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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.

    John’s Answer

    I've met lawyers who will try and "force" surgery to increase the value of he case. It's terrible. They don't have to live with the results. Surgery should be a cautious decision made by you and your family.

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  • Who will take my dog bite case?

    I was bitten by a neighbor's dog and had surgery for a severed nerve in my finger. No one will represent me.

    John’s Answer

    It's probably a question of assets and insurance. If some one has neither or there is an exclusion, many lawyers won't touch the case as a contingency case. We've taken a few but it requires us to look a little deeper.

    There's a lot of lawyers who only pick the low hanging fruit.

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  • How do I calculate wage loss or is it a whole different kinda loss? complicated..

    Ok, So I was involved in a accident with an attempted hit an run which I chased him down ect...pressed charge's, got an attorney, been going to a physical rehab and I just received my MRI results today. They ended up having 3 bulging discs and 1 h...

    John’s Answer

    Your lawyer can assist you with this. Basically, an expert can come in and testify about your new limitations physically and how that hinders your vocational pursuits.

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  • Can I sue for all the additional expenses incurred after a car accident?

    My car was totaled and the other party is at fault. It was two years old and I was the first owner. I had mechanical breakdown insurance, which you can only get if you are the first owner. If I buy a used car as a replacement, I lose this coverage...

    John’s Answer

    Talk to your lawyer. You have one case and need to make sure it encompasses all damages you can legally claim.

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  • How do I go about getting another lawyer to handle my car accident case?

    I had another lawyer handling my case but they were very unprofessional and never updated me with my case when I wanted to speak with the lawyer face to face he was never in his office and now I'm reading the newspaper and he's being charged with ...

    John’s Answer

    Call another lawyer. We'd recommend you start with lawyers who are board certified in civil trial law. It's is the Florida Bar's expert standard.

    You can also call the Bar who might be able to help you get answers from your current lawyer.

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  • 6 yr+ P.I. case. Now attorney tells me he doesn't have $ to pay medical expert fee for trial. Wants me to pay or he resigns.

    MVA Other driver fault. Resulting in major back surgery etc.etc. Attorney said "great case", i was "great witness in depo" "should get max policy limits-200k" Very promising, everything is great... Drags on 6 yrs. Continuing back & neck pain-injec...

    John’s Answer

    Your lawyer can associate trial counsel who will come in and help prepare case for trial and find what is needed or you can find a different lawyer yourself. More information is needed.

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  • Accident Information Needed........................................

    This might be a silly question but my friend and his girlfriend was slammed into the rear last night and totaled the car. They are in some pain but nothing serious I think. The officer told them the other driver was 100% at fault. Just was wonderi...

    John’s Answer

    II is 100% too soon to tell. Not only is not enough information known about the injury- how it will heal, what medical procedures will be necessary, but cases are also often capped by insurance proceeds. So in Georgia, if the person had the minimum $25,000 policy and the victim didn't have UM/UIM coverage and there were no other assets or policies, $25,000 would be the cap per person. It could be less. It could be dramatically more- I've settled and tried 7-figures cases that start out like this.

    Insurance carriers try to negotiate every dollar they can, because every $100 means millions in the end to the Board of Directors. Even in soft tissue injuries, those tissues stretch and scar, or cause corresponding pressure on nerves in the spinal cord, leaving behind permanent problems for some. I have had clients need surgeries years later because of a bulging disk and have their entire world collapse for what seemed inconsequential at the time. Insurance companies want you to settle as soon as possible and treat as little as possible. Attorneys matter. Carriers change their gameplan when a lawyer is involved. It seems like your injuries are more serious.

    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) 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 more a law firm advertises, the less likely it is to give personal attention. If you order a cheeseburger, you don't often meet the chef. If you buy a shirt, you virtually never meet the designer. But hiring a lawyer is different. A lawyer is your spokesperson. Unlike a burger or a shirt, it can be a relationship which will last a lifetime.

    Have them give one of us a call to discuss this confidentially and for free. And get to a doctor as soon as possible to document the harms and losses.

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  • Does Disneys legal plan cover car accident lawyers ?

    I belong to Disneys legal plan through payroll deduction. I was involved in a car accident and wondered if there are lawyers in this plan to assit in this matter.

    John’s Answer

    It depends on the situation. If criminal charges were filed, maybe. If you were injured by no fault of your own, probably not. You should pick your own lawyer anyway. Look for a Board Certified or otherwise credentialed Florida injury lawyer. If you were not injured but at fault, you should call your auto insurance company first. That's very important.

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  • Drunk driver hit my fiancé head one going the wrong way on highway using a rental car. He has insurance. What do we do for money

    The man was arrested for DUI, open container, and driving on the wrong side of the highway. My financee's car is totaled, but we are wondering what to do about Pain And Suffering compensation. and How much we could possibly obtain from the re...

    John’s Answer

    Sorry for your problems. It's tough to evaluate a case without knowing precise injury and what pain and problems and restrictions she will have going forward. Call one of us and we can help you better and help get though this.

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  • I was visiting St Augustine over a year ago and went to this restaurant where I fell down a step and fractured my ankle.

    There was no markings, light or any indication there was a step. I badly fractured my ankle and It still hurts today. I've been paying doctor and hospital bills all this time and feel i need to see the doctor as to why it still hurts. I feel th...

    John’s Answer

    Hopefully you took photos or the condition hasn't changed. You'd need a local lawyer to preserve the condition and make a claim for you. Look for a Jacksonville or St. Augustine Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer. One of us would be happy to help you.

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