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William K. Berenson

William Berenson’s Answers

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  • I was involved in a car accident (other driver at fault). Do I have to go to court for the traffic ticket?

    I was in a car accident where the other driver was at fault. I received a notice in the mail that I have to show up to traffic court to appear as a witness. Do I need to show up to this and will it affect a personal injury claim that I may have ag...

    William’s Answer

    If you received a subpoena, you must appear in court unless the judge or the attorney who issued the subpoena releases you of the duty. Retain a personal injury attorney ASAP. She or he can protect your rights during the proceedings. I wish you a speedy recovery from your injuries and good luck with your case.

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  • Should I seek a lawyer and a doctor for slight soreness after auto accident?

    I was rear ended 4 days ago and I have mild back soreness. The other party is insured and has assumed liability so far. I have not spoken with the insurance co yet. Is there any compensation for a mildly sore back? What should I do?

    William’s Answer

    Definitely you should consult a lawyer and a doctor. First, some injuries may seem minor at first, but may actually be quite extensive. A doctor can make sure you are getting the medical care you need to protect your health. In addition, the doctor's prompt diagnosis and medical test results are important in any damages award claim to avoid later challenges to the link between the accident and your injuries. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free case evaluation. I recommend contacting a lawyer in your area as soon as possible to discuss your case. Do not agree to any settlements, give any statements or sign any documents before you talk to a lawyer.

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  • Been waiting 5 years to settle car accident case; is that normal?

    Been in a car accident with children and case still hasn't been settled in five years.

    William’s Answer

    You should make an appointment with your attorney as soon as you can. Ask her or him the status of your case and when you should expect resolution. Five years is unusual, but is possible, particularly if serious injuries occurred and the insurance companies are denying coverage. Like the others on this forum, I hope a lawsuit was filed before the two year statute of limitations expired. Good luck!

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  • What do I do if someone hit my car and it wuznt my fault??

    I was in publix parking lot just finished shopping and getting into the car soon as I closed the door a big van or should I say bus that wuz parked by me backed into my driver side door

    William’s Answer

    Report the accident to your insurance company and let it go after the driver and her or his insurance company. After all, that is why you pay the premiums. If you were injured, get the medical care you need and, I agree with my colleague, contact a PI lawyer. A PI lawyer will typically handle your claim on contingency and can be instrumental in recovering the damages you are entitled to. Good luck!

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  • Is it legal to sue a 16 yr old for a car accident? And to then wait 2 years to file with the court?

    My husband had an accident in 03 when he was 16, there was a judgement made against him because of this that we didn't know of until 08 and that wasn't filed with the courts till 05. We received a writ of execution where they just renewed this deb...

    William’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues, you need to have a lawyer review this matter. Your attorney can determine whether the underlying judgment is valid and if procedures were properly followed. Also, if your husband reported the accident to his insurance company and it failed to properly respond, he may have a cause of action against the company. I wish your husband the best of luck!

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  • Currently have a case with a well know lawyer for car accidents, but i feel they should be doing more than they are.

    I regret going with such a big name lawyer because from the start (over a year ago) i have been nothing but a number to them and get poor or no communication from them and bad attitudes..Driver of the other car was at fault but was not the owner o...

    William’s Answer

    I recommend you schedule an appointment with your attorney to discuss your concerns. She or he might have a reason for the specific approach or may be unaware of some of the facts of your case. Your communication may be enough to satisfy your concerns or to prompt further action by your attorney. If you are still unsatisfied, consider getting a second opinion and possibly retaining a new PI lawyer. Good luck!

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  • My friend settled after an auto accident. Now the hospital wants a huge sum. She is on Medicare. Is it too late for an atty?

    My friend and her husband were in an auto accident, with the other driver at fault. They were both seen in the ER for a few hours. They accepted a small settlement, which included $4,000 for the hospital. (I can hear myself saying, "Don't sign ...

    William’s Answer

    You gave good advice to not sign anything before talking to an attorney. In return for a settlement, the policyholder waives her rights to further damages. Nonetheless, she may want an attorney to review the waiver and the circumstances surrounding the agreement to determine if she has any potential options or if there was any wrongdoing that resulted in her settling for less than the bills she owes. Also, an attorney may be able to negotiate with the hospital to reduce he medical bills. Good luck!

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  • Do I have to get hurt in order to sue regarding my air bags didn't deploy during a 40 mile per hour car crash?

    driving a 2007 Chevy Aveo was creamed by a Home Depot truck, airbags did not deploy, injured knee slightly little whiplash do I have a lawsuit against the manufacturer or against Chevy who do I talk to about that

    William’s Answer

    You have to show damages in order to recover in a lawsuit. From your description, it sounds like you did suffer some injuries, albeit minor. I suggest you get the medical care you need for your injuries and talk to a personal injury attorney about whether you have a case against the manufacturer or Home Depot and its driver. Best of luck!

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  • In the state of Georgia, is a cosigner of an auto loan responsible if the owner has an accident and has no insurance?

    Co signer has nothing to do with the accident.

    William’s Answer

    If you are not on the title to the car, you are not likely responsible for damages arising from the car accident. However, you are nonetheless responsible for paying your car loan even if the car was totaled in the wreck. Good luck!

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  • If your lawyer quits can he hold your file until he gets his 33 and 1/3 ?

    I have been trying to get what my lawyer sent to the insurance company and what the insurance company sent to him and he would never send me any thing so I got to looking into some things and then I called to talk to him about what I had found out...

    William’s Answer

    If you agreed to a settlement, you owe your attorney his fees you agreed to under your contingency arrangement. You may owe your attorney for other costs and fees depending upon your agreement. You still owe the money even if you went separate ways and your attorney can hold your files until it is paid. However, I agree with my colleague who suggested talking to another attorney who may be able to obtain your files with the condition that a payment is made to your current attorney. Good luck!

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