Here are some of the things you can expect in a personal injury case in D.C., Maryland or northern Virginia.

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Unfortunately, you were hurt in a car accident that wasn't your fault and sustained major damages and injuries in the process.

What do you do next? What can you expect when filing a claim for your injuries?

In D.C., Maryland and Va, just because you are you are hurt in an accident does not mean you are entitled to money to replace lost income, medical treatment or getting your life back. You have to prove that the other person was negligent or careless and that it was their negligence or carelessness that caused your injury. If  you fail to do this, you lose. If you wait too long to sue, you lose. And if you go after the wrong person, you will lose. Also in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia if you are found to be at fault in anyway, you lose.

It's a tough process with a lot on the line.

You'll need to find lawyers you can trust with your case while you focus on your recovery (that's the first thing we tell people to do - let us worry about the case while you focus on getting better).

It shouldn't take long to make sure you are both on the same page. Make sure that your goals are aligned and that your relationship will work. That's when we go to work, gathering documentary evidence, analyzing your insurance policy and coverage, interviewing witnesses, collecting other evidence, etc. - and keeping you informed every step of the way.

Once all the facts of the case have been gathered and your injuries have stabilized or the medical treatment has ended, we develop a settlement strategy with you and will talk to you about the pros and cons of settlement or filing a lawsuit to recover for the injuries - and that's a very specific, personalized analysis and discussion focused on what is best for you and your family.  You may want to settle the case for many reasons, including the fact that you will have control over the outcome. 

Other law firms have a different approach - case managers, paralegals and lawyers fresh out of law school have a high volume of cases to process and get through their system - they probably need to do that to pay for their TV commercials.

We don't work that way.  An experienced, Board Certified lawyer will personally handle your case and be there with you every step of the way.

And remember, in this area (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) there are time limits or statutes of limitations. So don't wait until the last minute to take action on your case.

Another tip?  Not everyone will need a lawyer when they have been involved in a minor automobile accident.  If the injuries were minor and you're fully recovered, you may not need a lawyer.  If we think that's the case, we'll tell you - you can trust us on that.

Maybe you need a lawyer but we don't think we're the right law firm for you (we'll tell you that too).  We accept a limited number of cases each year.  But we'll refer you to someone who can help.

Take the first step and order our e-book outlining information you need to get started after an accident.  While it is NOT legal advice, it does have practical information you can use.  You can order your  copy of The Ultimate Guide to Accident Cases in the DC Metro Area, through our website, or reach out to us by phone (202) 393-3320 or email at [email protected].

If you still have questions concerning your injuries after an accident or whether you need an attorney, call us for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation. We cannot guarantee that we will take your case, but we can guarantee we will give you important information you can use right now.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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