I was reading a case summary today, on how parents could recover for assault that occurred to their child. They recovered for their own emotional damages and the emotional damages experienced by their child. In Virginia, emotional distress claims must be brought WITHIN 1 YEAR. That means, from the date of the ACCIDENT you only have one year. The moral of the story is, if something happened – please call RIGHT AWAY. We have had to turn cases down because folks have called too late, or worse, we have received great cases but the statute of limitations limits the claims we can make. Every state is different, so please don’t assume Virginia is like NC or TENN or anywhere else.


Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at