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Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Washington, DC – What to Know

If you or a loved one has recently gotten into a personal injury accident, the recovery process is the most challenging. The physical, emotional, and mental effects of the injury are difficult enough along with ongoing medical treatment costs. This is why most people who suffer from a personal injury accident usually get into financial stress, or worse, debt. 

The drastic change in your life is inevitable, yet there’s one way to help have your life back and get the financial compensation you deserve. A personal injury attorney can help you get right back on track following an accident. 

Here’s what you need to know about personal injury in Washington, DC: 

File a Lawsuit

The first thing you and your attorney will work on is to file a lawsuit, which begins with filing a complaint form with the clerk and then accomplishing a summons for each defendant’s name on the complaint. When all the necessary forms have been filled, you need to submit an application to waive court costs when applicable. 

If you are seeking recovery for damages above $10,000, the request will be processed by the Civil Actions Branch of the District of Columbia Courts. 

Additionally, filing a lawsuit is time-sensitive, and you need to follow the statute of limitations, which is the time period during which you can file a claim. Once the time period has passed, the court will not hear the case; therefore, it’s crucial you don’t miss it. 

In Washington, DC, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of your accident. In the case that a loved one has passed away due to a fatal accident, you will have two years from the date of the incident to file a wrongful death lawsuit. 

Compensation for Personal Injury Cases

There is no average settlement as this will vary. Several factors must be considered, such as the extent of the injuries. Most likely, the compensation you will get will be used to reimburse medical bills, procedures, supplies, etc. Those who are no longer able to work after the accident may be eligible to get compensation for lost wages, along with pain and suffering damages when the victim’s quality of life suffers. 

This is when a lawyer is extremely important. Your personal injury attorney will be the one to negotiate a settlement. When you file a claim, the at-fault’s insurance company will likely contact you immediately to settle, and they will likely give you a lowball offer. Without a legal presence, you could give in to this and realize later on that it’s not what you deserve. 

Your personal injury attorney will be the one to handle this and make the right settlement for you. 

Get What You Deserve

The legal process in Washington, DC can be tricky, especially if you get into a personal injury. That’s why it is important to consider hiring a personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate the legal process and help you get the compensation you deserve. 

Zukerberg & Halperin takes pride in our top-rated personal injury attorneys in Washington, DC. We handle all serious injury cases. Get a free consultation today. 

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