Washington, DC Personal Injury Lawyers

Fighting for the Rights of Victims

When individuals or businesses act carelessly, serious injuries and even death may result. People who are hurt because of someone else’s negligence have a legal right to seek compensation from any responsible party. Based in Washington, DC, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Gelb & Gelb, P.C. are dedicated to helping victims of motor vehicle collisions as well as defective products, medical malpractice, slip and falls, and other incidents of carelessness. We also can bring wrongful death claims on behalf of families who tragically have lost a loved one to someone else’s carelessness or misconduct.

Since 1954, Gelb & Gelb, P.C. has been advocating for victims in the Washington, DC metro area, as well as elsewhere in Maryland and Virginia. Our goal in each case is to provide personalized representation at every step of the way until the matter ends with a jury verdict, a settlement agreement, or an arbitration award. When we accept a case, you can rest assured that recognized attorney Roger Gelb will personally handle your legal matter, rather than a paralegal or legal assistant. You will always interact directly with Mr. Gelb.

Listed on the Bar Register of Preeminent Law Firms, Gelb & Gelb has been ranked among the leading law firms in Washington, DC by the National Law Journal & Legal Times, and Attorney Roger Gelb has been named as a leading personal injury attorney in the area by the Washingtonian Magazine. Washington, DC personal injury attorney Roger Gelb has handled thousands of cases, and we have obtained tens of millions of dollars for our clients.

Aggressively Pursuing Compensation After an Accident

While each personal injury case is highly fact-specific, the underlying legal theory in many of them is known as negligence. In a typical negligence case, such as an auto accident lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove certain elements to assert the right to compensation. The defendant must have owed the plaintiff a duty of care, and the defendant must have breached the duty. For example, a driver has a duty to act safely behind the wheel rather than endangering others. If they text while driving, run a red light, or drive while intoxicated, they have breached this duty of care.

It is also important to show that the plaintiff’s injuries resulted directly from the defendant’s careless behavior. In some cases, the defendant may argue that the plaintiff contributed to the accident. An example might be if a driver was speeding but was struck by another driver who failed to yield the right of way. The strict rule of contributory negligence applies to personal injury cases in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. This means that a victim will not be allowed to recover compensation if they were even slightly responsible for the accident in which they were hurt. As a result, an injured person and their family should make sure to enlist a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as early as possible in the process so that they can fight back against any allegations of contributory negligence.

If you prevail in a personal injury case, you may be able to receive many types of economic and non-economic damages. Generally, economic damages compensate victims for relatively objective, tangible forms of harm, such as lost wages and medical expenses. Non-economic damages, by contrast, compensate victims for subjective forms of harm like pain and suffering or lost enjoyment of life. Your attorney also may assist you in pursuing damages for future costs or losses, such as the financial impact of future medical procedures or lost earning capacity. It is important to seek representation from an attorney who can establish your right to the full scope of damages that you deserve.

Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Washington, DC

If you have been hurt and are searching for justice, you should contact Washington, DC personal injury lawyer Roger Gelb of Gelb & Gelb as soon as possible. Mr. Gelb understands the nuances of the legal process, and we will take the time to help you explore your options and develop an appropriate course of action. Call Gelb & Gelb at (202) 331-7227 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a car accident attorney or seek assistance with any other type of personal injury or wrongful death claim. We handle cases in Maryland and Virginia as well as in the District of Columbia.