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William Ralph Levinson

William Levinson’s Answers

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  • I fell in a Steak N Shake on a Rainy Day. Floor was wet and no yellow warning sign was posted. I injured my wrist. Now what?

    It was lunch time and pouring rain outside. A friend and I entered for lunch and as the waitress was seating us I fell because the floor was all wet. There was not a warning or caution sign up. The waitress even said, " I wonder where the yellow s...

    William’s Answer

    Under Washington law unless you can prove that the water on the floor made the floor dangerously slippery you don't have a case unless you employ the services of a human factors engineer who has tests to determine whether the wet floor violates national standards. The are expensive but if your injury justifies it, they are worth it.

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  • Can we withhold payment from contractor for damages to property and expenses incurred while contractor was performing work?

    Painting to interior of SFH . Job to take 3 days to complete has been 3 wks+not complete. Damaged 3 leather chairs, tv, carpet, doors, front and back porch has paint all over it. Garbage left all over, wall repairs not done and to fix they sprayed...

    William’s Answer

    You are well advised to put the contractor on notice of all you damages including the hotel and give him the opportunity to correct them to your satisfaction, this is whether or not he has given you notice stating that you can't sue him until you give him a chance to fix the mess. Once you do that and he fails to fix the damage to your satisfaction. Fire him and hire a new contractor to clean up his mess, then sue the offending contractor. Good news is under Washington law if the amount of your damage is less than $10,000.00 you can recover , in addition to all your damages attorneys fees and costs. This is assuming there is no attorney fee provision in the contract you signed with offending contractor

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  • Can a printer photograph products printed for customers that may contain proprietary content and use the photos for advertising?

    The main question is as stated. An off-shoot of this question is a second question: 2) If the printer has terms and conditions on their website that state they reserve the right to use these types of photographs for advertising -- is that legal, ...

    William’s Answer

    I would say no, you are putting information out to the public that may include competitors of your customer. Even if you could it is a dumb idea. If you need the language ask the customer for permission.

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  • How can I keep my son away from his Dad because he leaves him home alone and my son is only 5 years old.

    it was my ex husbands weekend with my son and I forgot to give him my sons inhaler so I drove over to his house and my son opened the door and he was home alone. I took my son home and it was an hour and 15 minutes later before he called. I don't ...

    William’s Answer

    have your lawyer move in court to amend the parenting plan to require restrictions on visitation to protect your child, for example only in house visitation there are other options, but the key element is that your husband is putting your son at risk and courts act on that.

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  • How do I get the other parent to follow the parenting plan?

    My sons dad and I have a parenting plan that says both of us have to be in agreement on our sons school and childcare decisions. His dad signed him up for after school childcare without me seeing the place and agreeing to it. He attends there now ...

    William’s Answer

    have your lawyer file a motion to order compliance and for attorney's fees

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  • About 10 years ago I had a car repo. They took it to court and won. I'm getting an accident settlement and scared they take it.

    It is still on my credit. 2 years ago, I got a notice they were going to check my assets. Bank, etc.

    William’s Answer

    what you are concerned about is their executing the judgement on hard assets, real estate, personal
    property, cars etc. The settlement check can't be executed on until you put it somewhere they can reach for example your checking account, or you buy a new car. Don't put the proceed on any asset where your name appears in title

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  • Can you sue if you fall in a parking lot??

    I went to Costco yesterday and I parked in the first parking space right next to the curve. Just as I got off the vehicle to take my 5mo. daughter out, I fell on a drainage hole right under me. My foot went inside, had it injured. Went to the ER a...

    William’s Answer

    yes and only costco, I am doing 4 of these parking lot cases. The key is that I use a human factors, Engineer expert. He usually finds violations of Local, State or National standards. The property owner takes us seriously when we do that.

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  • Is an attorney recommended in settling a auto accident claim with an insurance company?

    I would like to obtain a reasonable Pain and Suffering figure prior to accepting a settlement from an insurance company for an auto accident that was 100% caused by the other driver. The accident was 6 1/2 months ago and medical treatment was c...

    William’s Answer

    Unless you are a professional insurance claims adjuster, you are at a substantial disadvantage. Any lawyer, in that case, will get you more money than you will get. Plus the most important thing a lawyer can do, your trump card, he can file suit and adjusters hate their own lawyers more than they hate us because not only are they going to pay your but they are going to pay their lawyer also. Sometimes clients will come to me with your question. I tell them to get the best offer they can but don't settle come to me and I will only take my fee from the increase i make.

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  • I lent my car out which ended in a collision. the person who hit my car was 100 % liable. can they sue me for thier injury?

    my roomate was the driver. thier insurance company want to take my car to fix or give settlement. i dont know if i should get a lawyer

    William’s Answer

    Your driver was not at fault, they may sue you but they aren't going to win.

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  • If I fire my attorney can I negotiate with the claims adjuster myself?

    I was in an accident last year where a man pulled out in front of me; my car was totaled which that aspect is taken care of but I have medical bills from minor injuries. We hired a lawyer who insisted I continue to see a doctor which racked up mor...

    William’s Answer

    You can fire your lawyer any time, however if you fire him after you have received an offer he will be entitled to his regular fee unless you feel he shouldn't receive it and in that case I would file a grievance with the Bar Association but make sure your new lawyer keeps the contested fee in trust until the resolution of your grievance, good luck

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