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Stephen Laurence Hoffman

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. Can i take my ex to court for a settlement she received in the death of our child

    Answered 7 months ago.

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    A wrongful death suit in Illinois has a specific breakdown of who takes what pursuant to the statute. In addition, the court order by the judge specifies precisely what goes to whom, and this is based upon connection to the deceased. Assuming you had some connection to your adult child (and my condolences on this tragic loss), you should have been entitled to something. The fact that you were not aware of the suit means you may have a chance to reopen the matter, assuming it is still...

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  2. I was hit by a car making a left turn, as I was walking across the street, in the designated cross walk. He was uninsured.

    Answered 7 months ago.

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    In the real world, no, I don't see any realistic options. The only possible options might be if anyone in your household owned a car and had insurance on it, that would qualify you under Unisured Motorist Coverage. Suing the driver is almost never worthwhile, since you will never collect money from a regular person. Unfortunately, I don't see anything to do. Bad situation. I'm sorry.

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  3. Was rear ended and have received an estimate of $2k in damages to vehicle, can I request the insurance co. write me the check?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
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    If you are not injured, then your choice is between taking the money and fixing it and taking the money and not fixing it. In your case, with a car you don't want to repair, as long as it is not a total loss, you can take the money and not repair it. This is common. If you were hurt, then definitely see a lawyer right away and get medical treatment. Keep in mind that accepting the property damage money may end all rights, especially if you sign a release.

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  4. I had car accident back in june & it has already been settld but now im havin neck issues can I still go back on the othr party

    Answered 10 months ago.

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    If it is settled, you signed a document called a release, which ends all claims against any parties who may be liable, their insurance companies, and anyone else from whom you accepted money designated in the release. You are done if you are already settled. Once a settlement is agreed to, a release signed, and money disbursed, you have no remedies against that party or his insurer. This is a textbook example of why you should almost always have a lawyer handle your injury case rather...

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  5. Can I file a claim against my employer for contracting a virus while on business travel in China that attacked my immune system?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Joseph Andrew Brabender IV
    3. Chen Kasher
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    Well, that's certainly a unique and unusual work illness and yet another downside of business travel. Illnesses or injuries occurring while working are generally covered under workers' compensation, which is your sole remedy against your employer, especialky if you were at an increased risk for injury or illness yhan the general public. No lawsuit is possible versus your employer. I suggest you consult with a workers compensation lawyer ASAP, as I find the longer people wait to get...

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  6. If you have a settlement coming and your not happy with the sum.What happens if I don't sign?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

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    No one can force you to accept a settlement. Don't sign if you aren't happy. But, be aware that many of the issues of your case probably prevent a better settlement, including attorney's fees, medical liens, and difficulties proving your case. Have a sit down with your lawyer to better understand all ramifications of settlement as well as the risks of trial. Sometimes a bad settlement is better than taking a difficult case to trial. Stephen L. Hoffman Law Office of Stephen L....

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  7. When will my case go to trial is there a pre-trial before the trial. do most cases settle or go to trial

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
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    Why aren't you asking your lawyer? Each case is unique. In your case, once it's certified for trial it should be assigned within months. That said, whether it goes to verdict, settles, or wha have you, depends on the specifics of each case. As to PRETRIAL, many judges try to settle cases before beginning trials, but not always. It may even be where this doesn't occur unless the parties agree

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  8. Should I be asking for compensation for pain and suffering?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
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    The very fact that you are asking this proves the point that you should retain a lawyer. Unless you are an expert in understanding the following (at least): how insurance companies work, how cases are valued, the claims process, what you can recover for, how to prove pain and suffering, and the mechanics of head injuries, you should not even think about doing this yourself. The simple fact is, attorneys "add value" to cases because of our experience in handling this type of matter, but...

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  9. My insurance co is suing the insurance co of a man who made an illegal left turn and hit me and another car.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Mark Dean
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    No. Only a plea of guilty is admissible in civil court. A finding if guilty is irrelevant. The trial is what's called Subrogation, which is where your carrier goes after the other carrier for damages paid out. Your insurance lawyer handles hundreds of cases like yours annually and knows exactly what to do. 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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  10. Slip and fall accident

    Answered 11 months ago.

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    You're asking for legal advice. That's why you hire a lawyer in the first place. It's not too late. Talk to one of us soon! 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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