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Richard Watts Morefield

Richard Morefield’s Answers

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  • The Olivette Police would not give me the other drivers info because they said he worked for the Missouri Hwy Dept.. Help me pl

    I was driving in a construction zone the driver was standing on the edge of his truck and flung the door open as I was approaching . His door tore my mirror off and scratch my glass and damage my door. This was on the passengers side. . I jerked ...

    Richard’s Answer

    The information you need should be in the police report. The Olivette or Creve Coeur police department should be able to give you information on how to obtain the report. Be certain to keep the contact information for any witnesses.

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  • I was in an auto accident over a year ago. I hired, in my opinion, a weak, wishy washy lawyer.

    I signed a contract, I assume is standard issue. But because, odviously, I am not a lawyer, it was very confusing. The lawyer has not started on my case as far as I know. Can I fire or drop the case.

    Richard’s Answer

    The quick, short answer is that you can fire your lawyer, although he or she will have a lien against your recovery for the fair value of the work he or she performed.

    The longer answer is that you should have a discussion with your lawyer and find out what he or she has done or is doing on your case. Ask for specifics. The reason I recommend this is that in injury cases, lawyers spend a significant amount of time spent gathering medical records and other information. It is possible that your lawyer is working hard behind the scenes and you are making a wrong assumption about what has been done. On the other hand, if you don't like or trust your lawyer, or if your lawyer isn't getting the job done, you can and should find another lawyer. I strongly recommend you try to get more information from your lawyer before firing him or her. I wish you the best with your case.

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  • Do I have to sign a release stating my attorney can talk about my case to anyone he chooses?

    Getting ready to settle an insurance claim of which I am not happy but want out of the relationship with the attorney because he has done nothing positive throughout the entire ordeal. . Before he will release the funds he wants me to sign a relea...

    Richard’s Answer

    The short answer is "no". You don't have to agree to let your lawyer talk about your case with other people.

    It isn't clear from your question whether the case is settled or it is almost settled. If the case is settled and your attorney has the settlement funds in his trust account, he cannot refuse to provide you with your share of the settlement funds once the insurance company check has cleared. That would be unethical and could result in your lawyer getting in trouble with the Kansas Attorney Disciplinary Administrator. Your lawyer has an obligation to get your money into your hands.

    Your lawyer's desire to talk with people about your case is also a concern. Does he want to publicize the settlement because he thinks he got you a great settlement? If that is the case, you have several options. You call allow him to publicize the settlement, you can refuse to allow him to discuss the case, or you can restrict what he says. For example, if your settlement is substantial, you may not want everyone in the community knowing that you just received a substantial amount of money.

    If your case is not yet settled and you aren't sure the proposed settlement is fair, by all means, get a second opinion before accepting or rejecting the settlement offer.

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  • I fell in a light pole hole,they put in new poles across st from me where I mow ,and hurt my shoulder will need surgery.

    there were 2 old poles ,they put in 1 new pole in middle of the 2 and did not fill up old pole holes

    Richard’s Answer

    I am not completely clear about what your question is. If you are asking whether the company who was installing the poles or the property owner could be responsible for your injuries, the answer is "yes". There are many factors that go into whether or not you have a good case and there is not enough information to answer that question. I recommend you contact a lawyer who is licensed to practice law in Missouri rather than posting all of the details of your situation here. Some of the questions the lawyer will want answers to will include how long the hole remained unfilled, whether the hole was marked or barricaded and how visible the hole was to someone in your circumstance. The lawyer will also need to figure out who had responsibility for filling the hole - whether it was a utility company, a contractor or the city. If it was the city, there are some additional legal consideration that are involved.

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  • Physically harmed my physician at my work, HR complaint filed, should I do more?

    I work as a CT tech at a medical clinic. Dr I work with very violently and forcefully grabbed me under both arms forcing my head down to my chest and to the left, and yanked me up out of a tall office chair I was sitting in. My back popped very...

