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  • Are civilian process servers allowed to display a fake police badge?

    A process server showed up at my apartment today. It wasn't concerning. What is concerning however is that when he knocked on my door, he presented a very plastic, faux looking Chicago Police Department badge. I expressed my doubts, and that I tho...

    Steven’s Answer

    Honestly, what does it matter? You've been sued and served, don't you want to ask anything about the lawsuit?

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  • I slipped outside of McDonald's and I broke 2 bones and had to get surgery I got 5 screws and a metal rod put in my ankle.

    I was wondering how much money I can get if I make a lawsuit against McDonald's

    Steven’s Answer

    Before getting to damages (how much), you need to establish liability (whether or not they owe you anything at all). Liability is always difficult in a slip and fall case, even more so outside the establishment. Get yourself an experienced personal injury attorney so that you'll you a chance to win.

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  • Do I have a lawsuit?

    I walked into the grocery store and tripped and fell because there was a faulty frame around the rug that was clearly covered with black tape and the tape was worn,causing a large lip that tripped me. I suffered a sprained neck,back,wrist,and also...

    Steven’s Answer

    Yes, under these facts you would have a case. However, the grocery store may disagree as to what made you fall. Slip and fall cases are very hard to win. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.

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  • Can I meet with another lawyer if I already signed a form at my personal injury consultation stating fees ($0, contingency)?

    I met with a lawyer and he had me sign a form regarding fees. It is a contingency case so the form said $0, with them taking 31% if the case is won. He is going to look into the business in question (where I had my injury) to see if they are insur...

    Steven’s Answer

    Yes, you've hired him.
    No, you cannot have more than one law firm working on the same case simultaneously, on a contingent fee contract..
    Yes, you can meet with anyone you like, and yes, you can change attorneys.
    But you must fire the first attorney in writing if you are going to hire a replacement, and you need to be honest with the second attorney that you have already hired someone else.

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  • Does the hospital need to be included on the settlement release form.

    My settlement release form states that the agreed amount will be released to me after I sign and have it notarized. But the insurance adjuster sent me two checks one for me and one to me and the hospital. Can they do that with out putting it in t...

    Steven’s Answer

    Yes, they can.

    Unfortunately, this is one of the many traps for the unwary involved in settling directly with an insurance company instead of using an attorney. You assume that the amount of the settlement is the amount that you're going to get, but the adjuster know otherwise and doesn't bother to say so. An attorney would tell you not only the gross amount of the settlement but your net as well. An attorney would have negotiated with the lienholder before asking you to sign off on the deal. An attorney would have enforced the lien act to make sure that the lien holder wasn't walking away with a higher percentage of the settlement than the law allows.

    Now that you've signed a release, there isn't much that you can do about it, I am sorry to say. Chalk one up for experience, I guess. I'm sorry to see this happen to you. I hate to see it happen to anyone. Insurance companies tell you that they'll be fair and that you don't need a lawyer.... Here's why you do.

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  • Do I have a case?

    I was in an accident August 10th 2015, days went past because the accident wasn't bad, then I started getting sick and paining all over I went to St.James Hospital on Aug 17th and told them exactly what was hurting they did cat scans and xrays no ...

    Steven’s Answer

    I doubt that you have a good medical malpractice case, but you might just have a personal injury case against the driver who caused the accident. You may be better off pursuing that aspect. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away to discuss your options. You've let a lot of time go by already.

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  • Had accident in car with only liability issurance the other car didn't stop am I covered with my liability issurance.

    another car hit mine on expressway and kept going . I was injured and taken to the hospital

    Steven’s Answer

    Every insurance policy sold in IL should have uninsured motorist coverage. If you cannot identify the driver who caused your accident, your uninsured motorist coverage should still cover your hospital bills and pain & suffering. It will not cover your property damage. Still, I strongly suspect that you have some good options here, and I urge you to call an experienced personal injury attorney TODAY to discuss your options privately.

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  • Can I be sued?

    I was coming home on a country road late around 11pm. There are no houses for miles. I didn't see the dog until it was too late and couldn't break or swerve. I hit the dog head on going 60. I was positive it was dead based on the bumping. I panick...

    Steven’s Answer

    Anybody can be sued. Yes of course. But your insurance would cover the suit, and it would not be a very good suit so it seems unlikely

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  • A driver crashed into my home, causing major damage! My home is now condemned. The two walls of the foundation is gone!

    We almost lost our lives! We have no homeowner's insurance! The driver had 2 other people in the vehicle! One of them was injured! He was charged with DUI, Failure to reduce speed, speeding, and no valid driver's license. Our lawyer said that the ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Whereas it isn't true that you get NO recovery from substandard insurance, your recovery will be maxed out at the limits of liability for property damage sold by this company, and that will be not nearly enough to pay for the repairs to your house. I'm a bit confused by your question. Are you a renter or a homeowner? If you pay rent why would you be responsible for the damage to the home caused by someone else, and why could you try to recover for it? You really need to call a lawyer and go through the details privately

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  • I got hurt somebody's property

    I was at work the company I work for is contracted I got hurt on the contractors property what kind of lawyer do I need or can I get

    Steven’s Answer

    You need to start with a workers comp attorney. If you were hurt while working you should qualify for workers comp benefits. Whether or not you have an additional case against the property owner depends upon what caused you be get hurt. Start by calling some attorneys privately for a confidential free consultation regarding the specific facts of your case.

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