David Scott Blair’s Answers

David Scott Blair

Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. I gave my friend to drive my car without insurance he wrecked my car who is responsible for the damage ?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Robert Edward Fenster
    2. David Scott Blair
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. George Costas Andriotis
    5. Jeffrey Robert Davis
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    7 lawyer answers

    Fault usually follows the driver since cars can't drive themselves. I would check with a local Florida lawyer, but the only way you can be personally liable I would think is if they can show you negligently entrusted the car to him knowing he had a bad driving record. If he had a decent record and this was just an accident, then your friend will likely be on the hook, not you.

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  2. Personal Injury lawyer says he does not have time, find some one else

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. George Costas Andriotis
    2. Evan Matthew Oshan
    3. David Scott Blair
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Christine C McCall
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    6 lawyer answers

    I agree with Evan that he might claim a lien, however if he told you to find another lawyer, one could also argue that he has has waived any lien by telling you to find someone else only three months from the statute of limitations. I would suggest that if he is intent on you finding another attorney you should ask him to withdraw so you can hire another attorney without having to worry about a lien. You will still owe for the out of pocket expenses associated with getting your medical records...

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  3. What should i do? how can i go about this? Can i sue him?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Evan Matthew Oshan
    2. David Scott Blair
    3. Kevin Coluccio
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. George Costas Andriotis
    5 lawyer answers

    If the car was truly stolen, was there a report filed prior to the accident? It sounds strange that a guy who just stole a car would even stop for an accident as opposed to flee the scene. I mean, think about it, why would a guy who stole a car even stop and risk getting identified in a car he just stole? Is this a car thief with a modicum of morality? I doubt it, and I suspect mthe owner of the car is spinning this tale to avoid responsibility because he may not have insurance. If this the...

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

    Answered over 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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    13 lawyer answers

    By all means get an attorney in your area who is experienced in personal injury. In complex cases like this, the longer you wait, the greater the chance of giving the adverse carrier something that they willlater use against you. Get counsel right away.

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  5. Are doctors subject to Mahler reduction or anything similar to this in Washington State?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Erik Francis Ladenburg
    2. Evan Matthew Oshan
    3. David Scott Blair
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Gregory Stuart Marshall
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    This lawyer clearly does not know what he is talking about. There is no Mahler deduction applicable to doctor bills. Mahler only applies to insurance companies claiming a right of subrogation against their insured when they have recovered from a third party. It sounds to me like this lawyer is simply looking for a way to pay you less because he settled for too little and needs to make it up somehow to his client and came up with the Mahler excuse hoping you would fall for it. Either that, or...

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  6. I am having major issues with Progressive insurance delaying my repairs so they can use after market parts while I pay for a

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Kevin Coluccio
    2. Spencer Nathan Thal
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. George Costas Andriotis
    5. Crystal Grace Rutherford
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    Yes, you have a claim. Take a look at WAC 284-30-330 through 380, under the insurance commissioners administrative regulations. Keep writing very nice sounding letters to them asking them to do the right thing, as these letters will eventually become exidence against them and you don't want to come across as an ass- let them occupy that role. If you eventually have to file against their insured to get your car fixed, there will be a nice trail of evidence showing who the real villain in this...

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  7. Is a medical mal practice settlement subject to being taxed?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Kevin Coluccio
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Benjamin T G Nivison
    4. David Scott Blair
    5. Lars A. Lundeen
    5 lawyer answers

    No, as my friend Kevin has stated. However, if the defendant requests confidentiality, then a portion of the settlement can be taxable that is attributable to the value of the confidentiality. The IRS has for the last ten years taken this position, so if you do agree to confidentiality, make sure you allocate in the settlement agreement a definite amount for confidentiality so you can point to that as the taxable portion attributable to the confidentiality, and prevent the IRS from deciding on...

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  8. Getting a Video deposition, when i already have a witnesses written deposition. the witnesses is a very busy person. What to do?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. David Scott Blair
    2. Alan Jay Dion
    3. David E. Schreiber
    3 lawyer answers

    This is your lawyers job unless there are facts you have not mentioned that would justify why your lawyer wants you to be the one t arrange an interview or a statement. However, when it comes to a video deposition, it is definitely his or her job, since a deposition has to be taken by your lawyer, not you. Since a deposition is a legal proceeding, your lawyer is definitely the one that should be arranging and taking it so there are no regrets later on at trial about what could or should have...

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