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Lloyd Noland Bell

Lloyd Bell’s Answers

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  • In a civil case, if I drop the charges against the defendant, can the defendants lawyer make me responsible for attorneys fees

    I got hurt in a car accident and dealing with the defendants lawyer (Insurance Company). I got a ridiculous offer of $ 500.00, but have medical bills of $20K. I would like to refuse the $500.00 offer, and make a much higher counter offer t...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Insurance companies typically "discount" claims for parties who are not represented, i.e. that won't pay as much on their claims. Once a lawyer is involved, the carrier will come closer to "fair value" for the claim, but with the more serious claims, it usually takes a lawsuit for the carrier to get serious. Once a lawsuit is filed, many carriers send the file to "outside counsel" - private insurance defense lawyers - who generally have a more realistic view of the case value. So like my colleagues who have responded to this question, I agree you should seek out an attorney to advise you before engaging further with the carrier.

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  • My son was assaulted by his wife step daughter son in law they causes severe brain trauma three brain surgeries, twenty one day

    in ncicu now occ/physical/mental and emotional therapy began today. can charges be brought against them ?

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Absolutely. I agree with my colleague that the hospital will likely report the crime, but you can also report it to the police. There is civil liability as well, which your son may wish to explore. You should talk with a local attorney.

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  • Traffic question

    If you are at a 4 way intersection, your light turn green for you to go and as your getting ready to drive across the street a company's truck hits you with the cab of the truck. Who is the person to blame? Also, what is the determining factor be...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    If you have the green light, you have the right of way, but you still must keep a proper lookout to avoid a collision. Also, if a vehicle "controls" the intersection - got there first - you still have to yield.

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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.

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Absolutely, but the insurance company is only required to pay up to their limits of available coverage. So even if you get a large verdict, well above the insurance limits, it will be hard to collect unless the defendant has substantial assets to cover the judgment. Oftentimes, a defendant can file bankruptcy if facing a large judgment. Good luck!

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  • Does my accuser have to have proof to accuse me, then claim qualified privilege when I sue him for DEFAMATION PER SE?

    My ex employer refused to pay me, I called police. When police showed up, they did not take my statement, but when they took his statement, he stated that I was there to pick up a check, and that since I had left his business "he had noticed som...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    You need to talk with a lawyer. In Georgia, to prove defamation, you have to prove that the defendant did, in fact, defame you, e.g. falsely accusing you of theft. From your description above, it sounds like there is a strong dispute over that fact. You also have to prove that the statement was, indeed false. Good luck.

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  • I crashed my motorcycle due to sand left on the ground after an accident.

    There was a motor vehicle accident a few days before my accident and sand was put down to clean up a spill. Afterwards the sand was not cleaned up. I rode thru the intersection on my motorcycle and crashed my bike due to my back tire hitting it. T...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear you were hurt. There may be liability on the part of whomever placed the sand and did not clean it up. If it was a government entity (DOT, EMT's) they may have immunity from suit except in limited circumstances. I would recommend you talk with a personal injury lawyer. Good luck!

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  • I have a question, I was in accident on 9/19/2013 in grenta, neb. I was sleeping in my 1997 kenworth truck and another driver

    back into me while , I was off duty not driving. the driver lives in florida and his company that, he works for is out of Fontana, ca. I live in Georgia I had jonathan and Johnson law firm . they told me they could help me with the damage done to...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    From your question, it does not sound like you were hurt. You definitely need to notify your insurance carrier if you have not done so. Since you have counsel, I suspect you have done as much. Unfortunately, since the claim does not appear to be substantial enough for litigation, you will have a hard time finding a lawyer to file suit. Better work with your carrier, get the claim paid and let them chase after the at fault driver. Good luck!

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  • Correcting my case before court- What can I do to help strengthen my case before I go to court?

    My children & I was in a car accident. The guy who hit us exited his vehicle angry, stating that I ran the light but my light was green. A police officer showed up on the scene & took both parties statements. The officer eventually came back with ...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Thanks for your question. I hope you and your kids are ok. You should contact a criminal defense attorney first to find out what is going on with your license. Also, contact your insurance company immediately to notify them of the wreck. If there are no injuries, it is unlikely you will need to retain a personal injury lawyer. Good luck!

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  • Does one has to respond to at fault car insurance's inquiry after car accident?

    One is involved in a rear end car accident. The at fault car insurance has paid for the damage to the car but has not paid for his injury. The at fault car insurance sent him an accident report form to complete. Does he have to complete it or he c...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    You do not have to fill out the insurance paperwork, and I would recommend you do not until you have had a chance to talk with a lawyer. Insurance adjusters will often try to subtly steer you away from consulting with a lawyer because they want to settle the case for less than the the case is worth.

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  • What happens now? I can't walk with out a crutch or cane, and I am in retail. I had a bad fall and my w/c drs are making light.

    I'm in Georgia. I fell off of a 12' metal ladder at my job. I had a witness. My right knee was dislocated, my right shoulder has bursitis, tendinitis, and tearing. My left hand is completely numb or tingling. My lower back (l4/l5, lumbar facet, an...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your fall. You did not explain why you fell. Was something wrong with the ladder? Did someone hit the ladder while you were on it? If this happened on the job, regardless of fault, you likely have a good basis for a workers comp claim, and you should talk with a workers compensation lawyer. You should definitely talk with a lawyer, either a workers comp attorney or a personal injury lawyer to explore possible liability and to work with your doctors to help get you on the right course of treatment. Good luck with your recovery.

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