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  • I need a malpractice attorney, I was injured in a car accident, the MRI showed 3 mild bulging discs in my lower back after 3

    Months of therapy, I was referred to a pain management clinic. I had my first injection on 10/14/2013, after the injection I felt increased pain and tremendous pressure in my spine, I then called the pain clinic and told them about the side effect...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your problems. If the accident that stared this was not your fault, I assume you have an attorney. If not, you need one ASAP. Although auto accidents are very different than Medical malpractice, your attorney will be able to guide you to a malpractice attorney if he or she does not do malpractice. You should start here because auto accident cases are a lot less complicated than medical malpractice and all damages flow from the accident. The amount of insurance available may dictate whether you need to pursue both the auto case and the malpractice. If it was your fault or the insurance is inadequate, you need to have someone investigate a possible malpractice claim. However, you have not provided enough facts for me to opine on whether you have a claim. If the injection was done incorrectly or was not indicated you may have a claim. Start with your auto accident lawyer who may or may not also handle malpractice claims. If the accident was your fault you should call a malpractice attorney.

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  • Do I need a personal injury attorney?

    Hi, My name is Christopher Rodriguez. I am the father of a 4 year old who was involved in a car accident, on Monday June 15, 2015. My daughter, Chrislyne Rodriguez, was in a 2003 Honda Accord that was hit by a Don Pepino tractor trailer driven by...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Yes, as soon as possible. Tractor trailer cases, governed by the Federal Motor Safety Regulations (FMCSR), are far more difficult than a regular auto accident. You need to be familiar with local laws ( Maryland where the accident occurred, the state where the shipper is located, possibly the location of the Broker, etc), and fereral law. most cases will end up in Federal Court. check Avvo and the website of any lawyer you are considering to verify the regularly handle interstate trucking cases. the sooner you get an attorney the better. first, it will allow someone to start investigation and preserving evidence relieving you from needing to do anything while you grieve. take care of your family. also, there is evidence that must be preserved such as the data control device which will tell the speed of the truck before and at the time of impact. Although the police should get this information, frequently the police do a poor job investigating. I am sorry for your loss and the trauma this is causing. You are doing the right thing looking for an attorney and the faster you do the better.

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  • Is my work injury case worth it?

    I currently work at a nursing home and I am on,medical,leave due to two reasons. I am suffering from a work related injury to the middle and lower back while rolling a patient over in the bed while working short staffed on a Saturday night. I also...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Workers' Compensation is available for workers injured while working or that suffer from occupational illnesses (ie stress related illnesses). Medicals, partial wages and other benefits may be available to you. Because it is relatively easy to pursue workers' compensation claims when it is clear the injury is work related, even small claims should be pursued. An attorney will help you maximize your recovery (while relatively easy for an attorney, it is not so easy for someone untrained).

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  • How to calculate pain and suffering?

    Last winter I was hit by another car head-on who was driving left of center. My car was totaled and I received a chest injury. I've exhausted my PIP and am now trying to put together a "demand" package for the at-fault driver's insurance company....

    Stephen’s Answer

    From your question it sounds like you are trying to handle yourself. This usually occurs when the victim of an accident is trying to avoid attorney's fees. More often than not when this happens you will either recover far less than the value or you will eventually hire a lawyer that will have to try to repair the damage you did to your case trying to save some money. Insurance adjusters are trained to try to pay as little as possible. They are professionals at screwing victims. Do not help them out by handling your own case. A good lawyer will work you case up to make it more valuable. Even with an attorneys fee you will usually put far more money in your pocket with a lawyer. To answer your question a lawyer would need far more facts.

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  • I was hit by an uninsured motorist and now I can't get a rental car because it's not provided by my insurance, how can I get one

    I'm the driver of a hit and run

    Stephen’s Answer

    You should be able to recover all loses under the uninsured motorist provision of your policy. If you were hurt you should retain an attorney

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  • Can a 18 wheeler trucking company be not found guilty of cause of death of two peple.

    This Valentines 2015, my family received the worse call ever. My 24 year old nephew was killed in a car wreck invoving 18 wheeler. We were told the day of accident that the 18 wheeler was at fault because the truck was not over far enough. We were...

    Stephen’s Answer

    I am very sorry to hear about this tragic incident. You should consider consulting with your own attorney. Sometimes it is beneficial to have the same attorney, but often it is not. Also, check out the background of any attorney you are considering. Many attorneys' claim they can handle trucking accidents, but few have the experience needed in a complex case. Trucking cases are governed by both state law and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations which is federal law. Most serious cases end up in Federal Court. A trucking lawyer will know what to do to properly investigate a trucking accident. In addition to the truck driver, you will have claims against the trucking company he was driving for and may have claims against others such as brokers or drivers of other vehicles. Avvo has some good lawyers to choice from, but always look them up to see if they handle trucking cases.

