Karen J. Zimmer’s Answers

Karen J. Zimmer

Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. Is there a formula to determine "pain and suffering" settlements in automobile accidents?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert N. Anderton
    2. Carrie D. Umland
    3. Karen J. Zimmer
    4. Scott W Edwards
    5. Travis Scott Eller
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    There is no formula for calculating pain & suffering. The insurance company does consider the number of months you and your son received medical care and may offer pain & suffering during that duration and not beyond treatment dates. You need to be able to tell the insurance adjuster how this collision affected your life in terms of ability to work, do household chores, if your son missed school and his sports and other activities, family events that you missed out on (holidays and travel),...

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  2. In a small claim for damage caused by an uninsured and suspended license driver can I also file against the registered owner?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Kenan Lee Isitt
    2. Christopher B. Rounds
    3. Karen J. Zimmer
    4. William H. Lawson
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    The family car dotrine applies in this case and you should make a claim against the father also. You should inquire if the father has coverage on the car, including an umbrella policy. You can also request restitution through the Prosecuting Attorney's office. You can send a letter to the Dept. of Licensing in Olympia, Driver's Services division and request restitution for the property damage.

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  3. Is it to late to take legal action for personal injury damages?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Scott W Edwards
    2. Carrie D. Umland
    3. Diego P. Gavilanes
    4. John L. Schroeder
    5. Richard Todd Rosenstein
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    It is not too late, the Statute of Limitations is 3 years - you must settle or file a lawsuit before the 3 years runs from the date of the accident. We are here to answer any further questions you might have. Thank you.

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  4. How long does a personal injury lawsuit take and can i change lawyer before i decide to take that route?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jacob Brian Smith
    2. Drew D Dalton
    3. Richard Paul Patrick
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Ryan C Witt
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    Initial offers of settlement are usually small and are not the final offer. Your lawyer will continue negotiating. You should discuss your options with your current lawyer. Discuss filing a lawsuit, and the options of arbitrating the case vs. jury trial in district court or superior court. Sometimes an insurer will agree to mediate even if you have not yet filed a lawsuit. You do have options.

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  5. I was asked by my insurance co (car insurance -PIP case) to be examined under OATH- i don't have time or energy to waste

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. David A. Kulisch
    2. Todd W Wyatt
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Christopher Michael Davis
    5. Karen J. Zimmer
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    Unfortunately the consequences of your failure to cooperate with your insurance company will result in denial of benefits to you. The policy language in your insurance contract usually specifies that you must cooperate with the insurance company's requests. You would breach the contract by failing to cooperate. If the insurance company suspects fraud on your part, which is usually the reason they ask for an Exam Under Oath, then you should obtain as much support as you can from any eye...

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  6. My husband & I were waiting for a car to pass so I could open my door when he got hit is the driver at fault?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Jacob Brian Smith
    2. Jared Daniel Stueckle
    3. Drew D Dalton
    4. Karen J. Zimmer
    5. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
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    From these facts it appears you need to follow up with the truck driver's insurance company to pursue a claim. I strongly recommend you retain a personal injury lawyer - it won't cost you anything as most PI attorneys can be retained on contingency of obtaining a settlement, and you would be wise to have an advocate on your side.

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  7. I was in a car accident I was not at fault and have had medical issues that the Dr said was traumatic brain injury.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Scott W Edwards
    2. Travis Scott Eller
    3. William Kennard Thayer
    4. Steven L Shaw
    5. David A. Papa
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    There are a number of things to consider and discuss with your lawyer. If a crime was involved, such s the other driver being intoxicated, then you need to open a claim with Crime Victim's through L&I to assist with your wages. If you have FMLA at work, or disability insurance then you need to tap into those benefits. If it begins to look like you will be off work 12 months, then apply for Social Security Disability. Double check your insurance to be sure your declarations page shows you...

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  8. My personal injury case settled. When will I get my money?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Karen J. Zimmer
    3. Patrick Joseph Cronin
    4. Jacob Brian Smith
    5. Joseph Jonathan Brophy
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    The attorney would not hold your funds to collect interest - client funds are required to be placed into the law firm's trust account and the interest pooled from all these accounts is not used by or for the attorney. Tell your attorney you want the funds immediately and a copy of all the checks that were disbursed from your trust account. Find out the reason the funds are not being disbursed (is the lawyer out of the office due to illness, trial or vacation?) If there is no good explanation,...

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  9. I backed into a parked car with a women in it very slow no damage complained about her back insurance under my wife what's next

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. James R. Andrews II
    4. Karen J. Zimmer
    5. David Ian Schoen
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    You will need coverage for this claim, so you would need to pay your premium to cover you on the date of that accident.

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  10. Got my face burned at a wax salon - what should be my next steps?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jason Henry Schauer
    2. Christopher Lee Thayer
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Karen J. Zimmer
    5. Jacob Brian Smith
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    It is advisable to retain a lawyer to protect your interests (their insurance company has their own lawyers to protect the salon's interests). We handle these cases. You only pay attorney fees if you recover money, so there is no up front need to come up with money to hire a lawyer. It was wise of you to see a dermatologist. Aside from your medical bills, the pain & suffering part of your claim will vary, depending on how it affects your life, will you be left with a scar. In addition if...

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