Practice Areas

Practice Areas

At Hundley & Johnson, we represent clients with personal injuries caused by car, truck and recreational activity accidents and defective products. We also handle wrongful death cases. Our success in these practice areas, specifically in the field of personal injury law, is a product of our years of experience, our valuable network of resources, our compassion for our clients, and our drive to help our clients recover and return to their normal lives.

we navigate the complex legal process for you

When you engage Hundley & Johnson to represent you in a personal injury case, we navigate the complex legal process for you, exploring every avenue available. That includes determining whether going to court is the best course for your case or if settling out of court will gain you a better outcome. Our attorneys can also offer you alternate dispute resolution, like arbitration and mediation, when appropriate.

Our law firm handles cases all over the Commonwealth of Virginia, including Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover/Mechanicsville, Petersburg, Fairfax, Tidewater, and Danville.

Be informed: When you suffer a personal injury, an insurance company (yours or another party’s) may contact you directly and try to settle your case or claim. It is important that you do not provide a statement to the insurance company without talking to Hundley & Johnson first.


Car Accidents

According to a Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office report, car accidents resulted in 321 deaths and 37,003 injuries across the Commonwealth in 2015. These accidents often are the result of negligence, including speeding, disobeying traffic signals, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or fatigued or distracted driving. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving alone, which includes talking and texting on a cell phone, was the cause of 3,477 deaths across the country in 2015.

Experienced Car Accident Attorneys

Even minor car accidents can have serious physical consequences; however, injuries such as those to the neck and back may not immediately be apparent. Whether the collision is major or minor, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.

At Hundley & Johnson, we handle more than 250 auto accident cases per year and can advise you on your legal rights and the compensation you may be able to receive for damages, such as doctors’ visits, hospital admissions, physical therapy (past and future), lack of transportation, lost wages (past and future), pain and suffering, and wrongful death.

With an extensive network of professional resources at our disposal, our attorneys establish negligence, prove the extent of your injuries and the medical costs involved, calculate loss of earning capacity now and in the future, and even have experts testify regarding your emotional damage, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

Types of Fault in Car Accidents:

Including, but not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Recklessness
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Being distracted 
  • Fatigue

Being uninsured is another form of carelessness.

Tip: Important Info About Insurance Settlements

If the insurance company of the person at fault makes you a settlement offer, accepting that insurance check may terminate your personal injury claim now and in the future. Contact Hundley & Johnson to help evaluate your options and make the best decision regarding your personal injury case.


Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are defined as collisions between a large commercial vehicle, such as a tractor-trailer, bus or dump truck, and a small passenger vehicle. In 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that 4,311 large truck and bus accidents resulted in fatalities, with 87,000 large truck crashes causing injuries. The reason for the extreme danger of these crashes is the significant difference in size and weight between the vehicles in the accident and the often high rates of speed at which they occur.

Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys

Because trucking accidents are so different from other motor vehicle accidents, it’s critical that the personal injury law firm you choose be experienced in handling this type of injury claim. Because Hundley & Johnson has handled cases for many clients who have been injured in large commercial vehicle accidents, our personal injury lawyers are familiar with the federal regulations and special rules that govern the operation of these vehicles as well as the many other distinctive elements of these injury cases.

Differentiators of Truck Accidents

  • There must be no delay in investigating these crashes. Natural forces, such as rain and wind, can eliminate physical evidence like skid and yaw marks, accident debris, and various fluid stains. Early investigation allows us to drug and alcohol test and gain eyewitness testimony, plus ensure driver’s logs are preserved.
  • Multiple parties may be at fault, including truck driver, driver’s employer, the owner of the truck or lessee, shipper, loader, broker, mechanic, truck manufacturer and government entities.
  • State and federal trucking industry violations may be involved.
  • The trucking company’s insurance provider will work tirelessly to limit the company’s and driver’s liability.

Types of Fault in Truck Accidents

Including, but not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Sudden braking
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Being distracted 
  • Fatigue
  • Improper loading
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Mechanical defects
  • Poor road conditions

Tip: Driver Fatigue

While truck drivers are required to comply with specific Department of Transportation hours-of-service laws and record these hours in a logbook, some truck drivers will intentionally falsify their logbooks, or alter or destroy these books after an accident. If contacted immediately after a crash, Hundley & Johnson can often obtain possession of the logbook before tampering can occur, plus verify driving time by investigating routes, fuel and food receipts, etc.


Recreational Accidents

Recreational activities are defined as sports and physical activities in which one engages for pleasure. While your goal in participating in these activities is to have fun, accidents can happen, and what started as a good time can quickly turn into a life-changing experience.

Experienced Recreational Accident Attorneys

If you are injured while participating in a recreational activity, you need a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in determining if another party, such as the business where your injury occurred, was at fault and proving that fault. Hundley & Johnson has years of injury law experience with recreational accident cases and can help you get the monetary compensation you need to recover and move on with your life.

Liability can result from failure of the business to maintain the premises, negligence on the part of the person(s) responsible for the safety of the activity, inaccurate design of a product, workers who are careless, another participant who was negligent while participating in the activity, plus other causes.

Recreational Activities That May Result in Personal Injuries

Including, but not limited to:

  • Biking
  • Skateboarding/roller skating
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • Boating
  • Water skiing/tubing
  • Motocross
  • Golf
  • Rollercoasters

Tip: Consent Form

Proving negligence can hinge on whether you signed a consent form or waiver releasing the business or entity from liability in the case of an accident.


