Our firm is one of the most experienced personal injury and medical malpractice firms in Virginia and the Washington, DC area. The partners, who have nearly 100 years of combined experience, have successfully tried or resolved hundreds and hundreds of cases dealing with defective products, medical errors, and wrongful death. Their track record of success and professional standards has earned them the highest rating by their peers in Martindale-Hubbell and The Best Lawyers in America.
Since 2010, the firm has been named as a Best Law Firm in the Washington Metropolitan Area with a Top Tier Ranking in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury by US News and World Report, in the publication's first-ever national rankings of law firms. The rankings were drawn from national surveys of clients and lawyers, asked to rate the law firms they considered the best in their practice areas. The firm earned this distinction every year since 2010.Passionate Representation
What makes our Virginia personal injury lawyers successful? Our goal in every case is to win for you what you deserve, and we are passionate about achieving justice for our clients. We offer you two key traits: Experience and a commitment to the highest standards of legal representation. Experience in the law matters in many ways. One key is trial experience because although many cases do settle without a trial, you need an attorney who can take your case to trial and has a track record of winning in court. Not all good lawyers are good trial lawyers. Another factor is legal analysis, which we believe is one of our greatest strengths. Among our successful cases are those other firms turned down. We accepted those cases because our analysis showed a pathway to success based on the law and legal strategy. Another factor in winning your case might be the experts your attorney identifies to testify on your behalf. Over the years, we have developed relationships with some of the best experts in the country who help establish standard of care, lost wages or lifetime care requirements, equipment and property safety standards among others.Helping The Injured Since 1975
The Sickels, Frei and Mims firm has evolved over the past 35 years into a partnership of consistently effective trial attorneys representing clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, Loudoun, surrounding counties, and the District of Columbia. The partners have spent decades representing the injured in cases involving serious accidents, medical malpractice, products liability and other personal injury litigation. Read through our case files involving failure to diagnose cancer, defective knee prostheses, a massive train wreck, plane crashes, serious auto accidents and others and you'll see that experience, passionate representation and a record of helping the injured for more than 35 years...matters.Civil Lawsuits Protect You and Your Family
If you've been harmed through the negligence of another, your case probably isn't what some call "frivolous." In fact, civil lawsuits work to protect society and hold accountable those who cause the harm. Here's the full story, produced by the Trial Lawyers Association DC.
Medical malpractice cases are defended by experienced litigators who represent the insured health care provider, such as a treating doctor, surgeon or nurse, and/or the hospital or clinic. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of your health care provider, you need a highly-experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer to be on your side, to vigorously fight for you. This is a very complicated area of law that requires deep understanding of causation, standard of care, medical procedures, treatment protocols, how to review and analyze medical records, and the ability to identify leading medical experts. You also need a lawyer with significant courtroom experience, one who has the tried and won medical malpractices case. Partner Gary Mims earned the distinction as Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice, as determined through a vote by his peers. Sickels, Frei and Mims has helped resolve hundreds of medical malpractice cases.Car and Truck Accidents
In Virginia in 2017 alone, 843 people lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes. Another 65,000 were injured. Sadly, serious vehicular accidents occur every day on our roads due to factors like speed, inattentive or distracted driving, and driving under the influence. If you’ve been injured in a collision with a car, truck, train, bus or any other vehicle, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. In Virginia, the statute of limitations for most vehicular personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. This means that the claim must be filed within two years. If the claim is for wrongful death, the statute is two years from the date of the person’s death, not the date of the accident. Sickels, Frei and Mims understands the need to move quickly to preserve your right to make a claim and to help you receive the compensation you deserve.Products Liability
Thousands of people are injured every year due to defective or dangerous products. Liability for that faulty product lies with the manufacturer or seller or any party who placed the product in the hands of the consumer. That’s complicated because the chain of distribution could include the product manufacturer, the manufacturer of component parts, an entity that assembles or installs the product, a wholesaler or a retailer. In Virginia, a product must be “reasonably safe” for its intended purpose or for how it might reasonably be used. Sickels, Frei and Mims attorneys have successfully resolved cases involving defective seat belts, hot tub drains, knee prostheses, training soccer ball, exercise cord and car seats, among others.Premises Liability
Many people tend to think of premises liability law as “slip and fall” cases but this area of law actually involves a broad spectrum of personal injuries. Sickels, Frei and Mims Virginia personal injury attorneys have won judgments for clients for injuries caused by improper golf course design, faulty bridges uncleared walkways and roadways among others. If you happen to slip, fall and become injured, Virginia plaintiffs need to prove that the property owner was negligent and that that negligence caused the injury. Your attorney will have to show that the property owner knew or should have known of a hazardous condition and failed to remedy it.Serving Virginia
Sickels, Frei and Mims has a long history of serving injured clients throughout the state of Virginia, from the southern part of the state in the Hampton Roads area to the west in Staunton to the Northern Virginia counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun. While some firms may evaluate potential cases based on “size,” we will give you a straightforward assessment of your potential case based on the facts and Virginia laws that would impact your chance for successful recovery, including statute of limitations, contributory negligence, and recovery limits.Serving Washington, D.C.
Our office is located in the heart of Fairfax City, near the Fairfax Judicial complex, with immediate access to Route 66 into Washington, D.C. Firm attorneys are admitted to practice in all courts in Washington, D.C. In civil cases in the District of Columbia, the statute of limitations for many personal injury cases (including medical malpractice and product liability) is three years; however, the statute is only two years for wrongful death (D.C. Code 16-2702) (2016). When choosing a Virginia attorney or law firm, choose one like Sickels, Frei and Mims, who as experienced trial lawyers are prepared to try your case in court if a settlement isn’t reached. Many cases are positively settled without a trial; many are not.Do You Have a Case?
If you have been injured and you believe it was because someone acted carelessly, or in a manner that was not reasonable under the circumstances, you likely have a case; however, there are a number of factors that might affect the analysis.
Contact our Virginia personal injury attorneys to discuss how we can help you. There is no advantage to you or us in our taking a case we cannot win--we will be frank in our analysis and explain our reasoning. There is never a fee for a consultation.
Gary Brooks Mims Named Lawyer of the Year - Medical Malpractice, Washington, D.C. 2017