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  • I was in a car accident on March 19,15, and get insurance haven't tried to settle with me yet, what can I do?

    I've gone to emergency room twice, and the bills need to be paid.

    Stephen’s Answer

    I assume by your question that you were not at fault. If you have been to the emergency room twice, you were obviously injured. You probably have PIP (personal injury protection) in the amount of $2500 which cover at fault and not at fault people injured in an accident. Some policies have more and hopefully you didn't waive this coverage (never waive PIP). PIP covers medicals and lost wages up to its limits. If you are back to 100% and can perform all the activities you performed before the accident, and you were not at fault, you may be entitled to a recovery from the other driver. If you are still hurt, do not try to resolve too early. If you have health insurance and or PIP, you should consider following up with a person that specializes in accident injuries such as an orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine doctor. Without insurance there are doctors that will treat you and wait for their money until you settle your case, but they usually require you to have a lawyer.
    Based on the little facts you provided, you should consult with an attorney.

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  • I want to sue a late pastor's church entity for past tithes and offerings given as well spiritual abuse and seducing me. Can I?

    The pastor's ex-wife has even been featured in a national publication confirming his lifestye of drug use and adultry.

    Stephen’s Answer

    You need to provide far more information to answer this question. In general you have 3 years from the date of the abuse or seducing to file a claim. You have 6 months from the date the estate is opened ( the Pastor's estate following his death) to file a claim with his estate. If no estate is opened, you can open one, but you still need to be within the 3 years. If you were sexually abused and you were under 18 at the time of the abuse, you have 7 years from the time you turn 18 or until you are 25 to file a claim. You do not have to file a claim against the estate to sue the pastor's church., but still must be within 3 years (or seven if sex abuse of a minor). Much will depend on what happened to you, under what circumstances (was he counseling you at the time, etc), and how were you injured. I am glad to try to respond further if you give more details.

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  • Do I need to hire additional legal counsel for lawsuit as a result of an auto accident?

    I am being sued for an auto accident that occurred several years ago. It occurred when there was as pile-up of cars in front of me. I avoided the pile up, but after clearing that accident, I was hit and other people hit the vehicle that hit me. I...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Sometime in chain reaction collisions it becomes difficult to determine who is at fault. As a result, if one carrier doesn't take responsibility (and rarely do they), an attorney may decide to sue everyone and let the court or jury figure out who is at fault. That means people not at fault get dragged in. Your insurance company will provide you with a defense so you should turn this over to them ASAP. Depending on how serious the plaintiff's injuries are (or are being claimed), and the amount of liability coverage you have, will decide if you should hire your own lawyer. In other words, if the Plaintiff's injuries are potentially worth more than your liability coverage, you should consult an attorney in addition to whomever is assigned by your insurance company.

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  • Can I sue my rental management for ignoring mold growing in my home that resulted in the ill health of my family?

    I had flooding in my home and in the bathroom, a direct result of lots of rain. The front carpet got soaking wet which resulted in mold growing on my door frame and the wall in the bathroom. I contacted maintenance several times and the issue w...

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    Roughly 30 percent of people are sensitive to mold. The longer the exposure the worse the sensitivity becomes and you can become sensitive to mold. The first thing you should do, immediately, is have a qualified Industrial Hygienist inspect your home and test for mold. The test should include a minimum of three indoor air samples and swabs including the HVAC system. The cost will be $600 to $850. Do not do your own testing with online or hardware store kits. They will not hold up in court. Locally I recommend Bruce Jacob at Industrial Hygiene Consulting. Beware of companies that claim they can test for a few hundred dollars. You will get what you pay for. Take the results to your doctor and get a recommendation whether the mold levels are unsafe. Mold can cause many problems including, but not limited to asthma attacks, respiratory problems, infections, rashes, headaches, vision problems, lethargy, achy joints, For more information on mold illnesses look up Richie Shoemaker, MD or go to www.survivingmold.com
    If you have toxic mold based on the testing and the doctor tells you the levels are dangerous, you also need to have your personal property cleaned before you take it to a new home. You do not want to take the mold spores with you. Serv Pro , Service Master and Healthy Home Restorations, Inc. are three companies that can give you an estimate to clean your property. It is important you get a cleaning and moving estimate.
    Do you need an attorney? The answer is yes, but most attorneys that can help you will charge by the hour because the Maryland Court of Appeals has made it very difficult to bring mold personal injury lawsuits. Getting you to a safe home and protecting your property is generally not part of a personal injury case which is the most important thing right now.

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