From Charlottesville, Virginia

Covering the state of Virginia, Wilson & Hajek, a personal injury law firm, is centrally located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Francis Hajek is an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney and lawyer who provides aggressive representation and personal service to his clients who have suffered injuries. Since 2007, he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

In Virginia, Be Careful What You Sue For As You Just Might Get More

In Virginia, when you file a lawsuit, you have to state the amount for which you are suing. This amount is called the ad damnum and Virginia law does not permit a plaintiff to recover more than the amount stated in the ad damnum. Virginia law also permits the jury to be informed of the ad damnum and the jury can then award that amount, or more, or less, or nothing at all A recent case in Richmond, Virginia illustrates the problems that can arise when the ad damnum is not of a sufficient amount. The lawyer for the plaintiff initially requested $500,000 and the judge denied a request to increase that amount. At trial, the jury awarded $3.1 million but the judge limited the recovery to $500,000. Ouch! The experienced lawyers at Wilson & Hajek are aware of the various issues that are involved in filing a lawsuit and we are available for a free consultation.

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Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Staunton, Waynesboro

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