For more than 35 years, the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland personal injury lawyers of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP have successfully obtained substantial monetary compensation on behalf of individuals who have been injured or for families of those killed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Our law firm is one of the largest, most experienced, and most respected plaintiff’s personal injury law firms in the region. In fact, our recognitions include four of the firm’s attorneys being selected as Top Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine, five chosen by their peers for inclusion in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and five of our personal injury attorneys being selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©.
If you have been injured purely as a result of someone else’s wrongful conduct, D.C. personal injury law grants you to the right to full compensation for every dimension of your losses – physical, financial, and psychological. The trick, however, is enforcing these rights, since personal injury law is complex and arcane, filled with pitfalls for the unwary.
The dedicated Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, enforce the legal rights of personal injury victims. It is our job and our mission – we practice no other type of law. After 35 years of practice and a startling $1 billion in compensation collected for our clients, insurance companies are not laughing at us. Instead, they are scrambling to reach a settlement so they don’t have to face us in court.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an accident, we recommend that you speak with a personal injury attorney about filing a claim. If your injuries were a result of the negligent actions of another person or company, that party may be held accountable for causing them. However, the legal process can be extremely complex and corporations and insurance companies are notorious for looking after their own best interests. You may also be faced with significant medical bills, lost wages, and even the possibility of lifelong disability. Our personal injury lawyers can help. We will fight for justice for you and your family, handle all interactions with insurance companies, and won’t charge for any out-of-pocket fees. At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis, & Lightfoot, LLP, we handle all cases on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t charge a fee unless we recover money on your behalf.
Personal injury law allows you to hold a person or company responsible for your injuries through the principle of negligence. When someone acts in a reckless or careless manner and causes injury to you or another person, they may be held legally liable for the harm they caused. However, four specific elements must be proved in order to establish that a defendant acted negligently.
Proving negligence is essential in most personal injury claims. However, every case is different and a breach of duty may manifest itself in many different ways. In some situations, the defendant may have owed a ‘special duty’- a second duty imposed by case law or state statutes – that you may be unaware of. It is important to review the facts of what happened to you with an attorney so that nothing is missed and you are able to recover full and fair compensation.
If you were seriously injured in an accident in the Washington, D.C. area, call Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis, & Lightfoot, LLP for a free and confidential case evaluation. Our attorneys will listen to the facts of your case, go over your options, and help you fight for a fair and full financial recovery.
I interviewed with 3 other law firms that wanted to take my accident case and then I met Peter DePaolis. He clearly made a positive impression with his accomplished manner, his knowledge of effective strategies and his commitment to excellence. Throughout the process, he never let me down and he made sure I was prepared to properly communicate regarding the impact of my injuries. He demonstrated compassion to me regarding my situation and he was determined to achieve the highest award possible.
I cannot express how pleased I was with the way Mr. Roger Johnson and his administrative assistant Mrs. Betsy Berry handled my accident case. They were very thorough with processing and negotiating my case with all medical facilities and insurance companies which resulted in a settlement far more than I expected. With a flat fee of 1/3, Mr. Johnson exceeded all expectations by also keeping me fully aware at all stages of negotiations as well as providing expert and detailed advice to me as his client.
I highly recommend the law firm Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP Mr. Peter DePaolis and his team represented me after being rear-ended in an automobile accident and sustaining multiple injuries. Every day I count my blessings for the legal representation I received from such an honorable and highly competent team. Mr. DePaolis and his staff are consistently professional, and always prompt and proactive regarding communication.
Roger Johnson, Kasey Murray, and Betsy Berry helped me navigate a very complicated personal injury case. They did not waver in their determination to settle the details in this complicated matter. Roger is a thoughtful and highly competent attorney that will work very hard for you. Meeting him was a benefit to needing an attorney. I will always consider Roger a friend and the nicest, but also the most effective, lawyer that I have ever met.
Mr. DePaolis has never once forgotten about my Father, and while he was still alive, Mr. DePaolis was attentive and kind, while never losing sight of his purpose which was to represent my Father. He has continued to do so while maintaining contact with my family regarding all legal matters surrounding my father’s disease and death. I would highly recommend Peter DePaolis and cannot say enough good about him. Thank you Mr. DePaolis!
Special thanks to Mr. Schloss and his assistant Suzy Kelly. You guys are the Best of the Best. Dear Mr. Schloss: I wish to thank you for the fantastic job that you accomplished yesterday. I hope that you know how much I appreciate what you have done for me. As the saying goes, when you’re good, you’re good. I consider you as being fantastic.
Mr. DePaolis, I can’t express enough how much your hard work and the results meant to my Dad. If you remember, 3 weeks before his passing, he stopped all treatments. After learning about the large settlement he knew that financially my mom would be okay. He was tired and ready to go and that check made his leaving us much easier for him. Eleven years last month, I still miss him every day. God Bless!
We owe so much to Mr. Schloss and you for taking care of us and leading the way when times were tough. Money can’t buy that type of dedication. A person really has to love what they’re doing to do that type of job for their clients. We’re glad you both are on our side.
We retained the service of Mr. Peter DePaolis who immediately provided assurance and an overwhelming sense of empathy for us. Throughout the process, his level of commitment, communication and responsiveness were exemplary. Our family immediately felt that we truly had an advocate that held our best interests at heart. I would wholly recommend Mr. DePaolis for any legal services and advice going forward.
To Mr. DePaolis: I want to express my sincere gratitude for your professional and compassionate service you provided with the handling of my accident case. I was confident of a positive outcome after our initial meeting and am glad that I was correct. Your approach to the situation was impressive and you were reassuring to any potential doubts. Not only did you start the process proactively but you were passionate and honest.