Washington, DC Personal Injury Lawyer

Gelb & Gelb, P.C. distinguishes itself by having Managing Partner Roger Gelb personally handle or oversee every case our firm accepts. Unlike most other firms, you will not be forced to navigate a maze of paralegals and legal assistants. You can speak directly to Mr. Gelb at any point during your matter. Our excellent paralegals and legal assistants work behind the scenes. Mr. Gelb represents people who need a DC personal injury lawyer. This most commonly includes car accident victims, truck accident victims, and motorcycle accident victims. We also assist victims with workers’ compensation claims.

A personal injury claim may arise when someone is hurt because of another person’s careless behavior, such as a reckless driver or an incompetent doctor. These cases may also result from negligence by a business, such as a store that fails to maintain its property or a corporation that manufactures a defective product. We frequently handle cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, and nightclub injuries. We are happy to talk to you about any possible case where you or someone you know is injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct. Victims have a right to seek compensation from a defendant whose actions harm them.

Washington, DC, personal injury lawyer Roger Gelb at Gelb & Gelb is here to assist you if you have been hurt because someone failed to act with due care. We have offices in D.C. and Maryland and are happy to help those in Virginia seeking a car accident attorney or other personal injury claims.

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    Car Accidents

    With hundreds of thousands of motorists on the road in and around the District of Columbia (Washington, DC), Maryland, and Virginia, car accidents happen with unfortunate regularity. Driving is an everyday occurrence for many people, so drivers often become too comfortable behind the wheel. Whether it be texting, drunk driving, or overall exhaustion, drivers have become complacent in risking the well-being of everyone else on the road. When this happens, we quickly learn why driving is one of the most dangerous modes of transportation.

    Pedestrian Accidents

    In Washington DC alone, there is over one pedestrian death per week (53 per year). Frequently, the fatalities are caused by a combination of the driver’s speeding and the pedestrian’s lack of protection. There are many reasons a pedestrian may be struck by a two-ton vehicle, which is why it’s crucial to stay vigilant; here’s a list of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents:

    • Speeding/reckless driving
    • Hazardous weather conditions
    • Texting while driving
    • Alcohol use
    • Drug use
    • Overall tiredness
    • Running a red light
    Bike Accidents

    According to the ROSPA, there were 18,844 reported cycling-related injuries in 2015. What’s alarming about this number is that ROSPA estimates that number would be two to three times larger if we could count the unreported cases. While cycling-related deaths have been decreasing in recent decades, the number of injuries is still very high. In fact, with the ever-increasing number of bikes on the streets, the chances of an accident with bike involvement continue to rise. In Washington, DC, the city now offers dedicated lanes and a bike-share campaign, which adds more bikes to the city’s streets.

    Train Accidents

    Passenger train accident claims in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are usually against Amtrak. Founded in 1971, Amtrak is the primary passenger rail service in America. While about 2/3’s of its passengers come from the ten largest cities in the country, Amtrak’s headquarters is at Union Station here in Washington D.C. Pursuing a claim against Amtrak, which is considered a quasi-governmental agency, requires a specific type of notice within a relatively short amount of time, to preserve the claim. Unfortunately, these types of cases aren’t uncommon. According to The Washington Post, from 2000 to 2014, there have been 447 derailments and 376 train-auto crashes.

    Slip and Falls

    When you walk into a business as a business invitee, you are entitled to expect some semblance of ordinary care in active operations on the property. When that duty is breached, and this breach of duty causes you harm, you may have a claim against the establishment. However, just because there is a hazardous condition on the premises does not mean you necessarily have a case. Contact a slip-and-fall attorney at Gelb & Gelb to determine whether you have a case worth pursuing.

    Motorcycle Accidents

    At Gelb and Gelb, we provide effective and efficient legal advocacy for people hurt by the negligent conduct of others. Washington, D.C., motor vehicle accident attorney Roger Gelb handles every case accepted and is available for direct communication with clients throughout the representation. Vehicle accidents such as train collisions and bicycle accidents require careful analysis of the facts to recover damages. Suppose you have been injured as a passenger on the Metro. In that case, Attorney Gelb is prepared to vigorously advocate your claim for compensation for you. Our firm has represented over 10,000 clients and can help you explore your options.

    Truck Accidents

    Truck accident cases present different legal issues than those related to car accidents. A crash involving a commercial vehicle that may exceed 80,000 pounds can lead to devastating and often catastrophic consequences. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a truck accident, you have the legal right to set forth a claim for damages from all at-fault parties. Federal and state safety regulations and law regulate the trucking industry, and a skilled Washington, D.C. truck accident lawyer can assess all potential avenues of compensation following a collision with a tractor-trailer.

