Personal Injury Lawyer Portsmouth VA

Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. represents people who have been hurt in accidents in Portsmouth and across Virginia. We know that in the aftermath of a serious injury accident, you likely have questions about your rights and legal options. We’re here to answer your questions and stand up for you.

Personal Injury Lawyers Portsmouth: Get Compensation Today

It is not uncommon for accident victims to feel stress and worry about how they’ll pay for mounting medical bills and when they’ll be able to return to work to support themselves and their families. We know that fighting an aggressive insurance company while trying to rebuild your life is an unfair fight – unless you have an experienced attorney on your side.

Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. has been representing injured people throughout Tidewater Virginia for more than 30 years. We have the resources and experience of a large firm but provide the personal attention of a small firm to each of our clients.

When someone else’s negligent actions harm you, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Our legal team is ready to help you. Contact us by phone or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free consultation with our team today.


Portsmouth Personal Injury Practice Areas

Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. handles a wide variety of Portsmouth personal injury cases. Some of the types of cases we handle include:


  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
  • Professional Negligence
  • Maritime Law
  • Food Poisoning
  • Dog Bites


The statute of limitations for most personal injury cases in Virginia is two years. People should not delay in taking legal action, as courts will refuse to hear lawsuits filed after the limitations period has expired.

Our firm also handles wrongful death claims in cases involving fatal injuries. We know that financial compensation cannot undo the loss you’ve suffered, but it can make sure that your family does not struggle to pay for funeral and burial expenses, final medical costs, and other concerns while also taking the time to grieve.

Injuries Caused by Negligence in Portsmouth

Negligence can take many different forms. In many cases, a person is not paying attention to the possible consequences of specific actions, or they may commit an act that inadvertently injures another party.

Examples of accidents caused by negligence include:  

  • Car accidents are usually the result of driver negligence. This could include speeding, distracted driving, drowsy driving, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or many other reasons.
  • Slip and fall accidents are often caused by a property owner’s failure to fix hazards or warn visitors of danger on their premises.
  • People may also be injured by the defective design or manufacture of consumer products.

Injuries caused by negligence will need to be proven in most cases by a preponderance of the evidence, which generally means more than 50 percent of the evidence.

Injury Claims We Handle in Portsmouth

Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. has experience with a large number of different injury claims. Our firm has handled several complex injuries, with some examples including:

  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Nerve damage

Do not assume that your injury is not severe enough to justify a legal claim. Most injuries involve significant medical bills, and you deserve to have those costs covered by the party that caused your injuries.

Whenever you are involved in an accident, you should always seek medical attention. This is true even if you do not at first think you were hurt, as many serious injuries can involve delayed symptoms.

Types of Personal Injury Compensation

Most personal injury cases are resolved through settlements. A settlement is typically designed to cover all of a victim’s past, present, and future expenses. The settlements that are initially proposed by most insurance companies are rarely enough to cover the full lifetime of a victim’s needs.

A skilled personal injury attorney will be able to negotiate with an insurance company for a fair and full settlement to your case. If the insurer refuses to provide a satisfactory offer, our firm can file a lawsuit.

If a personal injury case goes to trial, the jury could award the victim several kinds of compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages refer to tangible costs such as medical bills, lost income, and property damage. Noneconomic damages are much more subjective and cannot be easily quantified, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and disfigurement.

Punitive damages can also be awarded in cases in which defendants acted with actual malice or under the circumstances amounting to a willful or wanton disregard of the victim’s rights. Punitive damages cannot exceed $350,000.

How Our Firm Can Help with Personal Injury Claims Process in Portsmouth

Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one was killed in an accident in the greater Portsmouth area? Do not speak to any insurance company without legal representation.

Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. can handle all conversations with insurers on your behalf. We can conduct an exhaustive, independent investigation of the accident to determine the true cause and collect all of the necessary evidence. Our firm is prepared to fight to seek all of the compensation you are entitled to.

Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. has helped many injured people recover awards in excess of $1 million. Call us or contact us online to have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.