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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Insurance company refuses to pay

I need your help in Maryland Insurance law. For example,

My car is damaged by a truck owned by you. Fault is on your truck.

Drivers of your truck run away. Police has not caught them.

You had not reported loss to police nor did you cancel your insurance before incident... Read more »

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 17, 2015

You should be eligible to file an uninsured motorist claim through your company. They'll cover your damages minus your deductible, and then they'll do the legwork on investigating recovery beyond that point.

If they find the person responsible, and recover their money, they should...
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Q: What are possible conseq's of failure to return to scene of accident with damages to attended vehicle? Attorney needed?

Very miniscule damages. Need magnifying glass. Charged party stopped momentarily to see what happened any damages? Decided none and proceeded on. Was charged 3 weeks after incident.

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 17, 2015

There are a number of criminal/serious traffic violations that could be in play here. If charged with one of these, then you may want to hire a lawyer to defend you on that front, as they can advise you on many options at that point, challenge any potential issues with the evidence against you, and... Read more »

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Q: What license does MERS Inc. hold to operate in the State of Maryland?
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 17, 2015

Not sure this is an auto accident question. Also not knowing what type of business MERS Inc is, I would be unable to really tell what license they needed, and then if they in fact had the required licensing.

Provide mored details for a better answer.

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Q: Dog hit speeding car (dog broken leg-damged car).Driver requests dog owner to pay car damage?

Dog ran into side of speeding car. Dog broken leg-car damaged. Car owner is requesting dog owner to pay for damage to car. Who is legally responsible?

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 17, 2015

The driver of the vehicle would have to prove some sort of negligence on the part of the dog owner, as well as the ability to refute any contributory negligence on his part.

His best bet is to file a claim through is own insurance, and allow the insurance company to make the decision on...
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Q: What does a plaintiff have to prove tosue a parent for allowing their child to use a car which resulted in an accident?

Accident was a fender-bender, but insurance company has not settled claim. Law suit was filed 2 weeks short of 3 year limitation. Medical claims in excess of $50k and punitive damages exceed the $100k insurance coverage. What is the potential risk? Should we hire another attorney?

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

By another attorney do you mean additional?

Also, is this a Maryland claim? It is very rare to seek punitive damages in a Maryland auto accident claim, but that may derive from facts not apparent in the question. If there is an extreme degree of negligence on the part of the parent, i.e...
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Q: When departing a parking lot, what are the rights of a vehicle turning into a parking lot.

While turning into a parking lot, comming from a main throughfare, I encountered a vehicle departing the lot. My vehicle was heading North into the lot, and the other vehicle was headed North on the parking lot. While just entering the lot by about a few feet, the parking lot vehicle fail to let me... Read more »

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

I do not want to give a definitive answer to your question because I may be misinterpreting the description of how the loss happened. If you were in fact established in the "favored boulevard" or thoroughfare of the parking lot when the other vehicle effectively 'cut you off'... Read more »

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Q: can you file for civil damages in district court and tort claim at the same time

dhr in temple hills md suspend my professional and driver license against there guid lines statue ther was no administration hearing,right to appealand ,right to contast and no 30 day written notice

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

Not exactly sure the question you're asking here, but please clarify either by a response here or directly to me.

The tort claim act covers civil damages covered by a state or local government entity (there is also a separate federal tort claims act)

These acts have some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: In March 2013, I fell on the property of a local Chick-fila restaurant .injuring my right knee and left hand and wrist.

I would like to seek compensation is it possible?

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

Compensation would be based on any medical treatment required to recover from the fall.

Other issues could include why you fell, and if that fall was a result of any avoidable defect or negligence on the part of the restaurant.

It is also important, in evaluating such a claim, to...
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Q: Can u sue the parent of their adult deceased child for things they did?
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

I'm not sure the focus of this question. From what I think you might be asking, it would be difficult to prevail in such an action. You'd need to prove a causal connection between the actions (the things they did) and how they were somehow responsible for those 'things'... Read more »

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Q: Can i get legal action on a person who had an affair with my husband which lead to his death
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

This is an overly broad question, but that isn't to say no. In order to assert such a claim and hope to prevail you would somehow have to show a causal connection between the affair or some other illicit act that lead to the death. This sounds like a very sensitive matter, and follow up may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Maryland traffic? why was i given a warning for making a u-turn on a bridge with double solid,can't find law to prohibit
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

The fact that you've made a U turn on a double yellow indicates that you've illegally crossed over a double yellow. I'm not certain there is any specific statute prohibiting U-turns on bridges, but it would make sense if there were such a statute.

