Personal Injury Attorneys with 35 Years of Legal Experience Fighting for Victims in the D.C. Area
A serious injury can disrupt your life in so many ways – in addition to pain and emotional trauma, you may be thrust into the unfamiliar environment of a hospital. Even after your release, you may have to spend time at home recovering from your injuries. While you are busy exhausting your sick leave, the hospital is busy sending you medical bills that you cannot afford to pay.
You may discover only later that your injury was the completely avoidable consequence of a texting driver, a corner-cutting medical device manufacturer, a sleepy doctor, or a shop owner too stingy to repair a dangerous condition on the property. When this happens, it is only natural to add anger to your list of unwanted emotions.
The Law is on Your Side
If you have been injured purely as a result of someone else’s wrongful conduct, D.C. personal injury law grants you 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.
At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, enforcing the legal rights of personal injury victims 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 We Don’t Win, You Don’t Pay
You might be wondering how you are going to afford to retain a team of elite personal injury lawyers when you’ve already got thousands of dollars in medical bills that you can’t pay. There is really no magic to it. Our personal injury lawyers in Washington DC win such a large majority of our cases that we feel secure in offering you this guarantee: You will owe us nothing in legal fees until and unless we win.
Our Clients Say…
“Special thanks to Mr. Schloss and his assistant Suzy Kelly. You guys are the Best of the Best.”
“You have taught me so much about patience and the law. My wife and I both believe you have done an excellent job watching out for our best interests. It’s because of your hard work that we have had about the best year since the start of this whole mess.”
Our Main Practice Areas
Motor Vehicle Accidents: D.C. roads are the safest in the nation, according to the Insurance Industry Information Institute, at least in terms of fatalities. Despite this misleadingly comforting statistic, injury accidents occur with distressing regularity. When they do, they can have a devastating impact on every facet of your life.
Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice occurs far more often than any of us feel comfortable admitting. Although medical errors can occur that don’t amount to malpractice, some errors are simply inexcusable when committed by a professional into whose hands we place our lives. When this happens, you are entitled to full compensation, and we are here to make sure you get it.
Workers’ Compensation: Workplace injuries are among the most common of all injuries, especially in certain industries. The workers’ compensation system is idiosyncratic, and pursuing a claim is distinctively different than pursuing a claim through ordinary civil law channels. In some cases, you may be entitled to more than workers’ compensation benefits for a workplace injury.
Construction Accidents: Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs there is and, unfortunately, the construction workers exposed to the most danger are typically the very workers who lack the resources to bear the financial devastation that all too often accompanies a catastrophic accident. We can help.
Nursing Home Neglect: Nursing home abuse, when committed intentionally, is one of the most despicable crimes imaginable. In many cases, however, nursing home neglect is the result of understaffing, as management compromises patient care for the sake of the “bottom line.” Nursing homes are heavily regulated, however, and a regulatory violation could help prove negligence.
Asbestos Disease/Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma can show up literally decades after asbestos exposure, with tragically catastrophic consequences. Because of mesothelioma and its high death rate, courts tend to fast-track mesothelioma lawsuits. Victims (or the grieving relatives of deceased victims) typically receive large settlements when they are represented by expert legal counsel.
Products Liability: If you are injured by a defective product such as a malfunctioning air bag, a defective medical device, or even adulterated food, D.C. law allows you to win a products liability claim against anyone in the chain of distribution of the product without even proving negligence.
Premises Liability: Private businesses, public establishments, and social hosts are expected to keep their premises safe for visitors, by either repairing or conspicuously warning of dangers on the property. You might slip and fall on a malfunctioning escalator in shopping mall, for example, or you might become a crime victim due to inadequate security measures.
Federal Tort Claims Act: Governments sometimes enjoy immunity from lawsuits, even when a government employee wrongfully injured someone. This is because lawsuit damages must ultimately be paid by taxpayers. The U.S. government, however, has waived much of its immunity in personal injury cases, and the Federal Tort Claims Act defines the terms of this waiver.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I sue a nightclub for a drunk driving accident that injured me?
Yes. Under D.C.’s dram shop law, you can sue a commercial establishment that serves a customer who was already:
- apparently intoxicated
- “of notoriously intemperate habits” or
- under 21
if the resulting intoxication caused an accident that injured you. Social hosts are not subject to this liability.
Will I lose my claim if I was partly at fault for the accident that injured me?
Yes, unfortunately. The District of Columbia is one of the few jurisdictions that apply a “pure contributory negligence” rule that prevents victims from recovering from an accident if they were even one percent at fault for the accident that injured them.
What are the primary causes of motorcycle accidents?
The three most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- An automobile making a left turn into the path of the motorcycle;
- “Lane splitting,” where the motorcycle is between two automobiles; and
- The motorcycle is positioned in the automobile driver’s blind spot.
Most motorcycle accidents are the fault of the automobile driver.
What are the most common forms of medical malpractice?
The five most common forms of medical malpractice are:
- Treating the wrong patient
- Communication/coordination errors among medical staff
- Wrong medication
- Air embolisms (air bubbles in the blood)
What are some of the most common causes of construction accidents?
Three of the most common causes of construction accidents are:
- Falling objects
- Slip and fall accidents
- Improperly assembled scaffolding leading to falls
How do “road rage” claims differ from other personal injury claims?
First of all, it is a lot more difficult to protect yourself when someone is intentionally targeting you. If you are injured in an intentional road rage incident, however, you may be entitled to punitive damages. The problem is that almost no insurance policy covers intentionally criminal behavior.
What is the statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations is a statute that tells you how long you have to file a lawsuit before your claim dies. In personal injury cases, the deadline is three years after the accident, while for wrongful death claims, the deadline is two years after the date of the victim’s death.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Under D.C.’s wrongful death statute, the personal representative of the victim’s probate estate (named in the victim’s will or appointed by a court) must file the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving spouse or domestic partner. If there is none, the claim can be filed on behalf of “next of kin” such as parents, children, or siblings.
A Case Strategy as Unique as Your Fingerprints
With a little over a dozen personal injury attorneys, our firm is just about the ideal size – large enough to possess the investigative and financial resources that tiny firms lack, yet small enough to offer you the personalized attention you deserve. No two personal injury cases are exactly the same, and we will craft a litigation strategy that is tailor-made to the small but important nuances of your case.
We realize that you need money soon. Although we will not compromise your interests by accepting a quick but inadequate settlement, we will be seeking to collect a full settlement for you as soon as humanly possible. Although the vast majority of the clients we represent walk out with a settlement, we are not afraid to fight it out in court if we have to – it’s just that we rarely have to.
Contact Our DC Injury Attorneys Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been injured in the D.C. area and you believe you may have a personal injury claim, call us at (202) 796-3287 or simply contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation where we can discuss your options.