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Car Accidents

Car accidents in Washington, DC involve a number of issues including insurance laws, overlapping jurisdiction and other complex [...]

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Truck Accidents

Throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia hundreds of car accidents occur every day. Being involved in an car [...]

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Pedestrian Accidents

Everyone who decides to take a walk is at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. According to the National Highway [...]

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Medical Malpractice

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death [...]

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Nursing Home Neglect

Unfortunately, neglect can sometimes occur in nursing home facilities, breaking the trust that was placed in the nursing home facility […]

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Slip and Fall

The National Safety Council reports that falls are the number one cause of injury for adults 65 years and older. [...]

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Wrongful Death

There is no greater loss than the loss of a loved one or a family member. If the death was caused by the negligent actions of another party […]

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Other Litigation Areas

You will be speaking with an attorney who has represented individuals in the D.C. and Maryland who have Petitioned for the [...]

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"A Personal Approach to Law is what we strive for because in every case that we work on, we know a life will be affected by the outcome of that case."

The Attorneys at Oropeza Law Firm, PLLC. represent clients in the Metropolitan D.C. area, including Rockville, MD and Washington, D.C. We are a full-service law firm with a focus on Personal Injury and Criminal Law matters. Our Attorneys are also experienced in Workers Compensation Claims, Business Litigation, Family Law, Trademark and Entertainment Law.

At Oropeza Law Firm, PLLC. , we pride ourselves in providing each of our clients personalized and effective client and legal service. We know that your case is important to you.

Why You Need a Lawyer

When you’re dealing with an insurance company or a legal team representing the at-fault party after your accident, one thing can be certain: they are doing everything possible to limit the amount of money that they will need to pay. This is true whether or not the evidence is perfectly clear that they are at fault because it will always be worth the legal costs to attempt to reduce the amount of damages owed.

This is especially true in the case of insurance companies who have built an entire business model around dealing with accident claims. For an insurance company to stay in business, and profitable, they need to be able to settle claims for as little as possible while also ensuring that they have resolved any possible future legal issues for the same accident. This is done with an in-house team of attorneys, an experienced claims adjuster, and the hope that you have not hired a lawyer to help you through this process.

When you are working with an attorney, you can be confident that each step in the claims process is taken with a purpose and the ultimate goal of getting you the best settlement possible. When you are working on your own, directly with an insurance company, they will use a variety of tactics to convince you to settle for less than you deserve. They rely on the fact that while you are managing the stress of this claim process, you are watching your medical bills and other associated losses increase to the point that any amount of money is acceptable, and you will sign away your rights to any future legal action. Don’t let this happen to you.

How Damages Are Calculated After a Personal Injury

After an accident, there are a variety of immediate financial impacts that you will need to deal with. When you are working through an insurance claim with an adjuster, they will try to keep you focused on these immediate impacts as a way to avoid compensating you for the real cost of your injuries, which may be realized over the course of years following your accident. Working with a personal injury attorney means that you have someone on your side who understands the true cost of injuries, and will help you determine the amount of money that you are rightfully owed.

The following explanations of economic and non-economic damages provide a basic overview of how these damages are calculated, but they are not intended to be comprehensive. In order to get the full picture of your own situation, contact Hector Oropeza now to begin working with an experienced personal injury attorney in Washington, D.C. today.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are the basis of any personal injury claim because they are comprised of the most measurable and concrete damages that a victim will suffer. They include all associated medical costs, such as ambulance rides, surgeries, physical therapy, hospital stays, and any other health-related cost that can be tied to the accident.

In addition to the medical costs, these damages also account for things like lost wages or reduced income as a result of your injuries and time that you could not work. In some cases, you may be covered by disability, but there are many other situations where you may not be covered at all and will need to use paid time off, vacation leave, and unpaid days off in order to address your medical needs. This will all be addressed in your settlement negotiations, as well as any possible future impacts that your injuries may have to your earning capacity.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are more complicated to negotiate simply because of the abstract nature of the issues that we will be addressing within this type of damage. They include things like the actual pain and suffering that a victim endures after an accident, as well as the anxiety or depression that they likely must deal with while focusing on recovering and adjusting to life after their injuries.

In order to calculate these types of damages, there are a variety of methods that we will consider in order to get you the best chance at a fair and equitable settlement. One method uses a multiplier, which essentially requires determining the severity of these damages along a scale, and then using that number as a multiplier for the economic damages. For example, a multiplier of 3x and economic damages of $100,000 will result in non-economic damages of $300,000 being sought from the responsible party or their insurance company.

Hector Oropeza is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Washington, DC, and New York

Hector Z. Oropeza is the founding owner of Oropeza Law Firm, PLLC in Washington, D.C. and Rockville, MD. Mr. Oropeza’s personal injury practice is concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice, automobile accidents, pedestrian accidents, products liability, and other personal injury accidents. Mr. Oropeza’s criminal defense practice is concentrated, but not limited to, DUI/DWI, driving with a suspended license, Civil Protection Orders, Peace Orders, Possession, CDS Possession and Assault.

Mr. Oropeza has been listed on the Continental Who’s Who Registry of National Business Leaders and is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (“HBA-DC”), Maryland State Bar Association (“MSBA”), and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (“BADC”). Mr. Oropeza also serves as a Good Samaritan Advocate at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD.  As a Good Samaritan Advocate he represents indigent members of Montgomery County who have various legal needs for free. Mr. Oropeza also acts as an Appointed Attorney in Montgomery County and Baltimore City where he advocates for the rights of indigent defendants in their Bail Hearings before Judicial Officers.

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Mr. Oropeza was a Godsend to me at a time of great trouble and fear. He represented me flawlessly and achieved an outcome in court much better than I expected. He also was very kind and respectful of me which meant as much as the great outcome.
Robert B.


Mr. Oropeza is unarguably the best attorney I’ve worked with. He perfectly understood what I was going through and ensured my interest was well represented. Highly recommended and would definitely be using his services again.


I had a case that was quite complicated and was at a loss to who to turn to until a friend recommended Hector to me. Hector had a high understanding of client satisfaction and he went the extra length to ensure I got a favorable judgment. Highly recommend.


Mr. Oropeza assisted a family member who was injured in a serious truck accident that was on the news. He did such a wonderful job that I also hired him for my car accident. He helped us to navigate through several obstacles and now I have not only physically recovered, but I am able to put a down payment on my first home.


Mr. Oropeza assisted me when I was accused of a crime I didn’t commit. He represented me at trial and he was able to have the case dismissed halfway through trial. I am so grateful that I hired him. I can go on living my life without repercussions from these false allegations.

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