Washington, D.C. Attorney Providing Valuable Legal Services
Washington, D.C. law firm championing clients’ rights in personal injury, civil rights and police brutality cases
My name is Geoffrey D. Allen and I have more than 33 years of legal experience helping people resolve their legal challenges in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner. As an attorney authorized to practice law in England as well as in the District of Columbia, I have been equipped by my experience abroad with a wide range of law techniques. These enable me to examine and resolve your case from a unique perspective and different angles.
My practice revolves around zealously protecting the rights and interests of those who have been brutalized, who have been treated unfairly by institutions or who have suffered personal injury due to others’ carelessness. I accept personal injury cases on a “contingency fee” basis, which means my clients pay me nothing unless I obtain monetary compensation for them.
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In my experience, I have observed that many of my clients’ fears result from lack of knowledge about the way the legal system operates. I take the time to make sure my clients understand the details of their cases, keep them updated on case progress and remain available throughout the process to answer any questions that may arise. I aim to resolve cases proficiently and cost-effectively through alternative dispute resolutions. But if that proves unsuccessful, I defend your interests vigorously in court.
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I welcome you to call Geoffrey D. Allen at 202-778-1167 for your free initial consultation or contact me online now.
Geoffrey D. Allen serves clients throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
NURSING HOME LAWSUIT
In May 2019, Mr. Allen settled a wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home which allowed a resident suffering from dementia and schizophrenia to leave the facility in a black wheelchair to travel along a two lane street with no sidewalks. The wheelchair lacked lights or florescent surfaces and the resident was not given a safety vest. His estate also recovered against the driver of the vehicle which struck and killed him.
SETTLEMENT DOUBLE THE INSURANCE CO.’S “FINAL OFFER!”
Mr. Allen settled a case where his client had stopped to help a disabled vehicle pulled over on the side of the road. While inspecting the engine another vehicle ran into the back of the disabled vehicle, hurling the client into a nearby wooded area and causing severe injuries. Mr. Allen eventually settled the case, after filing suit, for more than double the insurance company’s pre-suit “final” offer.
SETTLEMENT IN PRISON ASSAULT
Mr. Allen settled a case in February 2018, in which his client was physically and sexually assaulted while in a holding cell at the DC Superior Courthouse. The inmate that assaulted the Plaintiff was charged with numerous felonies and, at his sentencing, the judge called the incident, “horrific.” The assault occurred over a fifteen minute period when the US Marshals failed to supervise the inmates.
SUBSTANTIAL SETTLEMENT IN CHOKE HOLD DEATH
Mr. Allen settled a wrongful death case in December 2017 against the District of Columbia for a substantial sum. The case involved the death of a mentally disturbed person who the Police were attempting to take in for a mental health evaluation. During the course of the encounter a fight broke out and one of several police officers on the scene applied a choke hold to his neck. He lost consciousness and died a short time later. The officer had not been trained on how to apply a choke hold and used it after he had been subdued by other officers.
SIGNIFICANT SETTLEMENT IN SLIME SLIP & FALL CASE
In December 2016, Mr. Allen resolved a significant case in which his client slipped and fell on a sidewalk and broke her ankle in two places. She had two surgeries and will require a third. The fall was caused by a build-up of slime due to a malfunctioning drain causing water to flow onto the sidewalk from the Defendant’s parking lot. Mr. Allen obtained photographs of the drain which had been taken several months earlier as part of a sidewalk survey done by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation. It showed the drain in bad shape and established that the owners had ample time to fix it prior to the accident.
SETTLEMENT REACHED IN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CAUSED BY OFFICER’S ASP BATON!
Mr. Allen settled a case in August 2016, in which Plaintiff was struck in the head by a police officer with an ASP baton causing a traumatic brain injury. Plaintiff was head of security at a local nightclub. He escorted a number of patrons out of the club because they were smoking marijuana. He was then attacked by the patrons in the parking lot. A melee between approximately 15 patrons and 5 security officers ensued. The police intervened and one officer was alleged to have wildly flailed his baton and struck Plaintiff in the head, without proper cause or justification.
JURY TRIAL WON IN POLICE BRUTALITY CASE!
In October 2015, Mr. Allen won a jury trial in Prince George’s County in which the Plaintiff alleged she broke her arm when she was thrown to the ground by a Prince George’s County Police Officer outside a nightclub. All of the officers on the scene denied that they did anything to the Plaintiff and also denied seeing how she came to be injured. The jury found in favor of the Plaintiff awarding her significant damages.
VICTORIOUS VERDICT IN CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION TRIAL!
