resources to keep you going until you can get back on your feet—and back to work. If someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions caused your accident, you deserve justice.
At River Run Law, we aggressively pursue justice and fair financial compensation for the wrongfully injured. We can assist you or a loved one with your personal injury or workers’ compensation claim, protecting your legal rights and holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.
You deserve to have a passionate advocate on your side. We service clients in Richmond, Virginia, and throughout the surrounding communities. When you don’t know where to turn for help, trust our experienced attorneys to get the job done for you.
Our boutique law practice leverages cutting-edge technology to provide a highly personalized level of service. We have built our practice on a foundation of trust, compassion, and responsive communication. With an extensive network of resources and a wealth of knowledge and experience behind us, we help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for Richmond injury victims. When you trust us to handle your injury accident case, you never owe any legal fees until and unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Contact us now to learn more or to speak with one of our experienced Richmond, VA personal injury lawyers.
"I was in a car accident that totaled my car and left me with significant medical bills. I wanted to file a lawsuit against the other driver. Casey came well recommended, and he took control of the whole process. He was very responsive and we were very happy with the settlement he obtained. He was attentive, easy to reach, and we knew our case was in good hands."
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"The River Run Law Firm team is truly professional, and a pleasure to work with! Casey is full of knowledge, very responsive, and brings a sense of ease to an intimidating circumstance. He is a trustful guide, whom you can rely on through the entire process. I cannot imagine going through this experience without him, and I would highly recommend to all!"
- Robin | Workers Compensation, Dec. 2020
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"I was working with another law firm prior to Brooke taking over my case. Brooke made me comfortable through out the whole process. Brooke did not know deep down inside I was a little worried with me not knowing too much about her. I’m going to be the first to say. Sometime you have to leap in on faith like I did. Brooke performed Outstanding work, she made me feel very comfortable and most of all she didn’t leave me feeling uncertain about any decision made. You guys are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! If I can give more than 5 stars I would have done it with NO hesitation."
- Christine | Car Accident, Dec. 2020
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- Rodes | General Practice, Dec. 2020
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"I wish it were more words to describe River Run Law & Attorney Casey Ariail ! Hands down ABSOLUTELY the best ! You feel like you’ve known him your whole life & he’s very easy to speak with . It wasn’t a time I felt in the dark about my case & any questions at any time I could call & actually get a response most of the time I call & if Mr. Casey Ariail didn’t answer the first time I always receive a return call within 15 to 30 minutes . I haven’t had a better experience with a Law Firm ! I’ll DEFINITELY be working with them for the years to come !"
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Casey Ariail Awarded By the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group® Board of Directors
Aug 8, 2022 | By Brooke Alexander | Read Time: < 1minute
The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group® Board of Directors have recognized Casey Ariail of River Run Law Group as one of the elite attorneys in the workers’ compensation field in the nation! This award is given by invitation only to those who demonstrate the most outstanding leadership skills, maintain an excellent reputation, and have a sincere passion for representing injured workers. To learn more, visit here.
What Are Compensatory Damages When It Comes to Drunk Driving Accidents in Virginia?
Jul 13, 2022 | By Brooke Alexander | Read Time: 3minutes
Any type of vehicle accident is likely to be a scary experience that can result in both physical and mental harm. Drunk driving accidents are often even more frustrating because there is an assumption that the accident could have been avoided if the intoxicated driver had made responsible decisions about operating the vehicle and consuming alcohol. As the victim of a drunk driving accident, you should not be financially responsible for the harm you have endured. You have the undeniable right to file an insurance claim against the driver or bring a civil lawsuit. Family members of someone killed by a drunk driver have the right to file a wrongful death claim. In all situations, the victim is entitled to compensatory damages. What Are Compensatory Damages? Compensatory damages in Virginia are designed to compensate the victim of a drunk driving accident or other personal injury claims for the actual losses they have experienced. This award is sometimes referred to as “actual damages.” Types of Compensatory Damages There are two types of compensatory damages that you may be eligible to receive. Economic Damages Objective, verifiable monetary damages are considered economic in nature. There is generally a way for victims to clearly demonstrate these actual damage amounts. Economic damages may include: Medical expenses including emergency care, physical therapy, prescription medications, and ongoing treatments; Loss of property or replacement of property; Wages lost while recovering from injuries sustained in the accident; Loss of future earnings due to permanent full or partial disability; and Any additional out-of-pocket expenses incurred. When determining how to calculate compensatory damages, it is important to keep a detailed record of all expenses associated with your injury so that you can be properly reimbursed. Non-Economic Damages In personal injury cases like drunk driving accidents, the immediate losses can be obvious, but long-term effects are harder to identify. Non-economic damages are compensation for subjective, non-monetary losses. These are more difficult to prove but no less important. Non-economic damages take into consideration emotional and mental wellbeing, which may include: Pain and suffering, Post-traumatic stress, Depression, Disfigurement, Embarrassment, Loss of consortium, Anxiety, and Other emotional and mental hardships. In wrongful death cases, non-economic damages are assessed for losses related to the role of the deceased victim within the family. How to Calculate Compensatory Damages It is crucial to understand the value of your drunk driving case. The first step with most personal injury cases is to file a claim with the defendant’s insurance company. In many cases, the settlement they offer will not be sufficient to cover the damage you have suffered. Having a skilled personal injury attorney determine the value of your case can help ensure you get what you deserve and nothing less. When calculating expenses, it is important to take into account future costs. Sometimes this requires expert testimony from your treating physician or someone who can provide an accurate prognosis for your injuries and ability to work. Non-economic damages are calculated as a percentage or multiple of economic damages. In some situations, non-economic damages may require testimony from a mental health professional or other people close to the victim who can attest to their mental wellbeing. Compensatory vs Punitive Damages Now that we’ve answered, What are compensatory damages? You may be wondering where punitive damages fit in. Unlike compensatory damages, which are meant to compensate victims for their actual suffering, punitive damages are a little different. In Virginia, these are meant to punish the defendant for their egregious behavior before or after the incident occurred and to deter similar behavior. This monetary award is granted on top of compensatory damages. Section 8.01-44.5 of the Virginia Code outlines the process for claiming punitive damages against a drunk driver. Not all cases will be eligible to receive punitive damages. Accidents happen, but the situation is different when the negligent driver knew or should have known that their behavior would cause harm. The standard you must demonstrate is that the driver’s actions were “sufficiently willful or wanton as to show a conscious disregard for the rights of others.” Driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.15% or higher meets this standard. A driver who has previously been convicted of drunk driving is more likely to have to pay punitive damages. In Virginia, punitive damages are capped at $350,000. Contact River Run Law to Discuss the Eligible Compensatory Damages for Your Drunk Driving Case Navigating the Virginia legal system after you have been injured in a drunk driving accident can be stressful and confusing during a time when you should be focusing on recovering. Let the experienced team at River Run Law fight on your behalf. We will help you determine the actual value of your claim, negotiate with insurance companies, file all necessary paperwork, and prepare for litigation if we need to. You should never settle for less than what you deserve. Contact us to schedule your free case consultation.