    Richard’s Answer

    You should contact a Missouri licensed personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. There may be more to your story, but this is not the place to post additional details. After sharing the details with a lawyer privately, you should also ask the lawyer whether it would be appropriate to file criminal charges. You also may have other claims that are not immediately apparent from the information you provided here. Good luck and please contact a lawyer sooner rather than later.

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  • IF SOMEONE OD'S SUICIDE IN YOUR HOUSE WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING IN ANOTHER ROOM ARE YOU LIABLE CRIMINALLY OR CIVILY

    THE DRUGS WERE BROUGHT UNKNOWINGLY INTO THE HOME BY THE DECEASED

    Richard’s Answer

    Please contact a St. Louis area attorney as soon as possible. You may want to talk with both a criminal defense lawyer and a personal injury lawyer. You may also want to talk with your homeowner's or renter's insurance carrier. This is a very serious matter. Talk to a lawyer immediately and do not post any more details online.

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  • Mediation, does it matter?

    Let's say that the court has ordered mediation for a civil suit, you choose your mediator, and everything is supposed to go from there. Let's say that the mediation session does not work out, that the opposing party is unwilling to settle, and not...

    Richard’s Answer

    Mediation matters, but it doesn't guarantee resolution of your case. If both sides come to the mediation prepared to discuss the case in depth with the mediator, the process is rarely a waste of time. Often cases settle within a few weeks of a mediation if the mediation is conducted by a good mediator and all lawyers have come to the session well prepared.

    One mistake inexperienced lawyers sometimes make is believing that they do not need to extensively prepare for a mediation because the mediator can't force a settlement. If the lawyer doesn't know his or her case backwards and forwards, the lawyer cannot possibly advise the client about whether a settlement offer or settlement demand is reasonable.

    Mediation is an opportunity to learn what a neutral third party thinks about your case.

    The only thing the mediator can do if a court ordered mediation is unsuccessful is report back to the court. The report will typically not be very detailed, although in some jurisdictions the mediator may report to the court that one or both of the parties did not participate in good faith in the mediation.

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  • I recently found out that a surgeon left a big screw in my knee without notifying me. Do I have a malpractice suit here?

    The surgeon had done several surgeries on my leg and the last one was to remove a rod in my leg that was too long for my leg . . Recent Ray shows a large screw embedded in my bone in that knee .

    Richard’s Answer

    At this point, it is impossible to say whether you have a viable medical malpractice lawsuit. To determine that, a lawyer would need to know why the screw is embedded in the bone in your knee. If there screw is necessary from a medical standpoint, you probably don't have a case. If the screw was accidentally left behind, you probably do have a case. The first step will be to understand why the screw is in your knee. If there is no good medical reason for the screw to be in your knee, a lawyer will still need to know what problem or problems the screw is causing or has caused in the past.

    You will need to talk with a lawyer and you may need to get additional medical information to figure out if you have a case. Talk with a local medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible because time is of the essence in legal matters. A good medical malpractice lawyer will know the names of local doctors who can examine your knee and your medical records to determine the extent of your problem and whether it makes sense for you to bring a malpractice lawsuit.

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  • Should I hire an attorney for a non-major injury hit and run accident resulting in a totaled car?

    The at fault driver hit me and another car resulting in a rollover accident for me . His insurance is not accepting liability since he hired an attorney so I filed my claim with mine and the result is a total loss . The amount offered does not c...

    Richard’s Answer

    You should talk with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. It sounds like you have a valid claim. Although you have two years to file a lawsuit for an auto accident in Kansas, you should not delay talking with an attorney. It is very important to begin the process of gathering information and evidence so that you can either obtain a fair settlement or be prepared to go to trial.

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  • This pass spring my daughter was hit by a truck while crossing a highway after school.

    The truck ran over both here feet . , and knocked to the ground . An ambulance came and took her to our local hospital . She received several stitches in one foot , and bruised the other one several bad . Shes OK thank the lord mi so lucky !...

    Richard’s Answer

    You should contact a local personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Most will provide an initial consultation at no charge. Make sure to bring any medical records and bills and a copy of the police report.

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