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Alison Swicker Gokal

Alison Gokal’s Answers

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  • Can I dispute an attorney's fee on the basis of incompetence, and if so are there guidelines regarding attorney competence?

    An attorney represented us during mediation with a construction company. Mediation was handled poorly, my attorney was disorganized and unprepared, and the other side stated afterwards that my attorney didn't communicate any offer, so they want to...

    Alison’s Answer

    If the competency of the attorney is in question, I suggest you speak with another attorney in that area to see if you have been harmed, and to what extent. If so, you may be able to recover for the harm caused.
    There are wonderful attorneys listed on this site.

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  • 1) Is knowingly building a defective product considered gov waste and abuse? 2) Do the subsequent events sound like retaliation?

    ) I am an employee of a military contractor 2 I was asked to perform a task to build a qualification plan , on a DoD, cost plus type contract. 3) My request for necessary information to complete the plan was refused 4) At a meeting, I reiter...

    Alison’s Answer

    You may want to contact an employment attorney in your area to see if there is something that can be done. I suggest you look through this site to find a qualified attorney.

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  • Is there ANY medical malpractice that covers this.

    I live in Texas. I broke my ankle and wrist while at work. I went through surgery and 2 casts. Here it is 8 months later and my ankle hasn't a non-union fracture that never healed but theven doctor released me to go back to work with full release...

    Alison’s Answer

    I would speak with your Worker's Compensation attorney to see if they are able to assist you with this. He or she would need to review your medical records to see what the issue is.

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  • Is there anything I can do ? 513-276-1452

    I have a question regarding my last dental visit a week ago the tech assistant put in surface fillings and was polishing them when I felt a burning on my lip and when she was done she was wiping blood from my lip didn't seem concerned was so num...

    Alison’s Answer

    You may benefit from contacting a medical malpractice attorney in Ohio. There is a great tool to find attorneys in your area on Avvo.

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

    My husband passed on April 4th 2013 at a local hospital. I posted a question in regard to this shortly after his passing on AVVO and all of your answers were VERY VERY helpful and I took this good advice and immediately began to search out Califor...

    Alison’s Answer

    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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  • If I file an appeal for a Summary Judgment that was dismissed favoring the insured homeowner, what is the chance of settling?

    I was injured when rescuing a toddler from a staircase. I sustained severe injuries to my wrist, torn ligament, and substantial dental injuries. My attorney argued that the child's grandfather was liable as the home was not child-proofed. USAA ...

    Alison’s Answer

    Thank you for your question, but unfortunately I cannot give you an estimate on the probability of a settlement, as there are so many factors at play. I strongly suggest you speak with your attorney about a possible appeal as well as the possibility of a favorable settlement.

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  • Can I take the mediator(Family court) to small claim court for writing a one sided report which was not adopted by the court?

    I want to get my money back from her including my attorney fees.

    Alison’s Answer

    You cannot bring the mediator to court because you don't like their report. Do you have an attorney assisting you with your divorce? An attorney should be able to guide your case to an equitable outcome as attorneys are more neutral than clients and are able to point out the best parts of a case to a mediator.

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  • The lawyer assigned for mediation has filed a Notice of ADR Neutral Recusal for reason of "scheduling conflict." What is the

    next step for the Plaintiff? Should I just wait for the notice from the state court for the next assigned mediator?

    Alison’s Answer

    I agree with the above answers. You can also contact the court clerk to find out if the court has another neutral that you can contact. You will need to work with the other parties in this case to formulate a stipulation to either continue the date of the mediation or to change the assigned mediator.

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  • How many Doe defendants are customarily sued in San Francisco Superior Court?

    Hello, I understand that it is common practice to sue Doe defendants. Is there a maximum amount, or a customary amount, of Doe defendants to sue in San Francisco Superior Court. Is 100 a good number? Thank you.

    Alison’s Answer

    The purpose of naming a DOE defendant in a complaint is to enable yourself to add more defendants if during the course of discovery, more viable parties are revealed. In some cases, it is sufficient to have only 10 Doe defendants. It is customary to have up to 100. It will not cost you more to have 10 or 100, but you will have to pay to "Doe" a defendant in (bring in a new party via a Doe Amendment).

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  • If I file a lawsuit and loose will I have to pay defendant's attorney's fees and costs. I want to sue a car dealer.

    I want to sue a car dealer but I am afraid that if I loose, I will have to pay his attorney's fees also. How is it determined when plaintiff has to pay defendant's costs.

    Alison’s Answer

    There is always a risk of having to pay the defense cost IF the lawsuit is frivolous or there are problems with the presecution of the claims (i.e. failing to move forward efficiently and properly with the law suit). This is often why an attorney is needed in order to ensure that there is a viable claim and that the case is properly moved forward.

    As my colleuges stated, there could also be a provision written in your contract with the car dealer that would limit the method of seeking compensation (i.e. an arbitration agreement).

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