Oakland Taxi Cab Accident Injury Settlement 1

About the Case

Our client was crossing the street in a crosswalk at the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and 51st Street in the City of Oakland, Count of Alameda, State of California. The driver of the taxicab struck her as a pedestrian and our client flew up in the air and landed on the hood of the taxicab. When the taxicab jammed on the brakes, our client hit the ground.

Case Facts

The taxicab driver claimed that he was well into his turn when our client walked out in front of him. Our accident reconstruction expert totally rebutted that, and we were able to prove that it was 100% the fault of the taxicab driver. The taxicab driver was represented by Metro Mile Insurance. The taxicab driver was driving a 2000 Ford Victoria. 

Our client needed physical therapy and treatment for a concussion. Her medical insurance was through Anthem BlueCross which was provided to her through the University of California while she was a student. Anthem BlueCross paid $16,423.48. 

An intensive investigation on our part established the fact that this was not the first accident for this taxicab driver. We filed the lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court and the case was set for trial in front of Judge McGuiness. There was a police report prepared by the City of Oakland Police Department. The client was taken from the scene of the accident by the American Medical Response ambulance company.  She was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland where she received emergency treatment.

She was later treated on an outpatient basis at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, and by Intercommunity Medical Group and Whittier Pathology Medical Group.

In addition to a post-concussion syndrome that resolved, the client suffered for weeks with migraines, as well as neck and back injuries. Immediately after the accident for almost a week, she suffered from nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, left shoulder problems, and back pain.

When the client contacted us, she had missed three weeks of work and had charged up a large amount of medical bills from this accident. For this reason, she reached out to GJEL Accident Attorneys to determine if she was entitled to compensation and to have her questions answered.  She wanted to know:

  1. Who’s responsible for my medical bills?
  2. How will I pay these bills and deal with my loss of work?
  3. What if I have permanent, lifelong damage to my body?

The staff at GJEL Accident Attorneys were quickly able to evaluate the case over the phone and arrange to represent her. 

Within two days after the client contacted us, the staff at GJEL Accident Attorneys started a full investigation. At first, the client’s insurance company, Metro Mile, was not taking full responsibility.  Attorneys Andrew Gillin and Jim Larsen helped our client through this difficult time and ultimately was able to settle the case prior to trial. In the end, our client was awarded $225,000 after aggressive representation.

Insurance Company Names:     Metro Mile
Police Report   Oakland Police Department
Vehicle Types   2000 Ford Victoria
Accident Locations: Telegraph Avenue and 51St Street in the City of Oakland, Count of Alameda, State of California
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited American Medical Response (ambulance), Highland Hospital, Presbyterian Intercommunity, LA County & USC Medical Center
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible) Pedestrian: head trauma, coma, violent headaches, loss of memory, pain in left hip and leg

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Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.