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In our society and legal system, when someone is injured through the fault of another, the person who is at fault must compensate the injured person to make up for the injured person's harm as best as possible.

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Wrongful Death
Rear End Collisions
Fender Benders
No E.R. Visit and Delay in Treatment
Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle
Our Client Hit Another Vehicle
Suing Taxi Cabs and WMATA
Hit by a Hit-and-Run Driver
Hit by an Underinsured Driver
Assaulter Pays for Damages

Sample Successes

Below are some of our past results. Feel free to browse by scrolling down, or to skip directly to a category click a link beneath the Submit button on the left side of this page. By law we must remind you that each case is different and our past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case.

We Succeeded Because We Did Not Believe the Witnesses or Police Report
Mr. Solnik was successful in obtaining a large six-figure recovery on behalf of the family of a man struck and killed by a car while he was crossing behind a trash collection truck.  The police investigation reported that many witnesses confidently blamed the man for not looking before crossing the street.  Mr. Solnik, however, obtained statements from the garbage truck driver and photographs of foot prints at the scene to show that the client was struck after he had already made it fully across the street.  Mr. Solnik was also able to show that the car had been speeding, and, to stay clear of the garbage truck had driven slightly onto the shoulder where the man had been standing when he was hit.

We Got The Client More Than the Insurance Policy Limits
Mr. Solnik represented the family of a man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Despite the scene being closed to the public, Mr. Solnik and his carbon monoxide expert were able to obtain photographs showing that the poisoning was due to negligent maintenance of the building’s furnace exhaust system.  Mr. Solnik and the family believed that the landlord’s six-figure insurance policy was not enough to pay the family what it deserved, so Mr. Solnik aggressively pursued the landlord’s personal assets to the point where the landlord agreed to pay a hundred thousand dollars more than the insurance company’s policy limits.

We Go To Trial
When the driver that struck Mr. Solnik’s client’s vehicle swore that she was not at fault because she had the green light, Mr. Solnik took the case to trial and ended up winning even more than he had sued for!

We Define Injuries Broadly
Mr. Solnik’s client was injured in a car accident.  Unfortunately, during her recovery, she developed even worse problems in her arm following her doctor injecting her with a pain medicine.  It was not sufficiently clear, however, that the doctor had committed malpractice.  The at-fault driver’s insurance company did not want to pay for the damages arising after the injection, since those damages were not caused directly by the car accident.  Mr. Solnik got them to pay for those damages anyway.

Often The Full Extent of the Injury is Not Obvious Until We Point It Out--
Sometimes an injury might seem to an outsider to not be so serious. Our job is to make sure the other side understands the full extent of the injury. For example, we had a case where a day care provider spilled some hot oatmeal on a child’s head. That caused a small scar, but the scar was concealed by the child’s hair. Our medical expert, however, explained that this scar will never heal and that over the duration of the child’s life exposure to sun can cause further damage to the scarred area. The case settled for six figures.

We Succeeded by Being Aggressive in this Slip and Fall Case
Mr. Solnik’s client slipped and fell in a hair salon, gravely injuring her back.  The witnesses claimed that the floor was dry and the salon’s insurance company denied liability.  Mr. Solnik aggressively litigated the case, resulting in the uncovering of facts about the way the floor had recently been buffed that had likely made it too slippery. This lead to a generous settlement for the client.

When others said there was no insurance, we found insurance to pay all the medical bills and pay the client.

Only weeks after graduating college, our client was severely injured in an auto accident.  He had no health insurance and no auto insurance.  He did have over $250,000.00 in medical bills.  We found that under the laws of the applicable jurisdiction, he was covered under his parent’s auto insurance even though he was not a listed driver, and that even though that auto policy was for the legal minimum amount of coverage, which was far less than $250,000.00, the no-fault laws covering this particular situation required that the auto insurance company pay all the medical bills.  We then pursued the at-fault driver for pain and suffering, and the case was settled for six figures.

Rear End Collisions

The most common car accidents causing injuries are rear end collisions. We handle rear-enders all the time. Defense lawyers often blame the driver of the car that was hit for stopping suddenly or doing something else wrong. In nearly all such cases we have handled, we have shown that defense to be nonsense. Even if the car that was hit stopped suddenly, the vehicle behind should have maintained a safe distance.

Usually we are able to persuade the at-fault driver’s insurance company to settle these cases, but if the insurance company is not willing to pay a reasonable sum, we do not hesitate to take the case to trial.

Even if it’s not a big dollar case we will fight all the way for the client. It’s about getting you, the client, the compensation that is fair, and if the at-fault person or his/her insurance company won’t do it, we’ll ask the judge or the jury to do what’s right.

Fender Benders

We handle “fender benders” all the time. Frequently even though the damage to the vehicle that was hit is minimal, the injuries to the people in the vehicle are real.

