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  • My 73 year old mom was on her power electric wheel chair when she got hit by a car in walmart shopping center and the insurance

    company wants us to meet with him tommorow at noon should we do this,the lady said she was at fault and sorry offered my mom to pick her up next morning to take it to the scooter store and get it fixed instead of calling her insurance so i called...

    Edmund’s Answer

    We sympathize with your situation. Often times we try to do the right thing and settle cases without getting lawyers involved but, sadly with today's complicated laws, sometimes a settlement without a lawyer can cause more problems than no settlement at all and so your mother needs to be very careful about settlement of this claim. For example, it is likely that her medical bills were submitted to Medicare. Medicare not only will require your mother to pay her back for any bills related to this incident out of any settlement she gets, Medicare may also have a right to deny her payment for future care related to this incident. Further, if Medicare is not paid it can refuse to pay for future care and sometimes take even more drastic steps. A bad settlement could actually cost your mother time and money in protecting her Medicare!

    For these reasons and others, I generally recommend that you contact a lawyer in any personal injury case. If it is an injury in Florida we also recommend that you consult a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. In Florida, only a lawyer Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar can say they are a specialist in this area of the law. The Board Certification is the highest level of achievement recognized by the Florida Bar. Because the laws are so complicated now, you need a specialist to make sure that all of your mother's rights are protected. Remember a bad settlement can be worse than no settlement at all!

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  • Do I need a lawyer for son hurt in conveyour belt at the local stores check out counter?

    His arm was burned because they did not have safety guards on the belts and he arm got caught under the belt. The lady at the register said they all should have them but only one 1 of the 12 belts had them. A representative called and said...

    Edmund’s Answer

    I am licensed in Florida, but this answer should apply in other states as well but could be inapplicable depending on the laws in your state.

    You may have a claim against both the store and the product manufacturer. If the store remove safety guards or was aware of the danger and did not warn about it or was otherwise negligent you may have a claim against the store.

    In order to win the products liability case, you would have to show that the product was defective and unreasonably dangerous. In order to that, you will need to have an expert look at it and determine why the injury occurred and if it was caused by a design defect, manufacturing defect or poor maintenance.. After you prove there was a defective product or negligence you still must prove that there was an injury caused by the defect. Finally the damages or injury must be sufficient to justify the time and expense of a lawsuit.

    You should seek the help of an attorney who is experienced in products liability cases as soon as possible. The product should be kept in the same condition as it was immediately after the accident and be examined by a qualified expert to determine the cause of the failure, why the failure occurred and if liability can be placed on anyone for that failure.

    Do not delay in seeking help of an attorney on this case. If the store will not cooperate you may need to file suit. Please check for an AVVO Board Certified lawyer in your area for a free consultation and do so as soon as you can to avoid a change in the product, loss of evidence or expiration of the limitations period.

    Mr. Normand is licensed to practice law in Florida. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Mr. Normand strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state in order to insure proper advice is received. It is strongly recommended that you consult with a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Florida Bar Board Certification is a mark of specialization and ethics that must be earned. Although any lawyer can claim to be an expert in any field of law, only a small percentage of lawyers are Board Certified as specialists. It usually cost no more to hire a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer so protect yourself and hire a State Bar Board Certified Lawyer.

    Hope this helps.

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  • If my son had a rollover wreck in my car, no one was hurt but the car is totaled do I have to turn it in to the insurance?

    It was a single car accident no other cars involved. There's no fixing the car and we don't want to file a claim for money, we just want to drop the insurance on it. And again the car was flipped 3 times but no one was hurt. Please help!! My son w...

    Edmund’s Answer

    Most insurance policies require that you report any covered crash. I know the tempation is to pay it yourself so they will not raise the rates but that is technically a violation of the policy. Now if you are going to drop the insurance on the vehicle alltogether then it may not matter that you breached the policy. The potential harm would be if later on the insurance company found out and decided to deny a later serious claim based on the failure to report this claim. This may depend on the law of your state and I would check with an AVVO lawyer in your area that offers free consultations. There may also be legal requirements to report the accident to local law enforcement. I am not sure about the laws in your area so again speak to local counsel. So while it is tempting to just not report it and move on there could be legal consequences to that action.

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  • My mother in law harrassed me so much i tried to commit suicide. can i sue her?

    my mother in law harrassed me so much i tried to commit suicide. then after i was baker acted she sent an email on facebook to my friend telling her about it and also called my ex husband so he would take my children away. can i sue her?

    Edmund’s Answer

    This is a difficult question because only you can decide if you should sue for your injuries. You should consult with a local lawyer about the various causes of action you may have and for advice as to the time limitations involved. Because the time limits can vary and can be very short you should contact a lawyer immediately. If you wait too long the limitations period could expire and you could waive any rights of recovery because of an expiration of the limitations period. Your case could involve a number of different limitations periods and so it is strongly advised that you contact a local lawyer immediately.

    One consideration in suing is not if you can sue but if you should sue. It may be difficult to recover money for the injuries that were caused because your mother in law may not have assets that you can collect even if you win. No lawyer can tell you that based on the information presented here. You should contact a lawyer with all of the relevant information for a specific legal opinion. The actions here may include intentional acts for which there is usually no insurance coverage but there may be some negligence involved that may allow for coverage under her homeowner's insurance.

    You should contact a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law to help you recover for your damages. You should contact a lawyer in your area from AVVO to help you. You should contact lawyers that offer a free consultation. This type of case is unusual and many lawyers may take this case only for an hourly or up front fee. You should take that into account before you decide to make a claim like this.

