Why Consult With Us
About The Jeff Brooke Team
The Jeff Brooke Team is a personal injury law firm dedicated to helping those who have been physically or psychologically injured in an accident due to the negligence of others. We understand that you and your family may be going through what is possibly the most difficult time in your lives and our experienced Virginia Beach personal injury attorney is here to help.OUR VICTORIES MEET US TESTIMONIALS
Car Accident Lawyer
We have the experience needed to get you the compensation you deserve and help you get back on the road to recovery.Read More
Truck Accident Lawyer in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, & Chesapeake. When you get behind the wheel of your car, you don’t expect to get into an accident.Read More
Wrongful death in Virginia can occur as a result of car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, workplace injuries or other such events.Read More
Premises liability refers to the laws that hold property owners responsible for keeping their properties safe for those who enter their property.Read More
Products Liability Lawyers
Have you or a loved one been a victim of an injury caused by a defective product?Read More
Slip and Fall Lawyers
Each year, tens of millions of Americans are injured in unintentional accidents – like slip and falls. Many of these falls are just a matter of bad luck.Read More
Dog Bite Injury
Have you been injured by a dog bite in VA Beach? Dog bites can result in hospital visits, physical pain, and even long lasting emotional damage.Read More
If you get hurt on the job – or develop an occupational illness, like tuberculosis – then you may be entitled to medical treatment and financial compensation.Read More
Brain Injury Lawyer
The recent settlement of the NFL Players Union with the National Football League Owner’s over head injuries has cast a new spotlight on closed head injuries.Read More
Distracted Driving Accident
Virginia car accident attorney Jeff Brooke explains what distracted driving is, how it affects your ability to drive, and why it is so dangerous.Read More
This high level of water activities poses risks, and sometimes water recreation and boating accidents occur.Read More
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party – which may be another motorist, a manufacturer ...Read More
The Jeff Brooke
At our law firm, you will experience the highest level of personal service from the time you walk through the door, through the final resolution of your case, and beyond. Our personal injury team will take the time to thoroughly investigate your case & injury, and will also take the time to get to know you and what is important to you before we proceed with your case.
What Our Clients Say
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know If I Even Need A Lawyer?
Most legal cases these days seem to arise from automobile accidents. Yet victims of auto accidents quickly find that if the accident is clear cut, the insurance companies will take care of the damage. This may seem odd coming from an accident attorney, but frequently matters work themselves out, and no attorney is needed to arrange for repairs, rental cars, etc. In other accident cases insurance companies will voluntary arrange for payment of medical bills, lost wages, and even for pain and suffering. If all of these benefits can be obtained without an attorney, why would anyone ever hire one? Consider the following:
If you have an injury case how will you know what it is worth? Unlike property damage cases, there is no readily available source to figure out what an injury case is worth. Even if the insurance company voluntarily agrees to pay compensation how much should you ask for: How much should you accept? How can you be completely sure that you are receiving a reasonable settlement? The final evaluation of personal injury cases has a great deal to do with the manner in which the evidence is presented (and the permissible court venue (e.g. cases in Norfolk, VA may be worth an amount which is entirely different than Virginia Beach, VA). Only an experienced attorney will be able to objectively evaluate the case.
Does the law firm have the experience, personnel and resources to handle my case properly?
A personal injury victim is entitled to personal attention and the prompt efficient handling of his or her case. If the firm is a “mill,” you will almost certainly not receive this level of service. Also, if the case is headed for court, the law firm will need to have significant resources to take the case all the way through trial and perhaps on appeal. Aggressive litigation requires legal research, the ability to handle voluminous documents, technology skills and deep pockets to advance the costs for experts and consultants.
Does the law firm aggressively try cases or merely settle high volumes of smaller cases?
The answer to this question may not be readily apparent from the Internet but you can get a sense of the firm’s trial experience from “outcomes”, which firms typically list. Often, firms that take high volumes of small cases are simply unable to get the best possible outcome. They settle to save time. Ask the potential lawyer what his approach is to the handling of small, medium and large cases.
Can the firm answer your questions about important miscellaneous matters?
Is the firm conveniently located? Will they meet with you at your convenience? What types of fees and costs will be charged? Does the firm practice in all local circuit and federal courts? (A hallmark of good firms is the ability to practice in federal court where the procedures are more complex and the rules less forgiving).
Once a personal injury victim gets the answers to these questions, he should consider setting up an appointment. Perhaps most important, the potential client should get to know the lawyer (not necessarily the paralegal or investigator, but the lawyer who will ultimately be responsible for the case). If the personal injury lawyer seems attentive and ready to take the case on and otherwise gives you a good feeling, you have probably reached the end of your search. If not, don’t be shy about asking for time to think about your retention decision. If something is telling you that there is something wrong, you should consider listening to that little voice.
Ultimately, the attorney-client relationship should turn into a bond. If a case is hotly contested, the lawyer and client are essentially going to war together and both parties need to feel that the other “has their back.” When the relationship works out, it is a beautiful thing. With attention to the guidelines above and a little bit of digging, you can find the right Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer for your case. Feel free to contact us if you think we may be right for you.
So how much is my personal injury case worth?
It may not be the first or even the second question on your mind, but inevitably all of our clients want to know: How much is my personal injury case worth? Not only is that a reasonable question, it is the most important question.
We don’t hide from answering questions like this, but we always ask our clients to step back and look at the big picture first. Before we can answer an important question like that, we need to consider whether the client has recovered sufficiently from her injuries to even make an assessment. Personal injury cases are almost always settled on a lump sum basis, and the injury victim is always asked to sign a release of all liability. If you settle for too little, too soon or for too little, you may come to regret it.
But if the time is right, asking how much the case is worth is a valid and appropriate question. We use a formula which is deceptively simple: we go to the Virginia Model Jury Instructions and review each item for which compensation can be awarded. Then, we deduct a factor for the cost, delay, inconvenience and risk that the client will endure in bringing the matter to court. Simple, right?
Of course, it is not always so simple. While some of the items which are recoverable are straightforward (for example, past and future medical bills), certain other items are hard to calculate such as pain, suffering, disfigurement, etc. In the end, there is no substitute for an experienced trial attorney and his or her knowledge of local cases and local courts. In fact, there are a number of jury verdict services and attorney publications which advise us as to case outcomes. Some outcomes are positive, some are not. By weighing all of this data and considering what it will cost to bring the matter to court, we can come up with a reasonably accurate prediction in most cases.
So, what is your case worth? It can sometimes be difficult to tell. Patience and forthright reporting to professionals and a realistic expectation can help clarify matters and get the case resolved for its maximum realistic value.
Speak to Our Virginia Beach Law Firm Today
At Poole Brooke Plumlee, we believe in forming lasting relationships. Clients choose us because we offer legal advice that focuses on the long term. Many of our clients have remained with us for decades, developing close, professional relationships with lawyers they can turn to time and time again for trusted advice. To schedule a consultation, please reach out to us today, either via phone or our contact form.