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Leonard H. Stone

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  • Would i need a new attorney for my case?

    I was involved in a car accident almost three months ago and Im not at fault. I did take this case to an attorney after few days because I had high fever of the night of the accident. I've seen several doctor's(chiropactor, pain specialist and reg...

    Leonard’s Answer

    Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that you have been given proper attention. Your attorney is correctly advising you to return to the body shop to complete the work it started - you are entitled to a job well done. At that point, one of two things will happen: (1) the shop will complete the work at no additional expense, or (2) the applicable carrier, whether it be yours or the adverse, will pay for additional repairs. As an aside, you may also be entitled to compensation for the diminished value of your car as a result of these repairs.

    Thank you for taking a moment to review this response. You are welcome to call me if you have any questions.

    Yours,

    Len Stone
    Shook & Stone, Chtd.
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  • My father slipped & fell outside a casino in NV while waiting for a shuttle. He has fractured vertebrate and isn't able to work.

    It was around 12 am when we were leaving the casino. When the casino shuttle arrived he was sitting down and got up to throw something away in the trash can at that moment he slipped where the floor changes without warning right next to the trash...

    Leonard’s Answer

    Trip-and-Fall or Slip-and-Fall claims such as this one are extremely difficult to pursue. Statistically, we know that more than half of these claims result in a Defense Verdict. Furthermore, to the extent that Plaintiffs win, they are often assessed partial responsibility for the incident, resulting in a reduced verdict. In order to assess this case, a good attorney will inspect the scene personally, and potentially seek the advice of an appropriate expert to determine whether a defect exists (i.e. Building Code Violation).

    In this case, your father was seriously injured. I encourage you to consult with an attorney that has litigated these types of cases before. It is extremely rare that these matters are resolved without going to Court. Thus, you should anticipate that a Complaint will be filed and that the matter will be not resolved for an extended period of time.

    Please contact me at your convenience to discuss the matter further. We have years of experience and litigated numerous claims similar to this one.

    I hope you find this response helpful.

    Yours,

    Leonard Stone
    Shook & Stone, Chtd.
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  • I was in a rear ended accident,not at fault,should I seek a attorney?

    I was at a red light in the turning lane,A pickup truck slammed in the back of me.The other driver said his foot slipped off the brake.I went in to a state of shock,becuase I never experienced a rear end accident.I did not contact law enforcement,...

    Leonard’s Answer

    You have a valid claim and are entitled to compensation. For attorneys that handle these matters it shouldn't be that complicated, but I do suggest that you contact someone immediately. There are issues here that can get complicated, such as the nature and extent of insurance coverage, how to handle your property damage, how to address The bills you have incurred, and how to address medical treatment.

    It would also be in your best interest to file a Traffic Accident Report, but I would suggest you consult with an attorney before doing so.

    Finally, it would be common for the other driver's insurance company to contact you shortly to inquire about your property damage and physical injuries. Please do no speak with anyone until you have consulted with an attorney.

    If you would like assistance from a Las Vegas attorney, you are welcome to contact me at your convenience. My answering service will get on the line immediately.

    I hope you find this response helpful.

    Yours,

    Len Stone
    Shook & Stone, Chtd.
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  • I was hit , the driver of the car had no insurance or license and did not own the car, the owner of the car had no insurance

    i was in a cross walk when a car hit me and threw me 40 feet to the other side of the road, the driver did not own the car, had no license or insurance and the car owner had no insurnce either, what recourse do I have, I had no vehicle and so I di...

    Leonard’s Answer

    It does not appear that there is any insurance which obviously limits your options. In terms of "recourse", you certainly have the right to sue the adverse driver, but that creates the challenge of collectibilty. You have described an individual who did not own the car he or she was driving or possess insurance, suggesting little in the way of assets. Sadly, I don't feel you have any options.

    You are welcome to contact me if you wish to discuss this further.

    I hope you find this response helpful.

    Yours,

    Leonard Stone
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  • I have an illness which has me dissabled i recieve ssa if i could work a part time job to get the social security credits

    if i work part time and earn social security creidts could get ssd of couse i would need a lawyer in this speciialty to take this to dissability court

    Leonard’s Answer

    Yes. If you work, you will earn Social Security Credits. However, you will have to work for five years before you will become eligible, and you will likely lose your SSI benefits (or they could be reduced). I do encourage you to retain an attorney if you are denied SSDI at the time you apply.

    I hope you find this response helpful.

    Yours,

    Len Stone
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  • Should I quit my job so my son can receive Social Security Disability?

    My son, by law is deemed disabled. My husband and I both work full time jobs and support our family of 5. However, with a house, 3 kids, 2 cars etc it's most difficult to "get by" especially when you have a child who requires so much medical att...