    Bicycle Accidents

    Bicycles offer many residents of DC a practical and economical mode of transportation. Despite their advantages, bikes also carry serious safety risks. When a cyclist collides with a car or truck, the bike rider typically gets the worst. In many cases, these accidents have long-term or even fatal consequences.

    You might be entitled to monetary compensation if you sustained severe injuries in a bicycle accident.

    Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death law is among the most devastating parts of personal injury law. If you have lost a family member, you may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death action. Unfortunately, no remedy under the law will provide a family member with anything that can fill the void created by the death of a loved one. We understand this. Our experienced attorneys will fight to ensure you receive every dollar you are entitled to under the law.

    Nightclub Injury

    Nightclubs or bars are meant to be a place to unwind and have fun with friends. Unfortunately, where alcohol is involved, injuries can occur. You may be entitled to compensation if you are injured by a bouncer or other patron’s negligent or intentional conduct. Our firm has been handling injury cases since 1954.

    Hotel Injury

    Hotels in Washington, DC, are some of the most beautiful and historic in the country. Unfortunately, even the finest hotels in the nation make mistakes. When these careless errors lead to your injuries, we get involved. Whether it is a wet, nonobvious floor or inadequate security responsible for your injury, we will fight to hold the wrongdoer accountable. Our DC hotel injury lawyers have handled cases similar to yours for over 70 years. We are here to maximize your compensation for your injuries.


    Pursuing Fair Compensation


    For a successful personal injury case, the victim (“plaintiff”) generally must show negligence on the part of the adverse driver (“defendant”). To do so, the plaintiff must prove the elements of duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. In other words, the defendant must have failed to act with the appropriate level of care under the circumstances. Further, the accident must be an actual and foreseeable cause of this failure. The plaintiff must establish each element by a preponderance of the evidence. The jury must believe their version of events is more believable than the defendant’s.

    A defendant may try to argue that the plaintiff did not act with the appropriate level of care. Washington, DC, and Maryland are contributory negligence jurisdictions. So, this defense may defeat the plaintiff’s case entirely and bar the right to compensation. However, there are exceptions in the caselaw. Skillful DC personal injury lawyer Roger Gelb understands how to fight against contributory negligence defenses. Our legal team can use its decades of experience to win your case.


    In a successful personal injury case, a plaintiff should receive compensation for all reasonable damages causally related to the accident. This can include past, present, and prospective, both special and general. Damages are essential to a victim’s prima facie case for negligence. To recover damages in a negligence claim, your legal team must prove that you suffered the harm. In addition, the fact that the extent of your harm is not foreseeable by the defendant does not relieve him or her from liability. This is the “eggshell plaintiff” rule.

    This may apply where you already have preexisting injuries that have been aggravated. The law in DC treats this as a new injury. Our DC personal injury lawyers have decades of experience. They understand the value of your case once you finish treating it and your case is ready for trial. While the insurance company aims to pay you as little as possible, we fight to ensure that does not happen.

    Depending on your unique facts, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages from a defendant that a court holds liable. These damages may include compensation for medical expenses, including the likely costs of future treatment or procedures you foreseeably need. Victims may also obtain reimbursement for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. They generally receive compensation for the pain and suffering that they went through. A court also considers any reduced quality of life due to the accident.

    In addition, plaintiffs may obtain compensation for property damage. We can measure your recovery for property damage in two ways, depending on the extent of damage. For more minor damage, a court will consider the reasonable repair cost. Or, if the property is destroyed, you will receive its fair market value at the time of the accident. Roger Gelb understands how your life may change due to someone else’s carelessness. He will work diligently to prove your case’s full range of damages.

    Our Firm Has Successfully Settled, Litigated, or Arbitrated Thousands of Personal Injury Cases, Recovering Over $150,000,000.00 for our Clients.

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    Importance of a DC Injury Lawyer For Your Claim

    Experience matters. If you believe you have a viable claim, choose a law firm you can trust that has served our community for 70 years. In addition to ensuring you obtain maximum compensation, our goal is to simplify this process. This means answering any questions you may have. It also means giving you the peace of mind to focus solely on your recovery. Let us handle the legal work as we have been doing since 1954.

    Suppose you have recently been hurt and believe your injuries are due to someone else’s careless conduct. In that case, you owe it to your family and yourself to seek the services of a knowledgeable DC personal injury lawyer. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation, call Gelb & Gelb at 202-331-7227 or contact us online. We handle cases on a contingent fee basis. This means taking a fee only if and when we obtain compensation for you. Roger Gelb also represents people throughout Maryland and Virginia who need a motor vehicle collision or medical malpractice attorney. He also provides counsel in most other personal injury claims.