No one ever expects to be in a vehicle accident, and sometimes accidents just happen. In the case of a drunk driving accident, someone made a decision to get behind the wheel when they were under the influence of alcohol. Not only does this constitute negligent behavior, but there are also circumstances where this behavior is outrageous and worthy of punishment. If you or a loved one was injured by a drunk driver, you are likely eligible for compensatory damages. This is a monetary amount intended to restore you to your previous condition prior to the accident. In some circumstances, the defendant’s behavior may entitle you to drunk driving punitive damages. What Are Punitive Damages? Punitive damages in Virginia are meant to punish the defendant for their behavior before or after an incident occurred. This is a sum of money that the court awards on top of the standard compensation you have been granted. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2019, 18,648 were convicted of driving under the influence in the state and 32% of all traffic fatalities were alcohol-related. The experienced team at River Run Law has extensive experience with personal injury cases like drunk driving accidents. The Virginia legal system has its own take on how punitive damages are awarded. Your attorney’s knowledge and skill are important when it comes to your ability to receive maximum compensation for what you have endured. Contact us for your free case consultation. What Are Compensatory Damages? If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligent behavior, you should not have to be financially responsible for the repercussions. There are two types of compensatory damages. Economic damages cover the actual current and future costs of the injuries and damage you have sustained. Some examples include medical bills, physical therapy, loss of wages, property damage, and other costs that can be calculated. Non-economic damages are harder to quantify, but are certainly relevant. These include the mental and emotional harm associated with the accident such as pain and suffering, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental anguish that would not have existed if the accident had not happened. When Are Punitive Damages in Virginia Available? Every drunk driving accident is not automatically eligible for punitive damages. There are two situations under Virginia’s personal injury statutes that justify an award of punitive damages. Your personal injury lawyer can request punitive damages under Code of Virginia § 8.01-44.5 if: The drunk driver who caused the vehicle accident has a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of at least 0.15% at the time of the accident; The drunk driver was aware or should have been aware that he or she was too impaired to drive a vehicle; and Intoxication of the drunk driver was the proximate cause of your injury or the injury or death of a loved one. The level of intoxication will be determined by the police officer on scene at the accident. If the driver refuses to submit to a sobriety test as required under Virginia Code § 18.2-268.2 their impairment due to alcohol intoxication will be presumed. Punitive Damages When BAC Is Below the Threshold If the driver’s blood alcohol content was lower than 0.15%, you may still be entitled to punitive damages in Virginia. You and your attorney will need to prove that the driver engaged in wildly reckless or malicious behavior. This often requires records of how fast the driver was going and, potentially, witness testimony. The evidence will be presented to a jury for ruling on whether or not punitive damages are appropriate. The court will take into consideration the driver’s past criminal convictions and the circumstances surrounding the crash. If the driver was previously found guilty of drunk driving, punitive damages are likely. The standard you must demonstrate is that the driver’s actions were “sufficiently willful or wanton as to show a conscious disregard for the rights of others.” Virginia Punitive Damages Cap Just like with compensatory damages, the exact value of your claim depends on the circumstances surrounding your case and the severity of the harm you have endured. Under Virginia Code § 8.01-38.1, the maximum amount of punitive damages that you are eligible to receive cannot exceed $350,000. The jury is not advised of this cap on damages, but if the verdict is returned with a higher number, it will be automatically reduced to the maximum level. Societal Impact of Punitive Damages in Virginia When answering the question, What are punitive damages? The response generally focuses on the defendant. In reality, the effects of punitive damages are meant to be far-reaching. Punitive damages set a precedent and example for others who may not understand the gravity of the violation that occurred. For some people, traditional legal remedies are not enough of a deterrent to prevent issues like drunk or reckless driving behavior. The additional cost of potential punitive damages provides another level of punishment. Punitive damages are not unique to drunk driving cases. They can also arise in other areas of personal injury when the degree of negligence is egregious. Seek Drunk Driving Punitive Damages with Help from a VA Personal Injury Attorney When you are dealing with the trauma of having been in a drunk driving accident, it can be hard to know where to turn. River Run Law understands your need to get back to some sense of normal, and we can help you do that without compromising the value of your personal injury case. We have the tools, resources, and experience to advocate on your behalf and seek maximum compensation, including punitive damages, in Virginia. We offer no-cost case consultations to all clients and do not charge a fee unless we are able to recover compensation on your behalf. Please do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can help.