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Bret A. Schnitzer

Bret Schnitzer’s Answers

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  • Company car accident and filing lawsuit against the driver and company

    my cousin passed away due to negligence of other driver the suspect said the car is company car on that day is a memorial day holiday he was using to run errands .(the company does carpet cleaning to offices and motels etc) the driver is sister of...

    Bret’s Answer

    First of all, you cannot settle that case since it is a wrongful death case without approval of the Court. To settle the case two things must happen. First, you need to have a personal representative appointed for the Estate and second you have to negotiate a settlement and have a Judge approve the settlement. The insurance company is not required to provide the policy limits to you pre-litigation. You need to file suit and send interrogatories to the defendant, if they will not provide the policy limit information. Additionally, because this is a company, they may have secondary insurance known as an umbrella policy. Often times they try to not disclose the umbrella policy to save money. It would be important to hire an attorney to help in this case. Our offices have been doing only auto accident cases for almost 30 years and we charge a 1/3 fee in MIchigan. This also includes getting the personal representative appointed, filing suit and getting the case settled for top dollar. Even though $500,000.00 seems like al lot there is probably more if you hire a good lawyer.We are close to Livonia and would certainly offer a free consultation to assist you and the family in this matter. You can click www.seriousautoaccident.com to go to our site. Good luck to you and I hope you the best.

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  • Car accident lawsuit against the insurance company

    my pal passed away jan 2012 hit by other driver T-boned by friend. other driver fault crossing red light. suspect policy has 500K. does their insurance pay the whole amount they try to pay 20 percent. because they offered friend family to settle 1...

    Bret’s Answer

    You need an experienced auto accident attorney in your corner. First a personal Representative needs to be appointed to file suit. We can help. www.seriousautoaccident.com

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  • How many times can a trial be delayed

    My father was in a hit and run case and he is victim we went to court dozens of times they are taking their precious time an the insurance company that we're sueing doesn't want to pay when the evidents there an it's getting very very stressfull.

    Bret’s Answer

    The MIchigan Supreme Court requires that the case be tried within 2 years of filing of the lawsuit. Good luck

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  • After having some warranty work done involving the fuel system on my new motorcycle it had a near fatal malfunction.

    The result- a crash with injuries.

    Bret’s Answer

    You need to preserve the motorcycle. If it is compromised you may lose the case. See a lawyer who does product liability law. A negligent repair claim is also best handled by such a lawyer.

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  • Am I responsible for damages to his Motorcycle?

    I was at a stop sign and pulled out in front of a motorcycle. Before we made contact I stopped, he swerved to avoid me, but lost control of his bike and layed it down. There was no collision

    Bret’s Answer

    In Michigan you would be liable. All States have different laws and rulings, but I would be very surprised if you were not liable in Ohio. Turn it over to your insurance carrier. Good luck

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  • How do I acquire the Mini-Tort (I was rear-ended) when the other driver's ins. # and VIN # turn out to be invalid?

    I carry full coverage on my car (due to the fact I am still paying it off) so my insurance informed me I am owed the Full Mini-Tort ( which recently, in Oct., changed to $1000 in Michigan) so this covers my deductable and therefore the other drive...

    Bret’s Answer

    Take the police report and get the other drivers information. Contact the Secretary of State and get the name of the registered owner of the vehicle that hit you. Sue both the registered owner and the driver for the mini-tort. If they have insurance, you should find out after you have served them with the complaint. If they don't have insurance you need to go after them directly. Good luck.

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  • Can I sue a psychiatrist for telling me I have an anxiety disorder, depression,& anti-social issues is because I am over weight?

    I waited for 2 years to see a psychiatrist at South West Mental Health in Alabama. I finally got to see her on November 7 2012. After explaining all the problems I was having she told me the reasons I was having these problems is because I am over...

    Bret’s Answer

    It sounds like you don't like the opinion of the doctor you saw. I would suggest you get a second opinion to find out what is going on. Good luck.

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  • How do I go about sueing someone?

    i was recently the passanger in a car accident. The driver was three times over the legal limit of alcohol consumption. He lost control and crashed. I was rushed to the hospital and spent two days there. This happened six weeks ago, I am still rec...

    Bret’s Answer

    I am a Michigan attorney. You have three potential separate cases. You have a first party lawsuit for your wage loss, medical bills and household services. You have a third party lawsuit against the negligent driver and you may have a third potential dram shop case against the bar or establishment where your driver was served alcohol. The third case has a notice requirement that is very short and you need to hire an attorney now if you want to pursue it. If you fail to make the proper notification than you lose your right to pursue that case. See our website for more information at www.schnitzerlaw.net

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  • What could happen?

    A friend of mine was involved in running the scene of a car accident, where she was pulling out of a restaurant driveway after looking both ways for a car and someone had pulled out of a different driveway after a little ways down and she ended up...

    Bret’s Answer

    She need to consult with a criminal lawyer. She violated several laws by not having insurance and fleeing the scene of a MVI. She could lose her license, she could get points and she could get fined and possibly jail time. Get her an attorney for your best outcome.

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  • Where do i get my big settlement from my insurance or from the cars that hit me ????

    i got into car accident with other 3 cars and i got hurt and i had to do surgery for my nose and my insurance paid everything and give me a settlement and i accepted it ..so my question is .... where do i get my big settlement from is it from my...

    Bret’s Answer

    I am a Michigan Auto lawyer and my offices are close to Dearborn. You have two cases in MIchigan that are worth discussing. The first in your first party case which pays for wage loss, medical bills and household services. Your other case is a third party case for your pain and suffering from the negligent driver. Take a look at our website for more information and make sure you hire a lawyer before you sign a release.

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