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Robert Haslam

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  • Was involve in a minor fender bender this weekend. and my back and wife's back is still pretty sore

    My wife and child and myself, were involve in a minor fender bender this weekend. Even though the damage to my car was minor my back and wife’s back still feel sore as of today. The other driver was at fault and explained that he was on his ph...

    Robert’s Answer

    Go to the doctor and see what the extent of your injuries are. If you will have problems then I would hire an attorney. USAA will come up with many excuses to delay or not pay; and probably only offer you a little over your medical bills that are actually paid. USAA is particularly slow right now on claims. They are defended in your area by the law firm of Walters, Balido and Crain, a very good insurance defense firm. You may have to pay back your medical insurance company for what they paid for medical bills. For example, even if you get a signed agreement for USAA to pay you. Later USAA may change the deal and want to issue a separate check for your health insurance and try and deny you the ability and right to lower what you pay your health insurance back. USAA has done this recently in Dallas. The longer you wait- the more they will argue to a jury that you were not really hurt. They will probably also argue that your injuries are not related. You can also hire an attorney by the hour or by a contingent fee.

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  • How can I obtain restitution if I was rear ended by an uninsured motorist who provided false insurance information?

    The personal injury lawyers I obtainted are going through my insurance company to get this dealt with. They told me that it's not worth me going after the person who hit me on my own, but I want to make sure that she is dealt with for providing fa...

    Robert’s Answer

    Ask your attorneys what it would cost you to sue the uninsured driver. I charge $1,500 nonrefundable (basically the expenses) and 40% contingent fee to file suit within 45 miles of Ft Worth and take a Judgment against the bad driver. The client gets the satisfaction of a Judgment and possible collection. The collection will cost about $2,000 to abstract the Judgment and find out his assets. If alcohol is involved this can be excluded from bankruptcy. The Judgment debtor can always file bankruptcy. You never know. We just took a house in foreclosure from a collection case. We refer the collection matter to another firm. It is like many things in life, how much do you want to spend?

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  • I was rearended on Dec 21st 2013. As a result I have neck and rt shoulder pain. The driver had no insurance. Do I have a case?

    I chose to Flee from this driver as I felt he was intoxicated and it was night time. My Carinsurance will only cover $ 2500. in medical bills . The rest my medical insurance will cover. I have a $ 1000.00 deductible in Medical insurance. Car repai...

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    You have presented many issues that an experienced lawyer would have many questions about to help you and the answers would change what you should do. Find a lawyer in your area and take him the police report or the information that you have about the driver, your car and health insurance information and any medical bill information.

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  • What would be the pro rata distribution of a settlement out of court between a daughter in law and the dead spouse's parents?

    Spouse was killed in a car accident. Where can I find precedents showing how such cases have been settled in Texas?

    Robert’s Answer

    There is not a formula for this. You need to guess ho wmuch a jury will put in each persons damage blank. The damage questions are contained in the Pattern Jury Charge and a lawyer can give you this. I have handled this before with a "family settlement" agreement or mediation.
    Call a board certified attorney in the city that you are in or near-

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  • Rear-ended by a cab, may not be able to work again. what are the limits for a a settlement. doc's R talking disability filing

    back, legs, severe PTSD

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    I just finished a trial against "Yellow Cab", they should be sued as Irving Holdings, Inc and the driver. They claim the driver is an independant driver, but you should be able to defeat this claim. In Dallas-Ft Worth Irving Holdings, Inc. self insures the first $250k in damages then they have coverage for the next $250k.
    The city requires the coverage and the cab company relies on the City to inspect the vehicles. These are more complicated caes than a standard car wreck, and you should consult/hire an attorney familiar with the cab business. The Cab company has very safisticated lawyers and adjuster. Max Romero jusr retired from the company. Good luck.

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  • If my husband is responsible in an auto accident, can i be sued?

    Divorce papers have been filed but are not complete. If my husband were in an accident and was responsible, can i be sued?

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree with attorney Coluccio and take your divorce attorney a copy of your insurance coverage and the accident report if you have it.

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  • We run a licensed daycare. Child jumped from second stairs and broke femur. We had parental permision. Can she sue

    My girlfriend is a licensened home daycare provider and the accident happended at my hotel that I was working at as GM. The child was right next to my fiance and the child only jumped from the second stair when he broke is femur. I wheeled him ou...

    Robert’s Answer

    Not enough facts and confusing. Why was child at hotel? You say it is your hotel? I assume as GM you are an employee. Not sure how there was permission for child to jump? or permission to go to hotel, I guess? What is the age of the child? A broken femur can be very serious.
    I can understand why parents would be upset- but need more information to determine if justified. Your personal liability- you are an employee it sounds like and should have some protection as an employee. Was it allowed by your hotel to have your girlfriend's daycare children there? If there is no negligence on either your part, you can always be sued, however if no negligence you cannot be held responsible. There may also be a breach of contract action depending on the daycare agreement. Also DTPA or other causes of action. If you receive suit papers or notice of a claim, turn them over to your employer and she should do the same. Your employer may claim that this is outside your employment and you may need personal counsel.

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  • I have a lwyer who has had my final money from a car accident since september but cant get it together to pay . what can i do

    the lawyer keeps saying any day now i will have my money it is now 3 months later what can i do to get my money? he says its geico can i get a reduction on his percentage?

    Robert’s Answer

    I recommend that you get a copy of the correspondence portion of your file. Send him a letter that you want your money asap. If he will not pay you request a written response as to the reason for the delay. I agree with the other responses that it may be medical, etc or legitimate reasons... On the other hand, I have handled legal malpractice cases and fraud where the money was taken by the attorney. I do not know the lawyer or his reputation. You may also wish to call another board certified attorney in your area and ask his advice.

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  • Do I need an attorney if I was hit by a drunk driver and he was not given a breathlyzer or soboriety test? Please read...

    My family was stopped at a red light - the (drunk) driver was on the other side of the road, came under a bridge, went up on the embankment, came back down going very fast (speed limit 40 tops in the area) went threw an intersection crossing multi...

    Robert’s Answer

    Yes I would hire an attorney. There are many ways to prove he was intoxicated. I recommend that you do it quickly so the scene can be photographed and crucial evidence is fresh and preserved-
    By hiring an attorney you can focus on recovering from your injuries and take care of your family.
    I would recommend a board certified personal injury attorney.

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  • V1 and V2 were traveling East on HWY . V2 was making a left turn onto Rd. V1 was passing V2 and a non-contact vehicle

    who is at fault if In V1? V1 and V2 were traveling East on HWY . V2 was making a left turn onto Rd. V1 was passing V2 and a non-contact vehicle in the intersection. V1 struck V2 in the left front side. V1 left the roadway on the left side striki...

    Robert’s Answer

    Agree with other answers- these type of cases are very fact intensive, road conditions, perceptions, and what the speeds of the vehicles were.

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