My husband was hit by a hit and run drunkard on New Years' Eve. He has several witnesses, one of which actually followed the car and got the license number and the car's bumper (which fell off down the road). We cannot file a criminal suit against the guy because my husband couldn't pick him out of a photo line up, but we do want to file a civil suit. My husband is a cab driver and lost several days worth of income in addition to having to repair his car. Estimates had it totaled at $10,000 in damage, but because of my husband's mechanical abilities and because of getting parts from the salvage yard, he was able to get it running. We were wondering how much it would cost to do this, what type of attorney to search for, and if attorneys would even want this case.
I'm sure that the newspapers, yellow pages, and television are full of ads for personal injury attorneys, and that is what you are looking for. You should have the right to recover your out of pocket costs for repairing the vehicle, plus lost profits from operating the cab, but your attorney will want somewhere between 30 and 45% of the recovery, typically.
I am licensed only in Texas. Offering information of a general nature in response to a question is not intended to be legal advice in your state.
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