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  • Can I change attorneys (on contingency) if mine says the case will fall apart if witnesses are uncooperative?

    Injured in a car accident by a police squad driven by a police officer's son (juvenile). We are suing the son, the father and the city. The son was arrested but not charged for auto theft. After two years, our attorneys are saying we do not hav...

    Donald’s Answer

    You have the right to hire or fire any lawyer you want, at anytime. The best advice is to have an in-person meeting with your current lawyer to try and work out your differences, especially after two years. That being said, if that does not work out, you can hire a new lawyer at any time. You may have to pay your prior lawyer a portion of your future settlement for the work that they performed, so this is something that you want discuss with your new lawyer.

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  • What remedies may be available to me if my car has been totaled by a negligent driver?

    My parked car was totaled by a negligent driver (who openly admitted that he was distracted just before hitting my car). My understanding is that my insurance only has to pay me the "fair value" for the car. I am currently making payments on thi...

    Donald’s Answer

    Unfortunately, under most policies of insurance you are entitled to recover the fair market value of the vehicle, or what you could have sold it for just before the accident. Likewise, if you sue the other driver directly, he, or his insurance, is liable for the fair market value of your car. Some insurance companies will sell you replacement value coverage, at an extra cost.

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  • How do I know how much to factor pain and suffering into a claim? I was struck from behind 50 mph while stopped legally.

    I was stopped to wait to make legal turn, struck from behind driver going 50. taken to hospital with concussion, back pain developed and persisted for 5 months, often intense. made several visits to ER's and specialists, received injection, all ...

    Donald’s Answer

    The short answer is that the value of your pain and suffering depends on the amount of pain and suffering that you can demonstrate. You should keep good records of all of your medical visits, pain mediation, and impact on your life. Most injury lawyers will give you a log to track these details. There is, however, no set formula (such as 3x's medical expenses).

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  • Can I sue my roommate and get insurance to pay if he accidently broke a slate table

    he fell of the sofa while he was asleep even though he has his own bedroom and broke a 700 dollar slate coffee table even though we are both named on a renters insurance policy with a 300,000 thousand personal liability insurance as well as normal...

    Donald’s Answer

    If your friend is unwilling to pay you for the table, and you are willing to risk the relationship, you can file a small claims action, and if successful, obtain a judgment against him. Collecting the judgment can sometimes be difficult if he does not have income or assets. You can contact the insurance company and ask about coverage, the language of the policy will dictate what type of events are covered.

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