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Paul Thomson, of The Thomson Law Firm PLLC, is able to bring his unique experience as a former insurance company adjuster, coupled with over 15 years of experience representing injured persons. After leaving a major insurance company as a senior claims representative, Paul attended and graduated with honors from law school, and was a member of the prestigious law review. Paul does not represent insurance companies or corporations, and he is dedicated solely to the representation of the injured victim or their family. For the last 14 years, Paul has dedicated his practice to only representing those persons, or the families of persons throughout Virginia and west Virginia, who have received catastrophic or life ending injuries arising from automobile, motorcycle, and tractor trailer accidents, workplace accidents, defective and unsafe products, nursing home and assisted living facility abuse, medical negligence or malpractice, sexual molestation and dangerous premises or property. Paul has handled such diverse cases as serious injuries or deaths caused by defective and dangerous cribs, defective and dangerous stoves, defective and dangerous blow torches, dangerous and defective hose clamps, dangerous and defective automobiles, including roof crush and defective airbags, dangerous and defective motorcycles, dangerous and defective bulldozers, dangerous and defective towing equipment, dangerous and defective tire repair patch kits, defective skid steer loaders, defective medical devices or implants, defective elevators, trucking and car accidents, bad surgeries, poor care or supervision at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and daycares, with injuries ranging from paralysis, blindness, severe burns, and brain injury to death. Paul is licensed in Virginia and west Virginia, and has successfully tried cases in both states. A significant number of his cases are referred from lawyers all over Virginia, and many other states, so referrals or requests for association from other attorneys are welcomed.


Paul Thomson is a personal injury attorney in Roanoke, Virginia who helps victims and their families work through the issues that a serious injury or wrongful death brings.


A debt relief agency, Cox Law Group's attorneys aid individuals in bankruptcy filing under the bankruptcy code. We provide free consultations with an experienced bankruptcy attorney to ascertain if bankruptcy is right for you or not. Bankruptcy can help to stop garnishments, reduce or eliminate taxes, stop foreclosures, reduce car payments, wipe out credit card debt and stop repossessions. We deal with bankruptcies for consumer debtors and not creditors, and we try our best to maintain our fees as low as possible. A consumer debtor usually chooses between filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and in certain cases, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The most common are Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies. A debtor filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is usually able to file the case through our office without paying any attorney's fees upfront before the case and only paying the court expenses and costs to file the case. Essentially, a Chapter 13 case is a bankruptcy-approved debt payment plan. Majority of Chapter 13 bankruptcy clients pay to our office their attorney's fees through a reasonable debt repayment plan which is included in their Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan. We also charge fair Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney's fees and closely work with the client throughout the process to help them get rid of their medical debt and credit card debt through the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process. Call us now and meet with one of our attorneys, David Wright, David Cox, Janice Hansen, or Heidi Shafer for free, serving Bedford, Lynchburg, Danville, Farmville, Charlottesville, Staunton and Harrisonburg VA. For your free appointment, please call us. We want to assist you in lifting the heavy burden of uncontrollable debt from your family's lives and your shoulders.

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What does an immigration attorney do?

Immigration lawyers help their clients through all phases of the immigration process. Experts on immigration law, they are legally qualified to represent U.S. citizens, permanent residents or undocumented immigrants. Immigration lawyers also provide assistance to visitors here on student, work or travel visas, and can represent clients who may have an expired visa or who have overstayed their visa.

You can hire an immigration lawyer to assist you with petitioning for renewing a permanent resident or green card, navigating the naturalization process, submitting an employee-based petition for a work visa, filing a petition for a family member, or representing you or a loved one who is facing detention or deportation, as well as replacing, extending or changing a current visa, green card or work permit. The immigration process is highly complex, with multiple hearings, paperwork and requirements. Hiring a legal expert to represent you can help you make your best effort in the process. When researching immigration lawyers, it is very important to verify their qualifications and find a reputable attorney. Read reviews and verify that the immigration lawyer is licensed by your state before paying any fees.

What is a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer fights on your behalf if you’ve been injured physically, psychologically, economically or in reputation. This injury may be the result of neglect or malicious intent of another person, or it could be at the hands of a business, government or other entity. Personal injury lawyers specialize in tort law, which is the law of civil wrongs like car accidents, company wrongdoing, unlawful imprisonment and more.

To become qualified to be a personal injury lawyer in the United States, a person must earn a bachelor’s degree, followed by a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from a law school. Most states then require the person to pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. Unlike many attorneys who require a retainer, personal injury lawyers often work on contingency fees. This means that in lieu of payment upfront, they receive an agreed-upon percentage of the settlement in case of a win.

What should you look for in a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer will advocate for your legal rights if you’ve been hurt in an accident at work or in daily life, have suffered from medical malpractice, or are struggling to have your insurance carrier cover your needs. It may be helpful to talk with two or three lawyers before selecting one. When looking for a personal injury lawyer, research their reviews and make sure former clients have had good experiences with them. Next, make sure the personal injury lawyer has experience and proven success winning cases similar to yours. Confirm that the lawyer is licensed to provide services in your state. When you find a qualified personal injury lawyer with whom you want to work, freely discuss payment and fees before any work begins. Most lawyers offer a free consultation to learn what your case is about and explain their rates. Personal injury attorneys typically receive a percentage of your settlement (called a contingency fee), so they are paid after the trial or case is complete. Keep in mind that some attorneys have fees that you must pay even if you don’t win your trial. It’s important to understand these details before work begins so you don’t have any unhappy surprises later. Lastly, it’s wise to choose a personal injury lawyer that you have confidence in and with whom you can communicate openly and honestly.

How do you find a good immigration lawyer?

Research is key to finding a good immigration lawyer. The immigration process can be overwhelming and complex, so a trustworthy advocate is critical. When you have identified several eligible candidates, verify their immigration law license to protect yourself and your finances. Once you have a set of licensed immigration lawyers in mind, choose one based on these considerations:

  • Mutual respect: You want an immigration lawyer who treats you and your family with kindness and consideration. You’ll do the same for them.
  • Availability: Before hiring, note if they have responded promptly to your emails and calls. You don’t want to hire someone you have to chase around.
  • Proven success: Read former client reviews and research their success rate with cases similar to yours.
  • Transparent rates: Ask directly about what their rates are, how they bill, and what they estimate your legal fees will be. Ask if they will sign a fee agreement, and get receipts for all fees paid.
  • Verify who will handle your case: Sometimes junior lawyers work on firm cases. This is okay, as long as you have discussed it and are comfortable with it. When junior lawyers or paralegals are working on your case, ask if the hourly rate is lower.
  • Be wary of anyone who promises you specific results: No case is certain, and the immigration lawyer should be honest about what you can expect.

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How much does an immigration lawyer cost?

Immigration lawyers are experts in the nuances of the highly complex United States immigration system. They help clients of all backgrounds petition for immigration status and become U.S. citizens, and can represent clients who are facing deportation or detention. Nationally, the cost people pay for immigration lawyers averages $500-$1,010. The services you need will have a huge effect on your costs. For routines cases, such as applying for a travel visa, an immigration lawyer may be able to confidently quote you a set price, while more open-ended cases may be billed at an hourly rate of $200-$500, or more, depending on the reputation and experience of the firm and lawyer. Before hiring an immigration lawyer, ask what their plan for your case is and what expected costs may be. Many immigration lawyers work from retainers, and request a set amount of money upfront from which to work. For example, a lawyer who charges $300 per hour may estimate $4,000 for a standard family-based immigration case, the common process in which a U.S. citizen petitions for permanent residency for their spouse, fiancee or family members.

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