Typically these injuries are “soft tissue” injuries, meaning no broken bones, no herniated discs in the spine, and no damaged internal organs.

Insurance companies often challenge or downplay these soft tissue injuries and rely on the minimal vehicle damage in their defense. But the medical science is clear: human beings are fragile, and can be substantially injured even when the vehicle damage is minimal.

Also, the reasons for the minimal damage vehicle might not indicate a low impact collision, if, for example, the angle of impact or other factors are at play. We make sure the at fault driver’s insurance company and the court focus on what really matters: the client’s injury, and we explain why minimal property damage doesn’t refute the injury.

Even if it’s not a big dollar case we will fight all the way for the client. It’s about getting you, the client, the compensation that is fair, and if the at-fault person or his/her insurance company won’t do it, we’ll ask the judge or the jury to do what’s right.

No E.R. Visit & Client Delayed Seeking Treatment

Often, the injured person doesn’t feel substantially injured right away, or hopes the injury will go away without medical assistance. At-fault driver’s insurance companies like to argue in these cases that had the person been significantly injured in the collision, they would have gone to an emergency room or sought medical care sooner.

A person should not be punished for trying to care for themselves and for hoping to avoid medical expenses that (s)he hoped would be unnecessary. Usually we are able to persuade the at-fault driver’s insurance company to settle these cases, but if the insurance company is not willing to pay a reasonable sum, we do not hesitate to take the case to trial.

Even if it’s not a big dollar case we will fight all the way for the client. It’s about getting you, the client, the compensation that is fair, and if the at-fault person or his/her insurance company won’t do it, we’ll ask the judge or the jury to do what’s right.

Pedestrian Hit By Vehicle

When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the defense often blames the pedestrian for not being more careful. This defense, called contributory negligence, can be defeated in many situations. We have successfully represented clients on such cases.

When we believe the facts show that our client was not at fault, we will not hesitate to take the case to trial. Even if it’s not a big dollar case we will fight all the way for the client. It’s about getting you, our client, compensation that is fair, and if the at-fault person or his/her insurance company won’t do it, we’ll ask the judge or the jury to do what’s right.

Our Client Drove Into Another Vehicle – But That Other Vehicle’s Company Pays for Our Client’s Damages

Just because your vehicle hit another vehicle does not mean that you are necessarily at fault. Sometimes the vehicle that was hit was making an improper turn, or parked in a wrong place, or did something else wrong. Insurance companies and defense lawyers like to argue that the collision was our client’s fault just because our client’s vehicle hit their client. When we believe the facts show that our client was not at fault, we will not hesitate to take the case to trial.

Even if it’s not a big dollar case we will fight all the way for you, our client. It’s about getting you, our client, the compensation that is fair, and if the at-fault person or his/her insurance company won’t do it, we’ll ask the judge or the jury to do what’s right.

Suing Taxi Cabs and WMATA

Taxi cab companies and WMATA are notoriously resistant to paying for injury claims. Even when liability is obvious, it is our view that they will aggressively defend the case, and push for a very low payout.

We have a very successful track record of bringing claims against these companies.

Assaulter Pays For Damages

An individual punched our client in the face. Not only was he criminally prosecuted, but we pursued him to pay our client for our client’s damages. By aggressively tracking him down and suing him, we were successful.

Hit-and-Run (aka Unidentified Driver) and Underinsured Drivers

Sometimes our clients have been hit by a vehicle that left the scene without the driver leaving his/her name or any insurance information. Other times our clients have been hit by cars driven by folks without any insurance or enough insurance to pay for all the injuries caused. Using our experience and knowledge of insurance policies and procedures, we often are able to find insurance coverage to pay for our client's injuries in these situations.

Wrongful Death

We have handled wrongful death cases such as a trash collector run over by a vehicle, and a tenant killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from a furnace. Wrongful death cases are tricky because the deceased has claims separate from the deceased’s surviving relatives. We are able to handle both types of claims in a single case.

In addition to guiding the family through these troubling times, we set up an estate for the deceased, determine the economic numbers and life expectancy numbers to figure out how cutting the person’s life short had a financial impact, and, of course, thoroughly build the case for the emotional damages, pain and suffering of the surviving family and that the deceased experienced before passing.

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The Law Office of Bernard Solnik provides personal injury attorneys and personal injury lawyers for auto accidents and car accidents wrongful death, work injuries and other personal injuries in Washington DC Frederick Germantown Gaithersburg Rockville Silver Spring Hyattsville Upper Marlboro Prince George's County Laurel Montgomery County Bethesda and surrounding areas.

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*Our attorneys are licensed in MD, DC, NY and CT. Local counsel licensed in other states (e.g. VA) are used as necessary. Copyright 2012 Law Office of Bernard Solnik, LLC. The information on this website is not to be interpreted as legal advice.