It is standard in Allegheny County, and throughout Pennsylvania that the fee in medical malpractice cases is 40% PLUS costs. The reason is simple. The lawyer is advancing the costs and incurring all of the risk. Also, if the costs were deducted from the legal fee, there could be scenarios where the attorney recovered money for the client, but the costs exceeded the legal fee, and the lawyer lost money by winning the case, If you think your mother has a good case, try negotiating the legal...
The jury decides how much you receive in Pennsylvania. Although your medical records and medical bills may be evidence of your pain and suffering, injured plaintiff's are not allowed to tell the jury what you think your case is worth. Instead the jury is free to use their own life experiences to determine what your pain and suffering is worth.
In addition to pain and suffering, you may also recover past and future medical bills, and past and future loss of income. Any other out of pocket...
You may have some liability depending upon the facts, however it may be offset as the individual may have assumed the risk of his injuries by ignoring the sign, potentially trespassing and approaching the dog when he was not invited to and had no reason to do. If the injured person threatens legal action or files suit, I would place my homeowners insurance on notice so that they can defend the claim. Hopefully, no legal action is taken.
Legal malpractice cases are often worth what the underlying value of the original case was worth, plus potentially more,
To prevail in a legal malpractice case, you need to show not only a deviation from the acceptable standard of care from the attorney. You also need to show that you would have won the underlying action but for the negligence of the attorney.
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I would be very surprised if an attorney filed suit over $500. If suit is filed, I would raise the defenses mentioned. You could always offer to settle the amount for less - say $100 or $200 or so - but make sure you protect yourself with regards to your credit report - meaning if you settle make sure you obtain documentation verifying such.
To answer your question simply, yes it is legal for doctors to discontinue medication. If you are worried, you can seek a second and/or third opinion. If you are take off medication, and another doctor is willing to state it was a deviation from the acceptable standard of care and you were caused harm ,then you may have a case.
If you have a judgment from a magistrate's office in Pennsylvania, and you want to ensure that the judgment acts as a lien against any real property the defendant owns, then you need to transfer the Magistrate's judgment into the court of common pleas of the county where the defendant owns property. You may have to transfer the judgment to several counties separately if the defendant owns property in multiple counties. Ask the magistrates office for a sealed copy of the judgment and bring...
They can transfer the PA judgment to New York, or just sue you in New York. Now if they sue you in New York, as opposed to transferring the judgment, then you need to plead affirmative defenses and their actions might be a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act since there is already a judgement in place on the debt. The judgment must have been sold and and now a new company is trying to collect. Save all evidence, you may have claims against them based on their communications....