Washington, DC, Personal Injury Lawyer
A serious injury devastates the life of a victim emotionally, physically, and financially. Regardless of the type of accident, victims often miss work because of an injury, so they are losing wages as the medical bills are piling up. If an injury is the result of the negligence or recklessness of another person, the victim may be able to recover damages and receive compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct, after seeking medical attention, it can be important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Call The Abelson Law Firm online or at (202) 331-0600 for a free consultation.
The Abelson Law Firm’s Results in Personal Injury Cases
Michael Abelson has a long history representing victims in personal injury cases who received settlements or a verdict in their favor. Some examples include a police officer who was hit by a public transit bus, window washers who fell on the job and received seven-figure verdicts, and a girl who was molested at a childcare facility who also received a seven-figure verdict. Of course, every case is different. There is no guarantee of results in any particular case.
Common Personal Injury Matters
Personal injury law covers a broad range of physical and emotional injuries resulting from the negligence or intentionally wrongful conduct of another person, business, or government entity. The most common kinds of cases that personal injury attorneys handle include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents (such as injuries on construction sites)
- Medical malpractice cases
- Product liability cases
- Slip-and-fall cases
Who Can Be Held Liable for Personal Injuries?
As a general matter, anyone whose negligence or wrongful conduct resulted in an injury may be held liable for damages their conduct causes. However, in specific cases, state and federal laws or regulations may limit how much compensation a victim can recover, or who can be held responsible for payment, which is why it can be very important to have experienced legal counsel by your side when you navigate the financial and emotional costs of dealing with a personal injury.
Common scenarios The Abelson Law Firm can help clients address include:
- Motor vehicle accidents where the other driver broke the law, such as by driving drunk or speeding, resulting in our client’s injury
- Negligence in nursing care facilities that lead to life-threatening situations such as bedsores, broken bones from falls, choking, and malnutrition
- Medical malpractice by doctors and other medical professionals that results in death or debilitating injuries, including surgical error, misdiagnosis, and medicine dosing errors
- Work-related accidents such as falling at a construction site or equipment malfunctions that result in crushing injuries or amputation, which could have been prevented by an employer
What Kind of Damages May be Recovered in a Personal Injury Case?
When you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct, you may be entitled to recover a wide variety of damages. Some of the more common damages that you may be entitled to recover include medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and injury-related expenses.
Medical bills from an injury or accident, including one that ends in the tragic death of a victim, can quickly add up. Depending on how serious your injuries are and whether you have health insurance, you can easily amass tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. In a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to recover any medical expenses related to your injury, including the cost of doctor visits, surgery, X-rays, scans, medication, and physical therapy. In the case of psychological abuse or injury, your medical expenses may also include counseling. When an injury is permanent, you may also be entitled to payment for future medical costs.
Personal injury victims may also claim lost wages if their injury forces them to miss time at work. Similarly, victims who cannot return to work or must reduce their hours or change their profession because of their injury may claim the loss of future wages, referred to as loss of earning capacity. Finally, when a victim dies, the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation for the permanent loss of the future income the victim would have earned.
Pain and Suffering
Recovering damages for pain and suffering is common in personal injury cases, but determining the amount is not an easy task. An experienced personal injury attorney can help victims put a value on their suffering by considering factors such as:
- In the case of death, the circumstances of the death and the pain suffered by the victim’s family
- The severity of the injury
- The length of recovery and/or whether the injury results in permanent disability
- The victim’s age
- The presence of any physical scarring
- The victim’s profession and quality of life before and after the accident
When someone is injured, they may have to spend money on extra services to handle everyday tasks they normally would have performed, such as hiring a lawn service or a cleaning service. Further, they may have to purchase special equipment to accommodate their injury or new disability. Virtually any expense that an injury makes necessary may be recoverable in a personal injury case. An experienced lawyer can help victims identify those expenses.
How Do Those Liable Try to Get out of Paying Their Fair Share?
In cases where the party potentially liable acted negligently, that party has a strong strong reason to try and claim the victim is at fault. This can include saying:
- In a workplace injury case, the victim wasn’t following safety procedures
- In a car accident case, the victim failed to follow traffic laws
- In a medical malpractice case, the victim failed to tell doctors about a pre-existing medical condition
Because of how harsh this “pure contributory negligence” rule can be in practice, it can be very important to have an experienced Washington, D.C.-area personal injury attorney on your side. There may be legal and factual arguments that are particularly important to make to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
At The Abelson Law Firm, we understand the stress and uncertainty personal injury victims and their families often feel. To help ease that stress, we offer free consultations for victims and their families to help evaluate their legal options. In appropriate cases, we may also agree to represent a client on a “contingent fee” basis in which the client pays little or nothing up front and our fees are paid only out of a final settlement or judgment.
Washington, D.C., Area Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct in the Washington, D.C., area, finding an experienced local personal injury lawyer can be your most important step in recovering the compensation you deserve. At The Abelson Law Firm, we have years of experience representing clients in personal injury matters. Call us today at (202) 331-0600 for a free consultation to discuss your options.