Personal Injury Lawyer – Washington DC
Maximizing Compensation for Victims of Negligence Since 1973
Accidents happen every day in the Washington DC area. While some may seem
unavoidable, others are caused by a person or entity that acted negligently
or recklessly. If you or a family member are injured in a DC accident,
you may have a legal claim for damages against the responsible party.
Claims for damages include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering,
and others. For many accident victims, this financial compensation is
vital to their recovery.
At Baum Hedlund, our personal injury lawyers have helped clients in the
Washington DC area and across the country secure the financial compensation
they need to bounce back after an accident. Retaining an experienced injury
attorney to advocate on your behalf levels the playing field against any
insurance company or corporate defendant.
Since 1973, our injury attorneys have won $4 billion in compensation for
our clients in DC and across the nation. Put your case in the hands of
lawyers you can trust to recover full and fair compensation on your behalf.
Some of our noteworthy personal injury verdicts and settlements include:
$2 billion verdict won for a California couple in one of the first Roundup cancer
lawsuits against Monsanto (now Bayer);
$105 million settlement reached for a multi-client pharmaceutical injury case;
$17.5 million settlement reached for a passenger
death in a major US aviation accident; and
$15 million settlement reached for a fatal accident involving a major truck company.
Call (855) 948-5098 or contact us online
to speak to a Washington DC personal injury attorney. We take on cases
Baum Hedlund DC Injury Attorneys Can Help
At Baum Hedlund, we represent personal injury plaintiffs exclusively, meaning
we always fight to win justice for victims of negligence. We have decades
of experience advocating and earning maximum compensation for clients
This is not an all-inclusive list. If you would like more information on
your case, please do not hesitate to
contact our firm for a free and confidential case evaluation.
How Do You Prove a Personal Injury Case?
Plaintiffs must prove three elements to recover compensation in an injury lawsuit:
That the accident was caused by a negligent party: This means some other party caused the crash, such as another driver. Washington
DC is one of a select few contributory fault states. Contributory fault
bars accident victims who are partially at-fault for the accident from
recovering damages. For example, if another driver was 99% at-fault for
a car crash and you were just 1% at-fault, you would not be able to pursue
a personal injury claim. This makes hiring an experienced personal injury
attorney so important for DC area residents. Your lawyer has to be able
to investigate and build a strong legal case on your behalf proving that
another party was 100% responsible for your injuries.
That the negligent party owed them a duty of care and, therefore, breached
that duty: All drivers have a duty to others on the road (meaning they must obey traffic
laws to prevent accidents), any negligence that breaches that duty satisfies
the third element. For instance, they could have breached this duty by
speeding or getting behind the wheel while drunk.
That they suffered damages as a result of an accident injury: In the example of a car accident case, the victim must have accumulated
medical debt, lost wages, or other damages (like pain and suffering).
Plaintiffs that prove all three elements may be compensated for the damages
they have suffered and for damages they are expected to suffer in the
future. Depending on the circumstances of an accident, these claims for
damages can be substantial.
Chances of Success in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can improve your chances
of success in a lawsuit, whether the case goes to trial or settles out
of court. Make no mistake, insurance companies will go to great lengths
to minimize liability and limit their payout to you. Perhaps you have
already received a phone call promising you “the best possible”
settlement for your case. Even if this quick settlement seems like a good
offer, before you do anything, we recommend a free case review to ensure
you are not shortchanging the value of your claim. Remember, our law firm
offers free case evaluations, and we only received a fee if we are successful
in getting you compensated.
How to Find an Injury Lawyer in Washington DC
Even though finding a lawyer may be the last thing on a person’s
mind after being in an accident, we know from experience that many accident
victims face the daunting prospect of missing work for an extended period
of time, causing worry about affording the exorbitant costs of medical
bills, or even paying for their house.
Retaining an experienced injury lawyer to be your advocate is a good way
to alleviate the financial worries you may be facing. According to a study
conducted by the Insurance Research Council, the average person receives
a settlement 3.5-times larger when they hire a personal injury lawyer
to represent their interests when compared to those that do not hire an attorney.
So how do you decide on a lawyer for your case?
Below are some questions you should consider asking potential injury lawyers:
- How long has the lawyer been litigating personal injury cases?
- Does the attorney have experience negotiating settlements with insurance
companies? If so, what are some of the case results they can share?
- Has the attorney handled cases that share similarities to your case? If
so, how did those cases turn out?
You should also feel confident in the line of communication you have with
your prospective attorney. One way to research a lawyer’s communication
with clients is to read their
client reviews on Google, Yelp, and on their website. If other people with similar cases
have good things to say about your attorney, this should give you confidence.
What to Look for in a DC Injury Lawyer
A few factors to consider when choosing a lawyer include:
Areas of practice: Does the lawyer typically accept cases like yours? Personal injury is a
broad area of the law. You need a lawyer who knows how to handle your
specific case. For example, a truck accident case is completely different
from a defective products case. Make sure your attorney focuses his or
her practice on cases like yours.
Past case results: A lot of lawyers talk about their great legal skill, but do they have the
results to back it up? Be sure to take a look at the verdicts and settlements
they have achieved for their clients in the past to see if they have actually
been successful in litigating cases like yours. This will not guarantee
they can win your case, but it does give you a good idea about their level of skill.
Reputation: Is the lawyer respected by others in the community? Do they hold the respect
of their peers, past clients, judges, and even courtroom opponents? Remember,
a good reputation is indicative of a lawyer’s level of professionalism
Years of experience: How long has the lawyer been in practice? How long has their firm been
open? You want to make sure that you are getting experienced representation
so that your case is as comprehensive as can be.
Client base: Some personal injury lawyers also moonlight as defense attorneys. Other
lawyers, however—like ours at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman—are
solely committed to representing those injured by negligence. You will
never find them on the other side of the aisle protecting negligent parties
over public safety.
The trial lawyers at Baum Hedlund check all these boxes. If you are searching
for a lawyer who truly cares about your well-being, turn to our award-winning
legal team for help. With no upfront fees, there is nothing to lose.
Should I Hire an Injury Attorney Near Me?
When disaster strikes, it is natural to start your search for local law
firms in your community. Baum Hedlund’s satellite office is
conveniently located near Washington Circle, which gives resident clients the benefits of a local firm combined with
the resources of a nationwide firm.
Personal injury cases can be complicated but getting you full and fair
compensation does not have to be. Hiring our firm to be your advocate
gives you the chance to exercise your legal rights without sacrificing
time and effort that would be better-spent healing from your injuries.
Make no mistake, our mission is not just to earn maximum compensation
in your behalf; it is also to hold the responsible party accountable for
Schedule your free consultation
with a Washington DC personal injury lawyer today!