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Alison Swicker Gokal

Newport Beach Personal Injury Lawyer.

Contributor Level 12
  1. In December of 2011 my hand was slammed in the door of a metro bus. I let the driver know what she had done and emailed the...

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Marc Lazarus
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
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    Do you know if the bus that slammed your hand was a city/government bus? If so, you had 6 months from the date if loss to file a claim. This requirement can be stretched but ONLY for good cause. I suggest you immediately contact a local personal injury attorney to look through all of the documents to see if you have a cause of action. In the meantime, get all the medical help that you need.

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  2. Insurance refuse to pay medical bill

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel Joseph Podolsky
    2. Kristin E. Hobbs
    3. David Lee Fiol
    4. Alison Swicker Gokal
    5. David J. McCormick
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    7 lawyer answers

    In these types of cases an attorney should take the case on a contingency basis, meaning you won't have to pay out of pocket. Unfortunately, it is standard for insurance carriers to play these types of games. Make sure you get an attorney that is willing to take the case to trial.

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  3. If I lose my appeal on a unlimited civil claim, would it be possilble for me to join another plaintiffs claim?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Michael Charles Doland
    3. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    3 lawyer answers

    If your case as been resolved, it cannot be re-litigated, absent an order from the Appellate court for the case or issue to be remanded to the trial court. You get one "bite at the apple." In short, No, unless it is a completely different claim and set of facts you could not have brought forth the first time around.

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  4. If attaching a proof of service to a motion, am I still required to fill out a serpater POS form to give the clerk?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    3. Che Lewellyn Hashim
    3 lawyer answers

    No. Just make sure your POS is proper, following all of the requirements of CCP Section 1013a

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  5. U.S./District Attorneys, Congress, CIA, FBI, local politicians, Attorney Generals and any agents of these people......

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Michael Charles Doland
    3. David J. McCormick
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
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  6. I had my car parked and someone hit it when backing out. I don't have insurance, but other guy does, can I still get reimbursed?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. S. David Rosenthal Esquire
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
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    You can absolutely get reimbursed for car repairs from his insurance company. You can go to a trusted body shop and provided them the contact information for the insurance carrier. Most body shops will deal directly with the insurance.

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  7. What is the statue of limitations for bringing a civil lawsuit against someone for fraud?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    3. Ann Penners Bergen
    4. Loren Leslie Lunsford
    5. Michael Charles Doland
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    Statute of limitations on fraud is 3 years (Civ. Proc. §338(d))

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  8. As a minor I was in a car wreck now an adult can I sue?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Ernie P Santamaria
    3. Michael A Rabban
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry, but the statute of limitations in California is 2 years. Although you were only 14 at the time, you turned 18 over 27 years ago. The purpose of this is to make sure the evidence is fresh, the injuries for which one is seeking recover are connected to the accident, and to allow the courts to not get tied up with aged disputes.

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  9. How do I tempt a Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death attorney to meet with me and go over 800+ pages of hospital records etc...

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Paul J Molinaro
    3. Patrick John Phillips
    4. Ajay Mohan Kwatra
    5. David J. McCormick
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    normally a Mal-Practice attorney will require an initial deposit to cover a medical record review by an expert. If your case has merit, you will recover this amount at the end of the case. There are numerous AVVO mal-practice attorneys in your area. Check out the website.

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  10. Is there a fee to file with the court a request for written documentation? (discovery request)

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Charles Doland
    2. Alison Swicker Gokal
    3. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    4. Ann Penners Bergen
    4 lawyer answers

    It hasn't gone through because the court is not accepting it. Discovery requests are only served on the parties to the case (all of them irrespective of who is answering). They are not filed with the court.

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