If you were given a warning,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Q: I lost my left eye while on a job in 2004 and my lawyer won't settle after I told her to. What do I need to do to settle
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

It may not be advisable to settle the claim. Realize that for the most part your lawyer would not make any fee at all until the case settles, meaning that if the lawyer is telling you that it isn't a good idea/time to settle, that they are probably right.

You should sit down with your...
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Q: Can I have a witness at an examination by the independent medical examiner?

I am familiar with the independent medical examiner that I am scheduled for in the next few weeks. I had found his previous testimony to be fraudulent and extremely biased for the attorneys representing my employer. I would like to video record the next examination to keep things unbiased. My... Read more »

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

While I have not heard of anyone video recording an IME, I have heard many times of hiring a nurse practitioner or other type of experienced professional to be there for these IMEs. That is typically acceptable, and sometimes takes your lawyer to put up a fight if there is opposition to it. Your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Q: Is there a time frame as to how long it takes to settle a worker's compensation case? Approximate
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 15, 2015

This depends first on the extent of the injuries. The goal is to get back to work, and eventually back to a point known as "Maximum Medical Improvement" or MMI. This means that you are either back to where you were before the work injury occurred, or you're at the point where no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Armed robbery, what to do now?

My BF is a convicted felon. He assaulted me and I was so upset I said he robbed my friend and my mom & friend went along with it. I went to the station and didn't press charges. My mother gave a recorded statement and my friend & I have written statements. He now has a warrant..What do I do?

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 3, 2015

He needs to hire an attorney as soon as possible. As I'm sure you know these are very serious charges, and may also have collateral consequences if he is on parole or probation from the felony conviction.

An experienced lawyer will have the ability to navigate all aspects of this...
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Q: Is it against the law to sell something to a person who is high on drugs?

Or what is the law?

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 3, 2015

The question you ask seems more grounded in whether or not there is a valid contract for the sale, not necessarily the legality of the sale. If what you were selling was legal to sell, and you had proper ownership/title to the property, then any issues with the sale would not fall within the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Received criminal citation in Maryland for accidentally having weapon in carry on luggage. Wondering about next steps?

I specifically am interested in the time frame for establishing a court date. I received the citation on Dec. 19 but won't be returning to MD until Jan. 9. The officer that gave it to me couldn't tell me an exact time frame when I can expect a court date to be set and I'm wondering... Read more »

Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 3, 2015

If the court has your current address, you should receive notice of the charges.

Depending on exactly what you've been charged with, you likely want to hire an attorney to defend you with this case. There are often subtle nuances with these laws, the searches, etc that may have the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: HOW DO I RETRIEVE CASE INFO FOR THE DISTRICT COURT OF MD? I HAVE A CRIMINAL NUMBER. ISNT THIS INFO PUBLIC DOMAIN?
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 3, 2015

Many of the public court records will be available online at the Maryland judiciary case search website. However, if you want information actually in the file, you'll need to go to the clerk's office for the case in question.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: I have a 10 year old taffic ticket driveing while suspend is there a statue of limitations on it
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 3, 2015

If you've already been cited/charged then the statute of limitations would not apply. However, there is a possibility of having the ticket challenged for a lack of prosecution. The factors that go into the possibility of succeeding in this regard are varied. Contact a traffic lawyer in... Read more »

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Q: What is the sentence for driving on a lerners permit without supervision in maryland ?
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
Jobeth Rocky Bowers answered on Jan 3, 2015

Misdemeanor traffic offenses that are in the "must appear" category typically carry a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail, a fine of $500 or both. Most lawyers will do what they can given your situation to minimize the penalties, and avoid jail time. Depending upon the status of your... Read more »

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