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Washington DC Personal injury law firm

Washington, D.C. Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury Attorneys with 35 Years of Legal Experience Fighting for Victims in the D.C. Area

Washington DC personal injury lawyerA 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 personal 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.

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 injury lawyers when you already have thousands of dollars in medical bills that you can’t pay. There is really no magic to it. Due to prior successes, we feel secure in offering you this guarantee: You will owe us nothing in legal fees 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.”

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:

  • intoxicated
  • 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:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • 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 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 necessary.

Contact Us 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) 796-3291 or simply contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation where we can discuss your options.