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Eric J. Parker
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  • Do I need a personal injury attorney now?

    I was recently sideswiped by a SUV who was attempting to turn into my lane and hit my passenger rear quarter panel area. A police report was made and the driver admitted fault to police. I was shaken up and ended up going to hospital a few hours l...

    Eric’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your accident. I believe you are going to need a personal injury lawyer to resolve your case. If an insurance company is trying to resolve a case, and the client was not seriously injured, I have no problem telling people that they may be able to resolve the case on their own, without paying a lawyer. In this case, however, the combination of the insurance company involved and the medical bills that are piling up, I think you would have a hard time getting this resolved on your own. The most important thing is to make sure that you are able to get the treatment you need to get better. I would seek out a good, honest injury attorney sooner rather than later. Good luck.

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  • I was injured on a car accident and the other driver was at fault.

    And his insurance denied liability,can I still covered under my uninsured motor vehicle?

    Eric’s Answer

    The others are correct - you can't bring an uninsured claim in this situation. Fortunately, you have every right to pursue the insurance for the driver that caused the accident. Sadly, it is not unusual for them to deny responsibility. That is most of the reason that personal injury lawyers are in business. Based on the insurance company response, I think you will need to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

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  • Does a will allow a house to avoid probate or do you need a Trust and a Will to avoid having a house going through probate?

    Currently the house's title is in the name of the husband who is deceased, the wife is wondering if she needs to have a will, a will and a trust or nothing to avoid probate court.

    Eric’s Answer

    Hard to be certain without more information but it is likely that she will need to open a probate estate to get the house legally into her name. There is a second question about how she would transfer the house to her heirs without having it go through probate. There are several ways to accomplish that. A good probate lawyer should be able to sort this out for her fairly easily.

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  • My mother-in-law was injured in a car accident. Does she need a lawyer?

    Her auto insurance has paid for a new car and much of her medical expenses were covered by her regular medical insurance. The only expenses she incurred that haven't been covered are some lost wages and some out-of-pocket medical expenses (e.g. d...

    Eric’s Answer

    Many lawyers will undoubtedly tell you that she must hire a lawyer ASAP. That is not necessarily the case, but there are a few cautions. Losing the 1/3 fee to a lawyer is a significant amount. On the other hand, there are some costs involved in not having a lawyer. First, it can be hard to determine if they are making you a fair offer without some experience in the area. Second, they often make you an offer that does not include the amount of medical bills paid by insurance. They don't tell you that your health insurance company requires you to repay any amount that they paid out if you accept a settlement. Many of my clients started out believing the insurance company was being fair with them and later determined that they were not being so fair. Most injury lawyers will agree to a free consultation if you are uncertain.

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  • Would a personal injury settlement affect my ssa benefits

    I was in a car accident and I want to know if my personal injury settlement would affect my ssa benefits

    Eric’s Answer

    The main issue is whether you are receiving SSI benefits or SSDI benefits. SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) is not income dependent, and so a personal injury settlement should not affect your eligibility. Be sure to know which type of social security you are receiving and then discuss the details with your lawyer.

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  • My friend was killed riding his motorcycle. he was hit by a person making a left turn but he was speeding

    the lady admitted she thought she could beat him but from the police report and how the car was positioned it looked like she was trying to make an illegal u turn and she hit a pole. her insurance is denying liability what can we do here. I under...

    Eric’s Answer

    I usually try to provide as much of an answer as I can and to not just say "get a lawyer." In this case, however, the stakes are too big to mess around. Your friend's family will need a lawyer. There are things that can be done to help them.

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  • Is it possible to get a lawyer for a personal injury, that collects their money when they win the case?

    I know someone who was shot in the back by police, due to police brutality...he has hospital records and other things to prove that it was misconduct. Just don't have money to afford an personal injury attorney, his family is already paying for hi...

    Eric’s Answer

    Yes, in fact, I would encourage anybody pursuing this type of case to only hire an attorney working on a contingency fee. These cases are difficult to win, so, as a client, you would not want to take on the risk of paying lots of fees. It will also be important to find an attorney with experience in police brutality cases. It will not be enough to find an attorney who handles general personal injury. Fortunately, there are a number of attorneys with this expertise in the Chicago area. You are a good friend for helping him or her seek out help.

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  • How to get power of attorney for my disabled sister that is in mursing home

    She is disabled and in nursing hm our parents are diseased.

    Eric’s Answer

    If she is still capable of making decisions for herself, she can sign a power of attorney for healthcare and for property. A lawyer can help you to accomplish that, and it should not be expensive - these are simple forms (but you do have to fill them out and witness them correctly). If she is no longer able to make decisions for herself, you may need to have a guardianship established. This gets more complicated. I think it is worth consulting with an attorney to figure out what you may need. Hope that helps.

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  • Is there any legal action that can be taken against a police department for a pursuit that ended with death?

    My brother died in a crash while being pursued by Chicago police.

    Eric’s Answer

    The short answer is yes. They can be very difficult cases, but it is possible to pursue a case like this and win. A few years back there was a case (Huang vs. City of Chicago) where the attorneys were able to recover a fairly substantial verdict in a case like this. We too are sorry for your loss and encourage you contact a lawyer to pursue the matter.

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  • I'm looking for an attny that can help me with guardianship for my elderly ill father. I'm totally unaware of what to do.

    My sister currently has POA for medical but has recentky moved out of state and left our father at a nursing home away from his family. He said he doesn't remember signing a POA so i done know if its even legal. She has and continues to abuse him ...

    Eric’s Answer

    Usually, I try to answer as much as I can in an AVVO response. In this case, however, there are a number of issues and they can get complicated. I think you need to talk to an attorney in your area. Many offer free consultations and that might help you quite a bit. Whatever the exact situation, your father does have options.

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