Personal Injury Blog

Deciding Where to File a Lawsuit

By: Matthew Tievsky

When we make a personal injury claim for a client, but the insurance company refuses to make a fair offer, the next step is to file a lawsuit. Then the question becomes – where should we file the lawsuit?

In a personal injury claim, there are generally two options. One option is to file the lawsuit in the state (or the District of Columbia) where the injury occurred. The second option is to file the lawsuit in the state where the defendant resides. Attempting to file the lawsuit in any other state will likely lead to the case being dismissed.

How do we choose where to file? One of the major concerns is the jury pool – where are we likeliest to find a jury who will treat our client fairly? Another major concern is which state has established court procedures that will treat our client fairly.

Fortunately, the firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., has lawyers who are licensed to practice in all three jurisdictions in the DMV area, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (as well as New York). If you need help with a personal injury claim, you should call us for a free consultation.