G. Steven Sullivan’s Answers

G. Steven Sullivan

Murray Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

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  1. If various liens exist on a settlement in a Personal Injury case, including Medicaid, who is paid first? (Utah)

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. G. Steven Sullivan
    2. Matthew Sterling Flemming
    3. Kelly Scott Davis
    3 lawyer answers

    This is actually a complex legal issue and a difficult one to answer. There are two types of liens you need to think through. Statutory liens versus contractual liens. One may have a priority over the other. You only have a couple of safe options. One option is to go to each provider and get an agreement on either who will be paid from the proceeds and in what order, or will each accept a proportional amount as satisfaction of each lien. A second option is to place the funds into the Court...

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  2. Gastric bypass went terrible? Surgeon left for vacation and I almost died. Had four surgeries to fix problem and still hurt!

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. G. Steven Sullivan
    2. Zaheer A Shah
    3. Denise P. Erlich
    4. Daniel S. Jaffe
    4 lawyer answers

    I appreciate your summary. I am very sorry to hear of the absolute nightmare you have gone thorugh since the original surgery. However, I am not clear what caused the stomach to fill with bile. From your note, it sounds like you then continued to have complications resulting from the surgeries that were needed to address/repair the problems that resulted in the accumulation of bile. If I understand the issue, the question is whether the doctor acted negligently in performing the procedure...

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  3. My attorneys in my personal injury case are trying to tell me i also have to pay costs for winning case

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Zaheer A Shah
    2. G. Steven Sullivan
    3. Richard Todd Rosenstein
    4. Jennifer L. Ellis
    5. Charles J. Ware
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    6 lawyer answers

    I would suggest you review the fee or retaining agreement your lawyer had you sign when you hired your lawyer. Usually, the fee agreement will set out the terms of your lawyer's representation. It is a common practice to have the lawyer advance court costs including the costs of expert witnesses like doctors. In the event the lawyer is successful in the case, the lawyer will need to have these costs re-paid from the settlement/judgment proceeds. This is in addition to the contingent...

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  4. Is an owner of a building liable for an injury caused by stairs not built to code or is the lessee of the building?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. G. Steven Sullivan
    2. David Herman Hirsch
    3. Christopher M. Ault
    4. Matthew West Driggs
    5. J. Denise Carter
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    Good question. You should look at the lease agreement. However, normally, the lessee is not responsible for defects to a stairway. Now, the lease may make the lessee responsible for the negligence of the owner through indemnification. Also, be careful that the owner may claim that the negligence should rest with the builder or architect. Under Utah law there is a shorter statute for this claim If that statute runs, the owner can still point the finger at the builder even if it is too...

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  5. I've been made whole. Can I still sue for damages?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Peter W Summerill
    2. G. Steven Sullivan
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. George Costas Andriotis
    4 lawyer answers

    I am somewhat unclear as to the nature of the claim. I assume a former co-employee caused you a physical injury. I take it this accident occurred while the employee was still employed by your company and while both of you were on the job. Obviously, alot of assumptions here. First, the fact that someone else paid for the damages in the case does not limit you from pursuing the wrongdoer. You may have a legal or equitable duty to repay the client that earlier compensated you, but that...

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  6. Can i get compensation from my accident even i don't have a job but making money from other extra side lines

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. G. Steven Sullivan
    2. Collin J. Earl
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    5. David J. McCormick
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    Your friend's homeowners insurance may have a type of coverage known as "med pay". This type of coverage may well cover a portion of your medical bills--up to the limit of the med pay policy. That limit is normally $1,000 and sometimes as much as $5,000. In order to get wage compensation or compensation for all other medical bills as well as pain and suffering type losses, you will need to show your friend acted negligently by allowing you to go use the stairs when it was unsafe to do so....

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  7. Taking a loan against settlement

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. G. Steven Sullivan
    2. George Tait
    3. Matthew Scott Berkus
    4. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    4 lawyer answers

    In Utah, there are offices that will offer a loan based on paying the loan back out of later settlement or judgment proceeds coming from a personal injury claim. These loan offices sometimes charge administrative fees as well as fairly high interest rates. However, from your question it sounds like your lawyer wants some of the loan money to go toward the lawyers fees or earlier advanced court costs. I suggest you review the retaining agreement your lawyer had you sign when you hired the...

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  8. Mom had knee replacement done complained of back pain her back was broken from being dropped during that surgery.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Glenn Jay Holzberg
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. John L. Schroeder
    4. G. Steven Sullivan
    5. David Ian Schoen
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    I am really sorry to hear about your mom's situation. I am very surprised the hospital staff did not bring your family in to explain the circumstances. Under Utah law we would need to show that the injury occurred while your mom was under the care of the hospital staff. Based on the timing you mention in your note, that may be an issue we would need to get through. Medical records may well solve this problem. Hospital chart notes should document the fall your mom suffered while under the...

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  9. How can I arbitrate my own Personal Injury case? What do I need to know and do?

    Answered 27 days ago.

    1. G. Steven Sullivan
    2. Christopher J. Salcido
    3. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    4. Peter N Munsing
    5. Alan James Brinkmeier
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    I am sorry to hear about your situation. One option is to talk with opposing counsel and work out an agreement to set off the arbitration date so that you have time to locate another lawyer. If the lawyer will not agree, you can ask the arbitrator to order such a continuance. If you feel like you want to move forward without a lawyer, you should prepare and send to the arbitrator and a copy to opposing counsel a letter summarizing how the crash happened and why you think it is the other...

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  10. Is it against the law in Utah to knowingly spread herpes without telling your partner?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Richard Todd Rosenstein
    2. G. Steven Sullivan
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Lorenzo K Miller
    5. Randall Richard Sevenish
    5 lawyer answers

    you may well have a civil action against him under these facts. Your remedies might include the medical costs you will incur in dealing with this condition. You may be entitled to damages for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life for living with this condition. One realistic issue is whether the fellow has any assets through which he can pay such a claim. If he is covered by homeowners insurance, such coverage may or may not be available to pay your damages in a case like this....

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