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  • Can i find a lawyer who will accept 33% NET for a premises injury?

    The case has photographs depicting liability very clearly. i have medical insurance and could utilize that without involving an attorney and could initially send a demand letter myself. Unfortunately, someone in my family was burned in the past an...

    John’s Answer

    All should be discussed with the firm up front. Costs can add up and we've seen lawyers nickel and dime clients to death, not negotiate liens and other matters.

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  • What types of case fees are reasonable and unreasonable in personal injury?

    i am considering a 33/40 agreement in personal injury. i understand that most attorneys want their client to pay for case costs but because this is so broad, i would love clarification. i dont mind paying for records,copies, filings, court fees, m...

    John’s Answer

    Ask these questions to the attorneys you are interviewing. Ask them to send sample closing statements. We don't charge in house costs but I've seen some lawyers charge for opening files, mileage to even get to you, scanning, faxing, research, long distance, and "in house courier" whatever that is.

    Find a board certified civil trial lawyer who is not in a large advertising firm. You will often get more and pay less.

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  • My sons attorney represented my son and his girlfriend for a very serious auto accident.how to sue him for fraud .

    My son had very bad concussion and very injured lawyer took case for both parties involved and sue my sons dads insurance for my son and gave my sons girlfriend half of my sons settlement from insurance without the knowlegde of my son it was alot ...

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    There should have been informed consent signed. This should be addressed by those who signed the contracts, see what they signed and possibly involve the Bar or a legal malpractice lawyer if proper measures were not taken.

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  • In legal terms when they speak of mental illness and gun control. What mental people are they saying should not have a gun?

    What laws do they want to bring about? Because that could mean over half of America may be banned from owning a gun. There are a huge variety of mental problems. ADD/ADHD, Depression, anxiety. Then you have those like Schizophrenia, extr...

    John’s Answer

    This is not a legal question- it is a political and philosophical one.

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  • I was driving a friends car in florida. i was hit by a driver with insurance coverage. The vehicle i was driving has no coverag.

    the other driver was cited for the accident. how will i get my medical bills paid?

    John’s Answer

    You have applicable PIP coverage or need to make a BI or UM claim. Call a lawyer to help you sort out the details and maximize the value of your case.

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  • I was driving a friends car in florida. inwas hit by a driver with insurance but me or the vehicle i was in have coverage.

    not cited the other driver was cited. how will i get my medical bills oaid?

    John’s Answer

    You have applicable PIP coverage or need to make a BI or UM claim. Call a lawyer to help you sort out the details and maximize the value of your case.

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  • Can I reopen a claim that I just let go? I was in work truck and got hit by two other vehicles, after work hours.

    i was going to a chiropractir and stopped going because he was wanting me to get a lawyer and go to a specialist for the insurance company so my insurance would continue to pay him. I was highly stressed at the time due to being fired by my good f...

    John’s Answer

    If it is within 4 years, probably. it makes your case more complicated and defensible but it should still be legally presentable.

    Many of our clients are hurting, struggling and hoping they get better, but aren't. You get one shot at recovery. Lawyers must make sure the insurance companies are acting fairly. John worked 8 years for these companies and big businesses and could write a book about ways they use your desire to be fair and reasonable against you.

    While all lawyers are allowed to advertise and anyone can basically handle a personal injury case, only Board Certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as an "expert" or as "specialist." Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the area by the Supreme Court of Florida. It also means the lawyer is known for trials- pushing beyond low offers by defendants, passed a peer review and passed a tough exam.

    Insurance carriers try to negotiate every dollar they can, because every $100 means millions in the end to their Board of Directors. Attorneys matter. Defendants and their carriers change their gameplan when an experienced lawyer is involved.

    For that reason - and the misinformation by TV lawyers and referral services- is why people should select lawyers carefully.

    Because of the economy, more lawyers are jumping into personal injury and should stick to what they know. Personal injury law REQUIRES knowledge about medical science and biomechanics (the forces on a body in a wreck or a fall) far greater and more specific than you'd think. The other side has doctors and millions on their side to say nothing is wrong or fight the claim.

    The good news is lawyers like us offer free consultations. and you owe us nothing unless we settle or get a verdict on your case. So contact an Avvo lawyer licensed in Florida to proceed.

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  • Do I have ground to sue if I am slander or defamation of character say for instance thru social media like Facebook by a person

    My name is directly mentioned in some untrue statements, I tried to ignore them but more and more is being posted about me.

    John’s Answer

    You can sue. You must prove damages- generally economic ones suck that you've got direct losses because someone heard or read the remark. Few lawyers take these cases.

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  • How long can I expect an insurance comp to pay out my personal injury claim??

    I was walking and struck by a car. It tore half my arm off and needed surgery etc. I've lost so much work . I've filed a claim with drivers ins company. I don't want it drug out in court . can the insurance pay out for my med bills directly? I am ...

    John’s Answer

    This is a serious case and you should let a lawyer come in and handle it. Insurance companies won't "pay" a little at a time. You get one shot and this is likely a policy limits case- no matter what those policy limits are if presented correctly.

    While all lawyers are allowed to advertise and anyone can basically handle a personal injury case, only Board Certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as an "expert" or as "specialist." Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the area by the Supreme Court of Florida. It also means the lawyer is known for trials- pushing beyond low offers by defendants.

    Insurance carriers try to negotiate every dollar they can, because every $100 means millions in the end to the Board of Directors. Attorneys matter. Defendants and their carriers change their gameplan when a lawyer is involved.

    For that reason - and the misinformation by TV lawyers and referral services- is why people should consult lawyers who take the time like on sites like this. Because of the economy, more lawyers are jumping into personal injury and should stick to what they know. Personal injury law REQUIRES knowledge about medical science and biomechanics (the forces on a body in a wreck or a fall) far greater and more specific than you'd think. The other side has doctors and millions on their side to say nothing is wrong or fight the claim.

    We also offer free consultations and our lawyers will personally visit you- all musts when hiring a lawyer. Avvo is a great resource to search and find one. We have had substantial recovery in similar cases so make sure to pick carefully.

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  • Have a question about the Web, if a person opens a .com site in your name to slander you Is there anything you can to about it?

    someone I sold an animal they later killed from negligence opened a web site in my personal name, also a picture of me to slander my self & my business

    John’s Answer

    You can sue. It's tough to find a lawyer on these cases.

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