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Joseph H. Saunders

Pinellas Park Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. When a person files a claim for pain & suffering after an accident. How much can he be compensated for and how is it determined?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Alejandro Rafael Lopez
    2. Jeff Tomberg
    3. Jason M. Melton
    4. Robert Alan Zimmerman
    5. Alexander J Perkins
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    A jury determines the dollar amount for pain and suffering based upon the evidence at trial if a case is not settled. In cases settled before trial attorneys and insurance adjusters look at trial verdicts with similiar circumstances to try to predict what a jury might do. Some jurors believe that juries should not award money for pain and suffering at all even though the law says that they should. That is why some verdicts and some offers to settle before trial include unreasonably low amounts...

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  2. I am a legal heir (plantiff) of a wrongful death suit along with 2 siblings. What do I need to ask attorney to cover myself .

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Samantha Suzanne Berryessa
    2. Joseph H. Saunders
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Jennifer L. Ellis
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    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. One of your goals should also be to establish good communications with your other family members, This is important to getting a good legal outcome for everyone. I recommend that you to get legal opinions from a California probate attorney as well as the wrongful death trial lawyer. These are two different areas of law. Once you have a good understanding of the legal issues you will be in a better position to establish good communications and trust with...

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  3. My husband was attacked and stabbed while working in Florida 9 years ago. Can I still file a Loss of Consortium claim?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joseph H. Saunders
    2. R. Brent Cueria
    3. Robert Bruce Kopelson
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    I am so sorry to hear of you husband's injury. There is a statute of limitation that bars lawsuits for personal injury in Florida that are not filed within 4 years of the incident causing the injury. There are a few very limited exceptions to the statute of limitations that might allow your proposed lawsuit. If you husband was in the military at the time of his injury or joined the military in the intervening 9 years he may be entited to the suspension of the statute of limitation for military...

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  4. Do I need an attorney?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Eric Edward Rothstein
    2. Michael Charles Conway
    3. James D. Kiley
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Joseph H. Saunders
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    Medical malpractice lawsuits are very expensive and time consuming and the doctors win more than half of the time. Therefore, most lawyers that handle these cases such as my firm generally want to see that the delay in treatment caused a substantial additional injury or allowed the cancer to spread to such a degree that treatment will not be as effective. This is necessary in order to justify the expenses of the case and give the client some reasonable chance of a financial recovery. It...

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  5. Medical malpractice

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joseph H. Saunders
    2. Joseph Jonathan Brophy
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    I don't think that you have the basis for a medical negligence or malpractice claim in Florida based upon the circumstances that you describe. In my opinion, as a lawyer who has tried medical malpractice cases in Florida such a case needs to have very clear failure of the doctor to meet a reasonable standard of medical care and substantial injuries and losses directly caused by the doctors failure.

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  6. Workerscomp opinion for FL,settlement....ballpark number or should i change attorney..but i know its very late in the game..

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyson Marie George
    2. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    3. Joseph H. Saunders
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    I am sorry to hear that you are still suffering from your work related injury. The Florida Workers Compensation system is very unfair to employees. Therefore, it can be very hard to predict outcomes. I would suggest that you ask your attorney to meet with you in person and bring a written list of your concerns. For years the Florida legislature has been controlled by Republican politicians who cater to the insurance industry. As a result the laws are so stacked against workers that few Florida...

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  7. I wouldlike to know what happens in a negotiation on a personal injury lawsuit?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. David Alan Wolf
    2. Stephen Scott Stone
    3. Sheldon S Saints
    4. Joseph H. Saunders
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    I would suggest that you ask your lawyer to provide you with information about whether the at fault party, the defendant, has insurance coverage and if so, what are the defendant's insurance policy limits. This is important because the negotiation tactics are very different if there is no insurance. Next you will want to know whether the defendant has any assets that could be recovered to pay a judgment if you win in court. If not, a negotiated settlement may be all that you can get. A...

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  8. I am filing a wrongful death suit for my mothers death and want to know what, if any, rights do my siblings have to the suit.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Russell Warren Lewis IV
    2. Joseph Anthony Zarzaur Jr.
    3. Joseph H. Saunders
    4. Marian Ida Kelly
    5. Andrew Ronald Gillin
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    I am so sorry for your loss. In Florida a wrongful death lawsuit has to be filed by the personal representative of the estate of the deceased. the PR of the estate is appointed by the court and brings the case for all of the survivors who may be entitled to compensation. In some other states survivors can file their own cases but not in Florida. If your sister has been appointed the PR of the estate she has to file the case. If she does not do you you have have a lawyer petition the court...

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  9. Do I need a personal injury or malpractice lawyer?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Joseph H. Saunders
    2. Lars A. Lundeen
    3. Robert L. Brenna Jr.
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
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    In Florida as in most other states a medical negligence or malpractice case is not viable unless there is a significant and permanent injury. As a result of so called "tort reform" protecting negligent doctors the time and expense of bringing a medical malpractice case is so high that injured patients have no remedy in smaler cases. This is terribly unfair. With respect to the facts you set forth it is not clear that the chiropractor did anything wrong. A poor outcome from treatment is not...

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  10. I was raped by a police officer who was a neghbor when i was younger

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Philip Alan Eichorn
    2. Peter Stephen Kirner
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Joseph H. Saunders
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    I am so sorry to hear that you were abused. I commend your strength in coming forward. You are very courageous. I would suggest that you do three things in what ever order works best for you. I would suggest that you get some mental health counseling to help you cope with the trauma that you sustained. I would suggest that you make a report to the police. It may still be possible that the predator can still be prosecuted and that you can help protect others. You should also contact a civil...

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