Personal Injury

Washington, D.C. Attorney Guiding Accident Victims Through the Legal Process

A personal injury claim may arise when someone is hurt because of the careless behavior of another person, such as a reckless driver or an incompetent doctor. These cases may also result from negligence by a business, such as a store that fails to maintain its property or a corporation that manufactures a defective product. Victims have a right to pursue compensation from a defendant whose actions resulted in their harm. If you have been hurt because someone else failed to act with due care, Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer Roger Gelb at Gelb & Gelb is here to assist you. He also represents injured people in many areas of Maryland and Virginia who are seeking a car accident attorney or assistance with other personal injury claims.

Pursuing Fair Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim

To make out a successful personal injury case, the victim (or plaintiff) generally must prove the elements of duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. In other words, the defendant must have failed to act with the appropriate level of care under the circumstances, and the accident must have been a direct result of this failure. The plaintiff must establish each of these elements by a preponderance of the evidence, which means that the jury must be convinced that their version of events is more believable than the defendant’s version.

A defendant often will try to argue that the plaintiff did not act with the appropriate level of care. In some cases, this type of argument may defeat the plaintiff’s case entirely and bar the right to compensation. However, a skillful personal injury attorney like Roger Gelb understands how to fight back against arguments based on contributory negligence and can use his experience on your behalf.

Another important issue in personal injury cases is the statute of limitations. This procedural rule dictates the time within which a claim must be filed. In most situations, a plaintiff must comply within the applicable statute of limitations to preserve their right to compensation. Roger Gelb is familiar with the complexities in this area of the law and will vigilantly keep track of timelines so that this type of issue does not arise.

Depending on your specific situation, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages from a defendant that is held liable. These may include compensation for your medical costs, including the likely costs of future treatment or procedures that you may need. Victims also may be able to obtain reimbursement for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. They generally may be compensated for the pain and suffering that they went through, as well as any reduction in their quality of life caused by the accident. Roger Gelb understands the many ways in which your life may be changed by someone else’s carelessness, and he will work diligently to prove the full range of damages in your case.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Washington, D.C. or Surrounding Areas

If you have recently been hurt and believe that your injuries resulted from someone else’s careless conduct, you owe it to your family and yourself to seek the services of a knowledgeable Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation, call Gelb & Gelb at (202) 331-7227 or contact us online. Most of our cases are handled on a contingency fee contract, which means that we get paid only if and when we get compensation for you. Roger Gelb also represents people throughout Maryland and Virginia who need a motor vehicle collision or medical malpractice attorney, as well as guidance in other personal injury claims.