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Although Miller & Zois is based in Maryland, Washington DC remains one of the firm’s primary home jurisdictions. All of the lawyers at Miller & Zois are barred and fully licensed to practice in DC and a significant percentage of our firm’s personal injury work has historically been based in DC. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of major personal injury cases in Washington DC ranging from medical malpractice to serious car accidents and everything in between.
Despite general misconceptions, Washington DC is actually a very favorable jurisdiction for personal injury plaintiffs. Jurors in DC have a well-earned reputation for being fair and understanding towards plaintiffs in civil tort cases. The judicial system and laws in DC are also very accommodating – Washington DC remains one of the few jurisdictions in the country that has no maximum cap on the amount of pain & suffering damages.
- DC Court System A 2 tiered system comprised of the Superior Court and Court of Appeals. Personal injury cases are handled by the Civil Division of the D.C. Superior Court which is known for its efficiency.
- DC Personal Injury Laws Washington DC has its own separate body of statutory law and case law that is applicable to personal injury cases and determines issues such as liability, damages and time limitations for bringing claims.
- DC Car Accident Claims DC is an urban area with a lot of cars and lots of car accidents. Learn about DC car accident statistics; DC car accident and insurance laws; and recent settlements and verdicts for DC car accident cases.
- DC Medical Malpractice Claims DC is a large city with a number of big, urban hospitals. Every year hundreds or even thousands of people are injured by medical errors or negligence in DC. Learn about malpractice laws and cases in DC.
- DC Cerebral Palsy Cases About 10,000 babies are born in Washington DC hospitals every year. Sadly a handful of these newborns will be diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence during labor and delivery.
- Other DC Personal Injury Cases Miller & Zois handles all types of personal injury cases in Washington DC including slip and falls, dog bites, pharmaceutical and product liability cases.
- Value of DC Malpractice Cases Take a look at recent DC verdicts and settlements to see how much an average medical malpractice case might be worth in Washington DC.
- Value of DC Personal Injury Cases Review sample DC verdicts and reported settlements for all types of personal injuries and accidents to see how much a typical tort case is worth in Washington DC.
DC Court System
The District of Columbia Court System has two simple tiers comprised of:
The DC Superior Court is the general jursidiction / trial court that essentially handles all civil and criminal judicial matters in Washington DC. The Superior Court has five divisions: the Civil Division, the Criminal Division, the Family Division, the Domestic Violence Division, and the Probate Division. Unlike most state courts, which are made up of different court systems that each have specific functions and separate jurisdictions, the Superior Court has jurisdiction over all legal matters in Washington D.C. The Court of Appeals handles all appeals of Superior Court cases. Any appeal from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals goes directly to the United States Supreme Court.
The Superior Court is located in the heart of Washington D.C. at 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W. in the Judiciary Square. The main courthouse, the Moultrie Courthouse, contains most of the courtrooms and relevant administrative offices. It is really in the eye of the storm, just a few blocks from the Capitol Building, Smithsonian and other historical attractions. The other buildings that comprise the Judiciary Square house many of the court agencies and services.
The Superior Court has a Chief Judge (Hon. Robert E. Morin) and over 60 associate judges and magistrates. Each judge is assigned to a particular division for a designated length of time, usually 18 months to 2 years. During this time, the judge hears only cases filed in that Division. We have found this to be an extremely efficient system since each judge has only one area of the law to focus on at a time and are typically well-versed in current case law and trends. In general, the Civil Division of the Superior Court runs very smoothly and efficiently. While our attorneys have found that trial dates are often postponed by the court, the parties are always given ample notice, months usually, so that rearrangements can be made without any hardship or costs to the parties.Administration of Civil Tort Cases in DC
With respect to the administration of personal injury case, there have been some productive changes in the way cases are handled in the District of Columbia. In car crash injury cases, both the mediation date and the pretrial conference will be set at the initial scheduling conference, with the pretrial date calendared within 2-3 weeks of the mediation date. With respect to dispositive motions that are not anticipated, the time built into the track for the filing and ruling of such motions will now be completely eliminated. This should help move auto accident cases in Washington D.C. move along with greater ease.
In each civil case, there is an initial scheduling conference. At this scheduling conference, the parties are given the option of selecting civil mediation or case evaluation. Both of these settlement tools are run by the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the court. Mediation is by far the most popular option among Washington D.C. injury lawyers. Mediations are conducted by an attorney from the community who is experienced in the applicable area of law. The mediator hears from both parties and attempts to facilitate settlement discussions. Mediators do not give an opinion of the value of the case or probable outcomes on liability. They will point out, however, in conversations with each side individually, problems with the case and hurdles that will need to be overcome to prevail. Mediations are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday in the Mediation Center, Suite 114 of the Superior Court, Court Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W. Case evaluation, on the other hand, is also run by an attorney from the community, but the evaluator will give an opinion on damages, liability, and chances of prevailing. This option is sometimes unpopular among attorneys because it tends to give an artificial floor and ceiling to the value of the case and can, in fact, stall settlement negotiations. Moreover, mediator quality is potluck.Hire Miller & Zois for Your DC Personal Injury Case
We handle tort claims in the District. If you have been injured, call our lawyers at 800-553-8082 or select here for a free consultation.