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Jeena R. Belil

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  • I had a sleep and fall accident in 2009. I had a spine surgery in april 2012. I ve hired a personal injury attorney

    I had a sleep and fall accident in 2009. I had a spine surgery in april 2012. I ve hired a personal injury attorney but i m very unhappy with the way my case has been handled. Its been three years already and he just filled my note of issue two w...

    Jeena’s Answer

    Unfortunately, with the NY courts being as busy as they are, lawsuits are slow in progressing to either trial or settlement. Since we don't know all of the facts as you present them, your current lawyer may have had very good reasons to wait this long to file the Note of Issue. There may have been discovery issues, motion practice (which takes a while to get through in the courts) and other delays which may have been out of his or her control, including the fact that you recently had surgery.

    With the Note of Issue already filed, you will most likely not find too many personal injury lawyers to take over the case. I would not necessarily fire your current lawyer in haste. Instead, I would set up a meeting and speak to your lawyer about your overall concerns.

    Best of luck.

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  • I had a car accedent in va.6/26/11 now my lawer told me that allstate is not going to pay anything, i was hit in the back.

    i also had to have shoulder surgery. what can i do

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    I agree with the prior posters that you should obtain a second opinion. There may be facts which may have made your lawyer come to that conclusion that we have not been privy to on this forum. It may just be that your lawyer told you that the carrier won't pay anything to settle the case before going all the way to trial. A second opinion may help in clarifying your lawyer's conclusion.

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  • In NY state, can credit card debt eventually be garnished from income? Also,can collection agencies accept a lesser amount?

    none at the moment. Thank you

    Jeena’s Answer

    Yes to both, however, there are ways, prior to filing for bankruptcy, to attempt to lift the garnishment and make the creditor prove its claim. This scenario is fact-specific, so I recommend you speak with a debt-defense lawyer who can make a determination whether this option is feasible.

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  • My 7 year old got injured in the school playground.

    In the playgrfund during recess time. Next to the water fountain there was a metal frame covering a socket for a hose. Being curious my son opened the metal frame that was not sealed and when he closed it. It slamed on his finger. It took off half...

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    In addition to the answers given above, you should consult with a New York personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, as NYC schools, if they are not private, are considered municipal entities. You only have 90 days from the date of accident to file a Notice of Claim, which must be very specific.

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  • Is it possible to settle for more, or is it set in stone that I can only get 25,000?

    I was hit in the back by a car. The person who hit me only has 25-50 insurance policy. I've been informed that my injuries exceed it.

    Jeena’s Answer

    Do you have Underinsured Motorist Coverage UIM on your own policy? Check with your broker or insurance company and find out how much you have. If you have purchased it, it would be more than the mandatory 25/50 coverage that all vehicles must have in NY. You would have to put your insurance carrier on notice of a UIM claim and comply with the conditions, including exhausting the coverage on the offending vehicle and obtaining permission from the UIM carrier to settle.

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  • How long does a person have to file a car accident report to the car insurance company? (with no police report)

    today is tuesday and my husband had a car accident on friday morning (4 days ago). the other person was in the left lane and made a right turn unto our car and hit us. the mutual agreement was to fix the problem without the police or car insurance...

    Jeena’s Answer

    Call your own insurance company to report the accident as soon as possible. If you don't report within a certain number of days after the date of accident (per your policy), the company has the right to disclaim and won't cover you or any claim made by the "other person". Most insurance companies, including GEICO, have 24 hour claim reporting services. Also, if you do not have collision, call the other vehicle's insurance company to report property damage (property damage only).

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  • Can I sue the parents of an under-qualified driver for lending him the car that caused an accident?

    Last week I was in a motor vehicle accident. A young driver, on a graduated "G1" license (learners permit), made an improper left turn, striking my car in an intersection. Under graduated licensing, he was obliged to have another driver, with a m...

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    In addition to Mr. Post's answer, if there is no way for you to obtain coverage through the owner of the vehicle, you may be entitled to uninsured motorist coverage through your own policy of insurance. Of course, I'm only applying New York Law here, where uninsured motorist coverage is mandatory (minimum coverage is $ 25,000).

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  • My daughter had a serious car accident while driving her 2008 huyndai sonata. Side air bags didn't deploy. Do we have a case?

    She had to have her spleen removed, fractured hip, punctured puns and 2 small bones in her back are broken off.

    Jeena’s Answer

    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's accident. If the airbags were to deploy and they didn't and the lack of deployment caused your daughter's injuries, then there may be an action against the manufacturer of the vehicle. In addition, if your daughter was involved in an accident with another vehicle and that driver was negligent, she would have an action against the driver of the offending vehicle. The first thing is to make sure that all of the No Fault coverage available to her is activated by notifying the insurance company of the vehicle she was in.

    The best thing for you or your daughter to do is to consult with a lawyer who can review the police report, the medicals and to make sure that the vehicle is inspected by an expert trained in motor safety.

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  • Collection agency filing suit for debt that isnt mine, what now?

    a credit card was opened in my name and i contacted the credit card company about a year ago. they closed the card and sent me a letter stating that it was removed and they contacted the 3 credit bureaus to have to removed from my report. the card...

    Jeena’s Answer

    I'm sorry about your situation. You need to 1. file an answer if you haven't done so already. Your answer should include your statements above; 2. You need to show up in court with all of the documentation you previously brought. 3. Show that documentation to the attorney representing the credit card company and to the judge when your case is called. A bench trial means that there is no jury and things should go very quickly. In the long run, having a lawyer with you on the day of trial is recommended. Good luck.

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  • Can I, defendant ( self represent), be the person to serve the paper (Answer to a Summons & complaint) to Plaintiff?

    Some told me that the Affidavit of Service must be sent to Plaintiff by a person not party to the case. Even the form ( Affidavit of Service After Commencement of Litigation) I got from Legal Self Help Center stated that " I am over 18 years if ag...

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    No. You should not serve the answer, even if by mail. Have a friend or neighbor drop in the mail for you and have that person sign the affidavit of service.

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