    It is strongly recommended that you consult with a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Florida Bar Board Certification is a mark of specialization and ethics that must be earned. Although any lawyer can claim to be an expert in any field of law, only a small percentage of lawyers are Board Certified as specialists. It usually cost no more to hire a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer so protect yourself and hire a State Bar Board Certified Lawyer.

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  • Is it legal in fla. for me to give alcohol to my 18 year old?

    laws regarding giving alcohol to people under 21 but over 18

    Edmund’s Answer

    NO you cannot give alcohol to your 18 year old. The legal limit in Florida for alcohol is 21.

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  • Is it legal in fla. for me to give alcohol to my 18 year old?

    laws regarding giving alcohol to people under 21 but over 18

    Edmund’s Answer

    NO you cannot give alcohol to your 18 year old. The legal limit in Florida for alcohol is 21.

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  • Should I hire a personal injury lawyer to seek settlement

    I have been advised by family to hire a personal injury lawyer on behalf of a relationship. Basically it turns out that after 15 years it is/was all fake. Things from a child she had before she met me that died right before we met in person asking...

    Edmund’s Answer

    This is a difficult question because only you can decide if you should sue for your injuries. You should consult with a local lawyer about the various causes of action you may have and for advice as to the time limitations involved. Because the time limits can vary and can be very short you should contact a lawyer immediately. If you wait too long the limitations period could expire and you could waive any rights of recovery because of an expiration of the limitations period. Your case could involve a number of different limitations periods and so it is strongly advised that you contact a local lawyer immediately.

    You should contact a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law to help you recover for your damages. You should contact a lawyer in your area from AVVO to help you. You should contact lawyers that offer a free consultation.
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    Mr. Normand is licensed to practice law in Florida. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Mr. Normand strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state in order to insure proper advice is received. It is strongly recommended that you consult with a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Florida Bar Board Certification is a mark of specialization and ethics that must be earned. Although any lawyer can claim to be an expert in any field of law, only a small percentage of lawyers are Board Certified as specialists. It usually cost no more to hire a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer so protect yourself and hire a State Bar Board Certified Lawyer.

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  • A city employee struck my car(his fault)the city wants to only offer some of repair, what can I do? its less then the 2 estimate

    The city has strung this out for 3 months. This is an 1988 Toyota but they repair is 1000.00 but we just bought the car. The city is offering only 700.00 should I take them to small claims court?

    Edmund’s Answer

    If you were not at fault in the accident you should be able to recover for your personal and property damages. The at fault party should be liable for the cost of the repairs and you may also be able to recover for rental car fees or loss of use of the vehicle during the time the vehicle was being repaired. You may also be able to recover for the diminution in value of the vehicle because many times the value of the vehicle is reduced just because of the fact that it was in a crash and was repaired. Recovery for those other damages aside from the direct repair costs depend on the laws of the state that you are in. If you are hurt you will need to contact a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law to help you recover for your damages. You should contact a lawyer in your area from AVVO to help you. You should contact lawyers that offer a free consultation. .
    Mr. Normand is licensed to practice law in Florida. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Mr. Normand strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state in order to insure proper advice is received. It is strongly recommended that you consult with a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Florida Bar Board Certification is a mark of specialization and ethics that must be earned. Although any lawyer can claim to be an expert in any field of law, only a small percentage of lawyers are Board Certified as specialists. It usually cost no more to hire a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer so protect yourself and hire a State Bar Board Certified Lawyer.

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  • I got in a car accident that was not my fault, and 6 months after the accident i found out that my license had been suspended

    I did not know but my license had been suspended for the past 2 years and i had no idea. i had been to the DMV and been pulled over but i no one told me my license was suspended. The other parties insurance and mine does not know that my license i...

    Edmund’s Answer

    If you were not at fault in the accident you should not be held liable in a civil action for the accident even though you were driving with a suspended license. You should still be able to recover for your personal a property damages. You will still have traffic court and potential criminal liability for driving with a suspended license. You need to contact an experienced criminal lawyer for the suspended license issue. If you are hurt you will need to contact a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law to help you recover for your damages. You should contact a lawyer in your area from AVVO to help you. You should contact lawyers that offer a free consultation. That lawyer may also be able to help you with the suspended license issues or refer you to a criminal traffic specialist or you can also find one on AVVO.
    Mr. Normand is licensed to practice law in Florida. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Mr. Normand strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state in order to insure proper advice is received. It is strongly recommended that you consult with a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Florida Bar Board Certification is a mark of specialization and ethics that must be earned. Although any lawyer can claim to be an expert in any field of law, only a small percentage of lawyers are Board Certified as specialists. It usually cost no more to hire a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer so protect yourself and hire a State Bar Board Certified Lawyer

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  • I was rear-ended by uninsured driver, he was driving his mothers car (she has insurance), I had to pay my deductible and repairs

    My insurance company said they tried to collect but to no avail? Tha driver was 18 and received ticket. I have copy of police report. Can I at least collect my deductible?

    Edmund’s Answer

    If you were rear ended then under most circumstances the other driver is liable for all damages caused including the deductible portion of the property damage. I would submit the claim to the insurance company for the owner of the vehicle. Whether or not the owner is liable for the driver depends on the laws of your state and the facts involved like whether or not it was driven with permission. You can sue the driver in small claims court for the decuctible but I would first submit the claim to the insurance company of the owner. You should contact a local lawyer listed here on AVVO for help. You can usually get a free consulation.

    Mr. Normand is licensed to practice law in Florida. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Mr. Normand strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state in order to insure proper advice is received. It is strongly recommended that you consult with a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Florida Bar Board Certification is a mark of specialization and ethics that must be earned. Although any lawyer can claim to be an expert in any field of law, only a small percentage of lawyers are Board Certified as specialists. It usually cost no more to hire a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer so protect yourself and hire a State Bar Board Certified Lawyer

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