Dean Brett’s Answers

Dean Brett

Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. File a lawsuit against my own insurance company

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dean Brett
    2. Michael David Myers
    3. Scott W Edwards
    4. Nathan D Sukhia
    5. Manuel Alzamora Juarez
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    There are two major problems you face. First, if you settle the personal injury case against the driver who hit you without obtaining prior approval from the UIM carrier you waive the UIM coverage under Hamilton v State Farm.. Second, if you can obtain the full policy limits on the UIM claim you do not have to pay back (subrogation) the funds any of your private medical coverage paid for your medical treatment, but if you settle for less than policy limits, you will need to repay those...

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  2. My son was hit by a drunk driver, do we need an attorney? If so, what kind, and how do we choose one?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Scott W Edwards
    2. J.J. Thompson
    3. Dean Brett
    4. Robert Kevin Dawson
    5. Jeffrey Mark Adams
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    Yes, Washington has a reparations program. It is called the Crime Victims Compensation Program. It is best described in "A Practical Guide to Washington State Crime Victims Compensation Fund which can be found on the internet at victimsofdrunkdrivers.com/washington-state-comp-fund.asp. Yes, you do need an attorney, as drunk drivers are often uninsured with few assets. Again, try the website: victimsofdrunkdrivers.com. Before you hire an attorney, always check their AVVO rating by typing...

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  3. I was injured in a mva, if I have 100/300/100, what is the most I can receive in pain and suffering?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Dean Brett
    2. Scott W Edwards
    3. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    4. S. David Rosenthal Esquire
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    My answer is based on Washington state law. Your attorney (don't try this at home) should explore all possible sources of compensation. First, determine whether the driver had insurance. Second, since he was driving your car with your permission, he is covered by your liability insurance. A 100/300 policy usually means that any one person may recover up to $100,000, and all the people injured in the accident can recover a total of $300,000. So you can recover up to $100,000 from your...

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  4. Do lawyers usually share the first demand letter to an insurance adjuster with thier clients?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher Lee Thayer
    2. Dean Brett
    3. Crystal Grace Rutherford
    4. William John Carlson
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    Every attorney practices in a little different manner. All I can tell you is what we do at Brett Murphy, which we adopt as the best practices. Everything that comes into the office and everything that goes out of the office on a client's case is sent to them as an attachment to an email. A client can then keep track of exactly what is happening in their case. All settlement demands must be approved by the client. We usually obtain a client's approval to settle at a certain amount, and may...

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  5. My son was in a motorcycle/car accident Saturday. Car turned left in front on him resulting in severe damage to his left leg.

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Brian Michael Sullivan
    2. Robert Daniel Kelly
    3. Diego P. Gavilanes
    4. Timothy E Fizer
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    Use AVVO rating system to find a lawyer rated 10/10 who understands the three most common problems in car motorcycle claims. First, the driver will likely say that the motorcycle did not have a headlight operating. Motorcycle specifications often demonstrate that the motorcycle cannot operate unless the headlight is on. Second, get the best medical care possible. The orthopedic doctors at Harborview are excellent. If you are not there, a good injury lawyer will help you find a specialist in...

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  6. My son was a passenger in an auto accident. Can he sue the other 2 cars that hit them?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Crystal Grace Rutherford
    2. Dean Brett
    3. Manuel Alzamora Juarez
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Chong Hae Ye
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    I note that this collision happened in the state of Washington,so Washington laws on joint and several liability apply. If the other drivers were at fault, you can make a claim against them. Unfortunately, it sounds like you have already settled with the driver of the car your son was riding in. If so, this was a mistake, and it will take an experienced personal injury lawyer to deal with the hole that has been dug. For more detailed information on this topic go to Washingtoninjury.com and...

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  7. I was in a car accident without a license or insurance. Will I automatically be found at fault because of this?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Scott W Edwards
    3. Dean Brett
    4. Chong Hae Ye
    5. Jacob Brian Smith
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    No. In the case of Holz v Burlington Northern our firm established the rule that whether or not a driver is licensed is irrelevant to the issue of who was at fault. Do not agree to pay the other party's 20 K claim until you have hired an attorney and fully investigated the circumstances leading to the collision. To learn more about the Holz case go to Washingtoninjury.com and click on Our Results.

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  8. The Perfect Murder?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Erin Cecil-Levine
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Dean Brett
    4. Robert Bruce Kopelson
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    Others have looked at this question from a criminal viewpoint, instead I would look at it from the civil viewpoint. Do you have a civil case against the residential facility? That will depend on the answer to two further questions. First, can you link her disease to a specific wrongdoer, someone you indicate has been preying on elderly women. Do not passively wait for the state health department to complete a bureaucratic investigation, Your lawyer should lead your own investigation. Second,...

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  9. When can i sign release of claim

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Dean Brett
    2. Dennis Wayne Tackett
    3. James K Brownell
    4. Robert Bruce Kopelson
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    You are playing with fire here. Possible problems here include: you may inadvertently waive your UIM claim by failing to comply with Hamilton v State Farm notice requirements; you may be able to avoid subrogation under Thiringer; this situation looks like a law school exam question. There are too many issues to even address based on the limited facts listed, Some direction can be found at Washingtoninjury.com, click on "video library" and listen to educational videos. You sound like you want to...

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  10. My husband was in a motorbike accident recently and I am needing legal advise.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. David W. Terry
    2. Dean Brett
    3. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    4. Jonathan Neal Portner
    5. Dean Forrest Swanson
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    Yes, you do need an attorney, but more important you need a mechanical engineer who will be able to reconstruct the accident from an examination of the motorcycle. Do not allow anyone to alter the motorcycle until you have it examined. Most attorneys who do this type of case can connect you with an expert witness. For more information look at www.WashingtonInjury.com/practice-areas/motorcycle-accident-attorneys. Good luck, these are difficult cases, but are worth pursuing because the victim...

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