Mr. Allen won a jury trial in November 2015, against a Metro Transit Police officer. Plaintiff claimed that he was punched and kicked by officers during the course of an arrest. The officer denied punching Plaintiff but admitted to using an open hand strike to prevent the Plaintiff from biting him. The jury found in favor of Plaintiff as to his claims of Battery and Civil Rights claims based on excessive force and awarded Plaintiff damages. The Jury also found that another officer fabricated police reports.
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT!
Mr. Allen settled a number of cases involving carbon monoxide poisoning in August, 2015. The poisoning was caused by a blocked water heater flu in a residential facility. Plaintiffs alleged the exposure had caused brain and other injuries.
ANOTHER CASE SETTLED FOR CLIENT HIT BY POLICE CRUISER!
In September 2015, Mr. Allen settled another case in which his client was hit by a DC police cruiser that ran a red light. The officer claimed his lights and siren were activated but this was contradicted by the client and the passengers in his vehicle. The client had been rejected by a number of other lawyers before Mr. Allen accepted the case.
SUBSTANTIAL SETTLEMENT REACHED FOR CLIENT WHO LOST LEG AS A RESULT OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE!
A settlement was reached in November, 2014, by Mr. Allen for a medical malpractice claim in which a seventeen year old Plaintiff suffered an above-the-knee amputation of his leg. He had been shot by criminals during the course of a robbery and was taken to an Emergency Room where, he alleged, medical staff failed to monitor the condition of his leg. Several hours later it was discovered that he had no pulse in his foot, which indicated a serious injury to his artery. Plaintiff claimed that the delay in determining the extent of his injury led to the loss of his leg.
CASE SETTLED FOR CLIENT HIT BY POLICE CRUISER!
Mr. Allen was able to settle a case in early November, 2014, in which his client was hit by a police cruiser while he was crossing an intersection. The officers claimed that they had activated their siren but this was contested by several independent witnesses.
A SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE AGAINST THE USA RESOLVED BY MR. ALLEN!!
In March, 2014, Mr. Allen resolved a significant case against the United States. The client was a Type 1 diabetic who was arrested on a traffic accident related charge. She was denied insulin while in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls awaiting a bond hearing. She experienced repeated vomiting, dry heaving and severe stomach pain. Upon her release, she was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with acute diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially fatal condition. She was admitted into the intensive care unit in critical condition where she received life-saving medical care.
SETTLEMENT REACHED IN SERIOUS AUTO ACCIDENT CASE BY MR. ALLEN
ANOTHER SUBSTANTIAL SETTLEMENT REACHED BY MR. ALLEN IN SLIP & FALL CASE!!
Mr. Allen settled a case where a woman fell down some school steps. During discovery it was revealed that a work order had been submitted to repair the steps over two years before the accident occurred but that the work had never been done. In addition, there were no railing on the steps as required by the D.C. Safety Regulations. The case settled a month before a scheduled trial date for a substantial sum. The Plaintiff suffered a number of injuries, the most serious being an aggravation of a pre-existing knee problem.
MR. ALLEN WINS POLICE BRUTALITY CASE AGAINST DC POLICE OFFICER!!
On June 24, 2013 Mr. Allen began a trial for a case against a D.C. Police Officer who arrested his client. His client, the plaintiff, alleged he was dragged by the arms while handcuffed with his hands behind his back. He also claimed that the officer applied the handcuffs excessively tightly and refused to loosen them despite numerous complaints. Plaintiff claimed he suffered nerve injuries in both wrists and that he still suffers from
numbness, tingling and burning in both hands for which he takes daily medications. The jury deliberated for approximately five hours before returning a verdict in favor of the plaintiff!!
MR. ALLEN REACHES HANDSOME SETTLEMENT IN A SLIP & FALL CASE!!
In February 2013 Mr. Allen settled a case involving a disabled person who fell down some steps when entering a convenience store and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Through expert testimony, Mr. Allen was able to show that the steps were in violation of building code requirements with respect to the placement of handrails and also because the steps were of varying heights and widths. The defendant denied liability, so Mr. Allen filed suit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The case settled after court ordered mediation took place, on favorable terms for the plaintiff.
MR. ALLEN REACHES SETTLEMENT FOR CLIENT WITH SHOULDER INJURY FROM AUTO ACCIDENT 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO TRIAL!!
In January 2013 Mr. Allen settled an intersection collision automobile accident case in which the Plaintiff suffered an injury to her shoulder. She continued to complain of daily pain for several years after the accident which was unrelieved despite treatment with a number of different doctors. Mr. Allen referred her to an orthopedic surgeon who evaluated her and subsequently performed arthroscopic surgery. During the surgery, injuries, which had not been identified previously, were observed and repaired. Afterwards, the client experienced the first significant relief that she had felt in years. Her case settled two weeks prior to a scheduled trial date, on favorable terms for the client.