Washington D.C. Personal Injury Attorney
If you have recently been injured in an accident caused by another person or entity’s negligence, whether it be a car accident, defective product accident, slip and fall, or truck accident, you may have grounds to pursue compensation for damages caused by your injuries. These damages may include hospital bills, lost wages from inability to work, and pain and suffering, among others. The Washington D.C. personal injury lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan understand your rights as an injury victim and have been successful getting compensation for numerous clients in similar situations. If you were injured in the Washington D.C. area, contact a qualified lawyer today to hear about your legal options.
We will be able to answer all your legal questions during a free consultation. There is no risk to you in contacting us. You are not obligated to take legal action and even if you feel that legal action is within your best interests, you will not be charged for our services unless we are successful pursuing compensation on your behalf.
Speak with a qualified lawyer today at (888) 213-8140.
Common Causes and Types of Personal Injury Cases
Accidents can occur at any given time, whether you are strolling down the street, shopping at an indoor mall, or visiting a neighbor’s house. If an injury occurs, it can be a life-altering experience.
Our Washington, D.C. personal injury attorneys have handled many types of cases. We understand the trauma injury victims go through and how it affects their lives and the lives of their families. If your injury was caused by the negligence of another person or party, our lawyers are here to help.
Some common types of personal injury cases we handle include:
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Dangerous drug injuries
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice cases
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse and negligence
- Product liability
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
These situations can cause a variety of injuries that range from minor to severe. Some of these injuries include the following:
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Burn injury
- Severe bruising
Although every personal injury case is different, our attorneys approach each case with determination and focus to fight for the compensation you deserve.
What to Do After Suffering a Personal Injury
Knowing what to after an accident can be difficult, especially because most injury victims are in pain and are experiencing shock and confusion. While our Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers are prepared to handle every aspect of your personal injury claim, victims knowing what should be done immediately after an accident can be very helpful to their claims.
Some of the important steps to take after an accident include:
Seeking Medical Treatment:
This is a crucial step after any accident. Even if you believe that your injury is minor, it is important to seek professional medical assistance to properly diagnose your injury and get the right treatment. Waiting for medical treatment can cause your injuries to worsen and lengthen recovery time.
It is also important to show insurance companies and attorneys from the opposing side that your injuries are authentic to the accident. Insurers and attorneys from the at-fault party will most likely be looking for any reason to claim that your injuries were caused by something other than the accident.
You may be asked by the defendant’s insurance company or lawyer to undergo an independent medical examination (IME). Before agreeing to undergo this exam, you could benefit from discussing it with a lawyer. There are times when you do not need to undergo this type of exam and other times when insurance companies and attorneys can compel you to take part in this exam.
The danger with IME’s as far as your injury claim is concerned is that the doctors who perform these exams are handpicked by insurance companies or attorneys for the at-fault party. They tend to pick doctors who draft reports that are skewed in favor of the at-fault party. This is why it can be so important to discuss an IME request with a lawyer before agreeing to it.
Taking Pictures at the Scene of the Accident
This step is extremely important to your case because pictures are a powerful form of evidence and the minutes and hours after an accident may be the only chance you have to capture the scene of the accident as it looked right after the accident occurred.
Photograph anything you think will be helpful to your claim, including property damage and your injuries. For instance, if you are involved in a car accident, take pictures of the scene to indicate the position of the vehicles and the damages done at the time of the accident.
If you are too injured to take pictures of the scene, have a loved one or someone you trust take on the responsibility.
Reporting the Accident
Be sure to file a police report or accident report after the accident. This will be an official record of the accident that can help validate your case. Keep in mind the other side is looking for any way to deny you were injured or that an accident occurred.
Speaking to Witnesses
It is important to speak to people who witnessed your accident because you may have to refer to them at later stages in your personal injury case. Take detailed notes on what they say either by writing it down or taking video on your smartphone. Be sure to ask them for contact information so that our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can contact them to verify what they witnessed and ask any further questions, as necessary.
Filing an Insurance Claim
If your injury occurred in a situation that is covered by insurance, it is important that you file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible because many insurance companies have deadlines for filing claims.
Be careful of what you say to insurance companies because most insurance companies manage their business in a way that protects their own interests and will try to pay you as little as possible. Explain that you were injured in an accident and are seeking medical treatment.
Only state the basic facts and avoid answering questions about how much pain you are in or how severe your injuries may be. If you answer these questions you may downplay the severity of your injuries or even admit that you are partially at-fault for them occurring. This could greatly hurt your chances of obtaining fair compensation for the damages done in the accident.
After following these crucial steps, it is beneficial to your best interests to contact an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options for seeking fair compensation. During a free consultation, one of our attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan will be able to answer your legal questions.
