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Alison Swicker Gokal

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  • 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...

    the incident to metro.net. I recieved a prompt response to my email, requesting additional information. I then, continued to email additional incidents to the carrier to let them know of additional incidents of which I witnessed. At some point the...

    Alison’s Answer

    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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  • I have just been served with Form interrogatories with exact same questions asked by same party in 2 other actions

    The Attorneys for the propounding party are the same as in the 2 other cases and propounded in both other cases as well as new Request for Production of Documents and Admissions. This seems as though it would Violate Discovery Rules as it is dupl...

    Alison’s Answer

    Each case is treated separately for discovery purposes if the cases have not been consolidated. So, even if the same law firm is handling the cases, each one is treated differently. The reason is that only the discovery connected to that specific case would be applicable (unless you answer things differently and it can be used to question your honesty).

    However, if the same questions have been asked in the same case by the same party, then you can object as the question "being asked and answered."

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  • What is the CA Code Section which requires paramedics to transport a resident of assisted living facility to nearest ER?

    Please quote the Code verbatim with section details so I can forward to my sibs

    Alison’s Answer

    I am not sure exactly what the issues are, but the following link may help:

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=hsc&group=01001-02000&file=1250-1264

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  • I am trying to find my husband a lawyer that will help fight for him in a criminal case and malpractice case rebecca shaw

    my husband is facing some issues he has a lawyer that will only see him five mins before court apperances she has not given him info on case or papers he is supposed to have he also was given wrong meds in jail put him in seizures the ambulance an...

    Alison’s Answer

    I suggest you schedule an appointment with your defense attorney. However, if your husband has a public defender, then their time is very limited. Unfortunately, they often have too many cases and no time.

    If you believe there is a medical malpractice case, you would need a malpractice attorney who are usually hired on contingency. You can contact your local bar association for a referal to one who could provide a free initial consulation.

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

    Another victim using the same agent as I did has filed rackateering charges against the company we both lost money at. Can I join his claim, or am I bound by the loss a may get for my appeal in my civil claim?

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    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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  • Do I have a Medical Malpractice case?

    had a TOTAL hysterectomy last october, 3 days ago was found to have ovarian cysts, have medical records that say i had them removed last year, and on top of it, i have colitus.

    Alison’s Answer

    I am so sorry you have to go through all of this. Contact a local medical malpractice attorney that handles OB/GYN issues. The attorney will need to review your medical records and all MRI/CT Scans in order to determine the merits of a case.

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  • Is there a class action lawsuit against Mirena for causing symptoms that mimic MS?

    I had the IUD implanted in February of 2007 and just had it removed about 10 months ago. In about 2009 I started having symptoms that have mimiced MS so harshly that I have had MRIs NCVs and EMGs countless blood tests, and even more tests to come....

    Alison’s Answer

    The following are a list of the side-effects that are currently the subject of a lawsuit against Mirena:
    - Perforation of the Uterine Wall
    - Migration of the IUD to Outside the Uterus
    - Expulsion of the Mirena IUD
    - Infection
    - Complications that Result in Surgery to Remove Mirena IUD

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  • Other driver at fault, do I have any right to compensation for having no car to drive during repair?

    I was in an accident about a week and a half ago. I'm not at fault. My car however took the brunt of the damage. It is in for repair and won't be done for at least another 2 weeks. I don't have renters coverage. I have been without a car since the...

    Alison’s Answer

    The prior advice is correct. I just need to add that you may need to seek the assistance of a local attorney. Keep in mind, that while the insurance carrier is under a contractual duty to you and the other driver, they will always act in their own best interest.

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  • Can I sue a hospital if I was told I'd have a certain surgery and they performed otherwise?

    Back in may I was admitted into the hospital for stomach pains which turned out to be appendicitis. The pain was not sever and the doctors told me I had arrived at an early stage but that I had to be operated that day. I had arrived around noon an...

    Alison’s Answer

    I agree with the two prior attorneys. I personally experienced the exact same thing. The nurses had told me I would have a laparoscopy, but when the surgeon came in he told me that it was better for me to have the open surgery. In my case, this was the surgeon's medical decision best on his knowledge and experience.

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