    Leonard’s Answer

    First, because your son's age is unknown, please be aware that when he reaches his 18th birthday, your income and resources will no longer be a factor. In the meantime, you are correct, that your joint income could prevent your son from obtaining benefits (i.e. SSI an Medicaid). You and your husband must decide together whether its worthwhile to voluntarily reduce your income for the benefit of your son (and to the detriment of you and your other children).

    As an aside, the Administration will not consider your expenses when determining income eligibility.

    This is very difficult situation, and I wish you the best.

    I hope you find this response helpful.

    Yours,

    Len

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  • What is the Social Security definition of "simple work"?

    I applied for SSDI, was denied, and requested a copy of my file so I can look at it before getting a lawyer on my side. The disability examiner wrote in her explanation "I don't see why claimant can't perform simple work". What do they consider ...

    Leonard’s Answer

    You should first be aware that nearly 70% of all initial claims are denied, resulting in the issuance of the letter you have received. You have limited time to appeal (approximately 60 days), and I encourage you to protect your rights. With regard to the examiner's comments, I agree that it IS purposely vague, because it doesn't (and never does) address how the examiner determined that you are incapable of "simple work", or whether your prior work experience was even considered.

    You need to retain counsel to request a copy of your file, review your medical records, and determine what can be done on your behalf. In the meantime, please continue to seek treatment for your disabling conditions, and request that your providers document the nature and extent of your disability.

    Of course, you are welcome contact me or my firm at your convenience.

    Yours,

    Len Stone
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  • How do I receive compensation for pain, loss of use, and personal property damages if I did not seek medical attention????

    I was in an accident where my vehicle valued at $27k was totaled, my daughter and I were injured though not severely, and the other driver was ticketed for the accident. There was also a witness. I expected to be sore and chose not to seek medical...

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    This was obviously a rather serious impact, and I have no doubt that you actually sustained injuries. I disagree with another attorney's response who seems to suggest that you must have overt serious physical injuries to recover -- that is not true. However, without treatment, your challenge lies in establishing the extent of your injuries. Documented medical treatment provides you and your attorney with ammunition supporting a claim for General Damages, which includes items such as Pain & Suffering and Emotional Distress.

    I advise my clients to proceed conservatively following an accident. If they have any symptoms at all, I encourage them to go to their doctor for an evaluation. Time and again, I have observed that injuries that appear "mild" at the outset can develop into something more serious. Even so-called minor, soft-tissue injuries can linger longer than people expect. As a product of this conservative approach, we have medical records documenting the claim, and we are able to ultimately recover more for the client.

    I am interested in knowing how much time passed since the accident, and the extent of any residual problems you or your daughter currently have.

    I hope you find this helpful, and welcome you to contact me if you need assistance.

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  • What should i do?

    A drunk driver ran inside of my business. My insurance is not helpfull. Landlord does not want to open claim under their policey. I received a 5 days notice and the same time las suite from landlord. I am willing to pay the rent but they are addin...

    Leonard’s Answer

    You have three issues to consider. First, you have a claim against the drunk driver individually and need to place his or her insurance carrier on notice of your claim. If there is insurance, it will likely be referenced on the Traffic Accident Report. The carrier might deny coverage because its insured was arguably involved in intentional misconduct, but its worth the effort to investigate coverage. Second, with regard to your insurance carrier, I would like to better understand why it is not being "helpful." Please contact them directly and request that it states in writing why coverage is being denied. Finally, note that your obligation to pay rent is exclusive of your claim against the tortfeasor (drunk driver). Your landlord's rights likely stem from your lease, which I encourage you to review. Your situation is unfortunate, but your landlord is not under any legal obligation to grant leniency of any kind.

    I hope you find this response informative.

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  • How long can someone pursue money from you if you are sued from an accident and you have no money?

    I was in a car accident and am being sued. I have no money but was wondering how long someone can look for money from me after I declare that I have no money. If I win the lottery within a year, can they take money from that?

    Leonard’s Answer

    There are several issues for you to consider. First, did you have insurance at the time of the accident? If you did, you should contact your insurance carrier immediately and provide it notice of the Complaint. Your carrier owes you a Duty to Defend, and an attorney will be assigned to the case. If you did not have insurance, you may consider retaining an attorney on your own, depending upon both the extent of exposure and the assets you wish to protect. Second, if you are anticipating a large (potentially non-dischargeable) Judgment , you may consider consulting with an Bankruptcy Attorney. Of course, I understand this may not be an option based upon the potential size of your lottery winnings. Third, if the Judgment is valid, it may likely be recovered from your lottery winnings (presumably they still exist at the time the Judgment Debtor attempts collection).

    In any event, my immediate concern for you is that you limit exposure by defending yourself in litigation. If you don't, the Plaintiff will likely obtain a judgment quickly, affecting your ability to appropriately strategize.

    I hope you find this response helpful.

    You are welcome to contact me if you need any assistance within our Practices Areas (Injuries and Disabilities).

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