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Jonathan Alexander Karon

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  • I have worked with asbestos and was exposed to it what kind of lawyer would I need to represent me

    And I want to know if I'm able to sue for being exposed and inhaling it also

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You are generally only entitled to bring a claim if you have developed a disease related to asbestos exposure or show markers of asbestos exposure. Many of the companies who manufactured asbestos have gone bankrupt and trusts have been set up to administer these claims. There are many personally injury lawfirms both in Massachusetts and nationally that specialize in handling these types of claims. You should contact one of these firms who can evaluate if you qualify for bringing a claim. There are still statutes of limitations so if you want to look into this you should attempt to contact one of these firms as soon as possible.

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  • Slip and Fall/Negligence/Personal Injury

    Hello, and thank you very much for your time. My grandmother and I live in an apartment complex and this morning she slipped and fell down the steps and on to the sidewalk. This particular staircase has had a huge chunk of marble missing from on...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Landlords have a duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition, particularly common areas like stairs. If they know that it's dangerous and don't fix it they can be liable for injuries. There is an issue, however, as to whether you grandmother was also negligent since she knew the stairs had a piece missing. You should talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who can go over the facts in more detail, including looking at the stairs-if they still haven't fixed it you should take a photograph.

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  • I was rear-ended...Legal options?

    2 days ago, I was stopped in traffic on Soldiers Field Rd when the person behind me drove into me at a pretty high speed; it threw my vehicle forward about 5 feet and into the car in front of me. Luckily, nobody needed to leave in a ambulance. Aft...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    In a nutshell you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney because your auto insurer is responsible for paying the first $2000 of your accident related medical expenses even if you have health insurance and the coordination of these benefits can be tricky. If you or your girlfriend have over $2000 in related medical expenses you will also be entitled to bring a claim against the driver who hit you (I am assuming from what you wrote that it was the other driver's fault). Our firm's web site has a brief guide to auto accident insurance and the various sources of recovery http://www.kdlaw.net/our-blog/blogdetail/kd-law-blog/2014/06/20/auto-accident-injury-insurance-coverage-guide but you really should call an experienced personal injury attorney and speak to them in detail.

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  • Got into auto accident work full time physical labor should I go on some type of light duty work so my injury won't get worse?

    hit from behind by auto have not seeked legal counsel yet

    Jonathan’s Answer

    That's really a medical, not a legal question. Talk to your doctor and do what you would do to get better if you didn't have a potential claim.

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  • Accident

    I was in an accident, bump and bruises. But I still have pain in my back since the accident. Not unbearable, but still nightly aches. THe insurance sent me a settlement for 750.00 but I would have to end all possibility of medical treatment in the...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It's hard to see the upside for you based on the limited information you've provided. Assuming you have health insurance I don't see the rush (and your health insurer probably has the right to be repaid out of your settlement). If you don't have health insurance, it may be even more important to make sure you wont' require additional future treatment. Generally someone injured by another's negligence is entitled to be compensated for medical expenses, lost earning and their pain and suffering. I suggest you call an experienced personal injury attorney and discuss the facts of your case in detail with them. You may be entitled to more than what the insurance company is offering.

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  • Can I sue my landlord for injury due to negligence ?

    My Landlord took down railings on stair case to door access on all floors. also took down lighting fixtures so left hallways dark for over three weeks. I fell down the stairs due to this. and it caused nerve damage in my neck. I go to physical the...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Based on what you've said, you probably have a very good case. Landlords are required to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for their tenants. There is also an implied warranty of habitability which requires them to keep the property in a habitable condition. Both these duties require compliance with the Massachusetts Building Code. The Massachusetts Building Code requires that stairs have proper handrails. If you were injured because they did not, then you may well be able to be compensated for your injuries, particularly if a lack of necessary lighting also increased the danger. I suggest you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the facts in more detail. Our firm has successfully handled cases involving persons who were injured due to lack of proper stair handrails.

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  • Parent liable as car co-owner in Massachusetts if child at fault?

    Would a parent's assets be at risk in case of hypothetical auto accident if they are co-owner on title and insurance with child age 18 in Massachusetts? Is there liability risk if car controlled by the child and parent is on title for loan and in...

    Jonathan’s Answer

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    This would depend on the circumstances. Merely being the co-owner of a car that someone uses negligently does not always subject to the co-owner to liability. On the other hand, if an injured person can show that the parents negligently entrusted the car to their child, for example, bought them the car or made it available to them, knowing that the child had a history of dangerous driving, then there could be a successful claim. The easiest way to put your mind at ease on this is to make sure that you have significant bodily injury and property damage liability limits on the auto insurance policy for the car and, if you have substantial assets to protect, an umbrella policy as well. Neither of these is particularly expensive insurance coverage and well worth the money if you have significant personal assets.

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  • Getting a narrative report from my surgeon in a PI case. Is it standard practice for the lawyer or the client to pay for this?

    Is it standard practice for the lawyer or for the client to pay for a doctor's narrative report needed for a personal injury settlement?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    It depends upon your agreement with your attorney. If the report is solely for the purposes of litigation and not for treatment, then it is generally considered a case expense and it is frequently advanced by the attorney. That is generally the practice in our office. There can be exceptions to this, however, and the circumstances of your case and the specific agreement you have with your attorney will determine how it is handled.

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  • What should my friend do if she's being told she won't be able to receive full compensation?

    A friend was struck by a car crossing the street in April, she was walking across a very large street at night and the car hit her. The man said he didn't see her. She has medical bills up to 400,000 dollars now and can't continue physical therap...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    The problem may be that there isn't enough liability insurance coverage to fully compensate her. Although the law allows her to bring a claim for the full extent of her medical expenses, lost earning capacity and pain and suffering if she has been injured by the driver's negligence, she would still have to be able to collect any judgment she obtains from the defendant. If the defendant's insurance coverage and assets are insufficient to pay for this, then she may be in an unfortunate situation. There might also be a different layer of coverage, called underinsurance which might also be available to her. We have a brief guide to the available sources of recovery in auto accident cases on our website at http://www.kdlaw.net/our-blog/blogdetail/kd-law-blog/2014/06/20/auto-accident-injury-insurance-coverage-guide. If your friend has health insurance, then her health insurer will have a lien against her recovery for the amount of medical bills it has paid, but usually will agree to compromise the lien so that your friend has an incentive to pursue a suit. I agree that your friend should contact some additional experienced personal injury attorneys so that she at least understands what her options are.

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  • Does anyone know of any positive precedent set in Massachusetts for Consortium Suits involving non-married couples?

    I was severely injured in a car accident which has had a significant impact on not only my life, but my spouses as well. A lawyer suggested filing a consortium suit on his behalf, however we are not legally married and I can not find any case law ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Sadly, Massachusetts law is very clear that persons who are living together in a committed relationship but are not legally married cannot bring a loss of consortium claim. Your lawyer should know that.

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