What Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Take?
Accidents happen every day. And when they do, people are often left with medical bills and injuries that can be debilitating or even life-threatening. While some accidents are purely accidental, some accidents occur due to the negligence of others.
If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. While personal injury law allows accident victims the possibility of recovering compensation in many of these cases, it can often be confusing to navigate. A lawyer will help you understand your legal rights and options.
What Types of Cases Does a Personal Injury Attorney Handle?
Our personal injury lawyers handle cases such as:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
One of the most common types of personal injury cases that personal injury attorneys handle are cases involving motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents can occur due to many factors, including distracted driving, drunk driving, or poor road conditions.
These cases also aren’t limited to car accidents. They can also include motorcycle, truck, and even bicycle accidents. After your accident, you should seek medical treatment immediately, collect evidence from the scene, and take pictures if possible. You should also avoid speaking to the insurance company until you have consulted with a personal injury lawyer.
Medical Malpractice Cases
A medical malpractice claim can be very complex and difficult to prove. These cases occur when a patient is injured due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professionals. Personal injuries in these cases may look like birth injuries, surgical errors, misdiagnoses, or even medication errors.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and financial abuse. Because of the nature of assisted living facilities and nursing homes, harm to elderly patients can be difficult to identify and often goes unnoticed for long periods of time.
If you believe your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They can help you gather evidence and build a strong case against the nursing home.
Wrongful death cases are brought against a person or company who has caused the death of another person due to their negligence. Wrongful death claims can be brought by certain family members, including immediate ones. While laws differ in every state, eligible family members may include a serving spouse, children, or parents.
Sports injuries often occur due to the negligence of another player, coach, or even the school or league. Even if a player has signed a liability waiver before participating in a sport, there are still situations in which the at-fault party may be liable for contributing to an injury.
Our legal team can secure evidence that supports the claim by conducting thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding the accident and injury.
Premises liability is a type of personal injury involving injuries suffered on another person’s property. These cases can be difficult to prove because you must show that the property owners knew or should have known about the hazardous condition and failed to fix it.
Some common premises liability cases include slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, and dog bites.
What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do For Me?
A personal injury lawyer is a civil litigator who provides legal representation to plaintiffs who claim to have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency, or other entity.
A personal injury lawyer’s primary focus is to help you navigate the legal processes and ensure that you receive the full compensation you are entitled to. They will help you gather evidence, handle communication with the insurance company, and negotiate a fair settlement for you.
If you cannot settle, your lawyer will help you file a personal injury lawsuit and take your case to trial.
Calculating Damages for Personal Injury Claims
When you are injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. These damages include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In some cases, you may also be able to recover punitive damages.
Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer and deter future misconduct. They are typically only awarded in cases where the defendant’s actions were particularly egregious.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here to Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
The Washington, D.C. lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have a proven track record of success in helping clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. Our firm has consistently demonstrated we have the expertise needed to help our clients see that justice is served. We have the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations of all the circumstances contributing to an accident, gathering the evidence to establish negligence and other types of liability.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has obtained more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience. Two of our partners are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our firm has also earned the highest AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most respected attorney-ranking service organizations in the United States. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. attorneys work passionately on behalf of our clients to help them secure fair compensation – there is no type of case that is too complex for us to litigate.
How Much is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
The value of your personal injury claim will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the amount of medical expenses you have incurred, and the length of time it takes you to recover.
Here is a small sample of some of our successful verdicts and settlements:
- $15 million for a woman who was permanently paralyzed from the neck down as a result of being struck by a stray bullet.
- $6 million on behalf of a man who suffered a brain injury as a result of a rear-end collision.
- $5 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a 14-year-old client who suffered a severe brain injury as a result of a doctor’s inappropriate use of a chemical product.
- $4.8 million on behalf of a severely injured man when his motorcycle struck a trailer being pulled by a minivan.
- $4.5 million for a woman who was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident after being struck from behind by a transit bus in a crosswalk.
See additional examples of our case victories and settlements on our “Case Results” page.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you are looking for the highest level of representation available for your personal injury case, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our law firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
We honor the attorney-client relationship and work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered. Our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.