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Jon Ethan Lewis

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  • Hit by 18 Wheeler, I have No car Insurance. Can I still fill a claim since not in fault.

    I was in the turning lane about to turn onto a road off of a highway when an 18 wheeler coming off that same road turned into the wrong lane. They were about to hit my car on the drivers door so I drove up so it can go behind me but the trailer st...

    Jon’s Answer

    Yes. An attorney would need to see the wreck report. Also, keep in mind that truck cases are different. There are federal laws which govern them - the FMCSR, and an attorney needs to get a spoliation letter out immediately.

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  • Workers comp what are my rights

    I was injured on the job almost a month ago I have been going to the doctor every week the doctors want me to go see a surgeon because they be leave I have a hernia but the workers comp insurance has not approved it yet both the doctors and myself...

    Jon’s Answer

    A letter from your doctor stating that delaying the surgery will cause you more pain and damage. Further, if the doctor threw in the word that it's "outrageous" and/or "shocks the conscience" that they are delaying this necessary and injury-related treatment. I think such a letter would get their attention. If not that, you should send a letter asking for a written explanation why they are delaying the authorization.

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  • Will my husband still receive workers comp benefits if the company is no longer in business.

    My husband has been on workers comp since September 2014, he found out the other day that the company he works for is selling out. Will workers comp still continue to pay his weekly benefits?

    Jon’s Answer

    If the employer had more than four employees and and an insurance carrier for the comp coverage, your husband should continue receiving the comp. It, however, also depends on where he is in the process, i.e.: is he on temporary total disability (TTD)? Has he been put at Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)? has he already tried or settled his case? These questions need to be answered in order for an attorney to give you a meaningful answer.

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  • If a friend was driving my moms car and i was a passenger and they totaled the car, can i sue ?

    Let friend drive car and totaled it in collision

    Jon’s Answer

    It depends. Technically, you can sue anyone for anything. The question is, can you win? If another car was at fault, you or your mom can sue for the property damage, and you can sue for personal injury. If, however, your friend caused the wreck, Alabama has the guest passenger statute, and you can only sue your friend if he/she was wanton (gross disregard for the safety of others, i.e.: drunk - speeding is not enough) or if you were not a "guest", i.e.: paid him/her for the ride. Your mom could sue for the property damage.

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  • I recently had a spinal fusion at L3-L4. The neurologist discovered during surgery that the fusion done by an orthopedic surgeon

    at L4-L5 those vertebrae were broken and the screws were loose and it wasn't ever a solid fusion. Since the L4-LA I haven't been able to do anything. Is this a case of medical malpractice.

    Jon’s Answer

    when you say neurologist, do you mean neurosurgeon? If the "neurosurgeon" will testify that the orthopedic breached the standard of care (you will still need an ortho expert), you may have a case. Did the "neurosurgeon" keep the hardware he removed? There are too many issues to provide you a yes or no answer. As mentioned, the records would have to be ordered and reviewed by a medical professional. But, the first step would be your "neurosurgeon".

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  • Does she need an attorney?

    My 19 year old daughter was served papers for an auto accident which the other driver was cited not her in AL. He called her first stating he was taping the conversation telling her she needed to admit she was at fault which she did not. He now se...

    Jon’s Answer

    You need to write your insurance carrier a letter with a copy of the complaint and wreck report. They hire an attorney for you. The wreck report is not admissible becUse the officer did not witness the wreck. Typically, there is no citation in Alabama due to the fact the officer didn't witness it. What was the citation? If the other person was at fault, she can file a counterclaim. I would have to see the wreck report.

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  • Rear ended by others (my wife is pregnant)

    Few days ago, while me and my wife(20 weeks pregnant) were completely stopped at redlight, car behind us hit our car at 40~45mph. I saw that car was approaching at high speed, unable to move because of traffic. police officer offered us an am...

    Jon’s Answer

    Most attorneys in this practice area only charge contingency fees, meaning that we do not get paid unless we make a recovery for you. Typically, the insurance carriers' goal is to pay you the least amount they can. So, I'm sure most of the attorneys you ask will tell you, "Yes, it is absolutely better to have an attorney."

    However, that answer can be qualified by the fact that it depends on each case. There have been times I have been asked by potential clients regarding their case, and based on the information I evaluated and the offer the insurance company made, they didn't need an attorney. For example, if you can get $5,000 (and that's a fair offer), but if you hire an attorney and that attorney only receives an offer of $7,500 or less, you didn't need the attorney. Or, if you hire the wrong attorney, you might be better off going it on your own. I resolved a case for a client who was advised by two attorneys to accept the $15,000 offered. She came to me. I filed suit and conducted discovery, and the settlement was $245,000.

    So, the answer really depends, and an attorney would have to assess all the facts: The other driver's condition, driving record, your injuries, the medical reports, the venue of the potential lawsuit, past verdicts, etc.

    I hope this helps. In my opinion, you have peace of mind by employing the right attorney.

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  • I was hit by a drunk driver. her moms car had insurance but the driver wasn't covered. how do I get my car fixed. im covered

    the lady was charged with dui. now my car is wrecked and im at risk of being pulled over and thats my only way of going . im pregnant and had two children in the car with me

    Jon’s Answer

    There are actually several avenues for you. First, did you have collision coverage on your car? If so, they will pay and try to recover your deductible. If not, as has been stated, the mother's insurance should cover you, and if she knew her daughter was an "incompetent" driver, you would have a negligent entrustment claim against the mother. Further, where was she drinking? If a bar or package store served her while she was "obviously intoxicated", they can be liable for the damages under Alabama's dram shop statute. The other question is, were you and your children injured because that is more important than the vehicle.

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  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturer's Recall

    I had an accident in June of 2014 involving an ignition failure rendering my brakes, etc, inoperable and resulting in me wrecking into a tree that had fallen across the road. I have since found out that the manufacturer actually issued a recall on...

    Jon’s Answer

    Do you have the right? Yes. Is it economical? Not sure. I would need to know the extent of your injuries and the make, model and year of the vehicle. Additionally, if you do not have the vehicle, you most likely do not have a case. The manufacturer has to be given a right to inspect the vehicle.

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  • An intoxicated attorney broke my hand and refuses to pay. Can he be made to pay?

    No one in this county will take case because they are all friends. I have had secret advice. My time is running out. He's admitted doing this. His firm is very popular but I'm only going after him. He's a little drunk.

    Jon’s Answer

    Obviously, this is a very political issue given his position in the community. Were there any witnesses? Was he at a bar? Had a bartender been serving him while he was obviously intoxicated? Were there any verbal exchanges between you and the other attorney? How do you know he was intoxicated? Was he arrested?

    I think more facts are needed in order to determine whether or not a case exists.

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