Mr. Lampton has litigated cases in the following practice areas:
- Automobile Accidents
- Products Liability
- Premises Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Worker’s Compensation Claims
- Breach of Contract/UCC/Business Disputes
- Insurance/Bad Faith Litigation
When deciding which lawyer to hire for a litigation matter, you have many choices. Regardless of whom you choose, it is very important that you hire an attorney who is not afraid to go to Court to try the case. Many lawyers rarely try cases, and a substantial number have never tried a single case. While most cases do ultimately settle prior to trial, in order to obtain the best settlement value for a client, the lawyer needs to present a “credible threat” of the trial actually taking place in order for the defense and/or insurance company handling the defense to make their best offer. Mr. Lampton prepares every case as if it is going to trial, and has actually tried in excess of 40 trials in front of judges/juries in Maryland District and Circuit Courts, Virginia Circuit Courts, and DC Small Claims and Superior Courts. When it has made practical and financial sense, he has submitted cases to binding arbitration and/or presented cases in front of a neutral mediator. He also has negotiated favorable terms for his clients in more than 120 settlements prior to trial. If you are unable to resolve your dispute amicably, Mr. Lampton will effectively prepare and zealously present your case to a Judge or Jury so that you can receive what you deserve.
With regard to personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuits, it is especially important for clients to understand the effects of liens on a client’s recovery. For example, if an injured person incurred $15,000 in medical bills, which were covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or a private health insurer, whichever entity paid for the bills will be able to assert a lien on any recovery. So if you are not represented by counsel, an insurance adjuster might say, “because you only came out of pocket for $300 in co-pays, so we will add $10,000 in pain and suffering on top of that, and will settle it with you for $10,300.” If you decide to accept that settlement, thinking that $10,300 is a fair enough recovery, it is likely that whichever entity paid the bills will assert their lien, and you may have to turn all of your settlement over to the insurance company or entity that paid your medical bills and/or lost wages. The fact is, that under the law, you should receive, among other things, full value for all of your fair and reasonable medical bills and lost wages, as well as compensation for pain and suffering. Mr. Lampton will help you resolve whichever liens are asserted against your recovery (without charging any additional fee for these services), and will advise you on what your “net” recovery will be so you can make an informed decision on whether to accept a settlement offer. Under the law, a judge or jury never hears about the existence of these liens, and juries might be tempted to assume that your medical bills were already paid for and therefore be inclined to decide not to compensate you for those losses. This would obviously be an unfair result, and Mr. Lampton will help you navigate these issues and present them to a judge or jury so that you can be fairly compensated, not just for your medical bills, incurred expenses, and lost wages, but also for pain and suffering as well as any future losses or expenses that you are likely to incur.