DC Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, be it reckless or intentional, we hope you are on the road to recovery. However, it is likely that some person, company, or corporation is directly responsible for your injuries; or a beloved family member’s wrongful death. Our team of caring and experienced DC personal injury lawyers at Price Benowitz LLP will fight for our clients to help them win the rightful justice they deserve and seek compensation so they and their families can resume their normal lives. Habla Español
Our team of DC injury attorneys at Price Benowitz LLP is well-suited to serving all your needs. We will provide a free and honest appraisal of your case and answer every question you have about the complicated aspects of personal injury law and the equally intimidating claims process. When you call our injury law firm — no matter the time — you will immediately speak with a caring and knowledgeable staffer who can schedule a consultation with an attorney located at our Washington, DC offices.
Your initial, and free consultation appointment will occur very quickly with one of our dedicated DC injury lawyers. We handle every one of our cases on a contingency basis, which means you will pay nothing unless you obtain compensation. Even if you are an undocumented immigrant, your residence status should not disbar you from seeking recovery for an injury you’ve suffered in DC. However, it is still helpful to consult with an experienced attorney before you proceed.
We strongly believe that an educated client makes a successful plaintiff. Below you will find a general overview of personal injury law. It will only take a few minutes to review and is well worth your time; because the better you understand the basics, the more informed your decision will be when choosing counsel to represent your interests. We also have injury law offices in Maryland and Virginia.
Principles of Personal Injury
Personal injury is the legal term given to bodily harm. A common example is a car accident where, a few days later, you can hardly move your head due to severe neck pain. Other examples include a doctor’s misdiagnosis of a “minor bump on the head” after you slipped and fell, and later you begin to show symptoms of traumatic brain injury. Medical malpractice and premises liability claims also fall under the personal injury umbrella because such cases often involve injuries sustained because another individual or organization failed to provide the injured party with a reasonable standard of care. Defective products that are unsafe and cause you harm are another example of personal injury cases. Personal injury can also include abuse such as nursing home abuse or sexual abuse. There’s no limit to the ways in which a person can be injured, and many cases include more than one defendant. In the most tragic cases, individuals may die as a result of their injuries, which can be grounds for a wrongful death claim. An experienced DC injury lawyer will be able to assist you in the event you elect to pursue legal action, irrespective of the type of injury you have suffered.
Personal Injury FAQs & Resources
- Terms and Definitions
- What Type of Damages Can I Recover After an Accident?
- The Lawsuit Process
- How Do I Find The Best Injury Lawyer For My Case?
- Should I Get My Own Lawyer If I Am Not The Only Victim?
- What Role Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Play in My Case?
- The Different Hats an Attorney Wears in Injury Cases
- What Should I Expect From My First Case
- Everything to Know About Insurance
- What to Expect at the Initial Consultation
- Cross Complaints and Third Party Claims
- Pre-Trial Court Motions
- Pre-Trial Settlements
- Approaching a Trial
- What to Expect from a Claim
Elements for Personal Injury Claims
It’s important to keep in mind the following four elements that must exist in any personal injury claim:
Injury — Someone must be injured. But not all acts of negligence cause “injury.” This can be confusing. Legally, an injury occurs only when serious symptoms continue after the accident. If you merely slip and fall on someone’s property and only suffer a painful bruise that disappears in a few days, you have not been legally injured.
Liability — The person or business entity you blame for your injury must have legal liability. There must be something that this entity or individual was legally required to do (or not to do) and their failure to do so caused your injury.
Duty (or “duty of care”) — A person or legal entity is required to act toward others and the public with “watchfulness, attention, caution, and prudence with reasonableness.” If a liable party’s actions fail to meet their legal standard of duty, then negligence and damages may be claimed by the injured party. There are several levels of duty, which your DC injury lawyer can explain to you during your initial consultation.
Damages — The amount of money a plaintiff (the injured victim) may be awarded in a lawsuit. There are many types of damages, which are also best left for your DC injury attorney to explain. However, damages typically fall into two basic categories: (1) actual damages are those the defendant owes you directly; and (2) punitive damages represent additional monies levied against a defendant in order to punish his or her conduct. Additional considerations like hospital liens may also factor into a case.
