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Jeffry Norman Gale

Jeffry Gale’s Answers

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  • Under the Longshoreman workman's comp, am i entitled to file suit for pain & suffering while fighting for compensation?

    I suffered a back injury while operating a crane at work back in Oct.2014. I havent recieved any workman's comp nor any help to fix my injury.

    Jeffry’s Answer

    The Longshore Act is a federal workers' compensation statute and does not allow for pain and suffering, only certain compensation and medical benefits. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, however, you could have a different claim that would allow for the recovery of pain and suffering. Please keep in mind that there are time limits to take action, even with the workers' comp claim. Your accident apparently happened in October 2014, so some of these time limits could be quickly approaching. I would strongly recommend that you promptly speak to an attorney in your area that handles these kinds of cases.

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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...

    Jeffry’s Answer

    I would recommend that you seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. An attorney can relieve you of the stress of dealing with the insurance company and can maximize your recovery in the case. Also, make sure that you promptly seek medical treatment and complete your treatment as soon as possible (with as few gaps as possible). This will document your injuries and assure that you are adequately compensated.

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  • Do I need a workman comp attorney, do I even have a case

    My husband was injured in Oct of last year they diagnosed him with a sprain on the right ankle went through workman comp doctors....2 months later he asked worker man comp for another doctor come to find out instead of a sprain he had 2 bones brok...

    Jeffry’s Answer

    He should see a local workers' compensation attorney immediately. Curious what the doctors have said about the connection between the pulmonary embolism and his foot injury. Also, whether there is any long-term impairment from the lung problem. Please get him some legal help soon.

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  • Have been denied Workers Compensation. What are my options?

    Injured shoulder at work, was told by company Dr., injury was pre-existing. Never had any issues with shoulder before injury.

    Jeffry’s Answer

    Unfortunately, this situation is all too common and will require some help from an attorney. I would suggest that you consult with an experienced local workers' compensation attorney.

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  • I have a back injury now the insurance company refuse to go with the back specialist recommendation of a pain block

    I received a back injury while working for CRST trucking co. letting the trailer back down on the truck. Second time in physical therapy,been off work since Aug 1 receiving workman comp but need the problem fix. The insurance company not trying t...

    Jeffry’s Answer

    The workers' compensation insurance company has a legal duty to provide you with medical care recommended by your authorized treating physician. If you are not satisfied with the doctor, you do have a limited right to change. I would, however, need additional information to advise you further about this.

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  • About what do you expected to be offered when you been injury on the job. and workmen comp. makes a offer on a shoulder injury

    this will be after having surgery a year ago. This offer will come from a adjuster sent by workmen comp. need to what or about what the state of alabama consider to be a good offer.

    Jeffry’s Answer

    There is not enough information here to place a value on your claim. With shoulder injuries, an important factor is whether you have been able to return to work with it. Also, whether the doctor has given you an impairment rating, any permanent work restrictions, etc. Keep in mind that there are time limits for making a claim for compensation benefits. I would suggest that you immediately meet with a local attorney that handles workers' compensation cases.

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  • My son hurt his back

    My son hurt his back but not at work but goes to work and he's boss made a comment that he was going to fire him because the boss said he didnt need my son on the job leaping around. Doed Alabama law or the owner have the right to fire him. And my...

    Jeffry’s Answer

    I hope your son is okay with his back. Alabama is an employment at will state, but the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act does allow for a wrongful termination claim under certain circumstances if he is making a workers' compensation claim. These are not easy cases and I would consult with a local workers' compensation attorney if he is ultimately fired from the job.

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  • My son pass a way this month,he was not married had no kids had no will or living trust,and was in chapter 13 bankruptsy.

    I am his father what am I too do?

    Jeffry’s Answer

    You should just look at his assets and determine if it is even necessary or of practical benefit to open an administration of his estate. Generally, if he was in bankruptcy, he may not have much, but it is still possible to have some assets, even a home or money in accounts, that may lead you to open an estate. I would speak to the bankruptcy attorney to determine how the probate estate and the bankruptcy case will impact each other at this point.

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  • My brother just died and had no will and no beneficiary on the land, home, property, cattle and had no will. We are in Alabama.

    He also has a bank account and nobody. on the accounst.. He had no children, but has 3 sisters and one brother. How do i take care of his affairs.

    Jeffry’s Answer

    As there is real property involved and in order to get access to the bank account, you will probably need to file a petition to be appointed administrator of his estate since he died intestate (without a will). You will then have authority to handle these things. I would suggest that you promptly see a probate attorney in your local area.

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  • I petition for Letters of Administration, retained an attorney and paid him plus bond. If at hearing other heirs object and the

    court instead appoints the county administrator does that mean because I paid retainer the admin would work with me and I have access to the atty. If another heir wanted to be Admin I would be ok but would they be responsible to pay the retainer ...

    Jeffry’s Answer

    I agree that the county administrator, if appointed, would be the sole representative of the estate and that they would typically hire their own attorney. If you are otherwise qualified and have petitioned to be appointed administrator, the primary reason I see the county administrator eventually getting involved would be if you could not get bonded. In some of the larger counties, you do need leave from the county administrator if you wait past a certain time period to file your petition. Whether you would be entitled to a fee refund would depend on the agreement between you and your attorney. If you don't need a bond, then you should get refunded the amount you deposited with your attorney to cover the bond premium. My big question, however, is why do you think the county administrator may get appointed? I would address this with your attorney.

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