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  • I am losing pay because of my work comp dr appointments, should I get paid for that time?

    Fell at work, spine fractures

    Peter’s Answer

    Absolutely, yes. In Iowa, time missed from work to attend authorized medical appointments for a work injury is compensable.

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  • Someone test drove my motorcycle that I was selling and crashed it. Am I liable for his medical bills plus pain and suffering?

    Motorcycle was for sale on Craigslist. This guy came to look at it, test drove it, and within the first half mile crashed and totaled my motorcycle. He now claims the throttle was stuck, causing him to crash. I had an expert motorcycle mechanic c...

    Peter’s Answer

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    Under these circumstances, the first thing you should do is notify your liability insurance company. The second thing you should do is contact a lawyer to make a claim against the guy who crashed your bike for property damage.

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  • My mother was getting up for work and went out to warm up her car and slipped on ice, what should i do? View detais

    6am Dark. Lights out in complex hall ways. There hasnt been ice dissolvment/salt in the building for months. She breaks her arm, hurts her back and a sore shoulder. I took pictures of every negligent thing the landlord ignored. The lights the salt...

    Peter’s Answer

    These are tough cases, but depending on your photos, this one may have a chance. You need to pick a reputable personal injury lawyer and review all the facts, including the photos, with him/her.

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  • I hit another car I have valid Drivers License & Ins other driver ran stop sign has Ins but no Driver L Can i recover my losses

    He ran a stop sign and I T-boned him

    Peter’s Answer

    If the other driver has insurance, there is coverage unless the policy has an exclusion for driving the vehicle without a license. I have never seen such an exclusion, so you are probably in good shape.

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  • I was assaulted at a bar by another customer whom had been kicked out of the bar. I was outside waiting for my ride and the guy

    came up to me and hit me the bouncer seen it and came out and tackled the guy then told him to get off the property. I don't know who the guy was/is so I cant file assault charges on him but I think the bar should have called the police at that ti...

    Peter’s Answer

    Anytime a troublesome patron is kicked out of a bar and the bar does not make sure the patron is gone from the premises there is the potential for a claim if the patron attacks somebody. You need to arrange a consultation with a lawyer to discuss more particular details.

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  • Can i sue the owner of a playcentre for an unsafe environment? (safety issues that will prevent more injuries in the future

    my son was walking towards me whilst he walked over a metal plate that was bolted to the floor where vinyl is layed. he slipped fell cut his eye and had immediate swelling a brusing. that metal plate looked like it wasnt meant to be there at all ....

    Peter’s Answer

    The first thing you should do is take numerous pictures of the condition you describe. What you do beyond that depends on the severity of your son's injury and your objectives. If you are considering legal action, you should contact a personal injury lawyer before going any further.

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  • Im 14 years old, am i old enough to make the decision of what parent i want to live with?

    My parents do not have any papers written about who has custody

    Peter’s Answer

    There is no hard and fast rule about how this works. At age 14, it is more likely that a Judge will take into consideration your wishes, as long as it is for the "right" reasons. For example, if one parent is obviously more stable and responsible than the other, and you want to be with that parent for those reasons, the chances that a Judge will honor your wishes are definitely improved. On the other hand, if you want to choose the parent that is the most lenient, lest you stay out later, and has no rules, chances are less that the Judge will take into consideration your preferences.

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  • What can I do if I deposited a check not KNOWING it was a fake check.?

    The bank is trying to press charges on me saying that i knew. Which i DID NOT. Told me I have 3 days to pay back the amount of $2450.

    Peter’s Answer

    You need to hire an experienced criminal lawyer to deal with the bank.

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  • When can a person falsely accused pursue a law suit?

    Does a criminal case have to be over before a person files a law suit against all parties involved?

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    In theory you can file a lawsuit any time. The better practice is to wait until the criminal matter is concluded. Even if the other person clearly made false allegations against you, you will need to be able to demonstrate how those allegations damaged you, and as a practical matter, there will need to be some way for you to collect on an anticipated judgment. This is a serious matter, and you will want to move very deliberately (if at all) with the input and guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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  • Can work comp judge lower my lawyer fee of 35% i signed for it was desperate for help saw most lawyers get 10 to 15%

    there is settlement offer of 100,000 i owe him 2000 in fees so far i went first lawyer i went to he took advantage i feel after said and done i would only get 63000

    Peter’s Answer

    It is unlikely a workers' compensation judge is going to interfere with the attorney fee contract you signed. 35% might be slightly higher than the industry norm, but there may have been special circumstances about your case that justified a slightly higher fee. You yourself state that you were "desperate" when you signed the contract, which tells me that you were having a hard time finding a lawyer. I can tell you you are wrong when you say that most lawyers charge a contingency fee in the range of 10 to 15%.

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