The Cochran Firm, DC

The Cochran Firm, DC

The injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm in Washington, DC, understand the personal hardships that local residents face.

Firm Overview

Injuries resulting from negligence can be devastating to your life and the lives of loved ones. Big corporations and insurance companies try to limit their damages, but our lawyers have the resources and the trial experience to stand up for your rights in the most grave and severe personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits, and match or exceed the resources of powerful defendants as we have done in countless cases.

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers
The experienced and thorough Washington, DC personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm, DC, have highly specialized knowledge in various practice areas. We handle a variety of claims, including:

-Medical malpractice
-Catastrophic personal injury
-Wrongful death
-Motor vehicle accidents
-Premises liability
-Defective products
-Nursing home abuse and neglect
-Police abuse and brutality

Our DC injury lawyers take on the most catastrophic and devastating injury cases caused by the negligence of others. With a refined knowledge of the area's laws and statutes, the attorneys litigate these cases to seek maximum compensation for our clients and to prevent repeat negligent behavior.

Following the vision of the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., the DC attorneys fearlessly go up against powerful opponents on behalf of ordinary citizens. Our Washington DC law firm is experienced in claims and litigation involving:

-Product manufacturers
-Municipal governments
-Insurance companies
-Powerful individuals

Despite the size and power of these entities, they should have to answer for negligent behavior that harms others. The Cochran Firm DC has extensive resources and the ability to act quickly and effectively to investigate your case by employing highly qualified experts and the latest technology in the presentation of your case.

Prompt and Efficient Legal Service
Following a serious injury, you may be incapacitated and unable to travel. The personal injury lawyers and investigators at The Cochran Firm DC will travel to your hospital room or your home if you cannot get to the office.

If you think you have a personal injury claim, you can contact The Cochran Firm at any time. Live support representatives are available to hear the details of your case 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no charge for your consultation and no charge unless compensation is recovered for your injuries.

To receive maximum compensation and hold your wrongdoers accountable, you need a personal injury lawyer who knows the DC and Maryland area. At The Cochran Firm DC, the lawyers and investigators know the local area, including common causes of accidents in certain locations, as well as relevant statutes and laws.

If you live in Washington DC, Northern Virginia or Maryland, please contact the experienced injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm DC to schedule a free consultation.
Main Office
Main Office
1100 New York Avenue, N.W., West Tower, Suite 340
Washington  DC  20005
  • 202-682-5800
Personal Injury
A personal injury is catastrophic if it has a long-term impact on a person's quality of life.
Catastrophic personal injuries are serious injuries that generally require a lengthy recovery period. Victims of catastrophic injuries may have permanent disabilities and may require significant medical treatment. Catastrophic injuries often happen suddenly and without warning. Such injuries include fire and burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and amputations. Victims of catastrophic personal injuries can include construction site workers, train and bus passengers, pedestrians and bike riders, and patrons of commercial establishments.

Victims harmed by the negligence, carelessness, recklessness, or malpractice of another have a legal right to seek compensation for losses. The area of law covering catastrophic personal injury is designed to provide a full range of legal claims to these victims from motor vehicle accidents or birth trauma or spinal cord injury to cerebral palsy.

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Our aggressive attorneys will do everything possible to prove negligence in your case and fight to ensure you receive every penny you are due following a catastrophic personal injury in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

Experienced personal injury lawyers committed to protecting your rights
A good personal injury attorney needs knowledge of insurance and tort law, and the expertise to collaborate with economists, medical experts, life care planners, psychologists and other credible experts to demonstrate the financial and non-financial costs of a catastrophic personal injury. The D.C., Maryland, and Virginia personal injury lawyers of The Cochran Firm are highly experienced handling catastrophic injury cases and have the knowledge and experience required to provide personal injury victims with first-class legal representation. Our injury and accident attorneys provide each client with individualized attention, sensitivity, and respect.

Unlike smaller local firms, The Cochran Firm has the vast resources, knowledge, and experience necessary to confidently guide clients through the legal process and successfully litigate catastrophic personal injury claims. Experienced personal injury attorneys prepare every case to go to trial. Our driven team of professionals works tirelessly to recover the most compensation possible for your injury case. The Cochran Firm DC accident lawyers do not seek a quick settlement, but rather seek to maximize our clients' compensation in order to protect their health, welfare, and safety.

Insurance companies in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia want to limit their liability and costs when a catastrophic injury occurs. These insurance corporations hire attorneys whose mission it is to limit liability and contain costs. The Cochran Firm DC lawyers are familiar with their tactics and ready to effectively counter the insurance companies' arguments in order to protect the legal rights, safety, and health of catastrophic personal injury victims.

Contact Us for a No-Cost, No-Obligation Free Consultation
At The Cochran Firm DC, our seasoned attorneys are experienced handling catastrophic personal injury cases to our clients' utmost satisfaction. Because time limits often apply to bringing a personal injury claim, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers of The Cochran Firm DC today for a free no-obligation consultation and case evaluation. Our 24-hour hotline is 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476) and our local number is 202-682-5800.
Examples of Catastrophic Personal Injury

-Fire and burn injuries
-Brain injuries
-Spinal cord injuries
-Metro and bus accidents
-Motorcycle and bike accidents
-Pedestrian accidents
-Birth injuries
-Casino accidents
-Toxic mold
-Construction accidents
-Aviation accidents
-Playground accidents
-Premises liability
-Medical malpractice
-Maritime accidents

The Cochran Firm DC catastrophic personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Our attorneys are uncompromising and use innovative, aggressive litigation strategies to achieve successful results for catastrophic personal injury victims. The proven record of The Cochran Firm DC's catastrophic personal injury attorneys includes verdicts and settlements worth millions of dollars.

