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  • Can I sue a Police Department for Damages? Who can be held Accountable?

    I was arrested for driving on a suspend license in Jacksonville,FL, when i arrested i was told I have charges for theft in another city. So i Did my own back ground check after I was released, I found 2 charges,one in 2011 the other in 2012. Neith...

    John’s Answer

    There is case law which protects the police from badly entered information. Sometimes there are "false arrest" cases with similar fact patterns but yours sounds tough. Give a local civil rights lawyer a call.

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  • My father fell down a very steep narrow set of stairs st a apartment he and family dying as result do I have a claim?

    Home was originally a 8 bed single family home , new company bought and decided into 2 4 bed apartments My father broke his neck in Fall and died at scene. I believe the homes new construction wasn't permitted as these stairs are incredibly stee...

    John’s Answer

    A major question will be whether these stairs met appropriate building codes and what was the cause of the fall. Our condolences.

    Hire a lawyer who can get on this right away. We practice in Florida and you can find many lawyers right here on AVVO's find a lawyer feature.

    Here are more general accident tips:

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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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  • My son was hit by a police car who driving on the wrong side of the road. He was hurt bad and declared dead on the scene until

    He was revived and we try to get lawyers but no one would take the case so wat can we do?

    John’s Answer

    You might seek a lawyer outside of the county. Some won't take these cases because they don't want to sue local police or government.

    Here are more accident tips:

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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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  • Does going to the chiropractor interfere with my settlement?

    none

    John’s Answer

    No. Treatment is important. Hire a lawyer who can help you with this right away. We practice in Georgia and you can find many lawyers right here on AVVO's find a lawyer feature.

    Here are more accident tips:

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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.

    See question 
  • Do I need an attorney from being hit in the back of my car with damage to my car and pain for me?

    I've got damage to my car and extreme pain to myself.

    John’s Answer

    Hire a lawyer who can get on this right away. We practice in Florida and you can find many lawyers right here on AVVO's find a lawyer feature.

    Here are more accident tips:

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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.

    See question 
  • I was involved in a car accident and have damage and injuries. What should I do?

    I was hit by another driver, and sustained head, neck, and back injuries. My passenger sustained similar injuries as well. My insurance coverage had lapsed a couple of months ago, so my insurance was not valid at the time of the accident. However,...

    John’s Answer

    You can certainly report the incident but be careful getting into too much dialog with the adverse insurance adjuster. Hire a local lawyer who can get on this right away. We practice in Jacksonville and you can find many lawyers right here on AVVO's find a lawyer feature.

    Here are more accident tips:

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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 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.

    See question 
  • I was involved in a car accident and have damage and injuries. Is it okay to contact the "at fault" parties insurance?

    I was hit by another driver, and my passenger and I sustained injuries. My insurance coverage had lapsed a couple of months ago, and was not valid at the time of the accident. The other driver received a citation and was at fault, according to the...

    John’s Answer

    You can certainly report the incident but be careful getting into too much dialog with the adverse insurance adjuster. Hire a local lawyer who can get on this right away. We practice in Jacksonville and you can find many lawyers right here on AVVO's find a lawyer feature.

    Here are more accident tips:

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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.

    See question 
  • I was in an accident in January 2015 can i still take action?

    I was pregnant at the time. I was told it would be hard to find someone to find a chiropractor. My back and kneck is killing me. I was perfectly ok prior to this accident. The other party was in the wrong. What could i do?

    John’s Answer

    Yes.

    ACCIDENT TIPS

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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.

    See question 
  • I want to know what to do if you was in a car accident..

    Hello my name is Dee my son was recently in a car accident i which he did get some injuries he has about 6 slip discs.. He has been going to see this doctor..He has been in alot of pain.. The car that he was riding in they only had PIP.. and the c...

    John’s Answer

    ACCIDENT TIPS

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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.

    See question 
  • Car accident question

    My mom and I were involved in a rear ender. I was driving her car; she was a passenger. The other driver got a ticket. The other driver was a young lady who was visiting her dad from out of state. Her dad owned the car. My mom has 2 very serious h...

    John’s Answer

    We'd need to look at coverage and policies. Here are other accident tips.

    ACCIDENT TIPS

    If injured, get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn't complain about and the like. Go, be honest and detailed. Remember that these records will be examined by lawyers later.

    Second, call your insurance carrier and make a claim and/or call a lawyer. We don't want clients giving statements without discussing it. All too often, injury victims will say they are "fine" or "not that bad" and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues. They leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors. These injuries can show themselves over time.

    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. He now solely works for injury victims.

    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. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, and even "in house courier" charges and even interest in these charges.

    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.

    See question