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Richard P. Console

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  • How much am I going to get for 2 herniated disc?

    Was in a car accident and it was the other persons fault cut me off, it was almost a head on collision. She was on the phone. But the cops never wrote that on the report because they own several businesses in the area and paid them off. Just wanna...

    Richard’s Answer

    First, I'm sorry to hear about your accident and how much pain it has caused you. There are a lot of factors that affect how much money you will be able to recover, some of which are beyond your control, but others you can influence. Things like the extent of medical treatment you have to undergo, how much the injury affects your life, and even whether the jury pool in your location is more inclined to find in favor of the plaintiff (you) can affect the value of your claim. One factor that can make a big difference, and that you have control over, is having the right attorney on your side. Lawyers recover a great deal more money for their clients than unrepresented victims are able to get for themselves (I'm including a link with more information, in case you want to learn more about the statistics), so you definitely will want an attorney on your side. You can use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo to look for a New Jersey attorney with a high rating and plenty of experience handling auto accident claims. The consultation should be free, and you can use the opportunity to privately discuss the details of what happened and what legal options you have. Good luck with your recovery and the case.

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  • I got into a car accident in a medical transport van I believe the driver fell asleep it was 5:30 AM he hit a fence.

    The company is called tri-care after the accident tri-care put me in a different van before the police came and took me to my appointment I went to the ER when I got back to my home. My neck right shoulder and lower back are hurt lower back hurts ...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your accident. You're correct that you need to see a doctor. From the limited information you provided, it sounds like you should also take the time to speak to a lawyer. You can use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo to look for a New Jersey attorney with a high rating and experience handling auto accident cases. The consultation should be free and private and will allow you to discuss the situation in detail and get your questions answered. I'm not entirely sure what is currently preventing you from seeing a doctor, but a law firm may be able to help you by either locating a specialist in your area if that is the obstacle or helping you figure out who is responsible for paying for your medical bills. Best of luck to you with your physical recovery and with the case.

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  • Substitute teacher and car accident

    Hello I am a substitute teacher and I was in a car accident and have back pain. If I don't take substitute jobs can I sue the insurance company for lost wages? Can I prove my lost wage by previous years?

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your accident. Yes, you can still seek compensation for lost wages as a substitute teacher, but you will need an attorney's help if you want to get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your lost income (not to mention other damages, including possibly pain and suffering). You don't say how long ago your accident happened or if you have seen (and been told you can't work by) a doctor. I suggest that you use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo to locate a New Jersey attorney with a high rating and plenty of experience handling car accident cases. You can discuss the details of your accident and the next steps you should take during a private, free consultation. Good luck with your recovery and the case!

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  • My son got rear ended by an underage drunk driver suffered a concussion and cat scan said his back is injured

    Was told that I cannot do anything legal wise for he didn't have permission to take the car

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your son's injuries. There aren't enough details here to say for certain whether or not your son (or you, on his behalf) has the grounds for pursuing a personal injury claim, but the next step you should take would be to contact a New Jersey attorney with experience handling cases like these for a free consultation. If you're not sure who to contact, use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo to locate an attorney with a high rating. Go over the details of the situation with an attorney, and find out what options you have in this specific case. It's possible that whoever told you there's nothing you can do was misinformed. Even if it turns out that there is no case, you haven't lost anything and you at least will know that you've explored all of the options. I hope your son is able to make the best possible recovery. Good luck with his medical treatment and with the case!

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  • Fractured neck 2 places car accident 20 months ago hospital put wrong neck brace on still going to therapy looking for attorney

    I was in a car accident sept 27 2013. I'm still in alot of pain and have little movement in neck plus right shoulder still numbed. I'v been to three physical therapist and 1 massage therapist.the neck was supposed to heal in 4 weeks, but didn't ge...

    Richard’s Answer

    I am very sorry to hear about your injuries. You're correct that you need an attorney, but you should be aware that you need to find one as soon as possible. The typical statute of limitations for a car accident injury is just two years from the date of the accident, which means that you are quickly getting close to your deadline and if you miss it, you could lose your opportunity to pursue a claim at all. I would suggest that you use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo to locate an attorney with a high rating and plenty of experience handling car accident claims in Pennsylvania. If you can, take some time today to call that lawyer and discuss the details of your situation during a free consultation. Best of luck to you with your recovery and with this claim!

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  • Should I get an attorney.

    I was rear ended by an major transportation company vehicle. It left minor damages to my car. But I'm suffering from pain in back and neck. I'm out of work due to this. Don't know if I can get compensation for injuries and etc. And I have limited ...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your accident. Have you seen a doctor or sought any medical care since it happened? Unfortunately, just because the damage to your car is only minor doesn't necessarily mean that the damage to your body isn't significant. Although I would need more details to tell you for certain whether or not you have the grounds for a successful personal injury case here, yes, I would recommend based on the information you have provided that you contact an attorney with plenty of experience handling Pennsylvania car accident claims. You can discuss the accident and your injuries in detail during a free consultation and find out what the next steps are. There are certain exceptions to limited tort, so how that will affect your case depends upon how serious your injuries turn out to be. If you're not sure which lawyer to contact, you can use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo to locate someone with a high rating. Good luck with your recovery and the case!

