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  • Trying to find a accident lawyer

    I was t-boned June 25, 2015 in which I made my claim then I turned around and made acclaim with the other person insurance company cause he didn't call them afterwards and now they still haven't spoken to the owner of the company to get my car fix...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I don't know what part of FL you're in but if Jacksonville isn't too far look up William Scott, Esq. Very good attorney who might be able to help you. Good luck! Tell Bill I said hello.

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  • Is a settlement offer of $350,000 reasonable offer to take in a wrongful death case where the defeandent carried a million dolla

    R policy auto insurance , defeandent is at fault negligence, the defeandent allowed his vehicle to drift. Off the road colliding with a mail box then over corrected him self causing the head on collision that strucked my mothers vehicle causing se...

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    Good question. It's hard to answer without knowing much more about your mom and your relationship with her. A loving and close relationship commands a higher value than an estranged relationship. Do you have siblings? If so that's a factor in determining a fair settlement amount. Simply put, you need to speak with 2-3 attorneys who are willing to try cases and then pick one who will give you clear and straight-forward information so that you can make a sound decision.

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  • Do I have any recourse?

    Personal Injury- fell down stairs while visiting daughter (she lives in apt) Broke ankle & big toe. In a cast now, Not supposed to put Any weight on bad foot. Hips are no hurting as I walk with all my weight on right side.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    What caused the fall? Simply put you need to discuss the facts with an attorney in your area in order to determine and understand your options. The cause of the fall is the key.

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  • How to calculate daily rate of pain and suffering in a pedestrian auto accident?

    My toddler daughter was hurt by a car in a parking lot. Thankfully there were no broken bones but he suffered from serious abrasions on her legs. The emergency room bill was a hair over 20K. Her doctor said she would heel in 4-6 weeks. What is a t...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    As others have said, there is no formula. Thankfully the healing process is fairly short and your girl will put this behind her soon. The 20k bill is significant but the paid amount may be much less. If your medical insurance paid the charges it will likely have a lien on any settlement or recovery obtained on behalf of your girl. Any settlement will need to be approved by a Judge in the county where the accident happened. My suggestion is that you contact 2-3 attorneys in the Bay Area and pick one that you feel comfortable with who can help you navigate your way through the legal options.

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  • Car Accident: What is a DOE Defendant?

    I was told I was sued as a DOE Defendant from the beginning of the lawsuit, for my husband's car accident because I own the car he was driving, and now they are adding my name to a Complaint. Can they do this? Should I get a separate attorney? M...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Doe defendants are named in complaints when the party suing believes there may be people responsible for whatever happened who are not known at the time the complaint is filed. When they become known the attorney can add them as parties who were previously identified as Doe defendants. My guess is they did not have your name when suit was filed. I don't think there is a conflict of interest in have the same attorney represent you but ask that attorney if he/she sees any problem.

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  • I've filed a lawsuit against a Dentist for malpractice. He does not want to settle. What's the best way to avoid court?

    I filed a lawsuit against a Dentist 6 months ago for a root canal malpractice. He did a horrible job and my gums were infected leading me to extract my tooth causing me heart conditions and extreme anxiety. I have over 2 Dentists that have confirm...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    When a person files suit they do so with an understanding the trial may be the only way to resolve the matter. Filing suit and expecting the case to settle is always unwise. If you believe you can prove the case you should try it. You cannot make the other side settle.

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  • Can a person be sued if other drivers claim they caused their accident but were NOT directly involved?

    Say one vehicle collide with the other one in front causing car behind to collide with another vehicle but never come in contact with the vehicle upfront. Would either one drivers behind have a good legal right to sue driver of the vehicle that ca...

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    Yes, one can sue whoever was negligent.

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  • Anyone feel passionate abt women's rights? I'm looking for a lawyer to represent me against an OBGYN&hospital. Life long injury.

    Last December I was assaulted during the delivery of my daughter. I had altered my hospital agreement to require explicit explanation given and permission from myself or partner for any procedures performed upon me or my child. I also gave the hos...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    You may want to reach out to attorney Peter Timewell in Auburn for some input.

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  • As a Apartment Owner are you not liable for any injuries your tenants may inure on the property? Falling out 2nd story window?

    My Nephew fell from a second story window from the apartment where he lives, in San Jose CA. He is 12 years old. San Jose, CA His Mother was home with him at the time, but not in the same room, He was cleaning his room and had kn...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    You're asking all the right questions. Liability on the part of the property owner (or potentially management company) will depend on lots of factors. You're not going to be able to figure it out without the help of a law firm and attorney. And I'd expect that firm would engage the right consultant to look at potential issues involving codes, tempered glass, fall-protection, etc. Find someone in your area and set up a consultation. I hope your nephew is doing ok.

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  • When should I bring a lawsuit for a car accident? I heard I have 2 years, but other people tell me insurance claims take time...

    I heard from friends in the legal field that I have two years, but what does that mean? The other person did not follow yield sign and is entirely at fault. I made a claim with the other side's insurance company already but things seems to be dr...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    As other attorneys have correctly stated, in CA you have two years from the date of the accident to settle it or file suit. If you don't do one or the other whatever claim you have will be time-barred. If you do end up filing suit it won't be against the insurance company. It will be against whoever caused the accident. Were you injured? Your post doesn't mention anything about injuries. Here's the deal about timing: If you file a lawsuit soon after an accident the insurance folks are critical and suggest that you're in it to make money. But if you wait a long time before filing the same insurance folks will be critical and will suggest that your injuries must not be that bad or you'd have filed earlier. Don't buy into any of it. Find a good attorney in a good firm in the Bay Area, set up a time to talk to that attorney and get some case-specific input.

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