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Pamela Louise Pierro

Pamela Pierro’s Answers

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  • I have to defend myself against a creditor for a credit card debt? I really do not know what to say. What do I do or say?

    I am unemployed and don't have money.

    Pamela’s Answer

    If the debt is yours and the case is in suit, try working with the creditor's attorney to arrange for a payment plan or a settlement for less than the total value. Many of them will be willing to work with you. However, make sure that it is a payment plan you can actually meet, because if you end up settling the case and then defaulting (not paying the agreed upon amount on time), the full balance will become immediately due.
    Depending on the amount of your debts, you may also wish to consider consulting with a bankruptcy attorney.

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  • How long do I have to file a civil suit for an accident in a stadium in Chicago IL?

    working w/ a company providing services to a stadium. Stadium supervisor's negligence, provoked an accident. Not a worker's compensation case but a civil one against the stadium for health problems on shoulder and hand.

    Pamela’s Answer

    You have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.

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  • Hi, I was recently T-boned by an uninsured driver causing over 5-grand to my vehicle. I have full coverage....can

    Can I be compensated any way?

    Pamela’s Answer

    Yes. If you have insurance you may have uninsured motorist coverage which allows you to recoup your damages from your own insurance company. You should definitely contact a lawyer

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  • Fell in the street

    I,was walking to the bus stop one day,the city of Chicago has had the street,curb,and sidewalk dug up for over a month without having any barriers around the holes and I,fell on the curb and into a hole damaging my knee that I,had knee replacement...

    Pamela’s Answer

    Generally, you have 2 years from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, when suing a municipal entity (ie the City) I agree with my collegue that the statute of limitations is only one year and that appears to have expired.

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  • Can a plaintiff be represented by lawyers in small claims court in IL.

    a local dentist has a lawyer file hundres of small claims and represent him in court. seems unfair .

    Pamela’s Answer

    Yes. Al parties have a right to have an attorney for any litigation. Based upon the information in your question, I imagine the dentist has one firm handle all of his matters for collections of unpaid bills.

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  • UMBI settlement with insurer and medical bills?

    I was involved in a hit and run accident here in IL. I didnot have health insurance. Although my car flipped over couple of times, I didn't sustain any major injuries but they performed CT scans and some routine tests which came negative. Now, I h...

    Pamela’s Answer

    I would recommend giving the insurance company access to your medical records by signing a HIPPA authoriation form, but limit the authorization to the facilities you treated with for the accident to protect your privacy with any other medical treatment you may have had. The insurance company would settle with you directly, then you are responsible for paying the medical bills. However, since the hostpial and ambulance have provided Geico with a lien, Geico won't be able to issue you a check without their name on it as well (to ensure they receive payment) or they can issue separate checks (one to you, one to the lienholders) but they have to protect that lien. You can try to negotiate with the lienholders - but often they are less inclined to accept a reduction when speaking with someone not represented by counsel. You should probably consult with an attorney. Best of luck to you and happy to hear that you didn't sustain any major injuries.

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  • Motion to Reconsider before Final Appealable Order?

    I know that a Motion to Reconsider must be made within 30 days of a final appealable order. I have one defendant whose Motion to Dismiss was granted. The other defendant is in default (no appearance) and a default judgment is in the process of bei...

    Pamela’s Answer

    Absolutely and you SHOULD. You need to protect your rights. If the 30 days runs and you don't file a motion to reconsider, you WAIVE the right to file it. Your claims against each defendant are technically considered separate, though they are within one lawsuit. I presume the Motion to Dismiss was granted with prejudice, since you mentioned it was a final and appealable order. You should consider hiring an attorney for the best chance of success in your lawsuit.

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  • Lawsuit

    What does this mean Voluntary dismissal Non-suit or dismissed by agreement ? Can they sue again if the agreement has not been done in the time frame made in the agreement ?

    Pamela’s Answer

    I agree with both attorneys. To expand on Mr. Golightly's answer, in Illinois, a plaintiff can nonsuit a case/(voluntarily dismiss it anytime and for any reason before judgment is entered and then refile the same case within 1 year from the date of the dismissal. They only have the opportunity to do this one time.
    On the other hand, if the matter was dismissed by agreement, that seems to indicate that some sort of settlement was reached. If the case was settled, the court may retain jurisdiction over the matter in order to enforce the terms of the settlement. A case may be re-instated where the terms of the agreement are not met.
    You should probably consult with an attorney regarding how to address your particular situation.

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  • Pleading - not guilty on a "failure to yield" when we believe the other party was at fault.

    My husband was recently issued a ticket for “failure to yield” on a left hand turn. We live in Illinois. The light was green & he did not see the other driver. As he made the left hand turn into the intersection, a woman hit him against the right ...

    Pamela’s Answer

    I would recommend pleading "not guilty". If the other driver ends up filing a personal injury lawsuit (and even if they did not appear injured at the scene, many people do), an admission of guilt on the ticket can later be used in a personal injury suit. Many people don't realize this and simply pay the fine or accept the supervision as a matter of convenience, only later to learn the consequences. You can always put on your own evidence that it was the other person's fault, but a prior admission of guilt will not help your defense should there be a lawsuit. Definitely plead "not guilty"

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