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Jonathan V O'Steen

Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. In AZ, does the claimants attorney get information about the at fault parties limits?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jonathan V O'Steen
    2. Christopher J Zachar
    3. Kevin M Garrison
    3 lawyer answers

    Insurance companies are required to disclose this information once a lawsuit has been filed, but pre-suit there is no way to force an insurance company to reveal the limits. My experience has been that some adjusters will inform us of the limits while others will not. It can depend on the severity of your brother's injuries and the amount of the limits. Your brother should provide information regarding UIM coverage to the attorney. In addition to the possibility that he will need to...

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  2. What type of penalty will I get from driving with a permit and involved in an accident?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Jonathan V O'Steen
    3. Stuart A. Carpey
    4. Nicholas Paul Baker
    4 lawyer answers

    I think it is premature to contact an attorney. Most likely, the officer would have cited you at the scene. Perhaps he wasn't paying attention and did not realize you were driving on a learner's permit without a licensed driver. In Arizona, where I practice law, a traffic citation must be personally served on the offender. Assuming the same holds true in Pennsylvania, it would not make sense for the officer to wait until a later date to issue a citation. If you are cited, at that point you...

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  3. I would like to know if I have a case for defamation, specifically libel.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Jonathan V O'Steen
    2. Richard L. Weldon II
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    3 lawyer answers

    Generally, statements made in court cannot support a cause of action for defamation. However, there may be other consequences with the Court if you are able to prove their statements were false.

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  4. I was involved in an Incident...my car caught on fire in a shopping Mall...and allegedly affected 3 other cars.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Jonathan V O'Steen
    2 lawyer answers

    The mere fact that your car caught fire and damaged other vehicles does not make you legally responsible. The other parties--or the insurance company in a subrogation claim--will have to prove that you were negligent in some manner. If any party files suit against you, be sure that you comply with the court deadlines and requirements. It obviously would be helpful to have the assistance of an attorney, but on your income it obviously will be tough to afford one. Of course, be sure to get...

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  5. My car insurance company underestimated damages and now I have lost close to $3000

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Jonathan V O'Steen
    2. John Scott Swimmer
    3. Ryan Hugh Sargent
    3 lawyer answers

    You still have the option of making a diminished value claim against the other driver's insurance company. You could file an action in small claims court for the diminished value of your vehicle. You would have to prove that the other driver was at fault and that the value of your vehicle dropped as a result of the damage. You should carefully consider whether the potential damages ($3500) are worth the investment, as you most likely will need to retain an expert to conduct a diminished...

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  6. I have a 16 year old daughter who left the scene of a accident. She is guilty! The cited number is 28-662a1 in Arizona.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Jonathan V O'Steen
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Michael David Rosenbloum
    4. Lars A. Lundeen
    4 lawyer answers

    If it was determined after the citation was issued that the individual she hit was injured, the prosecutor can amend the charges. In this scenario, ARS 28-661 would apply and that statutes mandates a license suspension of three years. This is just a guess, however, and your daughter would be very wise to consult an attorney. She should be appointed a public defender if she is unable to afford a private attorney.

  7. Do i need to file a conservatorship for my daughter who was 16 at the time of accident? accident on 8.3.09 18th bday 7.21.11

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Jonathan V O'Steen
    2. Christopher J Zachar
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    3 lawyer answers

    You would be wise to contact an attorney to represent you and your daughter in this action. In Arizona, the claim for medical expenses of a minor belongs to the parents, absent an assignment from the parents to the child. If the action is filed before your daughter turns 18, it would be brought in your name and on her behalf. If the action is filed after she turns 18 but before the expiration of the statute of limitations, your daughter can bring the lawsuit in her name. You would either...

  8. Arrested for Dash and Dine, but paid for my portion of bill. Only 20$ that we didnt have enough to pay.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Joseph Whitbeck
    2. Benjamin J Lieberman
    3. Jonathan V O'Steen
    3 lawyer answers

    So you made the bet in spite of the fact that you didn't have the money to cover the drinks? That sounds like a scene out of My Cousin Vinny. My advice to you is hire an attorney. In Arizona, in many courts this charge would be eligible for diversion (e.g., no criminal record if you stay out of trouble). An attorney in New York can advise you on what to expect.

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  9. Is there extra fee's that can be taken out of a bodily injury settlement than 1/3 by the attorney on contigency of $10000?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Alexander Kendall Evans
    2. Earl Kenneth Mallory
    3. Henry James Graham II
    4. Jonathan V O'Steen
    5. Marc Gregory Snyder
    5 lawyer answers

    It is also possible that there are medical liens or outstanding medical expenses that will be paid from the settlement. I would expect your attorney will review the settlement breakdown with you so you will know where every penny is going. If you have questions regarding the distribution, be sure to ask him.

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  10. My younger sister had brain surgery, she had a tumor behind in her pituitary gland behind her eye and had it removed, it wasnt

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Jonathan V O'Steen
    2. Nicholas Paul Baker
    3. Daniel Paul Buttafuoco
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Nathaniel C Fick Jr
    5 lawyer answers

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. This question is very case-specific and deserves a thorough analysis by an attorney, who will need to review your sister's records to determine whether any medical provider fell below the standard of care. You should seek an attorney in Georgia with expertise in medical malpractice cases. I can recommend Clint Sitton and Sam Starks at Martin & Jones.

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