Personal injury cases, especially those involving brain injuries, involve issues with which personal injury attorneys are most familiar. I suggest that you contact and meet with more than one attorney who focuses his or her practice in the personal injury area and who has experience handling brain injury cases. You should not be afraid to ask about the attorney's specific experience. Most personal injury attorneys will provide a free consultation to help you decide.
If you are co-employees, normally your recovery would be through worker's compensation benefits. However, in some jurisdictions you can pursue a claim against a co-employee under certain circumstances. You should contact a personal injury lawyer to see if there is a way to do this in Washington. Most personal injury lawyers will provide free initial consultation.
The civil lawyer cannot threaten you with criminal prosecution. The decision to prosecute or not lies with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. The insurance company should try to settle your case within the policy limit. If it cannot, then the injured person will file a lawsuit against you and the insurer will hire a lawyer to represent you in the case. However, you likely would be personally responsible for any judgment over $35,000, so it may be in your best to at least consult with...
You cannot force the claims adjuster to do any testing of your vehicle. Your claim is against the garage that did the oil change and the way for you to push action by the garage's insurer is to file a small claims action (if the dispute is worth $5,000 or less). The insurer would likely then be placed in the position of having to hire a lawyer to represent the garage, which may force it to take your claim more seriously. If you proceed with the small claims action you must be prepared to...
The fact of an indictment is a public record that can be reported in the news media. There is no requirement that a television station or newspaper notify the subject of the indictment that a story is going to be aired or published.
It would be wise for you to consult with an attorney who practices maritime law. Phil could seek to enforce a maritime lien by the filing of a complaint against the vessel in federal court. The complaint should then be served upon you as the master of the vessel. Maritime liens can be asserted for services provided to a vessel.
The ticket form gives you the option to request a hearing where you can go to court and explain the reason you were in the gas station. It would be up to the judge whether the violation would stand. The absence of a headlight on the police car has no bearing on your fine and whether the citation is valid. If you request a hearing you should not even bring up the headlight but focus on your explanation as to why you went into the gas station.
There is no reason for you to pay for a lawyer at this point if you have motor vehicle accident insurance. Once you advise your motor vehicle insurer of the incident, it should handle any claim for you and would hire a lawyer to defend you if a lawsuit is filed. Generally, a dog is viewed as property, so the damages which the owner could seek if you were responsible for the accident would be limited to the value of the dog if it did not survive the incident and vet bills.
I agree that you should contact a lawyer who handles workers compensation matters in Hawaii. You may also get further information and/or make a complaint directly with the Disability Compensation Division, Dept. of Labor, State of Hawaii. Contact information and forms are available online at labor.haw.gov/dcd/