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  • Workman's comp case

    Hello I'm in Chicago and I had a workman's comp case from 2011 I was injury on the job ad a result I had two shoulder surgies,my attorney kept on lying to me about my case,I just found out my case was thrown out back in January of 2015 is it still...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Probably not. Consult with a WC lawyer immediately. You may have a legal malpractice case.

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  • Do I have an injury claim? Fell down back stairs of rented two flat (steps are uneven), two witnesses saw the fall - in pain.

    I was on my way out with my husband and friend and we went down the back stairs of our two flat. We live on top and the landlord lives on the first floor. They have their portion of the stairs (where I fell) cluttered with a lot of their belonging...

    Stephen’s Answer

    First thing you must do is get medical treatment. You have already wasted valuable time, as any delay between an alleged negligent act and treatment can kill a case.

    Whether you have a case or not depends on many factors. If the debris was unknown to you, perhaps you have a case. Same with the unevenness. But if these were stairs you used for years without complaint to the landlord, that will be tough to prove. The law is very complicated with slip and fall/premises cases.

    I suggest getting your medical taken care of and then contacting a lawyer to parse through the facts as they apply to the law.

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  • What next step should that person do after doing a hit and run

    What should a person do if they did a hit and run because they had no insurance but it was the other drivers fault and the person tried 2 give out their info but the other driver scared them so bad they left and now they have a hit and run on thei...

    Stephen’s Answer

    I assume you are the "hypothetical" person who hit someone/someone's vehicle and left. It doesn't matter why you did, the key is to fix the problem. Now you say there is a "hit and run on their record," which means nothing to me. Were you formally charged with hit and run? Did the police track you down. IF THAT IS THE CASE, there is nothing to do EXCEPT retain a criminal attorney IMMEDIATELY.

    Now, if you have not been charged, found guilty, or any of that, I think the smartest thing to do would be to contact a criminal lawyer to determine how to handle this. Most likely, it can be arranged for you to submit to jurisdiction ("turn yourself in") and fight the charges from there.

    Probably a great idea would be to refrain from posting anything else online about this in any case.

    You should not drive without insurance--it is illegal, as you know--so if you plan to ever drive again, please purchase some first.

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  • Should I hire counsel to represent my interests in this matter? Can I file a counter suit or a separate civil suit for my damage

    My neighbor attacked me on my property and I defended myself. My neighbor was charged with several offenses, however at trial the States Attorney did not subpoena the evidence technician photos nor present any evidence that would've corroborated ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    YES!!!!

    First of all, I hope you realize that you could lose everything you have, your house, and then some, if somehow this idiot actually wins. Lots at stake, so do not hesitate to retain counsel immediately.

    That said, if the complaint alleges your conduct was negligent, as opposed to intentional, your homeowner's insurance should cover this loss, and should hire lawyers to defend you. REPORT THIS TO YOUR CARRIER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. This might mean you do not have to hire a lawyer, but there is no time to waste.

    Now, if the conduct alleged is intentional, and it is never claimed you were merely negligent, you will be on your own. In that case, hire your own counsel immediately.

    There may be some options for counterclaims against the other person, although whether assets are available to collect may make it moot.

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  • Because I wasn't there whose responsibility is it? And what should I do? Something isn't right!!!!

    I was at a restaurant with my friend and it was raining really hard and we parked far from the restaurant to avoid parking fees. As I waited at the restaurant to be picked up, my friend was driving he swiped a man's 2004 Volvo truck turning the co...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You report to your carrier and let them handle this. Stop communicating with the other guy.

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  • Because I wasn't there whose responsibility is it? And what should I do? Something isn't right!!!!

    I was at a restaurant with my friend and it was raining really hard and we parked far from the restaurant to avoid parking fees. As I waited at the restaurant to be picked up, my friend was driving he swiped a man's 2004 Volvo truck turning the co...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You report to your carrier and let them handle this. Stop communicating with the other guy.

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  • What happens if you cannot locate your spouse to serve divorce papers?

    Does the court system in Cook County Illinois attempt to locate him?

    Stephen’s Answer

    As Ms. Goldstein stated, you need either a special process server, a skip tracer, or private detective, or some combination thereof to locate your wayward spouse for purposes of service. If you have no address, the Sheriff will not even attempt service, and they certainly won't try to track people down. Expect the bare minimum.

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  • Can I sue

    In November I had the procedure to have an iud placed during the procedure the dr told me that she wanted me to get an ultrasound to check for placement and come back the following week, when I came back she could not find my iud and never told m...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Quite possibly. Get all your medical records and talk to a medical malpractice lawyer immediately.

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