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  • Premises Liability matter - What is the limit as to what a jury can award in a personal injury case in light of Tort Reform ?

    A major catastrophe case where a retired fellow became totally and permanently disabled due to a building owners neglect. California appears to restrict the ceiling at which awards are rendered. Are there cases in which it is not restricted ? Than...

    Steven’s Answer

    Damages in personal injury cases arising from premises liability (i.e. negligent maintenance) are not restricted. I would be willing to answer any questions you have on that issue. You are welcome to give me a call.

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  • I slipped & fell on the walk where ice forms everyday from pooling water at my apt. Elbow knee injury. Still out of work. Sue??

    My knee hyper-extended, and my ligaments in my left elbow are torn... now it looks as if I'm going to need surgery, which might keep me out of work for a couple more months. I've exhausted my PTO at work, have no disability coverage, and now start...

    Steven’s Answer

    It sounds like you may have a case, but how strong it is depends on a variety of other factors. You need to confer with an experienced slip and fall attorney as soon as you can.

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  • How does an insurance company determine a settlement amount for a personal injury (premise liability) claim?

    Is there a "formula" for determining compensation/settlement in a personal injury case (specifically a "premises liability" claim)? How much can reasonably be claimed for "pain and suffering" and/or emotional distress? Is it a percentage or multip...

    Steven’s Answer

    The first thing that can be said in answer to your question that that the value of the case will be much more if you are represented by a good attorney. Therefore, one answer to the question of your case and how to evaluate it to obtain the maximum possible is to bet the best personal injury attorney you can find in your area. Next, an insurance company determines a settlement amount for a personal injury case by looking at the extent of the treatment and its costs received by the injured party and also determining who is at fault for causing the injury. There is a formula that they use to evaluate the case in those two respects and determine where to being negotiating with the injured party and /or their attorneys. Some formulas can use a multiplier where they multiply the lost wages and medical expenses to come up with a pain and suffering number but as other attorneys have responded that number is so arbitrary that it is flawed and is considered inaccurate. The real answer to your question it seems is to provide you with a number, however, based on the facts provided here that is impossible to do. There are too many unknowns in this scenario to give you a real accurate number. I’m sure if you contact a well-respected personal attorney in your area, he or she will have questions for you to answer, after which they could give you a pretty accurate range of the cases value.

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  • My 23 year old daughter fell on an escalator in mall that turn off .She hit her head and suffers from a concision.

    this happens on her way into work in mall at 8 am and all escalator were off

    Steven’s Answer

    First off, she should file an incident report with the mall's loss prevention department or security asap; and request that they save the video from the date and time the incident occurred. Second, if she required medical treatment and/or her symptoms are not improving, then she should consider making a claim with the mall's insurance carrier. The escalator is not supposed to stop abruptly. However, if another bystander caused the escalator to stop for some reason and they have a videotape depicting this then the mall may not be responsible.

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  • In a car crash, I have back and neck spasms and a concussion. It was not the driver's fault, and I am a minor. Settlement?

    I was in the back driver side seat, and the driver of the car was not at fault. The other driver sideswiped us and caused us to hit him/her again and ran into the far right median of the highway. 3 other passengers in the car have concussions.

    Steven’s Answer

    If the other parties insurance carrier is willing to pay your medical bills and compensate you for your pain and inconvenience in an amount that you think is fair, then a settlement would be appropriate.

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  • Illinois Medical Malpractice suit the defendant has not answered within 30 days of service. How do I file a default judgment.

    Do I file a request for entry of default, the motion for default judgment and a order of default, or what is required.

    Steven’s Answer

    The documents you described are typically referred to as a default package and you would file them all. However, take the advice of the previous attorney and retain a medical malpractice attorney to represent you.

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  • I live in Florida. My childs Orhtodontist dismissed her from care on grounds she had gingavitis. She doesnt.

    We had heard him on past visits give the gingavitis speech to other patients. Telling them if they didnt brush better he would dismiss them from care. My daughter had just been to our regular dentist and didnt have gingavitis so I knew he was lyin...

    Steven’s Answer

    Under these circumstances, I would advise my own clients to sign the release, take the refund, find a new doctor and move on with their lives. However, if you are really upset about it, are willing to risk losing the refund, and have time to spare then you could file a complaint against the doctor with your state's medical board. But I do not think this is something they would investigate or do something about. Often times, they do the investigation, find that the doctor did nothing wrong, which results in the doctor no longer offering you the refund. It seems as if what your trying to prove to the doctor is that your daughter did not have gingivitis, which has already been confirmed by her subsequent treater. You may consider just getting the release, having an attorney review it, sign it and get your money back.

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  • My mother was killed instantly in a car accident by a guy who had consumed drugs, he was sentenced 14 yrs and had only served 2

    yrs in prison and is getting out in 2012, i do blame the DA, he could have pushed for more time. can i file a civil law sue against the city as well as the defendant

    Steven’s Answer

    Call a personal injury attorney in your area to confirm the statute of limitations for filing a civil claim.

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  • What are my rights as a victim of a car accident?

    the one at fault was citied for running a red, but her insurance is taking there time. What can I do to speed the process quicker without taking a small settlement?

    Steven’s Answer

    Hire a competent personal injury attorney in your area to handle it for you on a contingency fee.

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  • Medical Malpractice Deposition for Arbitration, I asked earlier but perhaps in a wrong subgroup, so here I am posting again.

    My brother (one of the plaintiffs in a Kaiser Medical Malpractice/Wrongful death) had showed some Medical Research Data Studies regarding about the Cancer survival rate and negligency at doctor behaviors as he has a solid prestige Biotech backgrou...

    Steven’s Answer

    The answer is yes, a defendant can bring a motion for summary judgement in a Kaiser arbitration. As to the medical data, your attorney can try to introduce it and it does not really matter if the defense objects or not. This is because, although the judge may not admit it into evidence, he as the trier of fact will here all about it before he decides if it's admissible and therefore may be influenced by it.

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