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  • Can I file a lawsuit if my grandfather died from blunt force head trauma after 1 day being admitted to rehabilitation center?

    My grandfather had surgery on the back of his head by his neck. After 2 days in the hospital he was transferred to a rehab center with doc orders that he had to be watched 24/7.After 1 day of being admitted he died of blunt force head trauma. He a...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    My condolences for your loss. You need a local attorney to investigate this claim immediately and ensure all evidence is preserved. The trauma could be anything from abuse to a fall. Make sure there is an autopsy and do not delay contacting a lawyer. Yarborough and Applegate are excellent Charleston personal injury lawyers.

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  • Can my 18 year old sue for Dr caused birth defects?

    My son is now 18. When he was born the Dr broke my water and ran across Indianapolis to another hospital to deliver another baby. My son started to crown and I told them it was time and the nurse told me no. That the doctor wasn't there so I nee...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You and your son need to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer in your area immediately. All cases have statutes of limitations and statues of repose. An Indiana lawyer can tell you if the claims are still viable.

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  • If a persons bodily injury coverage is 100k.

    If a person has 100k bodily injury coverage. Can your attorney sue for more than that because hospital bills almost total 70k.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Yes, you can sue for more but your issue is the total available insurance coverage and how much money you can actually collect. The insurance carrier is typically only responsible for payment up to policy limits. Your attorney needs to ensure there is no additional or excess coverage. (We've had several cases where the insurer initially represented a $100k policy and later disclosed $1M+ excess policies.

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  • I was injured during an on the job car accident and I'm consulting with a lawyer. Is his contract fair enough to proceed?

    Two weeks ago I suffered a wrist sprain from a car accident at work. One of the employees was at fault since they clearly didn't stop nor look to see the van I was on coming. I don't remember anything other than getting off the van. Almost a week ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    the contingent fee is reasonable and probably increases to 40% if suit is filed (which is also reasonable). most lawyers do not ask for reimbursement of expenses or attorney's fees if they lose the case.

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  • In Georgia can I back out of a verbal agreement for auto accident settlement

    I made a verbal agreement to settle an auto accident case.I have not received any money or signed a waiver release form.Can I back out of this or will I be forced to accept and sign this agreement? My attorney did not give me enough information t...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    you should have another attorney look at this case. if the statute did in deed expire, i'm surprised they offered anything. it's possible the statute is tolled (for example if criminal charges were pending against the other driver) and your lawyer does not recognize the statute has not expired.

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  • My son hit another car. The hit person didnt wait for police or acci report.What legal claim does this person have against him?

    The person said he was in a hurry and did not want to be late for work. He and my son exchanged numbers. Now my son is getting calls from this guys insurance company and text messages from this guy saying he is taking my son to court. If there ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Let your insurance carrier know about the wreck in case the other party makes a claim.

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  • I was hit by a car from the back which forced me to hit a car in front of me. Do I need a lawyer?

    On Wednesday August 13 around 5pm I was hit in the rear by another car which forced me to hit the car in front of me. We were creeping down Briarcliff and her impact forced me to push down on the accelerator and hit the car in front of me. I went ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Yes, you should at least speak do a lawyer and do so before speaking to any insurer or insurance claim representative. Do not give any recorded statements.

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  • Hello, I was in a car accident with a company. They want me to sign a "release of liability" form

    after they "reimburse" me of my rentals. Am I obligated to sign it? Thank you!

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Don't sign anything an consult with a local personal injury attorney.

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  • My daughter was in an accident in acworth ga , she was making a left turn and the guy was trying the whole time to pass her

    on a two lane road. No ticket was given to either party and officer said he couldn't determine who was at fault but the diagram is showing different

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your daughter needs to speak with a personal injury attorney BEFORE giving any statements to any insurer (and the lawyer should not let her give a statement either). If your daughter was hurt and it's more than minor injuries, you should consult with a lawyer sooner rather than later. the physical evidence at the scene may need to be documented by an expert in accident reconstruction.

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