DC Personal Injury Guide

DC personal injury case & accident info

Washington, DC is the home of the federal government: the Supreme Court, congress and the president. It's also home to ridiculous traffic and insane gridlock. This can lead to many traffic accidents, incidents with pedestrians and more.

Maybe it's you who was hurt and needs advice, or perhaps it was a friend or family member. Whatever the case, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris has the answers.

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DC personal injury law: the basics

DC statutes online

This is where you’ll find DC's laws. The website has information regarding how long you have to bring a case, damage caps on personal injury claims, and other helpful information.

DC Code Online

To read:

DC's car accident statutes of limitation

In DC, you have three years to bring both a personal injury claim and a property damage claim. That doesn't mean the whole lawsuit must be completed in three years; all that means is the paperwork has to be filed with the court before that time is up.

Car accident lawsuit time limits by state

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Accident worksheets

Your First Meeting with an Attorney
A worksheet to prepare for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney – what to bring, what they'll ask
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Documents & Evidence Checklist
Checklist of 30 items to help you prepare for making a personal injury or accident claim
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Personal Injury Attorney Interview Sheet
Worksheet with questions to ask a personal injury attorney to help determine if he or she will be a good fit for your case
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Damages/Expenses Worksheet
Damages worksheet to track expenses for your injury claim (medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, prescriptions)
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Post-Accident Journal Form
Sample accident journal/diary to help you document the effect on your daily life
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Accident Report Form
Sample post-accident report form to keep in your glove box - fill out at the scene or as soon as you can after a car accident
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Hiring a lawyer in DC

DC has more attorneys than you can shake a stick at. Unfortunately, they most likely all specialize in governmental matters and constitutional law.

The initial meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free. (Keep in mind that other legal specialties, such as patent law or estate planning law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward, plus office expenses.

If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something different.

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Examples of personal injury cases and accidents

Examples of personal injury cases and accidents

Personal injury cases (also know as a tort lawsuit) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Auto accidents, medical malpractice and premises liability (slip/fall) are a few examples of the most common types of personal injury cases, but there are many more. In fact, torts are among the most common legal actions in the United States. Read more

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Law libraries in DC

There are certain issues you can solve without the help of an attorney. If you don't know where to begin, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like Westlaw or LexisNexis.

Do you like libraries? DC's got a lot of them.