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  • I was in a 3 car collision. I was the lead car of 3.

    The last car pushed the second car into my vehicle. I and the second car was already sitting still waiting on another accident to clear. The last car was the only one to receive a violation. As far as responsibility I am guessing it all falls on...

    William’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your accident. Yes, the vehicle that received the citation will most likely be responsible given that you and the other car were sitting still. I do suggest consulting with an attorney about your case to determine what your best course of action is to recover medical bills and pain and suffering.

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  • I was rear ended and I wasn't at fault, the guy who caused the accident accepted responsibility for it.

    I was wondering if there's a way for me to find legal assistance even though I cannot afford an attorney. The accident left significant damage to my vehicle, thus it was totalled as a result.

    William’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear that you were in an accident. Personal injury attorneys do not require upfront fees. Instead, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means if and when we resolve your case we are paid a predetermined percentage of the money you receive. The benefit for you is that you don't have to pay anything upfront and if there is no recovery you don't owe anything. However, our firm, for example, does not take a contingency fee for property damage. Our philosophy is that you will need exactly the amount the insurance company offers you to fix your vehicle. You can use AVVO's find a lawyer tool to help you find a local attorney to help you.

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  • DADDY WAS MISTREATED IN A VA CONTRACTED NURSING HOME IN ASHEVILLE, NC. CAN I SUE THEM?

    HAD YEAST INFECTIONS...LEFT ALONE AND HE GOT OUTSIDE AND FELL OUT OF HIS WHEELCHAIR. SENT TO CAF. TO EAT WITH POOP IN HIS PANTS. SENT TO DR. APPT. ALONE AND ALSO NO PAPERWORKI. HE WAS IN HIS 90'S. I HAVE PICTURES OF INJURIES FROM FALL. HIRED ...

    William’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your experience. It sounds like they have possibly violated his Residents' Bill of Rights and possibly violated the standard a care. You need to contact a nursing home lawyer immediately to investigate your options.

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  • If the doctor recommends surgery. Do I have to do it. Or will it mess up lawsuit if I deny to have it going against treatment.

    Personal injury.

    William’s Answer

    The purpose of a personal injury suit is to make you "whole" following an accident. Making you whole means trying to get you back to the state of health and well being you were in before you were injured. This is done is two ways: special and general damages. Special damages are typically the medical bills and other costs you have suffered which have a specific monetary amount. General damages usually involve the pain and suffering you have endured. While it is true that increasing your special damages (here we would be talking about a potential surgery) can increase your general damages your main goal should be your own health and well being. If the doctor recommends surgery you should talk about this with your family and your doctor. You don't need to have a surgery you don't want simply to increase the potential "value" of your case. You need to focus on getting better and trying to get back to how you were prior to the accident. However, you do need to keep in mind that once you settle your case you can't come back years later and get compensation for surgery that you didn't have prior to settlement. Talk with your doctor about the implications of not having the surgery. You can't "mess up" your case by not having a surgery you don't want. But again, you need to think about your health above all.

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  • Is there a possible lawsuit against nursing home for fathers death.

    father had to have surgery for 30 pounds of impacted feces. never recovered from surgery. how could it go so long with out nursing home knowing something wrong. especially when he was bed ridden. he ended up being sepsis from leakage

    William’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your father. I worked in nursing homes before becoming an attorney and I can tell you that bowel movements are one of the most important observations that the nursing staff takes. If someone fails to either void or waste for more than 24 hours we would make notes and immediately contact the resident's doctor. The fact that your father had so much waste inside him is unbelievable. You need to contact an attorney and have this case investigated. This nursing home needs to provide answers and be held accountable.

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  • I need personal injury because of abuse inflected on my elder brother at a nursing home

    according to the surgeon it appears that some abuse has been inflected on him, his bones on not brittle, he was not able to walk or stand alone due to he had one of his legs amputated at young age in his life, and he had a stroke on the right side...

    William’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your brother. You need to speak with a personal injury attorney who handles nursing home neglect cases. These type of cases are complex and difficult. The attorney will need to investigate the matter before you can determine what the best course of action will be.

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  • Should I sue a nursing home for abuse of my father-in-law?

    My father-in-law has a huge bed sore on his bottom and shoulder. He also has lost a great deal of weight. He has aspirated multiple times and developed pneumonia multiple times. He is now close to death.

    William’s Answer

    You should definitely consult with a nursing home neglect attorney. The main issue here is the decubitus ulcer (bed sore) on his bottom. Nursing homes typically place bed bound residents on a strict turning schedule to prevent these types of pressure wounds. When they fail to adhere to the schedule the resident may begin to develop a sore. If the sore is bad enough it could be a clear indication that they have routinely failed to ensure proper turning. Aspiration is also an issue but many residents have dysphagia and even when a nursing home follows proper protocol it is still possible that food or water may find its way into the lungs. Typically residents with trouble swallowing are required to use thickening agents to make food and water more manageable. However, if the nursing home failed to properly thicken the resident's food they may have committed negligence. The weight loss is possibly tied in with the trouble taking in food. Nevertheless, there may also be grounds for negligence if the nursing home failed to follow dietary guidelines. In short, the strongest indication of negligence is still the bed sore. You need to speak with an attorney immediately to determine the best course of action in investigating the matter.

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  • What's the best attorney who will help with a nursing home neglect

    My mother was placed in a nursing home for rehabilitation to get back on her feet . she had surgery twice and they supposed to help get better but instead she died it's more to this story but my mother lost her life due to a blood clot traveld to ...

    William’s Answer

    I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Having worked in nursing homes for eight years and handling nursing home cases now as an attorney I can tell you that they are difficult cases. The majority of plaintiffs have numerous pre-existing illnesses that the nursing home will point to as the root cause. You also have to determine whether the blame lies with her medical treatment or with the something the nursing home failed to do. I highly suggest you contact a qualified nursing home neglect attorney to investigate your case to determine if you have any recourse. Please note the statute of limitations on these cases is two years. However, you would be better served finding legal help as soon as possible.

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  • Would I be able to fight this case?

    My mother was killed in an automobile accident on February 14,2015 by a drunk driver.The driver in other vehicle was charged with dui.how long an investigation normally takes and in order to get police report?

    William’s Answer

    It is definitely a case worth fighting. The best thing you can do at this point is contact an attorney to help you preserve all the evidence you will need for trial. Because the other driver was possibility intoxicated you may have a case against whatever restaurant or bar they were drinking at before hand. Was it Martinez or Richmond county? I went to college in Augusta and know that some of the establishments downtown aren't very cautious when it comes to how drunk their patrons become. The best thing you can do know is consult with an attorney to help you.

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  • Do I need to hire a personal injury attorney?

    I was in a car accident on Jan 28, 2015. I experienced some head pain immediately after but did not visit a doctor. A week later I began experiencing extreme hip pain; visited an urgent care clinic and was told I had a torn hip muscle. I still ...

    William’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your accident. You absolutely can sue the other driver for your injuries. The first thing you need to do, however, is speak with an attorney and stop communicating with the insurance company. They do not have your best interest in mind.

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