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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I am frustrated here. I need to find an attorney that handles both personal injury and property damage in Maryland. ASAP

My mother's house had 1/3 roof replaced due to a wrong address. In result of myself stopping the roof contractor's workers, I fell over the tarp that blocked the path. My ankle is broken and other foot is injured. Adjuster said we need to go together in a claim against lowe's.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 17, 2019

You have a number of options. You could contact attorneys on this site (under Find a Lawyer), you could go through a bar association referral, or you could conduct your own independent search on the Internet.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Legal Malpractice for District of Columbia on
Q: Can a law firm be sued?

The law firm representing me in a civil/non-payment of rent pro bono case made a donation to a non - profit legal organization that filed an unfounded domestic violence (criminal) case against me in family court on behalf of a woman who married me for a green card.The law firm did nothing for me... Read more »

Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell answered on Nov 30, 2018

Well, I guess you got what you paid for. But seriously, even though the firm represented you for free, if it was negligent in the handling of your case and breached its duty of care compared to other law firms in the community, handling the same types of cases, theoretically you can sue the firm.... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: I was hit in the District, but live in Virginia -- which laws apply?
John Mesirow
John Mesirow answered on Oct 5, 2018

DC law applies to the accident. If you were injured, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. There are some things that, if not done soon after the accident, may hurt your case. For example, you want to get pictures of any property damage (e.g. car, bicycle) before it is repaired,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I save the SOL on my civil case when I didn't file for a stay pending outcome of the criminal case?Is it automatic

I was the accused in a criminal matter with employer. It got dismissed and then I filed a civil case in Superior court suing for wrongful termination.I did not know to stay the civil proceedings pending criminal trial. Now defendant is trying to time bar all issues. Can parallel cases be... Read more »

Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman answered on Jul 28, 2018

Since you filed your civil case after the criminal case had been resolved, the court could not have stayed a case (the civil case) that had not yet been filed. I believe you could have filed the civil case while the pending criminal action was going on, in which case the Court could have stayed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Employment Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I was fired in DC on 8/28/17 I had 98 hrs of vacation time. How can I receive compensation my accrued vacation time?

My former employer refuses to pay me for the time. The handbook says that any unused vacation time is paid on your final check. I informed him that I did not receive it on my last check. He sent me a letter stating that he's not paying me for the vacation time because I was terminated. The employee... Read more »

June Marie Marshall
June Marie Marshall answered on Sep 22, 2017

You can file a claim with the Washington DC Office of Wage and Hour Compliance. The website is https://does.dc.gov/service/office-wage-hour-compliance.

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: Hi. Is there a way to search if Alcoa Inc. has been sued b/c of cladding deficienties? Or when cladding was regulated?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 30, 2017

For Alcoa suits you'd have to go through each one--there's no master subject index. Note that some states do code by type so you can narrow inquiry down to "tort." Buidling materials have not generally been regulated as that is up to building codes--federal regulation was fought until it looked... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability, Civil Litigation and Environmental for District of Columbia on
Q: Hello I am looking for statues/codes on cladding. So far, I've found 42 U.S.C. § 9703. Thoughts? Thanks!
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jun 29, 2017

There are construction codes in each city, county, state, and the federal government that apply to construction standards. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: What does Motion to continue second motion to dismiss mean in a civil suit case ?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 17, 2017

A continuance is a request to move a date for a hearing further in the future. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: What authority is there for the proposition that a federal civil judgment is in effect until it is vacated/reversed?
Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet answered on Mar 13, 2011

It's a matter of rule. But that is not necessarily the true question. You should ask what is the scope of the judgment, and how can it be enforced, and for how long?

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