Steps to take to file a lawsuit against the District of Columbia
If you were hurt by the Washington, D.C. government or a city employee, there are important steps in a personal injury lawsuit you need to take to protect your legal rights. Injury victims may file lawsuits for their damages believed to be caused by the careless actions of the city and its employees but must follow certain protocols before a formal civil suit can be filed.
Before taking any legal action, you should seek qualified legal counsel to for advise about your case about your case. The experienced and dedicated attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. have years of experience handling claims against the DC government and are familiar with the protocols involved with trying to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible.
The Cochran Firm, D.C. offers free legal consultations to those hurt by the DC government. Fill out an online contact form with the details of your case and we will contact you as soon as possible. Call us at 202-682-5800 during business hours
Filing claims against DC Office of Risk Management
The first step to take is filing a claim with the Office of Risk Management. This office investigates and tries to resolve injury claims filed against the city. Individuals may seek compensation for personal injuries, economic losses, and property damage. Claims must be submitted to the Office of Risk Management within six months of incurring the injury, otherwise the claim may be denied at the onset.
The Office of Risk Management has forms for automobile accidents, personal injury, and property damage. Claims to the Office of Risk Management may also be submitted in the form of a demand letter. Very specific information must be included in letter-form claims, including the claimant’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, date and time of incident, and an explanation of the cause of the injury.
Important information needed in claims against DC government
Along with the notice of claim, important documents like police reports, receipts, property titles, damage estimates, photographs, and medical bills should be included. Providing as much compelling information with your claim will be key to recovering for all of your damages and establishing liability on the part of the city.
The Cochran Firm, D.C. has the resources and dedication to compile all the necessary information to help ensure your claim is given the due process it deserves. Our team of in-house investigators, registered nurses, and legal staff will work tirelessly to ensure we provide all the right materials for your case.
There is no guarantee that filing a claim with the city government will result in a favorable outcome for your injury as many wrongdoers, even city governments, often deny responsibility for their breach of conduct. Hiring a qualified attorney from the onset of your pursuit of justice will let the city know you are serious about your case.
Washington, DC attorneys to sue DC government
If your claim is denied or you decline any settlement offer made by the city, your attorney will then be able to file a formal personal injury lawsuit with the DC Superior Court. The Cochran Firm, D.C. has years of experience pursuing claims against the negligent actions of the city government.
Our law firm represents our clients on a contingency basis, meaning there are absolutely no up-front legal costs and we do not charge any legal fees to you unless we win your case. For your free legal consultation about your DC government injury claim, contact The Cochran Firm, D.C.
Fill out an online contact form with the details of your case or call us during business hours at 202-682-5800 or at 1-800-THE FIRM (843-34760 to reach us 24 hours a day. Strict time deadlines apply when filing claims against the DC government so please preserve your legal rights and contact us at your earliest convenience.