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Uber Eats Sexual Assault Lawsuit


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With the launch of many apps like Uber, Postmates, and Grubhub, there are more strangers who know more personal details than ever before. Many individuals are dropped off at home or have food and other items delivered to their houses without paying attention to who is doing the deliveries. In some cases, individuals may be attacked by the drivers. This is a problem with apps like Uber Eats, which involves drivers taking food to customers’ houses and sexually assaulting them when they drop off the meal. This is, of course, a criminal offense and should be aptly punished, and victims are entitled to proper compensation and swift justice. Getting Uber to take responsibility, though, requires effort and an expert lawyer on your side, which is why the Downtown LA Law Group is the place to go. We have a team of highly sought after Uber Eats sexual assault lawyers who can assist you with your care and ensure that you are given every penny you deserve.

How Uber Eats Works

Uber Eats is essentially a third-party delivery service for restaurants that generally do not have delivery options. The service allows pick up orders to be placed and for the contracted drivers to deliver the food. This means that the restaurant does not have to pay employees or worry about liability, and Uber Eats gets a small cut of the profit. The drivers still earn money based on route length and tips, as well.

When a user places an order, an Uber Eats driver will pick it up and take it to the customer’s home. The driver can select numerous deliveries to take.

Uber Eats drivers are generally selected on similar grounds as their chauffeuring counterparts. They must pass a background check, have a clean driving record, be over the age of 19 years old, have a valid license and have valid insurance, and more. However, because of the large need for drivers and the desire for Uber to make as much money as possible, some of these requirements are passed over or ignored.

Risks Associated with Uber Eats

Although Uber Eats drivers do not transport customers, they still come in contact with people when they drop off the food. The risks are generally increased when the deliveries happen at night time and when the driver knows that the customer is alone. Many drivers who are perpetrators of sexual assault and physical assault will look at the order to see how much is in the bag – for example, a single dinner with one drink may indicate that the customer is home alone, which can mean that she is an easier target than if she were with her family or her roommate.

Uber Eats drivers may also be buzzed into apartment buildings and secure areas by landlords or customers. This means that it is easy for them to force their way into homes or to case the place for a future visit. Some Uber Eats drivers may even purposely withhold items and then return slightly later to give them to the customer, only to end up assaulting them.

Sexual assault and rape are extremely serious, and victims can suffer a litany of damages. Some of the injuries that are often associated with sexual assault include:

  • Genital damage
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Broken bones
  • Bruising and cuts
  • Lacerations
  • Concussions
  • Internal organ damage
  • Sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Burns

Perhaps worse than the physical injuries are the psychological damages that can accompany the incident. Many sexual assault victims end up with severe trauma, PTSD, and triggers that can cause them to suffer immediate and risky episodes. They may be permanently affected and need a large amount of therapy to overcome the issues.

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Liability of Uber Eats Sexual Assault

Liability is something that Uber has always run from, and it only took responsibility for the actions of its drivers after court orders forced them to. Still, they will do everything they can to wipe their hands and avoid responsibility. In sexual assault scenarios, it is possible that victims will not be able to only target the driver in a lawsuit. Fortunately, there will be some evidence that the victim can use, such as the driver’s route and confirmation showing they went to that specific home, but it may not be possible to receive full insurance coverage – this is why it is common to take legal action against Uber.

Uber Eats drivers are covered under Uber’s insurance while they are on the job. They are considered a type of employee, and actions they take will reflect on Uber, and Uber can be held accountable. This is true in simple cases, such as in scenarios where Uber allowed a driver to work despite him having numerous criminal offenses on his record within the last few years. Yet it is also true in situations where Uber Eats drivers assault people. The company must protect customers and ensure that the drivers do not harm them, and if they do, the company can be held responsible.

Liability can be established through proving negligence. This can be done in the following manner:

  • You must show that you were owed a duty of care by the driver and by the company. You should not have been at risk to be sexually assaulted simply for ordering a meal through Uber Eats.
  • You must show that the duty of care was breached in some way, such as by Uber Eats allowing a criminal to drive or by the driver actively breaking into the home.
  • You must show that the breach of duty resulted in an incident, like a sexual assault or physical assault.
  • You must prove that the incident resulted in physical injuries of some kind.

In doing so, you can effectively file a claim against Uber Eats. You may try to sue the driver for his actions, but his insurance could potentially only cover a small part of it. Alternatively, the driver may be hard to locate or could not be found at all, which could result in you having to pursue compensation from Uber Eats altogether.

Steps to Take to Sue Uber Eats for Sexual Assault

If you wish to sue Uber Eats for sexual assault, you should follow these steps:

  • Get medical attention at once to document your injuries
  • Do not hesitate to go to the doctor because your injuries may worsen over time
  • Contact the police to start a criminal investigation and undergo a rape kit
  • Take pictures of your injuries and the scene of the incident
  • Get eyewitness testimony if anyone saw the driver park or enter your apartment, such as from doormen or other residents
  • Procure screenshots of the Uber Eats delivery notice, email notifications, credit card statements, and anything else to show that you placed an order with the restaurant and the driver brought you food
  • File an incident with Uber Eats to let them know their driver assaulted you
  • Check to see if your apartment building had any surveillance cameras at the entrance or in the hallways to prove the driver entered

Once you have gathered your evidence, you should reach out to an Uber Eats sexual assault lawyer in Los Angeles today. We can handle your case for you while you focus on recovering and returning to a decent schedule. You may not have any legal experience on your side, and if you try to litigate your own claim, you may not get very far.

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Value of an Uber Eats Sexual Assault Lawsuit

The value of your Uber Eats sexual assault lawsuit will be determined by the insurance agent handling the situation. Sexual assault is a subset of assault and battery, and you could be given a fair amount of compensation to cover the damages. You should know that assault and battery is generally regarded as threatening actions paired with physical harm. We will see to it that you are given the following forms of restitution:

  • Medical expenses from the past and future to cover hospitalization, surgery, medication, and more
  • Property damage if your personal items were lost, stolen, or broken
  • Lost income from the past and future if you could not return to work for a period of time
  • Pain and suffering damages to account for mental stress, emotional anguish, fear, PTSD, anxiety, and more
  • Punitive damages, which are additional forms of compensation handed out in times of gross negligence or an intent to cause harm, but these damages are usually viewed as excessive and can only be won by a skilled attorney

Do not let your case be valued much lower than it should be. Let our skilled Uber Eats sexual assault lawyers win your claim for you and bring you the maximum settlement available under the law.

How We Help

The Downtown LA Law Group is the #1 firm for incidents related to Uber. We know the ins and outs of the law when it comes to dealing with the company, and we have a history of success with sexual assault cases against them. We know the best methods for success and will stop at nothing to win. Our attorneys are aggressive and persistent, and we will go to court if we must.

Call us today for a free legal consultation to discuss your claim. We will answer your questions and help you understand more about the lawsuit process. We will also educate you on our zero fee guarantee, which you will receive if you hire us. This means that you pay no fees, win or lose, throughout the case. We will get paid only if we secure you a settlement, and our fees will come as a portion of the total settlement offer. If we lose, we take nothing at all. Your finances will never be touched throughout the case.

To sue an Uber Eats driver or Uber for sexual assault, contact the Downtown LA Law Group at once.


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