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Terrence James Cortelli

Terrence Cortelli’s Answers

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  • Can the accident medical case be reopen if another surgery recommended by a doctor?

    The case is still in process however my attorney said that medical case is closed now and I have to pay out of my pocket. The settlement has not been reached yet .

    Terrence’s Answer

    Need more info. You need to explain about the initial lawsuit and what do you mean the case is closed? These facts are way too vague.

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  • January 28, 2014 after Science Class feel hit my head 3 witnesses, even told paramedics that I hit the floor and table in back.

    Since I started this college they have bee giving me accommodations, classes in buildings that had elevators. That same building they had fire drill, because I had walker couldn't walk down the stairs they left me in the building with no help not...

    Terrence’s Answer

    when you sue for personal injury, you really need to have a severe injury. Hitting your head three times doesn't seem like the biggest deal. Certainly, it probably wont be worth the pain in litigating the case. However, if you feel embarrassed about what happened, that is a different story. There was just a settlement in New Rochelle from a situation where a handicapped girl was left alone during a fire. It might be similar to your situation. I would read up on that issue.

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  • Can an Insurance company paying no-fault impose a lien on the settlement with another carrier for pain and suffering?

    If you are a passenger in a motor vehicle and receive no-fault through the driver's insurance (insurer A) after suffering injury and later settle a bodily injury claim for pain and suffering with the insurer of the driver whose vehicle hit the one...

    Terrence’s Answer

    Yes, once you go past the initial $25,000 in coverage, the no fault carrier will try to assert a lien. But, there are a number of ways to beat this issue. I just wrote an article about it on my website. Feel free to read it. Its too long to recount here. www.stolz.cortlaw.com.

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  • Personal Injury Settlement

    After agreeing to settlement, can a client still sue the attorney if the client feels the attorney didn't look out for the client's best interest? Can lawsuits generally be filed against attorney after settlement?

    Terrence’s Answer

    If you signed the settlement agreement, its probably almost impossible to say that the attorney didn't do a good job. But obviously, every case is different. I suggest speaking with your lawyer or a new lawyer so that a real analysis can be made. good luck.

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  • Personal injury

    I am approaching my second pretrial conference what can i expect

    Terrence’s Answer

    If your case is in Brooklyn and its a personal injury case, the second pretrial conference really means nothing. It probably will just get adjourned. There are generally about 100 cases on the calender. and the cases are placed on the calender based upon how long they have pending. Once you start to work your way up to the top of the list, then you will know that a trial will happen soon. Also, the Judge will usually tell your lawyer that the case is marked "final" and when he says that, you will know that your trial will probably happen on the date of the next appearance. Good luck.

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  • Personal and emotional injury

    My boyfriend gave me transmitted disease . I have been depressed for one year and I can't get over him extremely suicidal . I want to leave him but now I feel like I'm stuck with him . Any advise ?

    Terrence’s Answer

    Yes. You have a case against your boyfriend, although there may be a time period you need to be careful about in terms of the amount of time you have to sue. And like the other attorneys say, get some counseling.

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  • HI I relived my lawyer but I could not find another lawyer can I restore my exlawyer again

    I also signed hospital release form to get my money back refund I gave them 5.200 dollars they returned 5,200 job was not completed now they say it wassettlement they filed motion to dismiss but I have extremely serious injuires it ...

    Terrence’s Answer

    Not really sure what you are asking. But if you signed a release, your case is probably over. And, be careful, if you bring a frivolous claim, you can get hit with fines and court fees. As for retaining your prior attorney, that is up to him or her. Generally speaking, I would not agree to represent a client who fired me. The attorney client relationship is based upon trust and if I am fired, its hard to trust the client again. So, thats why I wouldnt do it.

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  • Workmans comp case and disability.I won disability case can I still sue and get awarded for workmans comp case?

    spinal injury discs 5,7,and 9.date of injury 1/28/08.have been out of work and on disability ever since. I had back surgery and see the doctor every 40 days.

    Terrence’s Answer

    The question is not clear. technically, a workers comp case can always be re-opened. Did you settle the workers comp case? if so, why would you want to sue again? and disability is usually different than workers comp. So, one case should not affect the other. And, usually, when you have a workers comp case, you may have a third party case -- meaning you can sue the person that caused the injury so long as it was not your employer or co-worker. For instance, if you are a driver and have a car accident. You have a workers comp case and you can sue the driver of the other car.

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  • How to get the original surgical pics for the injury evidence?

    These pics demonstrate an unhealed injury . They show that my claim of permanent injury is true. The pics were taken by other surgeon who is not a defendant,but the surgical report does not state the injury ,only the pics showing it and h...

    Terrence’s Answer

    The question is a little unclear. If you are talking about regular photos, then you can introduce them into evidence. You just have to say that the photos accurately depict the injuries as they exist at the time of the accident. however, if they are some kind of photos taken by diagnostic testing, like an MRI, then thats much harder. You will need the radiologist to authenticate the photos and he will have to have some basis to say the photos are of you and not somebody else.

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  • Why is it not feasible for me to sue the hospital whose employee dropped me and cracked my pelvis?

    Recovering from hip replacement, got MRSA, almost died during treatment. During a PT session, the therapists dropped me, or I FELL!! and cracked my pelvis. Had an attorney, he gave me up, the records of the incident were purged, it NEVER happened ...

    Terrence’s Answer

    MRSA is not malpractice per se. And, if the therapist dropped you, that may be malpractice. But, then you state that you fell. So, that would not be malpractice. Unfortunately, because most lawyers pay for expenses and contribute a ton of time, cases become more of a business decision. So, eve if there is malpractice, the costs and time associated with suing will not be worth the end result. in short, the attorney may be better off putting his time into a better case where the chances are better. That's just the way it is when it comes to contingency fees cases. of course, if you want to pay by the hour, I'm sure you can find somebody.

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