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Douglas Arthur Reed

Douglas Reed’s Answers

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  • Fender bender with no insurance

    I was pulling into a spot at a gas station when the driver of an suv swung his door open and mangled my fender and I crinkled his door. Police show up and the guy doesn't have a license and it's not his vehicle. I at the time had let my insurance ...

    Douglas’s Answer

    The first thing you should do is get a copy of the police report. Since you said that the police showed up to the scene of the accident I'm assuming that there is a police report for this matter. You can call the station for whichever outfit it was that came out to investigate the accident and ask them how you can obtain a copy. Usually the police report will state who is at fault. Also if one of you was given a citation by the officer this can be potentially used as evidence of fault. However, please keep in mind that that a police report and issued citation are only factors that can be used when determining fault and any potential liability, and in no way will ultimately determine liability. I would suggest that you talk to a local attorney about this that can guide you on the specifics of Texas law, and advise you on the specifics of your case and any potential liability.

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  • Do I need a personal injury lawyer? If not what is a reasonable settlement amount?

    Was a passenger in a car accident, 11/15/14, in which the driver fell asleep. My neck and back were injured. I already had issues in both from work and a previous accident last January. The bottom line is I am going to have to retire sooner than ...

    Douglas’s Answer

    Yes you definitely need an attorney. There is no good reason not to get one. Especially since it looks like your ability to do your job has been effected which could end up being a significant claim that will most likely be heavily disputed by the insurance company. Some people hesitate to get an attorney after an accident because they are worried that they may not be able to afford one, but keep in mind that almost all personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee meaning that they only get paid at the end of your case if you recover something. It is also fairly typical for personal injury attorneys to front the costs of going forward with your case. So you usually don't have to pay anything out of pocket, and all fees and costs will be distributed when your case is resolved. So the fee that a personal injury attorney will charge you to take your case shouldn't be a concern for you at this time, and they should be able to increase the value of your case much more than what their fee will ultimately cost you.

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  • I have an ex employer who is slandering my name and preventing me from working

    she is wrongfully and knowingly making a false accusation of theft what is my recourse

    Douglas’s Answer

    Right now I would try to gather any documentation that you can that would show any of these statements made by her. It may be a good idea to get the full names and contact information of all the people she stated these accusations to so you can use this as evidence. Furthermore, if she for example sent an e-mail to someone that contained these statements then you may be able to use that e-mail to prove that she made a false accusation. Also because it would be in a written form you may be able to make the claim that she is guilty of libel as well as slander.

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