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Q: Stigma Damages

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I was involved in an accident on December 20th 2015, and there were over $7000.00 worth of damages’ done to my car. I was told by the other driver’s (who was at fault) insurance company that there is no law in DC that will require them to pay the depreciation value claim I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 7, 2016

Check with your policy. If it has it use that and let them go after the driver.Depreciation is a new concept related to the availability of Carfax. Generally, you don't get depreciation. You can check with the insurance commissioner for DC or wherever it happened.Usually you only get the book... Read more »

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Q: I reside in D.C. Does my personal injury claim have to be settled before the statute of limitations expires?
Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman answered on Nov 12, 2013

A case doesn't always settle. If it is not settled, a lawsuit will have to be filed before the statute of limitations runs. You will then eventually have a trial, unless the case settles after the lawsuit is filed. Sometimes, cases aren't settled until after the trial begins.

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Q: What is slip and fall action?
David Benowitz
David Benowitz answered on Apr 12, 2011

A slip and fall action is a type of personal injury lawsuit commonly filed by customers who has been injured after slipping and falling on a business owner’s property. Owners or possessors of land have a duty to keep the property safe to prevent harm to those who enter the land lawfully.... Read more »

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Q: What is contributory negligence?
David Benowitz
David Benowitz answered on Apr 12, 2011

Contributory negligence is a defense to negligence where by a defendant alleges that the plaintiff’s actions created an unreasonable risk to his or her own safety. When a plaintiff acts unreasonably to contribute to his or her injury, that plaintiff may be found wholly or partially responsible... Read more »

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Q: What is comparative negligence?
David Benowitz
David Benowitz answered on Apr 5, 2011

Traditionally, a finding that a plaintiff’s negligence contributed in any way to his injury completely barred any recovery of damages. Over time, states began to view this approach to contributory negligence as excessively harsh and unfair to plaintiffs and adopted the “comparative... Read more »

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Q: What is personal injury?
David Benowitz
David Benowitz answered on Mar 23, 2011

A personal injury is an injury to a person that may also include damage to that person’s property. A personal injury lawsuit alleges that another person’s negligent or harmful conduct caused the plaintiff's injury and damages. This injury can be physical, but may also include psychological... Read more »

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Q: What is "negligence per se"?
David Benowitz
David Benowitz answered on Mar 15, 2011

Negligence per se is when the person’s action itself is negligent or in violation of the law. It also includes negligence resulting from a person’s violation of a statute designed to protect the public from a specific type of harm. For example, a driving statute may define exceeding the posted... Read more »

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