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David Ian Schoen
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  • A defendants attorney refuses to issue payment in a personal injury case unless I fill out a W 9. Is there anything I can do?

    He has found one thing another to stall. I contacted the VA. offices (for forms) of the IRS. The lady was very helpful and said DO NOT give him your tax ID number and IF I do fill out the form, I will be involved with other tax forms sent BY THE ...

    David’s Answer

    Unfortunately, these are the types of things that happen when you try to handle a case without an experienced personal injury attorney. But, they may be doing you a favor. You might take this as an opportunity to consult with such an attorney immediately, as it is doubtful that the money you have been offered is fair and may be possible under these facts to nullify the agreement.

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  • I was hit head on by a wrong way driver and received permanent back and brain injuries. Do I have recourse after the lawsuit?

    The other driver is covered by insurance and I am in the process of this for damages. However, I would like to know if after this is done, do I have any recourse in filing a lawsuit against the driver personally or against any establishment who a...

    David’s Answer

    It sounds like you are trying to play around with this without an experienced CT personal injury attorney. It would be wise not to do anything further, especially speak to the insurance company, without consulting with one.

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  • Can I sue I layed in bed for months lost everything I had need help

    I was injuried on the job on June 28'2014taking injection for back and now had a radio freq nerve block,spine still hurts and had surg on right hand,due to an injury

    David’s Answer

    Unfortunately, you provide very little information for anyone to render a meaningful opinion. If you were hurt on the job and are disabled you should consult with a local workers' compensation attorney. If you were hurt as a result of someone, not your employer, or you believe that one of your health care providers did not treat you properly, you should consult with an experienced personal injury and/or medical malpractice attorney who can gather all of the necessary facts and guide you properly.

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  • I was told by the attorney generals office they were closing my case because work didn't know my disability would get this bad

    The week before July 4 & 5th I kept telling work I couldn't handle lifting our client alone. I wasn't heard and forced into a situation where I could hurt the lady I cared for and myself. I ended up with my disability preventing me from working th...

    David’s Answer

    If you have not consulted with a VT workers' compensation attorney, I would suggest that you do so immediately so that you can be properly guided and advised.

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  • Rear ended while 7 months pregnant , had my baby preterm 6 weeks later; Geico sent a settlement offer....do I settle?

    On March 24th, 2015 I was heading to the dentist and was rear ended by an older woman in an older BMW; she was also hit and the person at the back claims they were hit and the person ran, so they refuse to take fault. I saw no damage to the back o...

    David’s Answer

    It would be unwise to have any settlement discussions with anyone without first consulting with an experienced CA personal injury attorney, who can properly advise you.

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  • I rear ended someone and they drove off. What's the best way to handle this?

    I hit someone at a very low speed while she was stopped. The damage was minimal to both cars (just a few scratches). She left and drove off after walking out of her car ad seeing no damage. After sitting on the shoulder for a few seconds I left th...

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    It would be wise to report it to your insurance company ASAP and let them decide how to handle it. If a lawsuit pops up later, you want to make sure that you are protected.

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  • Should I consult a personal injury attorney?

    I had a freak accident Wednesday. I fell while on my lunch break at work. I stepped on some broken asphalt In a parking lot of a Subway restaurant and a piece came loose. I rolled my ankle, lost balance and took a dive, a header into the side of m...

    David’s Answer

    You should definitely consult with an experienced local personal injury attorney ASAP. Use the AVVO "Find a Lawyer" to help you. These consultations are usually free, so there is nothing to lose. Unfortunately the rules of this site do not permit the lawyers to contact you directly.

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  • Appendectomy gone wrong ? Do I have a claim ?

    On January 7th 2015 I went to the ER with pains in my abdomen , turned out I had appendicidous so they sent me for "emergency" surgery I waited in the ER for 12 hours before going into surgery WITHOUT A PRE-OP being run on me . During surgery I sq...

    David’s Answer

    Something sounds strange here. The best way to find our if there is a viable claimis to consult with an experienced AL Medical malpractice attorney.

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  • Would a plaintiff in a personal injury tort case Supreme Court be given the option to decide to

    Would a plaintiff in a personal injury tort case Supreme Court be given the option to decide to have a bench trial or a jury trial, or would the defendant have a say in this too? Thank you.

    David’s Answer

    Either can request it. If you both agree to waive it, then you can have a bench trial.

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  • Podiatric Malpractice - Failed Bunion Surgery - Is it feasible to seek a claim?

    I had a bunion surgery with a local DPM. Surgery failed miserably causing a Hallux Varus. Second surgeon advised the Dr severally over corrected the bone and did something called "staking the head" shaved off far too much bone. This has caused oth...

    David’s Answer

    The failure rate of this type of surgery seems to be much higher than potential candidates are being told prior to surgery.Whether or not this is because of the inherent nature of the problem and procedure, or because there are a lot of incompetent podiatrists needs to be studied. A consult with an experience local medical malpractice attorney should give you some insight into which category this may fall under and if it is worth pursuing.

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