Personal Injury Compensation
Although it is not possible to entirely regain the loss suffered from a catastrophic personal injury, The Cochran Firm DC negligence attorneys can help you recover financial compensation for medical costs, current and future lost wages, home modifications, physical pain, emotional suffering, and quality of life impact.

Michelle Riordan

David E. Haynes, The Cochran Firm, D.C.'s managing partner, has been representing clients throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia as part of The Cochran Firm's Washington, D.C. office since the Firm's founding. He has handled a wide variety of complex litigation matters and focuses his practice on contingency litigation on behalf of consumers. He has significant experience handling cases involving commercial vehicle and trucking collisions, gas explosions, carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning, fires, inadequate security, medical malpractice, train collisions, product liability, and police misconduct, among others. David has handled dozens of cases involving wrongful death, paralysis, loss of limb, brain injury, and other very serious matters, often against large corporations or municipalities.

David was named a Super Lawyer for 2013 and 2014 in Personal Injury for Washington. D.C. Only up to 5 percent of D.C. attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers. The selection process involves an in-depth, measurable process that includes peer nominations by seasoned attorneys followed by detailed evaluations that are matched against third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

As lead counsel, David has obtained numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. Virginia Lawyer's Weekly recognized attorney Haynes in 2006 after he achieved one of the largest verdicts in Virginia that year. The verdict was upheld on appeal, and his client collected the full amount. He was recognized in 2012 by the same publication for securing two of the ten largest settlements in Virginia that year, both of which were wrongful death cases. It is with this same tenacity and dedication that he works aggressively on behalf of everyday people who have been injured by the carelessness of others.

He has also been appointed by various Courts to leadership positions in complex litigation, including:

Co-liaison counsel for all Plaintiffs In the Matter of the Fort Totten Metrorail Cases Arising Out of the Events of June 22, 2009. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No.: 10-mc-00314, a train collision resulted in the death of 9 people and injuries to 85 others.

Member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in Jane Doe No. 1, et al. v. Johns Hopkins Hospital, et al. Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-13-001041 MM, a class action for sexual abuse and privacy violations by an OB/GYN which is comprised of over 7,000 class members.

He has been interviewed or quoted by numerous national and local news outlets, including NBC National News, The Wall Street Journal, and others. David is often called upon to comment on legal issues of the day and he is a regular contributor on the Ring of Fire radio and TV show.

Active in the community, David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides scholarships for disadvantaged high school graduates going on to college and fellowships for law school graduates who accept non-profit public interest positions.
  • University of Richmond School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

F. Scott Lucas

Personal injury attorney F. Scott Lucas came to The Cochran Firm DC after years in insurance defense litigation. During this time, Mr. Lucas saw first-hand how insurance companies handle injury claims. With the resources of the national Cochran Firm and an intimate understanding of the region's laws, Mr. Lucas has the experience and knowledge necessary to represent ordinary people against powerful and intimidating insurance companies.

Attorney Lucas is admitted to the Maryland Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He is an active member of the Maryland Association of Justice and the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Catholic University of America
    Juris Doctorate

John G. Harnishfeger

Experienced trial attorney John Harnishfeger focuses his areas of practice on:

-Medical malpractice
-Nursing home malpractice

An active member of the Trial Lawyer's Associations in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Mr. Harnishfeger frequently lectures to regional bar associations on topics related to his areas of practice. Attorney Harnishfeger has served as the elected Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar Tort Section Steering Committee as well as holding various positions of leadership in other associations.

Mr. Harnishfeger brings his years of experience and dedication to The Cochran Firm DC to aggressively pursue fair compensation for people who have suffered injuries from medical negligence.

If you live in Washington D.C., Maryland or Virginia, and have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, please contact the experienced injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm DC to schedule a no-cost consultation.

W. Charles Meltmar

Nursing home abuse and neglect attorney W. Charles Meltmar has tried more than 150 cases before judges and juries. Although he has extensive experience in many civil suits, Mr. Meltmar currently concentrates on:

-Catastrophic personal injury
-Medical malpractice
-Nursing home abuse and neglect

Attorney Meltmar is an active member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Meltmar is admitted before the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.
  • District of Columbia Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Karen E. Evans

DC Medical malpractice attorney Karen E. Evans prosecutes serious plaintiffs' medical malpractice actions in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Prior to becoming a trial attorney, Ms. Evans served in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corp and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. A registered nurse, Ms. Evans began her legal career as an insurance defense attorney successfully representing doctors, nurses and hospitals. Ms. Evans successfully defended and won in excess of 92% of all serious medical malpractice cases tried to jury verdict.

In 2000, she began using her inside knowledge as a former insurance defense lawyer to represent injured persons as a trial lawyer. She has successfully tried and settled numerous cases in the seven and eight-figure ranges. Ms. Evans uses the combination of her nursing experience and zealous trial advocacy skills to pursue medical malpractice claims on behalf of those who have been catastrophically injured.
  • University of North Carolina
    Juris Doctorate