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Legislation Enacted Amending Statute of Limitations Applicable to Third-Person Negligence Claims Brought By Recipients of Workers’ Compensation

Mar 29th, 2015 | By Douglas C. Melcher

On February 26, 2015, the Workers’ Compensation Statute of Limitations Amendment Act of 2014 (Law 20-159) (the “Act”) became effective. By way of background, the District of Columbia Workers’ Compensation Act of 1979 (“WCA”) contains a statute of limitations stating that, in cases where a private-sector employee is injured due to the negligence of a third person, the acceptance of
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Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Accident Cases for 2014

Feb 15th, 2015 | By Douglas C. Melcher

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia recently released compilations of data regarding jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice, slip-and-fall, and auto accident cases for 2014 (i.e., January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014). According to the compilations: » There were eight jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice cases during 2014, three of which were for the
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Legislation Introduced to Limit Defense of Contributory Negligence in Certain Motor Vehicle Negligence Cases

Jan 11th, 2015 | By Douglas C. Melcher

On January 6, 2015, five members of the D.C. Council introduced the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2015 (B21-4), the stated purpose of which is “[t]o limit the application of the doctrine of contributory negligence in cases of collisions between non-motorized users of public highways and motor vehicles.” B21-4, preamble. By way of background, the common law
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Superior Court Releases Data on Jury Trial Verdicts in Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall, and Auto Accident Cases for 2013

Mar 15th, 2014 | By Douglas C. Melcher

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia recently released compilations of data regarding jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice, slip-and-fall, and auto accident cases for 2013 (i.e., January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013). According to the compilations: » There were eight jury trial verdicts in medical malpractice cases during 2013, two of which were
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