Smithfield Personal Injury Lawyer

Helping You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries and Anguish After an Accident that Wasn’t Your Fault.

Navigating life after an accident that wasn’t your fault can be a challenging journey, marked by physical pain, emotional distress, and unforeseen financial burdens. In such trying times, seeking justice and fair compensation becomes paramount, and the expertise of a skilled Virginia personal injury lawyer can make a significant difference.

If you find yourself in a Smithfield, Virginia, accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the importance of hiring a dedicated injury lawyer cannot be overstated. A knowledgeable attorney with experience in Smithfield’s legal landscape can be your advocate, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.


Attorney Richard SerpeWith over 37 years of experience as an Attorney, Richard Serpe passionately represents individuals who have suffered injuries due to negligence. Widely recognized for his exceptional legal skills, Mr. Serpe is distinguished by his meticulous preparation and compelling presentation in the courtroom. Renowned as a hardworking and well-respected attorney, he approaches each case with tenacity, consistently striving for the best outcomes for his clients.

Awards & Recognition: “Super Lawyer” – top 5% of lawyers in Virginia (2006 – Present); Best Lawyers in America (2005 – Present) and Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiffs (2020); AV rating (highest given) from the Martindale-Hubbell law directory; Rated 10/10 – “Superb” by attorney rating service


Richard Serpe’s extensive experience and dedication to personal injury law make him adept at handling a diverse range of cases. It’s important to consult with him directly to discuss the specifics of your situation and explore how he can provide personalized legal assistance tailored to your needs.

  • Car Accidents: Injuries resulting from collisions, involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, cyclists, and pedestrians.
  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Injuries sustained due to hazardous conditions on another person’s property, such as slippery surfaces or inadequate warnings.
  • Medical Malpractice: Cases where healthcare professionals’ negligence leads to injuries or wrongful death, covering a range of medical errors.
  • Product Liability: Injuries caused by defective or dangerous products, holding manufacturers accountable for their negligence.
  • Wrongful Death: Cases where the negligence or misconduct of another party results in the tragic loss of life, seeking compensation for surviving family members.
  • Nursing Home Abuse: Legal representation for victims of abuse or neglect in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
  • Dog Bites: Advocacy for individuals who have suffered injuries due to dog attacks, holding pet owners responsible for their pets’ actions.
  • Maritime Accidents: Handling cases related to injuries occurring at sea or on navigable waters, governed by maritime law.
  • Recreational Accidents: Addressing injuries sustained during recreational activities, such as boating accidents and jet ski accidents.


Settlements and verdicts are based on the damage done and the severity of your injuries. However, another major factor includes insurance coverage and policy limits. Agreed to in the insurance policy purchased by the insured, policy limits often represent the ceiling for settlement negotiations. A personal injury attorney will ensure that all avenues of compensation are explored.

  • Medical Expenses: Coverage for all necessary medical treatment, including hospitalization, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to the inability to work during recovery, including any potential future earning capacity affected by the injuries.
  • Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages that compensate for physical pain, emotional distress, and the overall impact of the accident on the victim’s quality of life.
  • Wrongful Death: In the unfortunate event of a fatal Portsmouth car accident, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and other related damages.


  • $5 Million: Defective Vehicle Wrongful Deaths
  • $3.5 Million: Barge Accident Causes Brain Injury
  • $2.5 Million: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths
  • $2 Million: Virginia Birth Injury
  • $1.6 Million: Drunk Driver Causes Accident
  • $425 Thousand: Child Attacked by Dog


Every case is unique, but here are a few of the main steps in the process:

  1. Free Consultation: You’ll share your story and learn about your legal options during an initial consultation. This leads to a decision of whether to work together or not. If the you decide to hire our firm, you’ll sign an agreement allowing us to represent you.
  2. Investigation: Our team will work to investigate the accident that caused your injuries. We’ll be looking into the statements of witnesses, the police accident reports, and photographs taken at the scene. In more complex cases, we may even hire experts to better understand what led to the incident.
  3. Your Recovery: It’s important that you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (when your condition cannot be improved any further), before negotiating with the insurance company. This will ensure that all of your medical bills are included in the settlement, as well as any permanent long-term care that you will need.
  4. Documentation: Our legal team will work with your healthcare providers to assemble all the information needed for your case.
  5. Settlement Negotiations: We will then submit all of our evidence to the insurance company and state our case. Most cases are resolved at this point, but negotiations with the insurance company can continue for a lengthy period of time. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, a lawsuit may be filed.
  6. Resolution: Filing a lawsuit puts the timing of your case in the hands of the court system’s legal process. However, during this time, both parties may agree to mediate in an attempt to settle outside of court. If an agreement cannot be made, your case may go before a judge and jury.


In Virginia, it is necessary to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit within strict deadlines imposed by law. In many cases, Virginia provides for a two-year deadline also known as a Statute of Limitations. However, every case is different and this deadline could vary depending on the circumstances of the situation.

Although two years might seem like a long time, the investigation and negotiation processes can be lengthy. To protect your rights, you should speak with a Virginia or Smithfield personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Once you have missed this deadline, you will no longer be able to file a claim or lawsuit.


Entrusting the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC with your personal injury case after an incident that was not your fault means securing a steadfast ally in the pursuit of justice and fair compensation.  Whether you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident, slip and fall, or any other unfortunate circumstance, our Virginia personal injury law firm is well-equipped to navigate the complexities of personal injury law on your behalf. Call or text us anytime at 757-233-0009.

Serving: Smithfield, Carrollton, Windsor, Isle of Wight County, and all of Virginia.


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