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Personal Injury FAQ

Washington DC Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be wondering if your case could qualify for an injury claim before you contacting a Washington DC personal injury attorney. In general, personal injury claims arise when an individual suffers harm from an accident due to someone else’s negligence.  This could include several different situations, such as:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective product accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Dog bites
  • Medical malpractice

Q: What are my rights if I have been injured?

If someone’s negligence caused your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for those injuries. A personal injury attorney in Washington DC may suggest that certain legal rights and limitations apply to your case depending on unique factors.

Q: What is a cross complaint?

A cross complaint, also known as cross-claim, is a claim by a party against a party on the same side of the lawsuit. A Washington DC personal injury attorney may explain that it is when a plaintiff has filed a claim against multiple defendants and the defendants then file “cross-claims” against each other in hopes of receiving compensation for damages.

Q: What is an example of a cross complaint?

To help clarify and explain a cross complaint, a Washington DC personal injury attorney may use the example of a multi-car pile-up. Suppose an accident resulted in two different drivers being injured by a semi-truck because it experienced brake failure. At first, the two drivers, Driver A and Driver B, both sue the trucker and the company that installed the brakes incorrectly. However, after this original case is filed, Driver A begins to think that Driver B should also be held accountable for her injuries because he swerved into her car after he was hit by the truck. Therefore, she files suit against Driver B. In the meantime, the trucker sues the company that installed his brakes for failing to do it properly.

Q: What is a third-party claim?

A third party claim is a claim made by an injured party with an insurance company other than their own. A Washington DC personal injury attorney may be able to assist you in making the claim if needed.

Q: What are some examples of a third-party claim?

Here are a couple examples that will help to further explain third-party claims:

  1. You were injured during a car accident as a passenger. In this situation you could file a third party claim against the driver’s car insurance company for payment of your medical bills and other damages.
  2. You were using a tool or machinery at your job and the equipment malfunctioned resulting in injury. You may take action against the manufacturer of the product and file a third-party claim.

Q: Can I receive a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Washington DC?

At Cohen and Cohen, P.C., we encourage you to contact our office to receive a free consultation from one of our highly skilled and experienced lawyers. If you suffered from an automobile accident, a fall, a medical mistake, or another type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To speak with a trusted Washington DC personal injury attorney, contact us at (202) 759-2523.