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Stephen Laurence Hoffman

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. Should a defendant in a PI case whose Ins. Co.admits liability be called to illustrate negligence & their impeachable testimony

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Robert Alan Cohen
    3. Jonathan P. Groth
    4. Chen Kasher
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    If liability is admitted, I guarantee the defendant will not be called, although it may be allowed that the plaintiff could call the defendant as an adverse witness. But with admitted liability, it is unlikely a judge would allow this. Either way, talk to your lawyer to get a more thorough explanation of the procedure and strategy.

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  2. Do I need an attorney for an auto accident that I didn't cause

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Shaun Michael Lieser
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    Report it to YOUR insurance, and they'll take care of any damage to the vehicles or people. Report it to THE OTHER GUY"S carrier for any damage you sustained and GET MEDICAL TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY, as any lag time will be used against you. Consider retaining an attorney, as navigating a personal injury claim is not something to be done solo unless you are positive you understand the process at least as well as the adjuster does. Good luck.

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  3. My daughter was passenger in car and the driver was charged with DUI he hit a tree and , does she have claim for bodily harm ?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Burton A. Padove
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    4. Steven Andrew Kozicki
    5. Mark Dean
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    Yes she does she should contact a lawyer handling personal injury matters, as do I. The case would be against the other driver. Stephen L. Hoffman Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC Chicago, IL 773-944-9737 Email: stephen@hofflawyer.com Website: www.hofflawyer.com Blog: www.hofflawyer.com/blog/

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  4. I was in a car accident this 4th of july a drunk driver hit me and left the seen car accident was pretty bad my car was

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Jordan Lee Margolis
    3. Joseph Younes
    4. Steven Adam Sigmond
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    You can claim for all of your medical bills, injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages as a result of this collision. Presumably, the company offering you money is the insurance company for the other driver. If the person left the scene and was not identified, perhaps it is your own company under the Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage. Either way, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY YOU SHOULD DO ANYTHING BUT RETAIN A LAWYER ASAP right now. To even THINK of settling (especially for a measly $300)...

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  5. I have a recent personal injury pending law suit. I am thinking about bankruptcy in IL. Will they take my settlement .

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Jeffrey Gunderson
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. Timothy Leo Bowden
    4. Michael R Crosner
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    Consult with a bankruptcy lawyer and inform your lawyer handling your injury claim. Generally, this should be exempt. But contact a lawyer to confirm. Stephen L. Hoffman Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC Chicago, IL 773-944-9737 Email: stephen@hofflawyer.com Website: www.hofflawyer.com Blog: www.hofflawyer.com/blog/

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  6. Is it common for an insurance company to replace the Defendants' Counsel in the middle of an ongoing personal injury case?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Daniel G. Galivan
    3. Nima Taradji
    4. John Gus Zgourides
    5. David J. Kiesler
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    Think of lawyers for insurance companies as employees of insurance companies, because they are! There can be political issues, it can be a matter of caseload, or it can be a match up of the value of the case with the skills of that particular lawyer. Some "insurance defense" attorneys develop reputations of "always coming in below the offer" or getting juries to "never exceed the policy limits." Some work best with males, others with females, sometimes with certain judges, and sometimes...

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  7. My little boy and I were rear ended earlier this morning by an uninsured, unlicensed driver.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Guy Irvin Wade III
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    Get treatment. Take photos of damage or visible injuries And contact an attorney. Stephen L. Hoffman Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC Chicago, IL 773-944-9737 stephen@hofflawyer.com www.hofflawyer.com

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  8. Does my niece need personal injury lawyer for car accident?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Thomas O. Moens
    3. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
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    I got as far as "left turn" and "American Access" and can answer your question with an emphatic "yes." Left turn cases are always tough to win liability-wise, but the fact that an independent witness saw the other vehicle disregard the light should help your niece. She will have some responsibility for failing to wait for the intersection to clear before beginning her turn, so it is not a clear cut 100% liability case. The second problematic issue is the insurer for the other driver. It...

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  9. Can I file my Illinois Motorist Report on the 14th day of crash?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Albert Lee Crosner
    3. Fedor Kozlov
    4. David Ian Schoen
    5. Judy A. Goldstein
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    File it ASAP and hope they have not begun the process of yanking and suspending your driver's license. You should be okay.

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  10. What is underinsured motorist and what does it cover

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Chen Kasher
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. John L. Schroeder
    4. David Ian Schoen
    5. Jeffrey Mark Adams
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    It covers what is not adequately covered by the at-fault person's insurance. Let's say a person hits you and you fracture your leg and run up $50K in medicals. He had a policy limited to $20K. Your policy was $100K. You might get all of his policy of $20K plus be able to collect UP TO the difference between your two policies--$80K--to adequately compensate you. If you are asking this, I suspect you have a need for a good lawyer and suggest you contact one immediately.

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