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  • I have to go to traffic court due to an accident with an uninsured driver.

    I'm an RN at a very busy Chicago trauma center and I have to get to work ASAP afterwards. Is it okay that I wear my uniform, well ironed gray scrubs, to traffic court. Jeff in Chicago

    Stephen’s Answer

    Sure you can under these circumstances. This won't be a problem if you explain why at the onset.

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  • I had my sling removed my doctor put another one in now i can't lift over 35 pounds the rest of my life,i had sling retropubic,,

    sacrospinous repair, enterocele repaircystocopy is this all related to this sling that i had removed i'm just asking a question. just some legal advice please thank you

    Stephen’s Answer

    I have no way to tell you without knowing more. The ONLY way to sue for malpractice is if a doctor did something wrong--below the standard of care-that caused your injuries. The only way to sue is if you have a doctor stating that the original doctor's conduct was below the standard of care.

    Therefore, the best thing you can do is to contact a local injury lawyer. He or she may order your medical records to have them reviewed by an expert, or may suggest you obtain them yourself.

    Get in touch with someone and/or obtain your records. Do not delay.

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  • Can I get unemployment?

    I was injured at work in January and I'm still off. I finally began receiving TTD payments in May. Then last week they denied my claim after the IME so the checks stopped. My job says they don't have a light duty position for me and I can not p...

    Stephen’s Answer

    That doesn't add up. Definitely get a lawyer now before it's really too late.

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  • Defamation, False Light, Civil Rights and Civil Conspiracy by Government Employees Do I have a Case Consult an Attorney?

    This is my 4th question on the facts of this case, the others dealt with my employee hearings. I had an OP case, which I handled Pro Se against an attorney (I won) the judge was biased but still ruled in my favor. Ten days later the Sheriff's Of...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Truth is a defense. You're fine. Agree with Mr. Rafter.

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  • Should I hire an attorney and how do I find a good one?

    I was hit from behind at a red light by a speeding car. My car was totaled. I don't have any life threatening injuries however I am in a decent amount of pain. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. I am very young so I...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Yes, you would do well to talk to an injury lawyer as soon as possible!

    Many would be happy to walk you through the process and help you through this stressful time.

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  • Can I sue someone for demeaning my character?

    My ex-husband and I have been fighting the past month. It ended with me no longer communicating with him because he had sent me threatening text basically saying 'You faced with the wrong guy!!' Today, I get a call from a detective because his c...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Without damages that can be proven, a suit is pointless.

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  • Can step children receive part of a wrongful death settlement?

    My step father died in an accident and my moms attorney has told her that my dads step children (me and a brother) do not qualify to receive part of the settlement, is that true? Aren't we next if kin?

    Stephen’s Answer

    The Wrongful Death Act generally does not provide for step-children, but there may be instances in which a talented attorney can convince a judge to apportion some of the settlement toward non-biological children.

    I suggest, as does Mr. Brabender, that you contact a lawyer to see what options exist.

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  • Is there any legal recourse when your car is totaled and you can't buy a different one. Are they liable to provide a replacement

    My car was parked in a lot and struck by a company vehicle. Their insurance totaled the car and will settle with my lienholder and gap ins. to cover the rest. However I am out a car and am having difficulty getting another auto loan. Do I have leg...

    Stephen’s Answer

    No, unfortunately, the law does not provide for this type of relief.

    You were very fortunate to even have gap insurance, so you are in better shape than most people

    The most you can ever received for a totaled vehicle is the fair market value less depreciation plus scrap value. That's it. Gap insurance at least pays the loan, but replacement is simply not something you have a right to expect.

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  • Do A Plaintiff Have To Produce "Physical Items" Of Which Actually Caused An Injury To A Defendant If Defendant Requests it?

    Personal injury suit. Plaintiff stepped on a piece of construction debris containing a nail. After having the nail/debris surgically removed at hospital, Plaintiff retained the debris/nail in his possession. In the lawsuit, Defendant has sent P...

    Stephen’s Answer

    I would suggest bringing a motion that proposes that the nail be made available for joint inspection as you suggest.
    Failure to comply with discovery without filing an objection or motion will result in sanctions.

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  • My plastic surgeon did procedures on me that he never discussed with me. I am very unhappy at the outcome.

    I'm going through breast reconstruction after cancer/mastectomy. I recently went through a revision to correct asymmetry (my mastectomy was unilateral). My surgeon and I talked about what he would do and I was fine with that. In recovery, my husba...

    Stephen’s Answer

    I would be willing to bet your authorization is rather broad, and allows the surgeon to perform necessary procedures as he deems appropriate.

    Take your medical records to a medical malpractice lawyer to determine whether there was in fact "informed consent" to these procedures.

    Also, EVEN IF procedures were performed that were not authorized, this is not necessarily a great case, as breast reconstruction is never perfect, and some asymmetry is expected even when the job is done correctly. In other words, your "damages," may be hard to prove.

    Glad you are okay, but without knowing what you consented to, it is hard to know whether you have a case. Talk to a lawyer for a free consultation.

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