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  • Can a life insurance company decline benefits for deceased overseas person?

    My mother had a life insurance in USA and passed away in Iran 3 years ago. The insurance company states that they are unable to verify the death despite presenting them with all legal documents. Please advise. Thank you

    Marc’s Answer

    That's a battle that probably deserves a lawyer. If they like the merits of your case, I'd bet you'd be able to choose one that would fight the battle for you on a % instead of an hourly rate. Gather-up all the communications with the insurer, and call a few attorneys that you feel might be a fit.

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  • I has in a car accident 14 months ago and just on Sunday someone came on my door with a lawsuit paper saying I'm being sued

    I no longer have that cover insured on the time of the accident

    Marc’s Answer

    That's probably totally okay. If that insurance provided coverage at the time of the collision, it is probably still required to protect you now. Get that insurance company a copy of the law suit. Tell them you are "demanding a defense." That sounds bossy, but it is just technical lingo that will increase the odds of them protecting you from the get-go. If they say that they are not going to protect you, or if they send you a "reservation of rights," or if that insurer files a suit against you seeking a "Declaratory Judgment," or if they have ignored you as the deadline to respond gets close, etc., then you need to retain a lawyer.

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  • Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

    I was on travel working and was involved in a car accident with the rental car I had rented with my company p-card. The other driver was at fault but was dicovered the next day that the other driver had no insurance. I suffered a ruptured and hern...

    Marc’s Answer

    Yes. Absolutely. And the longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to get one if the better ones.

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  • I was a pedestrian hit by an oncoming vehicle. There was no statement taken from me. The police report states it is my fault.

    I proceeded to cross the road as I have done everyday for 3 months to pick up my 3 year old from her sitters. Although the road is not marked with white lines I knew it was my turn to cross. The light for oncoming and ongoing traffic was red so I ...

    Marc’s Answer

    I've got a guess: the driver was turning to the right when she hit you. This happens all the time, but we have to fight it over and over again.

    We had one pretty recently where we were able to sync cameras near the intersection. They did not show the pedestrian at all, but they did let us prove exactly what happened and why.

    If you were severely injured, you will need an attorney.

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  • Should i file a lawsuit

    My 7 yr old was three ateps from the top of a two story apartment stairway outside and there was a missing saftey rail. He fell throigh down to the. concrete and injured himself

    Marc’s Answer

    You may not need to file suit but you do need an attorney.

    Evaluating stairways like these requires experience. If you take a look at our website, you can find a news story that will introduce you to some of the issues that come into play for these kind of cases.

    Though we only handle a small number of cases at a time, many have involved bad stairs, including one at an apartment complex in San Antonio. I hope it is not the same place!

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  • I am being sued for an auto accident. I am at fault. The other drivers attorney is demanding $500k.

    head on collision, other guy went to hospital. i walked home. i had insurance, he didnt. lost wages and medical bills totaling $59,000, and is demanding "reasonable amount of $500,000." my insurance policy covers $250,000 per person, and t...

    Marc’s Answer

    First, really excellent job of getting so much insurance. It was very wise for you to do that. (UNRELATED to the this case, also make sure that you have the part of an insurance policy called "UM/UIM" as that is the extra coverage that protects you and the folks you love from injuries caused by folks who don't have any insurance or not enough.)

    Second, yes, protecting you is what your insurance company is supposed to do and, since you have the larger policy, I'd be surprised if you're at any real risk beyond it.

    But, I am personally a huge fan of the "private counsel." I believe in it so much that, when my friends and my former clients need one, we provide that service totally free of charge. Having one really can expedite the resolution of the case greatly and in a way that you're rights are not overlooked.

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  • What kind of lawyer would I need if my daughter's father was murdered at a nightclub.

    He was shot several times as he was walking out of a nightclub and there was no bouncers or police present, but was stated that there was from the nightclub owner. The person who killed him has killed someone before when he was 14 and only did 5 y...

    Marc’s Answer

    You're wise to ask. This is a very specific area of law called "crime victims law," and there are very few lawyers in Texas who I really think do a wonderful job on these cases. As I was the President of the National Crime Victim Bar Association last year, and have been on the Board for many years, I have a pretty informed view of who those are.

    Search out a few to discuss the matter with, and don't be too discouraged if the first folks you chat with pass on the case. Crime victims law in Texas is very unjust, very hard, and you can't fault an attorney for passing on a case if they don't think they are the right fit. If that happens, hopefully the next call will be a match.

    Good luck!
    Marc

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  • Moving CO. allowed large commercial oven to fall off truck & onto my husband, causing major trauma injuries. Do we have a case?

    My husband hired a moving co. to transfer a commercial oven from a storage unit to his restaurant. The movers put the oven onto the lift but did not secure it even though it has wheels. The oven rolled off the lift when it was about 3' off the gro...

    Marc’s Answer

    Oh, yes, you & your husband have important rights. Do choose a few lawyers to interview, as you deserve a good one that is the right match for you both.

    Marc

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  • Personal Injury Questionnaire?

    I want to know do all Personal Injury Attorneys requires a personal injury questionnaire? I see an attorney that I was considering that does and the questionnaire is on their website to be completed prior to coming into the office, Some of the que...

    Marc’s Answer

    Nope, not all lawyers use a questionnaire. We don't.

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  • Can I sue the driver if I was a passenger in a one vehicle accident?

    Driver was drunk as was I. But we were in a ditch for 8 hours so when we were found there was no alcohol in his system. And as a result of the wreck my doctor told me I would not walk right again, I suffered a shattered ankle cracked sternum, 2 fr...

    Marc’s Answer

    Those are very severe injuries. And, yes, you can sue. You may have claims against his insurance, your insurance, and also the place that provided the booze.

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