I was hit by a taxicab driver while running. As a result i am permanently disabled. What am I entitled to?

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I was hit by a taxicab driver while running. As a result i am permanently disabled. What am I entitled to?

Asked on April 15, 2009 under Personal Injury, Maryland

Answers:

Cedulie Laumann / Arden Law Firm

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

I am sorry to hear about this incident and that you have suffered as a result.   Maryland is a contributory negligence state, which means that if a plaintiff contributes to the accident, they are totally barred from recovery.     Although the prior post referenced the potential for "huge" damages, note that nothing is automatic and insurance carriers may fight aggressively against such pedestrian claims - much depends on the specific facts of the case (e.g., did you cross in a designated crosswalk, if you were running on the side of the road what time of day, what conditions, etc.)

The first "contributing attorney" answer seems to come from a different state with different law - I strongly encourage you to seek the advice of a local attorney licensed to practice in the state where the accident occurred (which appears to be Maryland).

You may lose valuable legal rights with the passage of time and are encouraged to seek legal counsel from a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.  Note that this post does not constitute legal advice and the specifics of your particular situation may affect how a general type answer applies.

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

Sailor, if the taxicab driver who hit you was negligent, and you were not as negligent (in most states) or partially at fault (in a few states) you are entitled to recover damages. To the extent you were partially at fault (in most states) your recovery is reduced pro-rata.

In any case where the accident results in permanent disability, the damages often can be huge if you are properly represented by a good attorney.

In such cases, apart from the issues of "fault" the key issue is do the defendants (typically the driver and the taxi owner) have sufficient insurance and other assets to pay the full damages?

To get a great auto accident lawyer visit http://www.AttorneyPages.com. Lawyers handling such cases typically do so on a contingency fee basis and you pay them only from the recovery they obtain for you.

 


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