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Leonard B. Gabbay

Austin Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

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  1. Medical Exam in Auto Accident Injury Case?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Eric Edward Rothstein
    2. Daniel Simon Hahn Szalkiewicz
    3. Leonard B. Gabbay
    4. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    5. Howard Robert Roitman
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    It is "normal" for an insurance defense lawyer to ask for a medical exam. They try to call them Independent Medical Exams (IMEs). We call them Defense Medical Exams (DMEs). The doctor doing the exam may ask questions about the wreck and may try to interrogate the subject of the exam. We have been successful in having our judges allow another person in the room (and sometimes we are allowed to videotape the exam). This prevents the ins. company doctors from being anything but polite during the...

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  2. My lawyer has sent a demand letter to the insurance company of the person who totaled my car and caused me damages.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Leonard B. Gabbay
    2. Sidney Weinstein
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Richard C. Speaks
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    A few different things can happen: 1) your attorney can contact the ins. carrier and find out why they did not respond; 2) your attorney may have sent what is known in Texas as a Stowers demand. A stowers demand is a demand letter that is sent to the other driver's carrier and gives the carrier enough information about the damages in the case and enough information about the other driver's liability in the case so that a reasonable insurer would settle the case in the time allotted by the...

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  3. Independent medical exam: should i go?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    2. Anthony A. Ferrante
    3. Craig A. Post
    4. Leonard B. Gabbay
    5. Keith G Langer
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    First of all, after being in an 18 wheeler wreck, I wonder if you are better physically, but not better mentally because these wrecks can have a lasting effect on a person's ability to drive on the highways where truckers are normally found. If you are having these issues, I would recommend talking to your doctor about what to do about it because the last thing you want to do is be on the road and have a reaction to an 18 wheeler bombing down the highway and then you become a danger to others...

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  4. RE: How to settled a case? I was stroke by a reckless driver the back of my car. I have injuries and car damages.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jonathan Seth Corchnoy
    2. Yolanda Navarrete
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Leonard B. Gabbay
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    Often times an investigating officer will have field notes and may have other witness names that do not get put on the official report. You can ask your attorney to make an Open Records Request (sometimes called a Freedom of Information Act Request) to the investigating agency. If there are officer field notes, videotape from the officer's vehicle, witness names, etc. then they should send them in response to the request. I like to request the recorded 911 call where sometimes I find...

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  5. I was involved in a car accident. I was cut off by a truck going down the freeway I missed hitting him and was hit from behind

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Leonard B. Gabbay
    2. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
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    If you were driving your pastor's car, then your pastor should contact his insurance carrier and report the collision. If the pastor lent you the car, then you would be insured under his insurance. Based on the facts that you have stated (i.e. a truck cut you off and you had to slam on the brakes), then you may have a valid excuse to being legally responsible for any damages should the driver behind you submit a claim for damages against you (the law calls this excuse a "sudden emergency")....

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  6. In Texas if I sue the at fault driver of an accident can I still get the offer from the at fault's insurance driver?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Guy Irvin Wade III
    2. Leonard B. Gabbay
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
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    Generally, any time an insurance carrier (the "at fault carrier") makes a payment to a claimant (you) they will require that the claimant execute a full release of all claims arising from the incident. Once you release the the insured, that release resolves ALL claims that you have against the other driver. There are other scenarios, however, that may result in additional coverage. 1) If the other driver was driving someone else's vehicle, then there may be another liability policy that...

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  7. Dog bit someone how do we protect ourselves?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. Leonard B. Gabbay
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    As I prepare for a three day jury trial next week on a dog bite case, I can offer you the following: Your willingness to accept responsibility is probably one of the best ways to "help protect yourself." That's what a responsible dog owner must do when their dog bites someone else. Also, as a responsible dog owner, you did have your dog on a leash. You are required to maintain control of your dog which is required to protect others as well as meant to protect your dog. The fact that the...

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  8. My husband was struck and killed by a car while walking down the road, what are my rights?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Robert Page Bruner
    2. Randy William Ferguson
    3. S. David Rosenthal Esquire
    4. Leonard B. Gabbay
    5. Lars A. Lundeen
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    First, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Even if the other driver did not have liability insurance, your attorney can check to see if the owner of the car is different from the driver of the car. There may be a policy for one of them. In addition, any policy that you or your husband have for your own vehicle may contain uninsured motorist coverage and (in Texas where I practice) even if someone is a pedestrian, the...

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  9. I am 12 with a question. i hope kids can answer.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Eric Edward Rothstein
    2. Jason Alexander Richman
    3. Leonard B. Gabbay
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
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    Normally in my jurisdiction (Texas) when the attorney resolves your case, the Court will have to approve the settlement if a minor is involved (i.e. less than 18 yrs of age). The Court will appoint an attorney ad litem (normally paid for by the insurance company of the at fault driver) which is basically an attorney whose only client is the minor child. He or she has only the "best interest of the minor" as his/her goal. The attorney ad litem will report to the Court whether or not he thinks...

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  10. I signed an agreement with a personal injury attorney. Do I have to go to their doctors?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Sheldon S Saints
    2. Daniel Marc Berman
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Andres Oliveros
    5. Francisco Javier Gonzalez
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    Whether or not you can "get out of" the contract with this firm is a matter of what the contract says about canceling it (or rescinding it). You should also make sure that if you cancel the contract, the attorney or firm cannot maintain a financial interest in your case - even if they are no longer your attorneys. Now, who you go for your medical treatment is entirely up to you. You decide who will treat you and who you are comfortable with treating you for your injuries. Many times the...

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