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George Pittman Patterson

Bowie Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

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  1. Is it too late to go after the truck driver for damages resulting from an auto accident?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. David Raymond Mahood
    2. Scott R. Scherr
    3. Stephen Allen Markey III
    4. George Pittman Patterson
    5. John L. Schroeder
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    You have three years in Maryland from the date of the accident. I have had cases where independent witnesses have mistakenly accused car drivers from making an unsafe lane change into a large truck. Typically, the lane change cases involving large trucks are due to blind spots. Many trucks have large blind spots that may only be accounted for if the driver checks his mirrors and they are properly aligned. Accident cases involving very traumatic and frightening incidents can often generate...

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  2. A man hit some rocks in my yard and was killed? Am I legally responsible for his death?

    Answered 25 days ago.

    1. George Pittman Patterson
    2. Timothy E Fizer
    3. Scott R. Scherr
    4. Lawrence Roger Holzman
    5. Thomas C Valkenet
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    I researched this issue for a family whose son, a motorcyclist struck a metal mailbox and died. There are not many cases on this issue across the United States and the results are not uniform. The short answer is that some cases have found a property owner liable where they have had reason to know based on geography of the roadway that motorists could be endangered by obstructions and then they place a potentially deadly obstruction in the path. Some cases have refused to impose liability....

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  3. Unsure Lawyer provided full amount of settlement to me

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. George Pittman Patterson
    2. Louis Joseph Martocchio
    3. Mark William Oakley
    4. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    5. Kevin William Attkisson
    5 lawyer answers

    I would ask for a face to face meeting with the lawyer to review the file. You should request a conference call with your lawyer and the insurance adjuster as to the status of the settlement check. The attorney grievance commission should be contacted if the money was misappropriated.

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  4. I WAS HIT BY A CAR ON MY MOTORCYCLE WHAT WILL HIS INSURANCE COVER AS FAR AS MY DAMAGES

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. George Pittman Patterson
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Bradley Joel Benham
    4. Scott J. Corwin
    4 lawyer answers

    Assuming that the driver of the car was at fault for the accident and you did not do anything wrong that led to the accident the following damages are available: 1. The cost to repair the bike or the bike's fair market value, 2. Medical bills 3. Lost Wages 4. Pain and suffering. 5. Disfigurement - road rash often causes changes in the pigment of skin and frequently leaves permanent scars. You should contact a lawyer to discuss this accident. Most lawyers that handle this type of...

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  5. What is the statute of limitations for a negligence claim in Maryland?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. George Pittman Patterson
    2. Johnetta Renee Boston
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Joseph Hossein Ostad
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    Three years but there are some exceptions. You may also have notification requirements if a governmental entity is involved. The notification requirements may be as short as 180 days from the injury. It is always wise to speak with a lawyer shortly after a claim arises. Good luck.

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  6. Fell in the parking lot of my job trip over their curbing design. On workers compensation neck and back still hurting.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Timothy E Fizer
    2. Scott R. Scherr
    3. George Pittman Patterson
    4. Andrew Michael Rodabaugh
    5. Aaron Michael Blank
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    The potential for the claim against the property owner will depend on the height and markings on the curb. The applicable code will usually be BOCA and/or the Life Safety Code. These codes depending on the year prohibit single steps of less than 4 inches and more than 7 inches. Curbs that are too short are often not observed by pedestrians. Curbs that are too tall often cause pedestrians to fall because the pedestrian fails to lift their foot high enough. You can take a look at http://...

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  7. I have a valid and active policy, but my insurance company has the wrong car listed and wont pay a claim from a car accident.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. George Pittman Patterson
    2. Louis Joseph Martocchio
    3. Mark William Oakley
    4. Kevin William Attkisson
    5. Alan James Brinkmeier
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    You should gather all of the paperwork that you have from the first accident, the paperwork for the purchase of the second car, and all paperwork from the insurance company and then meet with a lawyer. If you have an insurance agent I would also seek his or her help.

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  8. How do I challenge an inaccurate police report?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    2. George Pittman Patterson
    3. Stephen Ross Cohen
    4. Dennis Wayne Tackett
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    The report is not admissible in large claim court cases. Unfortunately, inaccurate police reports will often require the services of a lawyer. Insurance companies give a great deal of weight to police reports. Inaccurate police reports are often inspired by statements from the opposing insurance companies insured.

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  9. I fell over a pipe in someones yard. Is it negligence?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Mark William Oakley
    2. George Pittman Patterson
    3. Chad Guevara Boonswang
    4. John K Lassen
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    Injury claims from falls are difficult cases. In Maryland, a claim for a fall is denied if the person was not careful when walking across the yard (contributory negligence) or knew they were walking across an area where a hazard was likely to exist and not be seen (assumption of the risk). The duty that the homeowner owes to you also depends on why you were on the property. I am not sure that a lawyer will be able to assess the strength of this case without seeing photopgraphs of the area...

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  10. How do i write a letter to police officer requesting him to change an auto accident report

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. George Pittman Patterson
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    4. Chad Guevara Boonswang
    5. Steven John Hancock
    5 lawyer answers

    This situation is not uncommon. The good news for you is that the trooper's opinion is not admissible in a trial over the traffic tickets or your injuries. It is critical that you retain a lawyer to defeat the traffic tickets. A failure to defeat the traffic tickets could result in a finding against you that could preclude your valid claim for personal injuries. Accidents like this involving large trucks is common due to the blind spots of truck drivers. You will need to subpoena the...

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