The owner of The Jaklitsch Law Group in Maryland, Rick Jaklitsch and his team handle a variety of cases involving injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. Rick Jaklitsch and his team help clients who are injured after an accident involving rideshare companies.
In the past, injuries resulting from hired taxis were handled relatively easily from a legal standpoint, but the growing popularity of rideshare services like Uber have muddled the process. The risks of a rideshare company are the same as getting in a taxi or driving in any other capacity. However, managing claims against these companies is more complicated due, in part, to insurance coverage for rideshare car drivers. Usually, when a personal car is insured, the insured cannot use their car to make money. Doing so means the vehicle is a commercial vehicle, so personal insurance coverage often does not apply when accidents occur during a rideshare transaction.
To address this issue, many rideshare businesses offer rideshare insurance. Still, this coverage depends on whether the driver is logged into the application, has a passenger in their car, or has accepted a ride. Typically, when the driver is not logging into the app, their personal vehicle insurance covers them in the event of a car accident. Meanwhile, passengers are protected under the company’s rideshare insurance offerings.
Since there are so many options for which coverage applies, people involved in an accident involving a rideshare car must complete the usual steps required after a regular car accident. This involves getting the names, insurance information, and contact information of those involved. With rideshare cars, people must all get the pertinent details from any vehicle involved and from the rideshare driver to better determine who is at fault.
Trial attorney Rick Jaklitsch has received various awards and recognition throughout his nearly four decades of professional service. Among his most respected awards are the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award, and the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The owner of The Jaklitsch Law Group, Rick Jaklitsch handles only personal injury litigation.
A person who was injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence is entitled to noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages refer to the impact of the injury to the injured person’s quality of life. These damages are not readily measurable financially. Examples of noneconomic damages include emotional distress, loss of consortium, scarring and disfigurement, and pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of hobbies, etc.
However, the injured person may not know that his or her chances of claiming noneconomic damages increase when he or she fights back and files a personal injury lawsuit instead of accepting the settlement offered by the insurance company.
Without proper guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney, the injured person may be tempted to accept an insurance settlement without questioning whether the settlement was fair and just.
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A six-time recipient of the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 10 Lawyer designation, Rick Jaklitsch possesses more than 35 years of experience in personal injury litigation. Attorney Rick Jaklitsch focuses on several practice areas covering serious injuries.
Most Maryland employers are required by law to obtain workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees in case they become ill or are injured on the worksite. However, not every incident is eligible to be claimed under workers’ compensation. Rather, the injury or illness must have occurred under specific conditions. For example, the employee’s illness or injury must be directly related to the task they are required to perform for work purposes.
This includes accidents and occupational illnesses due to exposure to chemicals or workplace conditions. Secondly, the incident must have occurred on the job site or at a location associated with working. Injured or sick workers may be able to file a claim for harm sustained while they were driving to and from work, taking a break on the job site, or running an errand on behalf of the employer.
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