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Proving Your Personal Injury Case
In order to file a personal injury case, our Washington D.C. personal injury lawyers must first determine if you have a case. In order to prove if your case is strong enough to pursue compensation for your damages, your lawyer must be able to show that the other party was negligent. There are four basic elements that must be established to prove negligence:
- There was a duty of care – Our attorneys must prove that the at-fault party had a duty to act in a reasonable manner, meaning the at-fault party in your situation had a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent the accident that caused your injury.
- Breach or violation of the duty of care – Our Washington D.C. personal injury lawyers need to show that the at-fault party breached his or her duty of care. For example, a person driving in a reckless manner breaches his or her duty of care by putting everyone nearby at risk of injury.
- Link between the breach of duty and your injury – This element must be present to show that your injury would not have occurred without the breach of the duty of care.
- You suffered damages – This element simply means that you suffered physical, emotional and/or financial problems from your injury. For example, if you missed days of work and lost wages and that you have medical bills to treat your injuries caused by the accident.
It may seem difficult to understand each of these elements needed to file a claim. Our attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan have the knowledge and experience to handle these kinds of cases. When you meet with one of our Washington D.C. personal injury lawyers, we will determine if these elements exist in your claim and determine if we think it is in your best interest to pursue compensation for your losses.
Personal Injury and Statutory Rules
Each state has different laws governing personal injury cases. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit here in Washington D.C., it is important to know about the laws that may affect your claim.
Time Limit to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you have been injured because of the negligence or recklessness of another person, it is important that you file a claim as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the deadline. In Washington D.C., personal injury lawsuits must be filed within three years from the date of when the injury occurred (§ 12–301(3)). Any lawsuit filed after this time limit will most likely be dismissed by the court and you will not have the right to pursue compensation.
“Shared” Fault Rule
Washington D.C. follows the harsh rule of contributory fault. Contributory fault means that if the victim shares some of the fault for the accident that contributed to his or her injury, he or she will not be able to recover damages, no matter how small the percentage of fault may be. For example, if you cut off another car and the driver of the other car was speeding, you could both be found to be at fault in the crash and you would therefore be unable to obtain compensation.
However, in 2016, a new law was passed that made an exception to contributory negligence for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized users of public highways who are involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. These individuals can only be barred from recovering damages under two conditions:
- Their negligence was the proximate cause of their injuries; and
- Their negligence was greater than the total negligence of the other parties
It may be difficult to familiarize yourself with all of Washington D. C.’s laws and regulations. That is why it is in your best interests to contact a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury lawyer if you are suffering from a personal injury. Our lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan have the skills and background and understand the best methods in pursing compensation.
Schedule your free consultation today. Call (888) 213-8140.
How Can an Attorney Help My Situation?
People who are injured in an accident often hesitate to contact an attorney because they may be afraid or unsure of the costs of having legal representation. However, our lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan provide our services on a contingency fee basis, so there are no costs to our clients unless we win compensation for their case. If you have been in an accident, there is no need to hesitate in contacting us, because having a qualified lawyer to represent you is full of advantages.
Investigating the Accident
If you pursue a lawsuit with us, our attorneys will gather evidence needed to prove that the other person or party involved in the accident are at fault for your injuries. We will compile the following evidence on your behalf:
- Medical records – Medical records show the physical and emotional damages you experienced in the accident. This will help us determine the value of the damages you have suffered.
- Police report/accident report – We will be sure to obtain a copy of the police or accident report, as this documentation is crucial to filing a claim
- Gather photos and video footage – We will thoroughly investigate all video or photographic evidence of the accident from street cameras and police evidence.
- Interviewing witnesses – Having witness statements can be a very important aspect of your case. We will handle all communication and investigate what the witness saw.
- Review state laws – Our personal injury attorneys will carefully review all relevant state law to determine violations of the at-fault party.
Determining the Value of Damages
At Goldberg Finnigan, we fight hard to negotiate fair compensation for our clients. We will thoroughly evaluate the damages you suffered, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of companionship
- Property damage
- Funeral or burial costs
Handling All Communication on Your Behalf
Our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys understand that insurance companies do not always have your best interests in mind. That is why we will handle all communication with your insurance company and the insurance company of the at-fault party to help you fight for just compensation.
Contact Our Washington, D.C. Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Our lawyers understand that this is a difficult time for you. We care about your well-being and want you to have all the resources available so that you can focus on your health and recovery. We have been successful in many personal injury cases in getting fair compensation for our clients.
We want nothing less for you. Our attorneys will work thoroughly and tirelessly to help you pursue what you deserve. Contact us today for a no obligation, risk-free consultation to hear about your legal options. We take our cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not be charged for our services unless we obtain favorable compensation for your case.
Call us today at (888) 213-8140.