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Stephen Allen Markey III
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  • What can I do

    I was sitting in a turn lane and car b was in front of me. There were about 20 cars in front of us. The light turned green and everyone stayed sitting. I honked, ppl started driving off and car b thought I honked at him so he went to go slammed on...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Turn this in to your insurance company. They will repair your car and go after the other driver. Provide them with witness information. If the police did not charge the other driver with assault, you can and should go to the commissioner and ask for charges. If you are injured get treatment and call an attorney.

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  • Can I sue in excess of policy limits if I was injured by a company's vehicle and I have reached the available policy limit

    In medical bills. I was given a permanent disability status a while ago but I am still treating and the available policy limit should just about be reached by now, can I go after the company itself for the excess medical bills and compensation?

    Stephen’s Answer

    The question you ask is difficult to answer because of the lack of facts. You seem to have both a Workers' Comp matter and an auto accident case. You may also have an underinsured motorist case as well. Medical bills and limited wage benefits will be paid by the Workers' Comp insurer until you reach maximum medical benefit (MMI). There is no limit on medical bills in Maryland. If the insurer refuses to pay, your lawyer can ask the Commission for a hearing to force them to pay. You should also receive payment for you disability (disability award or permanent partial). The workers' Comp matter should be handle with a third party claim in mind. Generally after the workers' comp case, but not always, a third party claim may be brought against the at fault driver. The workers' comp insurer will have a lien on that recovery so an attorney will usually try to work out an agreement with the workers' comp insurer before the third party claim is brought or resolved. If the at fault driver was driving the company vehicle, you would have a claim against your coworker. If the at fault driver was in another vehicle, you would sue that driver. If you bills are as high as you suggest and the claim is against the driver in another vehicle, you may have an underinsured motorist claim as well. This is a claim against the insurance company insuring the company vehicle (the vehicle you were in). Most commercial policies have higher limits than personal policies so there is a good chance you company vehicle carried more coverage than the at fault driver. The workers' comp carrier does not have a lien on this recovery, but the underinsured motorist insurer will get a set off for any un-reimbursed workers' comp benefits already paid. So as you can see, your claims depend on the facts and you should immediately get an attorney.

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  • I need a malpractice attorney, I was injured in a car accident, the MRI showed 3 mild bulging discs in my lower back after 3

    Months of therapy, I was referred to a pain management clinic. I had my first injection on 10/14/2013, after the injection I felt increased pain and tremendous pressure in my spine, I then called the pain clinic and told them about the side effect...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your problems. If the accident that stared this was not your fault, I assume you have an attorney. If not, you need one ASAP. Although auto accidents are very different than Medical malpractice, your attorney will be able to guide you to a malpractice attorney if he or she does not do malpractice. You should start here because auto accident cases are a lot less complicated than medical malpractice and all damages flow from the accident. The amount of insurance available may dictate whether you need to pursue both the auto case and the malpractice. If it was your fault or the insurance is inadequate, you need to have someone investigate a possible malpractice claim. However, you have not provided enough facts for me to opine on whether you have a claim. If the injection was done incorrectly or was not indicated you may have a claim. Start with your auto accident lawyer who may or may not also handle malpractice claims. If the accident was your fault you should call a malpractice attorney.

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  • Do I need a personal injury attorney?

    Hi, My name is Christopher Rodriguez. I am the father of a 4 year old who was involved in a car accident, on Monday June 15, 2015. My daughter, Chrislyne Rodriguez, was in a 2003 Honda Accord that was hit by a Don Pepino tractor trailer driven by...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Yes, as soon as possible. Tractor trailer cases, governed by the Federal Motor Safety Regulations (FMCSR), are far more difficult than a regular auto accident. You need to be familiar with local laws ( Maryland where the accident occurred, the state where the shipper is located, possibly the location of the Broker, etc), and fereral law. most cases will end up in Federal Court. check Avvo and the website of any lawyer you are considering to verify the regularly handle interstate trucking cases. the sooner you get an attorney the better. first, it will allow someone to start investigation and preserving evidence relieving you from needing to do anything while you grieve. take care of your family. also, there is evidence that must be preserved such as the data control device which will tell the speed of the truck before and at the time of impact. Although the police should get this information, frequently the police do a poor job investigating. I am sorry for your loss and the trauma this is causing. You are doing the right thing looking for an attorney and the faster you do the better.

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  • Is my work injury case worth it?

