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Helping the Injured Since 1980
$4.87 MillionDefective Knee Prostheses
$3.05 MillionI-95 Crash Victim
$1.24 MillionFailure to Diagnose Cancer
$1.4 MillionElective Surgery Results in Amputation
$4.57 MillionTrain Derailment / Wrongful Death
$1 MillionFailure to Diagnose Cancer


Experienced Trial Lawyers

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 1980

The Frei, Mims and Perushek firm has evolved over the past 40 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 40 years...matters.

Civil Lawsuits Protect You and Your Family

If you listen to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporate defense attorneys, you might begin to think that most plaintiff lawsuits are “frivolous.” If you've been harmed through the negligence of another, your case probably isn't what some call "frivolous." Research shows that rather than looking for a “jackpot,” people file claims seeking accountability for what happened to them. In fact, civil lawsuits work to protect society and hold accountable those who cause the harm. Civil lawsuits have forced dangerous products off the market, prompted remedies to dangerous conditions, and identified doctors who harm. Here's the full story in this video produced by the Trial Lawyers Association DC.

Medical Malpractice

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. Frei, Mims and Perushek 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. Frei, Mims and Perushek 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. Frei, Mims and Perushek 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. Frei, Mims and Perushek 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

Frei, Mims and Perushek 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 Frei, Mims and Perushek, 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.

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Steven M. Frei STEVEN M.
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Gary Brooks Mims GARY BROOKS
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Matthew C. Perushek MATTHEW C.
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Steven M. Frei Lawyer of the Year - Medical Malpractice, Washington, D.C. 2021 Lawyer of the Year 2021

Gary Brooks Mims Named Lawyer of the Year - Medical Malpractice, Washington, D.C. 2017 Lawyer of the Year

Client Reviews
Gary Mims represented me as my attorney with an issue I had last year. Working with Gary was a pleasure. He was very understanding about my situation, and it was affirming to talk to him. He had a good grasp not only of the legal issues, but the technical issues with my case. Other attorneys I had approached were less receptive because they were not familiar with my particular issue; Gary was. He was professional, empathetic, and a zealous advocate. I was very pleased with how he handled my case... Lisa Ramish
This is the ‘go to’ firm in Northern Virginia for personal injury law. They did a fabulous job for us. I would highly recommend them. They definitely went above and beyond for us with a great result. Christine Bates
Trusted advice and guidance when you need it most: Gary Mims of Frei, Mims and Perushek, provided outstanding help and guidance through a difficult, emotional and often complex process. When we first thought we might need legal assistance we reached out to several attorneys that we found on the internet and Gary stood out from all the rest: he explained the situation and process ahead in simple terms that we were able to understand...While we hope not to need legal support in the future, if we did, Gary Mims would most certainly be our first, and only, choice. 10 out of 10, thank you Colonel Jeremy Johnson
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