Statute of Limitations in DC
Generally, you have three years from the date you were made aware of your personal injury, the act of malpractice, or your product liability injury to file a claim. There are some exceptions, the most common being when the plaintiff is a minor or if the defendant committed fraud in an attempt to hide his or her liability.
Experienced DC Personal Injury Lawyers
By now, you probably have a lot of questions. That’s understandable. And that is why it is important for you to speak with an experienced DC personal injury attorney. He or she can walk you through the claims process and dispel any fears or concerns you may have. It’s important to note those who fail to retain an attorney can run the risk of compromising their compensation rights, usually due to the tactics of an insurance company and their team of high-priced lawyers. Well over 90 percent of personal injury defendants are represented by an insurance carrier. Their first line of defense is an insurance adjuster whose job is to offer you the least amount of compensation. Without an experienced DC injury lawyer, what do you do? For if you accept an offer, usually far below the true value of the harms and losses you have suffered, you must sign a release. That release can limit your ability to seek further compensation if your injuries, and any related costs, increase in the future. Another advantage to retaining a passionate personal injury attorney is the comfort that comes from knowing all the calls and bully tactics employed by many insurance adjusters and their lawyers will stop because your DC injury attorney will be the only person to deal with these individuals.
In addition to the valuable legal representation you will receive in and out of court, a personal injury law firm also knows how to effectively investigate plaintiff accident and injury claims. The evidence they unearth during their discovery will be used to bolster your claim. Armed with this information, and expert witnesses, they can negotiate for a fair settlement, and you will avoid the need for a costly trial. A lawyer with years of experience under their belt will also be able to provide information about MRI and CAT scans and whether it would help a person’s case to have those tests done. A settlement can result in greater damage amounts than those you might have secured had you taken the case to trial. And a settlement is often the fastest way to resolve the issue for all parties involved. A dedicated personal injury attorney will know when this option is in your best interest, and when your best course of action is to take your fight to court.
Our Personal Injury Law Firm Can Help
We hope this page has provided you with a greater understanding of the complexities of personal injury law and that it will prove helpful in the decisions that you will have to make going forward. Whatever you choose, you should never under-estimate the advantages of speaking with an experienced DC injury lawyer. Contact our firm today for a free initial case consultation by calling our Washington, DC law offices at (202) 600-9400.
Tips When Looking For “The Best DC Injury Lawyer”
Tip #1: Don’t look for the “best DC injury lawyer.” Instead, look for the attorney or law firm that you feel is the best fit for you and your case.
When you have been wronged by another person or company in a way that results in some harm to you, whether physical or financial, it can be a very aggravating situation. For that reason, we believe, we hear from many people who want to file a case and who want “the best lawyer in DC” to represent them. There is always the possibility that if an attorney isn’t the exact right fit, but has the necessary knowledge for your particular case, for a co-counsel agreement between two or more attorneys. Our firm’s policy is to place the client’s desires and wishes first and foremost. However, there is a potential for issues to arise between co-counsels on a single case. Additionally, there is also a chance that an attorney will refer you to another attorney that might be better-equipped to handle your needs.
However, the truth is that there is no such thing as a “best lawyer or law firm in DC.” What you should be looking for is the lawyer or law firm who is qualified to take your case and who you believe is the right fit for you. The law is very broad, and different attorneys have experience handling different kinds of cases. For instance, an attorney who handles civil rights cases may not have experience with medical malpractice. Just as important, you should find a lawyer and law firm who you feel is the right to represent you and your interests. Rather than looking for “the best law firm in DC,” you should consult with different attorneys who have experience handling cases like yours and look for a lawyer you feel you can trust and build a strong relationship with.
Reviews and Testimonials
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These Guys Won Two Injury Cases For Me
I found the law firm of Price Benowitz from an internet search when I was looking for an attorney who could represent me for my Personal Injury case and file a law suit on my behalf on the same day. Price Benowitz gladly took my case and did what they do best, he went to work. The personal injury lawyers here are very approachable and can put someone at ease quite naturally. They are professional, reliable and always well informed. These guys won two injury cases for me and on both occasions they communicated regularly very well and were honest about what my expectations should be. I was assisted in making decisions that weren’t always easy and they were always supportive. Finding these guys was a true blessing and I could not be happier to recommend them to anyone who has an injury or gets in an accident.