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  • My husband was rear-ended a few weeks ago what should we do?

    my husband want to he hospital and was out of work for 4 days and then needed an MIR (i know my ins comp pays the first 5k on that) so he misses another day (5 in total so far) and still having issue with the shoulder. my car has been sitting in m...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your husband's accident and the strain the whole situation has put on both of you. Since your husband was injured, apparently badly enough to miss several days of work and require ongoing medical care, you should call a personal injury lawyer. The consultation should be free, and the lawyer will want to know more details about how the accident happened and what injuries your husband suffered. If you decide to hire the lawyer to handle the case for you, he or she will fight to get you the maximum compensation for all of the damages you and your husband have suffered, including his lost wages and, depending on the circumstances, perhaps money for his pain and suffering. Often, personal injury lawyers will also handle the property damage portion of a claim as a courtesy to you. Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency, which means that you don't pay anything out of pocket now and will end up owing only a percentage of what the lawyer is able to get for you. I hope that helps. If you're not sure who to contact, you can use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo to look for an attorney with a high rating and plenty of experience handling Pennsylvania car accident cases. Good luck to you and your husband!

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  • Will I be paid If I was involved in a car accident on Saturday and call out of work Monday and Tuesday? I have pain in my leg.

    I was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday night. I was hit from behind by a drunk driver. Here are my main questions 1) If I call out of work Monday and Tuesday due to pain in my leg will I be paid if I use my vacation days? ...

    Richard’s Answer

    First, I'm sorry to hear about your accident. Based on the limited information you provided here. It sounds like it may be in your best interests to talk to a personal injury lawyer. As others have said, paid time off depends on your employer's policies. However, if you're asking whether you can still seek compensation for lost wages even if you take vacation time, yes, you can. Those days were yours to use for vacation, and they were effectively taken away from you. I'm glad to hear that you sought medical care and that no major condition was found. However, if you are still in pain or if your pain is getting worse, you should follow up with a doctor. It's possible that you have suffered injuries that weren't visible on tests used at the emergency room, but that could still significantly affect your life. (If you sustained herniated discs, for example, they might not have shown up on an X-ray taken at the hospital but may show up on a subsequent MRI that a doctor can order.) Whether you can sue for pain and suffering in this case will depend on whether your injuries meet the threshold, which makes it even more important that you see a doctor again if you're still in pain and that you discuss the situation with an attorney. Good luck!

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  • Got into an accident. Its other driver's fault. should I sue the driver or its insurance company?

    I got into a car accident. my 2 kids were in the car. the other driver didn't stop at the stop sign. My insurance said it's his fault based on the policy report My insurance company covered some of the medical bills. but I still have to pay 4-5k...

    Richard’s Answer

    First, I'm sorry to hear that this happened to your family. It's good that you are already getting medical care and that you are considering hiring an attorney. Based on the limited details you have provided here, yes, it would make sense to discuss the case further with an attorney instead of (or at least, before you attempt to) handling this in small claims court. However, since you are asking this question about fee agreements here, instead of asking the lawyer you consulted with about the potential greater legal fee referenced in the agreement, it sounds as though you might not be comfortable with that particular law firm. Your lawyer and all of the legal professionals you deal with during the process should be people you feel you can trust, and who you would feel comfortable directly asking any questions about fee agreements or anything else related to your case.

    My suggestion is to use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo to research some highly-rated attorneys. Perhaps take the time to look at their results and what their past clients have said about them. Call an attorney who sounds like someone you would feel comfortable talking to for a free consultation. If you have questions about the fee agreement, ask. This language might not appear in another attorney's fee agreement at all -- and even if it does, as others have stated, it could the a case where the language is commonly used for legal reasons, but is unlikely to be relevant to your case. A good lawyer will want you to get the money you deserve, which is why many even work to negotiate down costs like outstanding medical bills or liens -- to keep more of your money in your pocket. Best of luck to your family with this! I hope you are able to find a law firm where you feel comfortable.

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  • Do I need a malpractice attorney

    My nephew had suffered a stroke during to his blood pressure he was supposed to have surgery but the Dr kept delaying to do the surgey because his blood pressure was not regulated to do the surgery. But while waiting his retina burst and had to ha...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about the problems your nephew has been through with this. I can't tell you for sure without knowing more details whether or not your nephew would have the basis for a medical malpractice claim, but yes, it would be a good idea to consult with a malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Medical malpractice cases are very fact-specific, and a lawyer would need to show that the doctor failed to provide what we call a "standard of care." This means that the doctor acted outside of what the larger medical community would consider acceptable for the circumstances. A lawyer would also need to be able to show that the damages -- the bursting retina and emergency surgery -- were a result of this failure. The first step is to call a Newark attorney for a free consultation. If the attorney think the situation sounds like a medical malpractice claim after hearing the details, he or she will need to review (and have a medical expert review) your nephew's medical records. You can use the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo if you need help locating someone. Best of luck to your nephew, and to your whole family in coping with this ordeal.

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