You should contact a lawyer ASAP because you have a good case and can recover damages (money). Most lawyers will not charge you much, and may not charge you at all (and work out a contingency fee agreement).
BUT, first things first, copyright register your drawing right away! This is very important.
And, to answer your questions: YES, you recover money, but not as much as if you would have registered it before the infringement occurred.
Feel free to contact me - I am a MA lawyer whom...
Sorry to hear this. As a lawyer, I like to think a lawyer is more than an "advocate" during such tough times. Before resorting to anything rash, consult with your attorney and see if the billing errors were simple mistakes, and ask why it takes so long to respond back to you. Many times things can be cleared up very easily.
Otherwise, you should consider filing a complaint. Only do this as a last resort. http://www.mass.gov/obcbbo/complaint.htm
Not without photographers permission. Some of my clients are photographers who have their works posted on other pages -- you should know that some photographers will be seek legal recourse, others may not. Best advice: contact the photographer and ask for permission to use it. It's not worth the risk -- the cost of defending yourself in a copyright claim could be thousands of dollars for one simple photo.
First of all, sorry to hear about this. You may have a claim, but unfortunately theres a LOT of factors involved here. The best thing to do is to get your medical records and figure out who is involved, e.g.. nurses, doctors, anyone on your medical records. The next step is to see if anyone made a mistake resulting in legal liability.
To go through this analysis, best see a lawyer, most will do free consults because of the nature of your case.
I hope things work out for you.
It does contain brand names. But, as long as you are truthful or do not mislead readers about these events, mentioning these names should not be a problem.
Typically, in these situations, I advise writers to change names or likenesses to the extent that they are not recognizable to the average, informed person.
This is NOT a scam, and may be very serious (not criminal, though). I would NOT rely on websites like the above given -- while well-intentioned, the commentaries on those sites are not made by lawyers and are usually a outdated and give bad advise (I have seen people really get screwed-over because of the above advice). Also, each jurisdiction is different. One Court may not like these cases and chose to dismiss the case and others will allow them to continue. For example, in TN, where you...
I regularly deal with this exact issue.
Most of the time, the use is NOT fair-use. Also, whether or not it is fair use can be hard to determine. While there is a some instances where it is very easy to determine whether it is fair-use, many time it's not, AND the person using the image bears the responsibility to prove why it is fair-use.
If I had to guess from your description, the use is not fair use and violates §106 of the Copyright Act. You may the option of sending a DMCA take...
Well, you definitely have a case. The question is whether you registered the copyright to your site before it was infringed. The answer to that question makes a difference as to what attorneys what to get involved. You should, however, contact a copyright attorney ASAP, as he/she can take care of this very easily and will probably do so for very little cost if at all.