Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm
Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP is a premier personal injury practice serving clients throughout Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. For over 40 years, we have provided injury victims with informed representation when they need it most. We have a proven history of achieving significant settlements and jury awards, having recovered over $1 billion in compensation for our clients.
If you have been injured in an accident in Washington D.C., Northern Virginia or suburban Maryland, our legal team will fight for your rights. Well-versed in the applicable negligence laws, we will leverage our negotiating and trial skills to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. Please contact one of our experienced Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland personal injury lawyers.
If you have been harmed by another’s misconduct, we will work to right this wrong by winning you meaningful compensation. If you have lost a loved one because of someone’s negligence, we can help you find justice through a wrongful death lawsuit.
While many personal injury and wrongful death claims can be resolved through a negotiated settlement with an insurance company, insurers often attempt to settle claims for as little money as possible. We have proven strategies to convince the insurance company to pay the full value of your claim. Our personal injury lawyers are equally comfortable at the bargaining table and in the courtroom. We are committed to getting you the compensation you need and deserve, whether through negotiation or litigation.
- Asbestos and mesothelioma claims
- Birth injuries
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse/negligence
- Pedestrian accidents
- Police misconduct
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Slip and fall accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Truck accidents
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
Roger Johnson and Kasey Murray recently recovered $9,300,000 for a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian sustained life-changing crush injuries and is now disabled as a result of the accident. The case involved legal questions regarding the duties of drivers and their employers, as well as the legal impact of the recovery of workers’ compensation benefits on a personal injury lawsuit. The settlement is one of the largest in the firm’s history.
A pedestrian who suffered a brain injury when struck by a truck while walking in Southwest Washington D.C. near the waterfront obtained a $6,000,000.00 settlement. During depositions Roger Johnson was able to prove that the truck driver was talking on his mobile phone at the time he struck the pedestrian.
When a construction company did not safely cover a hole in a roof, a construction worker fell thirty feet to the ground. He seriously injured his back and leg. He will never return to the skilled construction job that he had at the time. Paulette Chapman and her litigation team wrote numerous motions to convince an insurance company to pay $3 million dollars to the injured worker.
A driver lost control of her car when she backed out of a parking space. The car struck a pedestrian who was exiting a store. The store agreed to pay the pedestrian $3 million dollars after watching a computer reenactment of the ways safety poles would have prevented injury to the pedestrian. The litigation team of Chapman and Fisher devoted many hours to the computer reenactment.
When a one-year-old boy had injuries to his internal organs, the case settled after protracted litigation. The case settled for over $4 million dollars. Paulette Chapman and her litigation team retained nationally recognized experts to testify that injuries were caused by the negligence of the defendant.
A clothing store was renovated to house a national retail chain. During the renovation, a painting company used harmful chemicals that were not ventilated from the store. Our client inhaled the chemicals while working on a raised platform. He fell ten feet where he injured his spinal cord. We successfully defeated motions filed by the painting company. The painting company agreed to pay our client $2.7 million dollars.
In 2019, the litigation team of Kasey Murray and Roger Johnson obtained a $3,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death case for a family who lost their teenage son in a car crash. By working closely with an accident reconstructionist, Ms. Murray and Mr. Johnson were able to argue that the vehicle carrying the decedent was traveling at a rate of speed far in excess of the posted speed limit. The case was brought in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Our client was in an office building delivering packages. He sustained an injury when the elevator allegedly malfunctioned. The defense attempted to claim that our client was responsible for his own injuries, but injury lawyers Julie Heiden and Peter DePaolis ultimately obtained a $2.99 million award for the deliveryman. View the article.
A husband and wife recovered $2.25 million dollars when the husband died in a fire and the wife was also burned. Paulette Chapman and her litigation team used historic Google maps to win the case. Google maps from the years 2011 to 2014 showed dangerous changes made to the streets around our clients’ home in NW Washington. These changes caused the fire and subsequent death.
Senior Partner Peter C DePaolis along with co-counsel Ann Jones and Donna Rostant, recently received a jury verdict of $2,550,000 in a medical malpractice trial in Stafford County, Virginia. The client is a young woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a surgical error while undergoing back surgery.
Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the daughter and widower of government worker injured in a WMATA accident. A Metro bus struck a female pedestrian when she was in the crosswalk. Virginia injury attorney Julie Heiden and her colleagues successfully represented the daughter for her claims of wrongful death.
The firm recently recovered 1.8 million dollars for a worker who fell through a hole in a roof while on a construction site. Though the general contractor covered the hole, the cover was not secured and was not properly marked. OSHA found that the contractor did not maintain a safe place to work and violated safety regulations. In addition to relying on the OSHA investigation, the firm used medical illustrations to demonstrate the full extent of the worker’s injuries.
