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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for District of Columbia on
Q: Is a cyclist totally at fault if they didn't stop at a stop sign so when I went through I hit him?
Timothy Fizer
Timothy Fizer answered on Oct 19, 2018

You have not provided sufficient details about the accident to prompt a reliable answer. There is no doubt, however, that you should report the incident to your insurance company, in the event the bicyclist decides to make a claim against you for any injuries he sustained.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Another driver hit me while he wasn't wearing his prescription eye glasses. Can I sue him for extra money?
Timothy Fizer
Timothy Fizer answered on Oct 19, 2018

I do not know what you mean by "extra money." If you are asking whether you can get more because he was not wearing his prescription glasses, the answer likely is "no;" you are entitled to fair compensation for your injuries, if any. You are not entitled to an additional amount to punish the driver... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Maryland on
Q: Who's going to be responsible for the court and attorney costs in my business dispute?
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Timothy Fizer answered on Oct 19, 2018

You have not provided sufficient details to be able to provide a reliable response. If this dispute arose out a contractual relationship, the contract may provide an answer, or at least guidance. If you are represented, this question is best directed to your own lawyer, who should explain this to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Maryland on
Q: How do I file a bad faith claim against an insurance company?
Timothy Fizer
Timothy Fizer answered on Oct 7, 2018

There are different bases for bad faith, whether first party or third party. There also are two different approaches. One is under Title 27 of the Insurance Code - Unfair Trade Practices and Other Prohibited Practices. The other is under § 3-1701 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: I was hit in the District, but live in Virginia -- which laws apply?
Timothy Fizer
Timothy Fizer answered on Oct 7, 2018

In addition to Mr. Meisrow's answer, I would note that if this involves uninsured motorist coverage, Virginia law may apply to that contract action.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue a private college for refusing to accept my straight-A student son?
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Timothy Fizer answered on Sep 16, 2018

You have not provided sufficient details to be able to obtain a reliable answer. The likely answer, however, is "no" All colleges use multiple criteria for accepting students, and grades are only part of the equation.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue the city for failing to prevent car break-ins?
Timothy Fizer
Timothy Fizer answered on Sep 16, 2018

The likely answer to your question is no, although you have not provided sufficient details to elicit a more specific answer.

2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability for District of Columbia on
Q: If a product is recalled, is the company required to come pick it up?
Timothy Fizer
Timothy Fizer answered on Sep 16, 2018

You have not provided sufficient information to be able to answer this question, because there are too many variables.

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2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Defense for Maryland on
Q: Is my insurer required to hire outside counsel to defend me against a lawsuit?
Timothy Fizer
Timothy Fizer answered on Sep 16, 2018

If by "outside counsel," you mean someone other than staff counsel for that insurance company, the answer likely is "no." There are circumstances that could exist that would require them to provide other counsel, but your question does not have enough detail to tell.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Maryland on
Q: I got into a car accident with someone who lives in Virginia. They want the court proceedings to take place there but

the accident was in Maryland and that would be inconvenient for me. Do I have to?

Timothy Fizer
Timothy Fizer answered on Sep 16, 2018

If they filed suit against you in Virginia, and you yourself neither live not work there, they cannot force you to come to Virginia to defend the case. If you have insurance, and you have been sued, your insurance company will provide counsel to represent you, and will address such issues. Your... Read more »

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