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Washington, DC Personal Injury Lawyer

Gelb & Gelb, P.C. distinguishes itself by having every case that is accepted handled by personal injury lawyer Roger Gelb. Unlike most other firms, you will not be directed through a maze of paralegals and legal assistants. You can speak directly to Mr. Gelb at any point during the course of your matter. Paralegals and legal assistants work behind the scenes. Mr. Gelb represents people who need a Washington, DC car accident lawyer, as well as victims of dangerous products, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse and negligence. We also assist injured victims with workers’ compensation claims.

A personal injury claim may arise when someone is hurt because of the careless behavior of another person, 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. Victims have a right to pursue compensation from a defendant whose actions resulted in their harm.

If you have been hurt because someone else failed to act with due care, Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer Roger Gelb at Gelb & Gelb is here to assist you. He also represents injured people in many areas of Maryland and Virginia who are seeking a car accident attorney or assistance with 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. With driving being an everyday occurrence for many people, 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.

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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 important 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
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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 occurring with bike involvement, continues to rise. In Washington, DC, the city now offers dedicated lanes and bike-share campaign which adds more bikes to the city’s streets.

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Train Accidents

Passenger train accident claims in the 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 10 largest cities in the country, Amtrak’s headquarters is at Union Station here in Washington D.C. Making a claim against Amtrak, which is considered a quasi-governmental agency, requires a specific type of notice within a relatively short amount of time, in order to preserve the claim. Unfortunately, these types of cases aren’t uncommon. According to The Washington Post, from 2000-2014, there have been 447 derailments and 376 train-auto crashes.

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Premises Liability

When a young loved one is entrusted to the care of a daycare facility, it is particularly upsetting to learn of an injury to that minor child due to the negligence of the daycare provider. Often, in this situation, the child is very young, and typically not yet able to verbalize how they were injured. Thus, these types of claims typically require forensic evidence to support the claim, plus common sense. A great example is a case handled successfully by attorney Roger Gelb. In this particular case, a very young child, was taken to a day care facility in no apparent distress – not crying and not fussy in any way.

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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 course of representation. Vehicle accidents such as train collisions and bicycle accidents require careful analysis of the facts in order to recover damages. Whether you have been injured as a pedestrian on a sidewalk or as a passenger on the Metro, Attorney Gelb is prepared to strongly advocate your claim for compensation on your behalf. Our firm has represented over 10,000 clients, and can help you explore your options.

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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.

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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 of it. In many cases, these accidents have long-term or even fatal consequences.

If you sustained severe injuries in a bicycle accident, you might be entitled to monetary compensation.

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Pursuing Fair Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim

To make out a successful personal injury case, the victim (or plaintiff) generally 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, and the accident must have been a direct result of this failure. The plaintiff must establish each of these elements by a preponderance of the evidence, which means that the jury must be convinced that their version of events is more believable than the defendant’s version.

A defendant often will try to argue that the plaintiff did not act with the appropriate level of care. In some cases, this type of argument may defeat the plaintiff’s case entirely and bar the right to compensation. However, a skillful personal injury attorney like Roger Gelb understands how to fight back against arguments based on contributory negligence and can use his experience on your behalf.

Depending on your specific situation, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages from a defendant that is held liable. These may include compensation for your medical costs, including the likely costs of future treatment or procedures that you may need. Victims also may be able to obtain reimbursement for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. They generally may be compensated for the pain and suffering that they went through, as well as any reduction in their quality of life caused by the accident. Roger Gelb understands the many ways in which your life may be changed by someone else’s carelessness, and he will work diligently to prove the full range of damages in your case.

Our Firm Has Successfully Settled, Litigated or Arbitrated Thousands of Personal Injury Cases, Recovering Over $100,000,000.00 for our Clients

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Importance of a DC Injury Lawyer For Your Claim

If you have recently been hurt and believe that your injuries resulted from someone else’s careless conduct, you owe it to your family and yourself to seek the services of a knowledgeable Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation, call Gelb & Gelb at 202-331-7227 or contact us online. Most of our cases are handled on a contingency fee contract, which means that we get paid only if and when we get compensation for you. Roger Gelb also represents people throughout Maryland and Virginia who need a motor vehicle collision or medical malpractice attorney, as well as guidance in other personal injury claims.