    I currently work at a nursing home and I am on,medical,leave due to two reasons. I am suffering from a work related injury to the middle and lower back while rolling a patient over in the bed while working short staffed on a Saturday night. I also...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Workers' Compensation is available for workers injured while working or that suffer from occupational illnesses (ie stress related illnesses). Medicals, partial wages and other benefits may be available to you. Because it is relatively easy to pursue workers' compensation claims when it is clear the injury is work related, even small claims should be pursued. An attorney will help you maximize your recovery (while relatively easy for an attorney, it is not so easy for someone untrained).

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  • How to calculate pain and suffering?

    Last winter I was hit by another car head-on who was driving left of center. My car was totaled and I received a chest injury. I've exhausted my PIP and am now trying to put together a "demand" package for the at-fault driver's insurance company....

    Stephen’s Answer

    From your question it sounds like you are trying to handle yourself. This usually occurs when the victim of an accident is trying to avoid attorney's fees. More often than not when this happens you will either recover far less than the value or you will eventually hire a lawyer that will have to try to repair the damage you did to your case trying to save some money. Insurance adjusters are trained to try to pay as little as possible. They are professionals at screwing victims. Do not help them out by handling your own case. A good lawyer will work you case up to make it more valuable. Even with an attorneys fee you will usually put far more money in your pocket with a lawyer. To answer your question a lawyer would need far more facts.

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  • I was hit by an uninsured motorist and now I can't get a rental car because it's not provided by my insurance, how can I get one

    I'm the driver of a hit and run

    Stephen’s Answer

    You should be able to recover all loses under the uninsured motorist provision of your policy. If you were hurt you should retain an attorney

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  • Can a 18 wheeler trucking company be not found guilty of cause of death of two peple.

    This Valentines 2015, my family received the worse call ever. My 24 year old nephew was killed in a car wreck invoving 18 wheeler. We were told the day of accident that the 18 wheeler was at fault because the truck was not over far enough. We were...

    Stephen’s Answer

    I am very sorry to hear about this tragic incident. You should consider consulting with your own attorney. Sometimes it is beneficial to have the same attorney, but often it is not. Also, check out the background of any attorney you are considering. Many attorneys' claim they can handle trucking accidents, but few have the experience needed in a complex case. Trucking cases are governed by both state law and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations which is federal law. Most serious cases end up in Federal Court. A trucking lawyer will know what to do to properly investigate a trucking accident. In addition to the truck driver, you will have claims against the trucking company he was driving for and may have claims against others such as brokers or drivers of other vehicles. Avvo has some good lawyers to choice from, but always look them up to see if they handle trucking cases.

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  • I was in a car accident on March 19,15, and get insurance haven't tried to settle with me yet, what can I do?

    I've gone to emergency room twice, and the bills need to be paid.

    Stephen’s Answer

    I assume by your question that you were not at fault. If you have been to the emergency room twice, you were obviously injured. You probably have PIP (personal injury protection) in the amount of $2500 which cover at fault and not at fault people injured in an accident. Some policies have more and hopefully you didn't waive this coverage (never waive PIP). PIP covers medicals and lost wages up to its limits. If you are back to 100% and can perform all the activities you performed before the accident, and you were not at fault, you may be entitled to a recovery from the other driver. If you are still hurt, do not try to resolve too early. If you have health insurance and or PIP, you should consider following up with a person that specializes in accident injuries such as an orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine doctor. Without insurance there are doctors that will treat you and wait for their money until you settle your case, but they usually require you to have a lawyer.
    Based on the little facts you provided, you should consult with an attorney.

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  • I want to sue a late pastor's church entity for past tithes and offerings given as well spiritual abuse and seducing me. Can I?

    The pastor's ex-wife has even been featured in a national publication confirming his lifestye of drug use and adultry.

    Stephen’s Answer

    You need to provide far more information to answer this question. In general you have 3 years from the date of the abuse or seducing to file a claim. You have 6 months from the date the estate is opened ( the Pastor's estate following his death) to file a claim with his estate. If no estate is opened, you can open one, but you still need to be within the 3 years. If you were sexually abused and you were under 18 at the time of the abuse, you have 7 years from the time you turn 18 or until you are 25 to file a claim. You do not have to file a claim against the estate to sue the pastor's church., but still must be within 3 years (or seven if sex abuse of a minor). Much will depend on what happened to you, under what circumstances (was he counseling you at the time, etc), and how were you injured. I am glad to try to respond further if you give more details.

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