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Ronald William Slonaker

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  • What happens if someone is driving your car and has a hit and run accident and the car has no insurance and is financed

    The accident was in pinellas county the owner of the car lives in hillsborough county

    Ronald’s Answer

    In addition to what the other attorneys have said, if your car was being driven with your permission, and caused damage to another vehicle or injury to other persons you are also liable for those damages and risk having your drivers license suspended until any damages to others are paid.

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  • Should mediation be done before a lawsuit is initiated?

    Or is it normally done as part of a lawsuit. I am in the process of suing a business partner and am wondering if I should try to mediate first.

    Ronald’s Answer

    You can always do what is known as a "pre-suit" mediation if both sides are agreeable. In some cases it results in a resolution of the dispute and may save both sides a lot of time and money - but again, all parties must agree to mediate and on the mediator. You may want to speak to counsel to help get it scheduled and to represent you at the mediation. Good Luck

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  • I was in auto accident in may. Just received letter of being fired since 2 day after.. Have medical orders.

    Auto accident. 2 days after fired and have dr note. Can they do that. Company has less then 50 employees

    Ronald’s Answer

    I would suspect that they can - most employment in Florida is "at will" meaning you can be fired whenever for whatever at the discretion of the employer. Was the accident work related - if so then you should consult a worker's comp lawyer who may have another answer for you. If not, and the accident was not your fault then you should contact a persona injury lawyer who can make your lost wages part of your claim. Finally, if you had PIP you can wage reimbursement under that part of your own policy. Do yourself a favor and call a local attorney asap to evaluate your claim and your rights.

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  • Went to court June 2nd got a yellow paper to pay fine by August 26th

    Received today in the mail that I failed to show and they want me to report to the sheriff's department and I have all the paperwork to prove my innocence how do we stop crooked Marion County here your guilty until proven innocent this is for traf...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Based on the very limited facts your situation sounds more like a "Commit" order on a criminal traffic matter -NOT a simple moving violation. People are not told to report to the MCSO for simple tickets. It sounds more liket you had criminal charges and that you had a certain number of days to take care of various things and if you failed to do so then it became an automatic report to jail and serve time. As suggested, call an Ocala criminal attorney and they may be able to schedule a Motion with the Judge to set aside the commit order. It will likely depend on what you didn't do and why you didn't do it and which judge you had as to whether the order will be set aside or you would be given more time to take care of things. Good Luck!

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  • My son slipped and fell at Walmart the other day hes 10 he hurt his knee and back really bad do I have a case

    he was getting waters from the shelf and slipped in something wet on the floor that he didn't know was there we called 911 while we were there and they to him to the hospital from the store we have a witness and also the store manager was there al...

    Ronald’s Answer

    I agree with the other answers that there aren't enough facts to determine if there is a valid claim that can be brought on your son's behalf. Merely slipping and falling and incurring an injury in a store is not enough. Please contact a local attorney and discuss the accident with them.

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  • Is collision center liable for damages to my car due to another vehicle catching fire?

    My car was taken to a collision center for repairs due to an mva. While there, another car was brought in and parked next to mine. Sometime later that evening the other car caught fire due to an electrical short and damaged my car. My car is no...

    Ronald’s Answer

    If your insurance company is paying the Total Loss on the car, the only claim you would have is for the deductible. Typically, your insurance company would subrogate against the shop or its insurance company to recover their payout plus your deductible. However, to prevail on a claim against the shop, you would have to be able to prove that the shop was somehow negligent in the loss. Negligence based on the facts you have given seems remote at best. Best bet is to let your insurance company handle it.

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  • Why is the insurance denying to pay medical bills and lost wages.

    I was riding in my brothers vehicle and a car hit us. His insurance is denying the pip. They say since I own a vehicle that its not covered. My vehicle has not been insured for 4 months due to the fact that it was not running.

    Ronald’s Answer

    I have handled several cases like yours. You need to be able to prove that Your car was inoperable and out of commission and off the road. Contact an injury lawyer and discuss your case with them. Typically, once it is established that your car was not running, then the insurance on the car you were in should pay your PIP benefits.

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  • In an auto accident, can I sue the party at fault for the deductible my insurance doesn't pay?

    I have a high deductible of $1,000 and the damages are likely $1,200. I don't really see the point of even contacting my insurance company. I will contact his and ask that they pay for the damages and plan to file a complaint in court if they don'...

    Ronald’s Answer

    No, you can go after the driver that caused the accident for the full amount of your property damage - your own deductible would not be involved with the at fault insurance company. Good Luck.

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  • Car Accident - can I be sued?

    I was involved in a car accident 13 months ago. The other party received a ticket. He went to court to fight it. I went to court (I received witness summons), and the accident officer went to court (received witness summons as well). Judge listene...

    Ronald’s Answer

    The lawsuit would be against you , not your insurance company.

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  • Can I sue company for vehicle accident

    Man driving company vehicle looked down to do something with computer. Rear ended us with pushed us into another vehicle and them into another. Haven't been able to work since.

    Ronald’s Answer

    Absolutely, you can sue the owner of a vehicle in Florida under the dangerous instrumentality doctrine, as well as the driver/employee. However, to recover for an injury claim requires that you have what is known as a "permanent" injury. If you haven't done so you need to immediately see a doctor/medical provider or risk losing your first party PIP benefits, which will also pay lost wages. Please do yourself and your family a favor and contact a personal injury attorney asap. Most of us will offer a free consultation on accident cases and can advise you of your rights and the law.

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