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  • How can I get medical help from a car accident after my PIP is used up?

    I was in a car accident in January and called one of those big firms that advertise. The other party was at fault told the cops and his insurance right away. I am in serious pain that is preventing me from being able to get a job and even take car...

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    Did you settle for policy limits? It depends on the injuries and coverages available. There are doctors who will treat after PIP even with no insurance.

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  • I recently had a code enforcer visit my house, after a complaint of a neighbor. I would like to know my rights on the subject

    Is it the law that you have to let a code enforcer in your house? Is it against the law to put up solid walls on a screened ion porch? How many people can live in your home that are not related to you?

    John’s Answer

    What did they say? You may need to pull a permit but you should be able to.

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  • What can I do about my neighbors flying a mini helicopter/drone over my backyard?

    My neighbor several houses down (I assume, I'm not sure WHICH neighbor) has a drone or mini helicopter thing. It has some lights on it and it may have a camera, I don't know. He zooms it around the neighborhood and often has it hovering over my ba...

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    There is some grey area here. There are states considering laws which would require that recreational drones be "clearly and conspicuously" labeled with the contact information of the owner as well as some which says no person may fly a drone to photograph or record another person without their consent. However, they have not. Police have been using this technology for a while, too.

    You cannot shoot it down. You can hold up a large sign which says cease and desist filming over my house or send out a letter, call the police or let your neighbors know it's unwelcome.

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  • Is it possible to file a civil rights violation against the police?

    My husband was arrested & the police used excessive force. He is from Europe & was not aware of his rights at the time of the arrest. The officers forcibly removed him from our home because he did not want to step outside. During the arrest, I was...

    John’s Answer

    It's possible. There are at least two sides to every story. This isn't the clearest case of civil rights abuse but we'd need more facts. Call a local civil rights lawyer for a free consultation. There are several in south Florida who you can find using avvo's search feature.

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  • What are my options, Dealership repair negligence. Did not bolt tire, which resulted in accident with no bodily harm.

    I went to the dealership that i bought my car from today to get a routine oil change. I left the dealership, as i was leaving i noticed my car felt a little funny. I decided to turn around to take my car back to the dealership. As i was on my way ...

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    We've had a couple of these cases over the years, but they resulted in injury. PTSD- alone -may be actionable but absent a physical injury will not be something that you will see much if any recovery on. It opens up your entire psychological history, will cause scrutiny, juries hate it in "small" cases because they associate PTSD to veterans and shell shock, and otherwise is something that should pass with time.

    As for the diminishment in value, you can make a claim for that. These are also a little subjective because it assumes you sell your care before anything else happens or where nothing more significant happened in the past. You certainly can address it with your dealer or carrier.

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  • Rear ended over7 months ago. My lawyer say he's still waiting on medical bills. Should I be worried. I only seen 3 doctors.

    Rear ended in december 2014 I was not at fault. Lawyer says he still waiting on medical bills

    John’s Answer

    Call your lawyer and ask what is going on. These things do take time but getting records once treatment has been completed and getting those to the insurance company is often the easy part. Waiting on insurance carriers is the frustrating part.

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  • Can I sue if a surgeon makes a mistake during surgery?

    On June 25 i went to a local hospital due to lower abdominal pain which turned out to be (appendicitis). During my emergency surgery he makes an error. The surgeon cut 4inches of my small intestine. The hospital hasn't really released a whole lot ...

    John’s Answer

    Mr. Star is correct. It really depends on what happened here. Some of this is essentially a known risk of surgery. However some of this seems to possibly be beneath the standard of care. It would require another doctor to look at the records and say so.

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  • I was hit from behind by someone driving a company truck I have a herniated disk in my back and 2 in my neck whats the $lookin

    I was hit by a company truck what's the range of my settlement

    John’s Answer

    These vary. They can be 5-figures or 7-figures. It depends on how it changes your life, the medical procedures it warrants and more. Consult with a personal injury lawyer.

    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.

    Insurance carriers try to negotiate every dollar they can, because every $100 means millions in the end to the Board of Directors. So, they will attempt to hide behind claims of theft, but we don't buy it here. 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

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  • Is there anything I can do?

    On 6/23/2013 my dad was crossing over two lanes to make a left hand turn. He was t boned in the drivers side door. He died from internal bleeding 5 hours after he got to hospital. The cop that investigated the black box had the other vehicle g...

    John’s Answer

    See other answer to your other question.

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