Personal Injury Law in Washington DC
To file a personal injury case in Washington DC there needs to be proof that a person has clearly violated a law and that this violation led to another person’s injury. Washington DC operates under a contributory negligence law following the pure contributory negligence rule. This means that if someone’s own recklessness had anything to do with the incident they aren’t allowed to collect losses. For example, even if the suing party was only 1 percent at fault they aren’t entitled to any compensation.
In cases of consumer products, Washington DC operates under strict liability law. This law requires proof that the product was used in the correct way, the product could not do the job it was intended to do properly due to a flaw in production, the state the item was in directly relates to the incident at hand, and monetary or non-monetary losses ensued.
Defendants found responsible must pay compensation for all medical expenses, all work lost, any personal items that were damaged, any additional costs directly relating to the incident, personal injuries, and any pain and suffering relating to the incident.
In the cases of medical malpractice it is usually best to consult a trained medical doctor specific to the field in which the incident occurred.
The statute of limitations in Washington DC is three years. If a claim is not filed within three years a claim can no longer be filed. Consult a qualified Washington DC Personal Injury Lawyer to see if you have a valid case before entering into any kind of lawsuit.
The article presented above is based on the best available data available and is for informational purposes only. Consult a qualified personal injury attorney before relying on any information presented here.