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  • How much money i get for my slip and fall case?

    I Trip over a carpet in a hotel who was broken with my head to the floor the manager told me that the hotel insurance is responable for that be course it was the fold from the hotel my buissness partner did from al lfotos and the ambulance was tak...

    Garrett’s Answer

    Unfortunately, it is impossible to know the value of your case without reviewing your complete file. Even then there is no standardized calculation to determine your damages. You should consult with a reputable, local personal injury lawyer. Good luck.

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  • Got rear-ended by another car. Experienced neck stiffness the following day, but other party's insurance won't pay.

    Got rear-ended on a Tuesday, a few hours after the accident the other party's insurance contacted me and accepts the car damage repair cost and asked me if I was injured. I told them no. The following day I started feeling unusual neck stiffness a...

    Garrett’s Answer

    You would certainly benefit from consulting a local personal injury attorney. If you have difficulty finding an attorney to take your case, small claims court might be your best bet. Good luck!

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  • Can I look forward to a settlement of at $14,000 for my personal injury accident?

    I was rear ended while sitting at a stop sign. I have severe pain in neck and both shoulders, I also had preexiting neck infusion. I had no problems before accident.

    Garrett’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. It is impossible to know the settlement value of your claim without much more information. However, without a skilled personal injury lawyer you will almost certainly not recover the full value of your claim.

    You should contact a personal injury lawyer without delay. Good luck.

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  • Car accident injury

    I was a passenger injured in a bad car accident on a Friday but did not have any externally visible injuries. The police report does not list any injuries for me. But I was in some pain and went to the doctor the next working day (Monday). I turne...

    Garrett’s Answer

    The information in the police report is not likely admissible evidence as both you and the police officer are not medical doctors and cannot diagnose injuries. It is very common for people in motor vehicle collisions to tell the investigating office that s/he is not injured, only to later discover that s/he is, in fact, injured are requires medical treatment.

    Nevertheless, you would be well served to contact a CA personal injury attorney without delay.

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  • A hit & run drunk driver 2x over the limit totaled my car on father's day. What are my medical claim/legal options?

    Injuries include major whiplash, torn shoulder and back tissue; lost wages, and firefight job opportunities. Also, am I able to sue driver in small claims court? Thank you in advance.

    Garrett’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys, small claims is probably not the proper venue for this claim. Small claims recovery is limited to $7500.

    In terms of a medical claim, an injured person is entitled to past and future medical treatment, pain and suffering (called general damages), lost wages, and in the case of a drunk driver, punitive damages (punishment to reckless party). One is also be intitled to a property damage claim (the value of the car) and loss of use (rental value of the car x time lost).

    You would be well advised to contact a personal injury attorney that is licenced in California.

    Good luck,

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  • Slip and fall: sprained wrist question

    In California: I tripped over a defect in a store's parking lot. Apparently this defect has been there for a while and had not been fixed, the incident is on video and I have two witnesses, so liability is not an issue. Because the dx was "onl...

    Garrett’s Answer

    An orthopedic evaluation and cortisone shot will almost certainly increase the value of your case. How much it will increase the value will depend on a variety of factors.

    If you would like a free, no-risk consultation please feel free to call my office. We handle these types of cases throughout California.

    Good luck.

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  • I GOT INJURED IN A DEPARTMENT STORE. HOW DO I FILE FOR DAMAGES.

    I WENT TO MY LOCAL DEPARTMENT STORE TODAY TO BUY A WALLET. I TOUCHED THE CASE THAT CONTAINED THE WALLET, AND WHEN I DID MY FINGER WAS SLICED OPEN WITH BLOOD EVERYWHERE. I COMPLAINED TO A SALES ASOCIATE, AND THEY BROUGHT ALCOHOL WIPES AND A BANDAGE...

    Garrett’s Answer

    I agree, thus far you have done everything right. Additionally, you (or preferably your attorney) need to send an evidence preservation letter to the department store, requesting that they preserve any surveillance video that might exist as well as the piece of glass that injured you. This needs to be done right away.

    My law firm handles these types of personal injury cases; feel free to call me for a free, no-risk consultation at (805)594-1101. Good luck.

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  • Hit by a car door flung open by a parked car. I was on my road bike on a main road and there is no bike lane. Who is at fault

    I was cruising home on my bike on a busy road in Hollywood CA called LaBrea. A man opens his car door without caution and I hit it straight on. I had no idea what to do as this has never happened to me before so I just left after exchanging phone ...

    Garrett’s Answer

    First thing is to get treatment on your knee and shoulder; you will probably need a referral to an Orthopedic to look at that knee and shoulder. Secondly, retain a lawyer licensed in CA. Otherwise the insurance company will never fully compesate you. Lastly, do NOT disclose any information to the other person’s insurance company before you have a proper diagnosis.

    If you have any questions feel free to contact my law firm.

    Good luck,

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  • Is there a limit for insurance companies on how long it should take to determine liability?

    I was in an accident on 5/9/11. I was hit by an elderly gentleman in a parking lot; he says I hit him. My insurance company determined I had right of way and therefore he was liable. His insurance company is "still investigating" the liability ...

    Garrett’s Answer

    Three weeks does not seem like an unreasonable amount of time. If your car was rendered unusable, then it is in the insurance company's best interest to settle the property damages in a little time as possible, as each day that passes means you are entitled to further 'loss of use' damages.

    In my experience, insurance companies are very unpredictable with regards to how long it takes them to determine liability.

    Best of luck.

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