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Jonathan V O'Steen

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

    I went to a pool bar with a friend, met 2 random ppl there. We played pool with them. After the first game they appeared to be normal pool players. Then they offered to buy me and my friend drinks. 4 drinks were ordered on one bill. My friend and ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

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

    My brother was seriously injured by a women that rearended him. His attorney is telling him they do not know the other parties limits, and is pushing to obtain any info about the UIM coverage my brother has. I would think the at fault insurer woul...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    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 utilize that coverage if the limits are insufficient, it also will allow the attorney to determine whether any other coverages apply, including medical payments coverage.

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  • Do we have any legal options for my son being given a 10X overdose of Morphine?

    My 4 month old son was recovering for a surgery and was mistakenly giving a 10X overdose of Morphine. The dose should have been .2 but the nurse didn’t dilute it correctly so it was 2. The nurse soon realized her mistake (within 15 minutes I wou...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You should report this incident to the hospital and to the department of nursing so appropriate action can be taken. Thankfully, it sounds like your son escaped injury. Keep a close eye on him to make sure everything is okay. If he was not harmed by the mistake, there would not be a claim for medical malpractice.

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

    I gave out my insurance information only to discover that my insurance had lapsed for 10 days due to non payment for the last month.now one of the drivers insurance is trying to recover the money they paid out to the other party($4368.31). after t...

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    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 current on your insurance.

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  • 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?

    I was told that I would receive less than 5000 of a 10000 settlement despite the contigency was 1/3 if the case did not go to trial. I was told that I would receive @4600 because of additional fee's.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    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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  • I believe to be a victim of internet libel. I've recieved a email message in a social network which is completly defamatory.

    Briefly here is what the message said: ' I have evidence you or your friend are trying to hack my account, i have your IP address, you better get a great attorney because authorities have been notified'.. Of course this is completly untrue, i'm v...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If the message was sent only to you, there would be no claim. You may want to supplement your question to confirm whether or not it was published.

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  • 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.

    The prosecutor said because she is a minor she will lose her license for 3 years and it is out of his hands because of motor vehicle department. I have read 28-662a1 and it is a revocation for only 1 year. What am I missing? Thanks

    Jonathan’s Answer

    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.

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  • I was in an car accident. I hit a car from behind. I didn't have a license and no insurance plus I lefet the scene, The other

    person claims they were hurt, I have no job or assets. what sholud I do? Thank you.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If you were charged with a criminal offense for leaving the scene, you should hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you with respect to those charges.

    If the other driver files suit against you for medical or property damages, you will face some very difficult choices as a result of being uninsured. Since you have no job or assets, it will probably be difficult to hire an attorney. You may face a situation where a default judgment is entered against you and bankruptcy becomes a consideration.

    Be aware that many states will suspend an individual's driver's license if a judgment is entered against them for an accident that occurred while the person was uninsured. Your best hope is that the individual has uninsured motorist coverage and his or her insurance company does not pursue you to recover amounts it pays out.

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

    I was in an accident earlier this year. It was the persons fault who hit me, but there were no witnesses so, of course, he lied and got away with it because it was a situation that was not obvious as to whose fault it was. My insurance company gav...

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    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 value appraisal.

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  • Got sued for personal injuries for an accident in california.Though my insurance is dealing with this should i consult a lawye

    r.Will this be settled by the insurance company

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your insurance company has a duty to defend you, which includes hiring an attorney to represent you in the lawsuit. Except in very unusual circumstances, this is more than sufficient and you do not need to contact a separate attorney.

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