Christopher E. Russell’s Answers

Christopher E. Russell

Newport Beach Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

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  1. Should I seek an attorney to negotiate rear-end accident settlement? (~5k car damage & injuries)

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Mark Sweat
    2. David J. McCormick
    3. Christopher E. Russell
    4. John Refaat Habashy
    5. Jeffrey Mark Adams
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    Please do your self a favor and retain a good Trial Attorney who belongs to CAOC or CAALA. The two main complicating issues on your claim are your pre-exisitng condition and your on-going residual problems. Please retain counsel now before you do something, say something or sign something that destroys or significantly affects the value of your claim as most people who attempt to handle their own claims usually do. Take it from an attorney who has handled over 5000 claims and who normally...

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  2. Is having a lawyer a good idea when the at fault driver is uninsured and I will be seeking a settlement from my own ins company?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher E. Russell
    2. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    3. Werner Erich Scherr
    4. Sheadyn Reaves Rogers
    5. Jason R. Oldenburg
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    If your Uninsured Motorist policy limits are $25,000 your son may not need an attorney for the carrier to tender the Uninsured Motorist limits. However, there are many ways your son can be penny wise and pound foolish for not hiring an attorney since a good personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the world in regards to what ends up in your son's pocket escpecially if your health insurance company wants reimbursement for the medical bills it may have paid. If your UM...

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  3. Car accident injury

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Donald Steven Sjaarda
    2. Jame P Mascaro
    3. Gordon Ralph Levinson
    4. John Gus Zgourides
    5. Kevin Samuel Sullivan
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    No, the police report is not evidence at all of the injuries you sustained. It is hearsay and more importantly the police officer will not qualify as a medical expert at the time of trial and so his opinion as to whether you did or did not sustain any injuires will not be allowed into evidence upon proper objection. You do need to consult a good personal injury attorney in order to make sure the police report cannot be used against you by the opposing insurance company as they will attempt to...

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  4. Why is it that a Lawyer will not take my medical malpractice case ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Coluccio
    2. Fareesh S. Sarangi
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Josh P Tolin
    5. Adam Christopher Demetri
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    You can sue if an expert doctor supports your belief that your son's condition was caused by the first doctor's conduct. However, these claims are very expensive to pursue and because the attorneys' fees are limited (pls Google "MICRA California") there are not very many good law firms that will take a chance of spending $50,000 in costs on a case like this for a limited fee. That is exactly what the medical community and Insurance Industry wanted to accomplish when they duped Jerry Brown...

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  5. What can I do if I missed the 10 day deadline to submit a (SR-1) to the DMV? What type of penalties am I looking at?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher E. Russell
    2. Andrew Ronald Gillin
    3. Steven Mark Sweat
    4. Charles Jervis Mellor
    5. Daniel Nelson Deasy
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    If the other party did not file an SR-1 form the DMV will not be aware of the accident. If hte other party did file an SR-1 form, the DMV should have sent to you a letter asking for you to submit an SR-1 form. If you fail to submit the form within 30 days of receiving the letter from the DMV, your license will be supended for 1 year since the DMV then assumes that you had no insurance at the time of the accident. You can now check with the DMV if your license has been suspended. If it has...

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  6. My personal injury case was settled July 2011. My lawyer put $110,000.00 in a trust account to satisfy medical liens.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    2. Michael R Crosner
    3. Kristin E. Hobbs
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. David B Pittman
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    If Medicare is involved that time frame may not be unreasonable. If Medicare is not involved then you are entitled to answers as to why the process is taking so long and I would request that those answers being writing either via letter or e-mail. Some of the information I would like to see is what are the total medical bills outstanding, is the attorney attempting to negotiate medical liens, copies of any corresepondence between the attorney and the medical providers, if there were no...

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  7. They want to subpoena my medical records for my personal injury case but there's some really damaging info in my medical file

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Donald Steven Sjaarda
    2. John Ryan Charles Burt
    3. Steven Mark Sweat
    4. Christopher E. Russell
    5. Daniel Nelson Deasy
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    The medical records that they are attempting to obtain must be relevant to the injuries in the accident that you are pursuing. Your attorney should file a motion to quash the subpena by way of C.C.P. §§ 1987.1 and 1985.3(g) if it is overbroad which they always are. You are entitled to your privacy under the Calif. Const. Art. 1, § 1. and Britt v. Sup.Ct. (San Diego Unified Port Dist.) (1978) 20 Cal.3d 844, 855-856. Your attorney just needs to do his job properly in order to limit what the...

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  8. Does California have a law controlling the disbursement time of a settlement?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Mark Sweat
    2. Christopher E. Russell
    3. Kevin Samuel Sullivan
    4. David Alan Wolf
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    50 days is excessive even for a Municipality. Your attorney should write a letter and request a date certain by when the check will be delivered. If he gets no response within a reasonable period of time or if the response is "we don't know when we will get you the check" your attorney should then file a Motion to Enforce Settlement under Code of Civil Procedure section 664.6. Tremendous pain in the neck when this takes place but you will probably see the check magically appear once the...

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  9. Auto insurance company requested for SS number after I filed a 3rd party claim letter due to PI - Should I give it?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Steven Mark Sweat
    2. Charles Owen Geerhart
    3. Daniel Joseph Podolsky
    4. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    5. Robert Bruce Kopelson
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    You should NEVER give your Social Security number to an auto insurance company who represents a party that may have caused you harm. Under federal law, Medicare is entitled to be reimbursed for its payment of medical bills related to injuries sustained in an injury causing incident if compensation for the injuires is obtained from the party causing the incident or his/her insurance carrier. Although the federal government now requires that liability carriers report settlements, a letter sent...

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  10. I was in an accident with someone who had insurance at the time of the accident but when he disagreed with his insurance

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Mark Sweat
    2. Sean Michael Patrick
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Richard Andrew Harting
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    Weird deal. Something is amiss here. Who in their right mind would pay inruance premiums for years upon years and then when it is time to pay out on a claim and to provide a legal defense the individual says "nevermind, I will pay for everything". If Bill Gates or Warren Buffet were not the ones who hit you, then there is something else that is going on and this may actually be an uninsured motorist claim. If you are not represented (which you should be), I would ask the defendant's carrier...

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