Paulette Chapman and her litigation team settled a construction case for $2.2 million on behalf of an injured worker. A contractor allegedly violated an OSHA safety regulation. Ms. Chapman presented proof of the spinal injury that prevented the worker from resuming work in the building trades. Her team had presented the evidence of a safety violation, researched construction laws, and wrote motions on the laws of evidence.
In 2017, the litigation team of Roger Johnson and Kasey Murray secured a $2,200,000 settlement for a young child who suffered a brain injury at birth and was left with a disability. The case was settled just two weeks prior to trial, and the team devoted several years of litigation to the case. As a result of the settlement, the child’s mother was able to utilize her resources to provide her child with better home care, and much needed medical equipment to improve her child’s quality of life.
In 2017 the litigation team of Roger Johnson and Kasey Murray obtained a $1,200,000 settlement for a construction worker who was exposed to ozone while working on a renovation project at the National Zoo. The client suffered permanent lung damage as a result of the exposure. His physicians were prepared to testify in trial on his behalf regarding the severity of the exposure, and its impact on his life.
A woman was driving with her daughter as a passenger. Another driver, who was working at the time, ran a red light and crossed into the woman’s path, causing a serious car crash. She required five surgeries after the accident. Injury attorneys Peter DePaolis and Julie Heiden secured a $1.75 million award for the woman, who is now disabled because of the car accident.
We have a well-earned reputation as one of the most distinguished personal injury firms in the Washington D.C. region. Our lawyers have frequently gained peer recognition by Top Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America for providing our clients with dedicated advocacy and adhering to the highest ethical standards.
Our legal team is not only highly experienced in handling personal injury lawsuits, but medical malpractice and worker’s compensation claims as well. Whether you have been injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or the victim of a medical mistake or a work-related injury, you need the powerful representation and dependable service we provide.
We are highly sought after personal injury attorneys because we are compassionate people. We understand that a serious personal injury can be an overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial burden, which is why we will not charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win compensation for you.
With offices in Washington D.C., Fairfax, VA and Greenbelt, Maryland, Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP is the experienced choice in personal injury law. When you become our client, you will have peace of mind, knowing that our dedicated advocates are on your side.
A personal injury claim arises when someone is wrongfully harmed by the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another party. All individuals in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland have a legal obligation to act responsibly and avoid causing injuries to others. In legal terminology, this is referred to as a “duty of care.”
To successfully pursue your injury claim, we will work to prove the 4 elements of negligence:
- Duty The party that caused your injury owed you a legal duty to act in a way that a reasonable person would have in the same situation
- Breach The other party breached this duty by failing to act responsibly
- Causation The other party’s actions caused your injuries
- Damages You were harmed or injured directly as a result of their actions
Our experienced Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland personal injury lawyers know how to establish the other party’s negligence, but we are also aware that attorneys for the opposing side will look to blame you for the accident. We prepare in advance to fight back.
By conducting a thorough investigation of the accident that caused your injuries, collecting and preserving evidence, and identifying and interviewing witnesses, we will move swiftly to hold the negligent party accountable and limit your exposure.
Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP regularly helps injured workers in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland obtain workers’ compensation benefits. If you have been injured on the job or sustained an occupational illness, you are probably concerned about your lost income and mounting medical expenses. That’s the time to call our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers.
We are knowledgeable in the workers’ compensation laws in Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland. While all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, claims are often challenged or denied by insurance carriers on the basis that the injury was (1) not work-related or (2) not severe enough to prevent the injured worker from performing his or her job.
We have a proven history of making sure insurance carriers pay the full value of workers’ compensation claims.
- Wage loss benefits provide two-thirds of your average weekly wages until you are medically cleared to work by your doctor.
- Medical treatment benefits cover all your medical expenses (e.g. examinations, surgeries, rehabilitative care, physical therapy, prescription medications).
- Permanent disability benefits may be awarded if you are unable to return to your job. These income benefits are based on factors such as the nature of your injury, your age and occupation, and a doctor’s analysis of the percentage of your lost work potential.
- Vocational retraining is available if you have sustained a permanent disability that defers the cost of retraining and educational programs so that you can acquire new skills.
People who need medical care place their trust and well-being in the hands of doctors and other medical professionals. When medical mistakes result in serious injuries and wrongful death, holding a negligent healthcare professional accountable can be difficult.
Not every medical error constitutes malpractice, however. Instead, it is necessary to show that the victim was harmed because the defendant failed to provide the appropriate standard of care — the level of care that a skilled physician would have provided under the same circumstances. Given the complexities involved in medical malpractice cases, it takes an attorney with special skill sets to achieve a successful outcome.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the negligence of a doctor, surgeon, hospital, clinic or other healthcare provider, turn to Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys will help you obtain the medical care you need and the compensation you deserve.