This is Washington, DC. I’m More Surprised When I Hear That Someone Hasn’t Been Hit By a Car.

Hit By a Car While Walking in Washington DCI remember the day very clearly. I had just finished a ballet class at a studio in Friendship Heights and I had ridden my bike from the studio to Columbia Heights. I was using Bikeshare so I docked my bike and went on my way to church, which was meeting at the GALA theatre at the time.

I was in a great mood, jamming on my ipod (yes, it was 2013) and the crosswalk told me that it was my turn to walk. So I did. I don’t remember much of what happened next. The next thing I remember, I was getting up from the ground. The driver had stopped and jumped out of the car to see if I was okay,

Apparently, I’d been sideswiped by a car turning left through the intersection and hit my head on the pavement. I think I was in shock; I felt fine for a little while and managed to get the insurance information of the driver. I declined the ambulance (a rookie mistake) especially since I started to experience serious concussive symptoms about thirty minutes later. My friend drove me to Georgetown Hospital where I was diagnosed with a concussion and told to follow up with a concussion clinic.

At the time I was working part-time didn’t have insurance, so I wasn’t sure what to do about medical treatment. I called a friend of mine, who recommended an attorney that she had gone to law school with (a great way to get a recommendation).  He told me how important it was to get consistent medical treatment.

Turns out, getting good medical treatment was the very best thing I could have done for myself - good advice for anyone who gets hurt. I was evaluated and ordered to start vestibular physical therapy, which I did at Medstar NRH.

Looking back on it now, I was just lucky. Things sort of fell into place for me. If it hadn’t been for some well-meaning friends, I probably wouldn’t have even sought out an attorney and gotten an eventual settlement that covered my medical treatment, lost wages, and a little something extra. And I can tell you, it wasn’t the experience our clients get.

But you don’t have to be lucky. You can call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Donahoe Kearney.

At Donahoe Kearney, we send out a lot of free reports to help you understand the system you’re in after a bad injury.  And we want our clients to have all the information because then you’re not as anxious or feeling totally out of control, you know a little about what to expect, so you’re not as stressed.

So make this the year you order one of our free books and reports on car accidents, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, we even publish evaluation forms that help you choose the best attorney you and your family (we’re not for everyone and don’t plan to be, but if they can’t measure up in all the ways we do, you are settling- and not in a good way!)


Amaris Vargas, Medical Records Clerk (Spanish-Speaking)
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