I was in a taxi cab (van) and as I was getting out the cab driver took off, smashing my right lower leg. I went to the ER because I thought it was fractured. It's not but it has a large hematoma. I had to take two days off work because of the type of work I do.
Do I have a valid personal injury case? Would I sue the cab driver or taxi company?
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ANSWER for "Leg Injured While Getting Out of a Cab...":
Technically you have a personal injury case against the taxi cab company. To go through the entire personal injury process though would be ill-advised. All you suffered was a bruised leg.
A hematoma is really a coagulation of blood. In your case the hematoma combined with a sprain to the muscles or tendons in your leg.
The most you could possibly expect if your prevailed in a personal injury claim against the taxi cab company would be to have your emergency room bill paid. It is very doubtful the taxi cab company would agree to pay any of your lost wages or out of pocket expenses such as prescription or over the counter medications.
Hopefully by now the swelling in your leg has subsided and the hematoma is gone as well.
If you have the medallion of the cab or at least the license plate number you might send them a letter explaining what happened. Maybe they will contact the driver and make sure what happened to you doesn’t happen to anyone else in the future.
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