Panel of Judges Decides Attorney Hurt in Bike Accident Cannot Amend Settlement


A panel of judges was created to review the appeal, and the panel found that the appeal should be dismissed because lump sum payments cannot be modified under the D.C. appeal code Schwechter attempted.

“Mr. Schwechter also explicitly acknowledged that the agreement barred any and all future recovery of benefits or compensation pursuant to the claim,” The panel said, “The agreement thus unambiguously precluded modification of the lump-sum amount. Schwechter cannot amend his settlement, the panel found.


Schwechter is represented by Adrian Gucovschi of Gucovschi Law PLLC and Dirk McClanahan of McClanahan Powers PLLC.

The Department of Employment Services is represented by Karl A. Racine, Caroline S. Van Zile, Ashwin P. Phatak and Richard S. Love of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

The case is Melvin Schwechter v. District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, case number 22-AA-7, in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.