Wrongful Death

When a family member dies, it’s hard enough to handle from an emotional and often financial standpoint. But that pain and anguish are greatly compounded when you believe your loved one’s untimely death was caused by someone else’s negligence. Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misdeeds of others, whether an individual, corporation or entity.

Experienced Wrongful Death Attorneys

Oftentimes, people struggle with bringing a wrongful death claim because they are so emotionally overwrought. While a monetary award certainly can’t compensate for your loss, it can help you and your family move forward with your lives.

At Hundley & Johnson, our attorneys help you understand the benefits of pursuing a wrongful death case, such as financial compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and even pain and anguish. In wrongful death cases, you may also be able to seek punitive damages. Our personal injury lawyers also work to make the process as easy as possible for you during this difficult time.

Causes of Wrongful Death

Including, but not limited to:

  • Doctor negligence
  • Medical malpractice
  • Reckless behavior
  • Reckless driving
  • Product malfunction
  • Unsafe premises

Defective Products

When you purchase a product, you assume that it will work properly and be safe for use. However, many products that were assumed to be defect-free and safe at purchase have ended up seriously injuring consumers or resulting in their deaths.

Experienced Defective Product Attorneys

If you’ve suffered a personal injury as the result of a defective product, it’s important to consult a personal injury lawyer within hours or days of the accident.

At Hundley & Johnson, we’ve fought against some of the largest national and international corporations, including manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public, to hold them responsible for injuries caused by their products.

Drawing from our network of resources, our injury attorneys find and engage the best experts in the fields of engineering, safety, and human factors to testify in your case. These experts are able to clearly communicate to laypeople in the courtroom how a defective product caused your injuries and help our personal injury lawyers gain you the compensation you deserve.

Types of Product Liability Cases

Including, but not limited to:

  • The product’s design was flawed.
  • The product was manufactured with a defect or imperfection.
  • Consumers were not made aware of the product’s inherent dangers in the form of warning or cautionary labels.

Examples of Personal Injuries Caused by Defective Products

  • A crib collapsing on a child
  • A commercial washing machine malfunctioning and amputating a user’s hand
  • A microwave starting a fire and causing burns
  • A small toy part choking a child
  • A trailer hitch mechanism failing and causing the trailer to disconnect from the vehicle and injure a pedestrian

Tip: Storage of Product

Never return the defective product to the manufacturer. Protect your rights by keeping the defective product in the same condition as when the accident occurred. Also retain all packaging materials, instruction booklets, warranties, invoices, receipts and other paperwork.


Personal Injury

Personal injury refers to an injury to one’s body, mind or emotions (as opposed to an injury to property) as a result of another person’s or entity’s negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct. For example, personal injury could be the result of a car accident caused by a distracted driver, a defectively manufactured product or a mechanical malfunction while participating in a recreational activity. 

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys

Hundley & Johnson provides individuals who have been personally injured through the negligence of others with the best possible legal representation to recover compensation for their injuries — all at a reasonable cost.

Damages Typically Sought in a Personal Injury Case

  • Property damages, such as car repair or replacement
  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
  • Punitive damages, intended to punish reckless behavior and deter recurrence

Factors for Recovering Compensation

  • Establishing fault with someone other than yourself
  • Proving the extent of the injury
  • The dollar amount available from the at-fault party’s insurance, or in some cases, your own insurance

Below are common types of personal injuries that may warrant a legal case.

Amputation

Losing a limb by amputation is a traumatic experience. Amputation victims can be left with expensive medical bills, potential ongoing surgical procedures, pain and suffering, and lifelong disabilities.

Broken Bone

A broken bone can be debilitating and may require surgery or extensive rehabilitation. It can also lead to long-term discomfort or loss of mobility.

Concussion

A concussion is often caused by an impact or violent jolt to the head. A concussion can have symptoms like headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, slurred speech and tinnitus. It can also cause long-term health problems.

Fusion

Fusion is a medical procedure that involves permanently joining vertebrae in the neck or back using a bone graft. Rods and screws are used to support the vertebrae, much like an “internal cast,” until fusion occurs.

Herniated Disc

When the round cushion that sits between two vertebrae is damaged and puts intense strain on the spinal cord and nerve roots, a herniated disc occurs and causes severe pain to radiate throughout the body. This injury can be difficult to diagnose after an accident, but it can potentially require costly and ongoing medical procedures.

 Knee Injury

A knee injury can not only cause intense pain but also affect one’s mobility and functionality, causing long-term disability and health problems.

Paralysis

Paralysis, or the loss of voluntary movement in parts of the body, is life changing for both the victim and his or her family. In addition to the physical and emotional suffering, paralysis can require significant medical and rehabilitation costs.

Spinal Cord

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), an estimated 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury occur each year. The primary cause of these injuries is motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, and motorcycles. Injuries to the spinal cord can be one of the most incapacitating types of injury, causing everything from paralysis to limited mobility and chronic pain. Spinal cord injury can also result in long-term medical and rehabilitation costs.

Torn Tendon

When a tendon is torn, it can often result in an extended period of pain or sometimes even permanent pain and suffering. In many cases, expensive surgical procedures and rehabilitation are necessary to heal the tendon.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of a blow or violent jolt to the head. While this life-altering injury can have symptoms such as loss of consciousness, seizures, subdural hematomas, amnesia, skull fractures, dizziness, sensory loss, depression, and tinnitus, milder forms of TBI can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. TBI victims often will incur significant medical expenses and may require ongoing rehabilitation and care, in addition to lost past and future wages.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misdeeds of others,         whether an individual, corporation or entity.