Over the years, our Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have encountered similar or identical questions and concerns posed by our clients. To better assist you, we have listed these questions along with their answers below. We hope you find this information useful.
A personal injury lawsuit is a legal dispute that occurs after an individual is injured by an accident caused by another person or entity’s negligence. If a person is found liable for the accident, their insurance company is responsible for paying the injured party’s expenses such as medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
Accidents that fall under personal injury law range from car and truck accidents to medical malpractice and birth injuries to premises and product liability. Most personal injury claims are resolved outside a courtroom. However, if negotiations break down and a settlement cannot be reached, a former lawsuit will be initiated.
Whenever you suffer an injury or loss from an accident caused by negligence, you have the right to file a claim to get the other party to pay for their actions. Even a minor accident can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills and property damage. Although your insurance company is responsible for paying these bills, sometimes you just don’t have enough insurance or your insurance carrier will refuse to pay. This may mean that you will be responsible for paying out of pocket for these expenses for any accident you are not at fault for.
However, it has been shown that having an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side and filing a claim may increase the amount of compensation that you can recover following an accident. That’s why it’s always smart to set up a free consultation with one of our DC metro personal injury attorneys to learn your legal options.
It is hard to predict or calculate exactly how much compensation you can expect to receive. The amount depends on the severity of your injuries and your need for extensive medical care and rehabilitation. If an attorney does try to give you a dollar value for your claim before they start investigating it, be wary. The attorney may be making an unrealistic promise to settle your case right away.
When you meet your personal injury attorney during the initial consultation, we will examine the facts of the case and be able to determine how much your claim is truly worth. Once we know the specifics of your case, we can give you a better understanding of what your next steps should be.
Each personal injury case is different and it is in your best interest to speak with a personal injury attorney from Regan Zambri Long PLLC before accepting any settlement offers from the insurance company.
Each state has a different time limit on when you can file a personal injury claim. Virginia law, for example, requires a victim to file a claim or lawsuit within a predetermined amount of time from the date of injury.
Below is a breakdown of the maximum time frames you can file a personal injury claim in the DC Metro area:
Yes, our firm handles catastrophic injury cases, such as traumatic brain injuries and burn injuries. We often consult with medical experts to strengthen the claims we prepare and file on behalf of our clients. We can help you understand catastrophic injury insurance.
Before we can begin our investigation for your claim, we will need some information from you about your case. When you first meet with your attorney, make sure you have the following information available:
How long will a personal injury case take?
Much like how much your case is worth, the time it will take to settle a personal injury claim differs from case to case. If it’s a straightforward case where it’s easy to determine who is at fault, then the matter could be resolved in a matter of a couple of months. However, if the claim is more complex with multiple parties at fault and catastrophic injuries, it could take a couple of years to settle.
During your first consultation with our injury lawyers, we will sit down with you to explain the personal injury process and give you realistic expectations of how long your case will take. We will be in constant communication with you so you are aware of what is going on with your case and advise you on the next steps for your claim.
There are two types of damages you may recover in a personal injury claim: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are expenses that have a monetary value attached to them. These damages include:
Non-economic damages are a little more complex to figure out. These expenses are not always available in every case and usually depend on how severe your injuries are. These include:
In very rare cases, punitive damages may be rewarded for your personal injury. Punitive damages are meant to punish the responsible party for their behavior.
Contributory negligence means that if the plaintiff had contributed to their own injury, the claim could be rejected by the court. For example, a driver runs the red light and hits a pedestrian. It is later discovered the pedestrian was looking down at the phone and did not notice the other vehicle heading for them. In this case, the pedestrian’s personal injury claim may be thrown out because they should have been paying attention at the time of the accident.
Many accident victims are afraid to speak or hire a personal injury attorney because of fees. They are already dealing with hospital bills and other expenses from the accident and don’t want to add to the growing financial debt.
But Regan Zambri Long works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is you will not be charged a fee until your case concludes. Once your case is either settled or reaches a successful verdict, our fee will be a percentage of the compensation. If we are not successful in getting you the compensation you deserve, then our fee is waived.
Yes, we offer free case evaluations to our prospective clients. This allows us to better understand their needs and explain how we can be of assistance to them.
You should hire our reputable law firm to represent you because we have the experience and the track record needed for your injury case. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, which has allowed them to get back on their feet after being wrongfully injured. Our legal team includes skilled trial lawyers who fiercely protect the rights of our clients inside the courtroom. With the resources needed to handle cases of all sizes, Regan Zambri Long will be your partner for justice.
If you have more questions about a personal injury matter, we would be happy to provide you with the answers you need during your free initial consultation. We believe that being well-informed about your rights and options enables you to make strategic decisions for yourself and your loved ones.