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  • Do I address the actions of the CalTrans worker or should I just brush it off and let it go?

    My wife was involved in a single vehicle accident when she hit a section of black ice, lost control and slammed into a ditch. A caltrans plow pulled her out and told her she was ok and that she can go home. She called me and notified me that she w...

    Richard’s Answer

    Thank goodness there were no serious injuries. I agree that the Caltrans worker should have acted differently, however, there does not appear to be any compensable claim. Probably best to let it go.

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  • Do I have recourse to claim diminution in value from accident.

    Usaa insurance does not want to pay for diminution in value for my vehicle accident that their customer caused. Their argument is that a prior claim shows in the insurance system from Allstate although Allstate will not release any details at all...

    Richard’s Answer

    Diminution in value cases can be difficult to prove and hard to convince the insurance company to pay. A lot of it depends on the type of vehicle and how the diminution in value can be documented and calculated. If they are denying the claim based some alleged prior accident involvement, ask for the details. If you do not get any satisfaction, you can sue. Small claims court might be a decent option.

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  • Issue regarding losing a personal injury lawsuit and attorney fees for defense.

    I have a long story that I am not going to get into right now. I am pro se in my personal injury lawsuit (not by choice/but things happened out of my control). I was offered a settlement offer last year (basically pennies on what I think or though...

    Richard’s Answer

    If the settlement offer was in the form of an Offer of Judgment and the jury awards you less than the amount that was offered, you may be liable for the defendant's attorney's fees and costs from the date of the offer of judgment. This is the penalty for not accepting the offer and getting less that what you could have had. While an award of attorney's fees is discretionary with the judge, I wouldn't count on it. You might want to see if you can still get the $5K.

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  • What options do I have? I have records of this situation documenting I was under directive to scan them.

    I have an ethics question. I work for a major delivery company and today I was extra heavy with priority deliveries. I was directed by management to do a delivery scan that would protect the commit time on about 20 stops possibly 50 packages. By d...

    Richard’s Answer

    Use the Find a Lawyer feature to locate some employment law attorneys to explore your options and the possible ramifications. This could be a very sensitive situation and I imagine some employers might want to deal with the situation that is unfavorable to the employee, which could ultimately result in problems for the employer.

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  • Is it too late to proceed with legal action?

    Two weeks ago I slipped inside a Chevron near Fresno, CA and twisted my knee. I went to urgent care the next day and was told it was a possible meniscus tear. Today I met with my primary doctor and he wants me to wait another week or so to see i...

    Richard’s Answer

    Probably not, but slip and falls can be difficult. Use the Find a Lawyer feature to contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation.

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  • What can I do to get this person to comply??Help me I don't have the money to fix it myself.

    My mother's neighbor hit my car I was not in the car and no one was hurt.This person dented my car to were I can't open my passenger side door.He won't give me his car insurance information and I went to get a estimate for how much it would be to ...

    Richard’s Answer

    The path of least resistance is to file a claim with your own insurance company. If you have appropriate coverage, your insurance company should pay for the repairs and will likely seek reimbursement from the person at fault. If you do not have appropriate coverage, small claims court is your best bet.

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  • Do personal injury cases usually go to court?

    I slipped and fell on some leftover cleaning solution in the grocery store. Went the ER and had to take off work due to injuries. Since I had to take so much time off, my schedule is not as flexible. I want to know if it's likely that I'll need to...

    Richard’s Answer

    The answer to your actual question is no, most personal injury cases do not usually "go to court." However, slip and fall cases are much more likely to be litigated than a motor vehicle collision. Slip and falls are very fact specific and they are defended vigorously, especially if the fall occurred at a large chain store, i.e. Walmart. If the case cannot be resolved before filing suit, you will have to take additional time off of work for a potential variety of reasons such as a deposition, mediation and/or trial. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to locate an attorney in your area for a free consultation.

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  • How long does it take to get camera footage in intesection in las vegss nev

    I was hit by drunk driver but the copsaid isaid i went thru redlight. They are trying to get camer footage of intersection to see if i went thru redlight.how long can it take to get the footage?

    Richard’s Answer

    Most likely never. It has always been my understanding that the intersection cameras are for traffic flow control only and do not record. You may try calling LVMPD or NV DOT to confirm.

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  • My question is doesn't Respondeat Superior mean I am not liable and my company insurance and company alone are.

    I was involved in a work related car accident while driving the work vehicle.The person I was involved in the accident decided to pursue a lawsuit.My company insurance is asking about my personal car insurance.Seems like they're trying to get my i...

    Richard’s Answer

    You may still be liable because you were allegedly at fault for the collision. Because you were in a company vehicle in the course and scope of your employment, your employer is liable for your actions. It sounds like your employer's insurance is seeking some contribution from your personal insurance. Turn the matter over to your insurance company and let them battle it out with your employer's insurance company.

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  • Should I call back State Farm and tell them I do not wish to accept the one thousand dollars? What should I do? Thank you.

    Hello. I was involved in my first car accident. I called State Farm about my medical injuries and they offered me a low range of one thousand dollars for my medical expenses. Mistakenly, I accepted the one thousand dollars yesterday. However, I...

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    Use the Find a Lawyer feature and contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation as soon as possible.

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