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Workplace Injury Frequently Asked Questions

WARNING: All of the information provided here is of a general nature only. The specific facts of your case may require a completely different answer. Do not base any decision with respect to your case solely on any of the answers found herein. Prior to making any decision with respect to your case, you should speak with a competent attorney who is familiar with the laws that relate to your case.

My lawyer tells me we have to file suit. Why can’t we just settle without doing that?

Unfortunately, if all negotiations and attempts to settle with the adjuster and/or opposing counsel have been exhausted, and you and your lawyer are of the opinion that the settlement offers presented are not viable offers to settle your personal injury claim, your lawyer may have no choice but to file suit. This may be done not only to protect the statute of limitations, but also to protect your interests regarding a fair settlement of your personal injury claim.


Oftentimes, we find once suit is filed, adjusters and defense counsel will increase their settlement offers in an attempt to avoid unnecessary trial preparation and defense costs.

Virginia Beach Office

5500-B Greenwich Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Elizabeth City Office
(by appointment only)
507 E Main St #K
Elizabeth City, NC 27907

If you are looking at this site, you or a loved one has probably been hurt. If that's true, you've come to the right place. Helping people who have been hurt is what we do. In fact, it is all we do. Joe Miller Law is a law firm concentrating exclusively on representing people who are injured by the carelessness of others or those hurt on the job. We provide the highest quality legal services to people who have been seriously injured. We practice Personal Injury law and Workmens' Compensation law in both Virginia and North Carolina.