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Frequently Asked Questions?

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We have compiled a list of questions that are frequently asked by our clients and prospective clients to help you become more familiar with Simon & Associates.  We hope this information is helpful and if you have a question that is not answered, please feel free to contact us by telephone or email.

 

Where are you located?

Our offices are located at 1707 N Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036. For a map and directions, please see our Contact Us page. 

 

Do you speak Spanish?

Yes, Ron Simon is fluent in Spanish.  Simon & Associates has worked with Spanish speaking clients over the years and Mr. Simon has conducted a case in Spanish in Puerto Rico.

 

Why should I choose Simon & Associates?

Simon & Associates is a small, dedicated firm that works tirelessly for you and your family.  Suffering a serious illness, injury, or losing a loved one involves much more than seeking monetary compensation. People who face these problems have other issues that often need attention and compassion: medical bills, lost time at work, insurance benefits, as well as pressure on family finances and the corresponding emotional toll.  Simon & Associates is devoted to helping families deal with the entire range of problems initiated by injury or illness.

 

How long do I have to file my case? - Statutes of Limitation

 All potential lawsuits are subject to a Statute of Limitation which caps the length of time the lawsuit may be brought before the court.  Statutes of Limitation vary based on the type of injury and the state in which the case will be filed.  When the Statute of Limitation is triggered and begins running it needs to be determined in order to accurately ascertain the amount of time within which to bring a lawsuit.  Usually, the Statute of Limitation is triggered either from the date of the defendant’s conduct, the occurrence of the plaintiff’s injury, or the plaintiff’s discovery of the injury.  In cases of minors, however, the limitations period begins to run on the minor’s 18th birthday (except for wrongful death).  To be safe, you should always calculate from the earliest potential date using the statute with the shortest amount of time to file a lawsuit.  WARNING: If the Statute of Limitation period expires before filing a lawsuit within the appropriate court, your lawsuit is FOREVER BARRED and no court will agree to hear your case regardless of its merit.

 

            Some common Statutes of Limitation for the Greater Washington, D.C., metro area include:

District of Columbia 

Personal Injury – 3 years (D.C. Code § 12-301(8))

Medical Malpractice – 3 years (D.C. Code § 12-301(8))

Wrongful Death – 1 year (D.C. Code § 16-2702)

Product Liability – 3 years (D.C. Code § 12-301(8))

 

Maryland

Personal Injury – 3 years (negligence) (Md. Code § 5-101); 1 year (intentional) (Md. Code § 5-105)

Medical Malpractice – 5 years (from injury) or 3 years (from discovery) (Md. Code § 5-109)

Wrongful Death – 3 years (Md. Code § 3-904(g))

Product Liability – 3 years (Md. Code § 5-101)

 

Virginia

Personal Injury – 2 years (Va. Code § 8.01-243(A))

Medical Malpractice – 2 years (Va. Code §§ 8.01-243(A) & (C) & 8.01-249)

Wrongful Death – 2 years (Va. Code § 8.01-244)

Product Liability – 2 years (Va. Code § 8.01-243(A))

 

This compilation of Statutes of Limitation is general in nature.  This does not take into account the specific factual scenarios relevant to any particular case, which may adjust the limitations period.  The information on this page is not intended to serve any legal basis and should never be used to replace the advice of an attorney barred in the state appropriate to your lawsuit.