What to Know About Premises Liability Claims in Washington D.C.

Unfortunately, premises liability accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Read on to learn more about premises liability claims in Washington D.C.

Recovering compensation

When someone is injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, they can generally seek two types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages deal with tangible damages, such as the cost of multiple surgeries, overnight stays at hospitals, rehabilitation, and more. Noneconomic damages deal with intangible damages, such as the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more.

Fulfilling the burden of proof

In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of negligence. To do this, it is important to take the following steps after an accident:

  • Call 911
    • The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, secure the scene, and more.
  • Document the scene
    • Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Seek medical attention
    • Visit the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after your accident occurs.
    • This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.

What is the statute of limitations?

In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean forfeiting your right to take legal action and therefore losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal. It is important to note that if you are suing a municipality, you will have to file a Notice of Claims. A Notice of Claims is filed early on in the process and has a much shorter deadline. As a result, it is important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine which party to hold responsible for your accident and will make sure that you do not miss any important deadlines.

Our firm is here for you. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, we will advocate for you every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your case.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.