Skip to main content
Karen J. Zimmer

Karen Zimmer’s Answers

13 total


  • I got a doctor's order to ride a dial a ride service.

    She faxed forms to the transit company stating my conditions are peminent. Is it lawful for the transit company to request me to walk so the can assert how far they think I'm able to walk and there not doctors?

    Karen’s Answer

    I suggest you contact Metro and apply for use of the Access bus system, where you can have door to door pick up. They will need to come and get you from the door of the building and bring you onto the van. It does require a window of wait time that can be frustrating but at least you won't have to walk without help or if you have a wheelchair, they will take care of you. You can also sign up with Hopelink because they will pick you up at your house and deliver you to doctor appointments in their own cars or by using other companies with vans.

    See question 
  • 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?

    We were standing next to my truck waiting for the car to pass when it swerved toward us hitting my husband dislocating his shoulder. The police won't do anything and say to deal with it at a civil court. Shouldn't the other driver have at least...

    Karen’s Answer

    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.

    See question 
  • 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

    I'm not under her accident policy because I just reinstated my license and we opened a new insurance with someone else but it doesn't kick in until today so it was under her old policy if they send me a bill and I don't pay what will happen?

    Karen’s Answer

    You will need coverage for this claim, so you would need to pay your premium to cover you on the date of that accident.

    See question 
  • How long does a personal injury lawsuit take and can i change lawyer before i decide to take that route?

    I was offered a very small settlement and was wondering if i could change lawyers before i file a lawsuit? and how long will, this proses take?

    Karen’s Answer

    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.

    See question 
  • Massage therapy over charged and now i'm out of PIP

    I was in a car accident. My chiropractor referred me to a massage therapist from whom I received treatment. I found out that my massage therapist was charging $166 visit per massage and now my pip is gone. HIs bill is way more than my other pro...

    Karen’s Answer

    If you have medical insurance, have the massage therapist bill that insurer. The massage therapist would usually be willing to wait until you settle your case to be paid the balance, just a chiropractor usually will. You might negotiate with the massage therapist at time of settlement to accept a lower amount, but if the chiropractor already paid the massage therapist for their bill then you may be out of luck. I would talk to the clinic and tell them their bill is excessive given what other therapists charge in the community for similar treatment and you would like a reduction.

    See question 
  • My personal injury case settled. When will I get my money?

    My case settled three weeks ago. My attorney says the insurance company already sent the check to him. The attorney says I have to wait longer. The check already cleared his bank. Why is my attorney stalling ? It is a very large amount. Do you thi...

    Karen’s Answer

    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, tell the lawyer you will be contacting the bar association.

    See question 
  • Got my face burned at a wax salon - what should be my next steps?

    Got burned during a visit to a wax salon on Tuesday. I have already gone to a doctor to get prescription burn cream and am visiting a dermatologist to assess the damage further. The salon said that they would be willing to settle and pay any dama...

    Karen’s Answer

    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 you have missed work, you will include wage loss in your claim.

    See question 
  • Is it to late to take legal action for personal injury damages?

    Personal Injury Accident Background Information - Date of accident May 8, 2012 While traveling northbound on the I-5 in heavy commuter traffic I was hit from behind by a Ford 500 pick-up truck attempting a high speed lane change across stopped...

    Karen’s Answer

    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.

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

    The dr said I cannot work until cleared, which will mean a minimum of 3 months of no work. Is there a way to get loss of pay. The insurance company says they will give me $200 per week, but I was making up to $1000 per week working. My lawyer d...

    Karen’s Answer

    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 purchased $200/week coverage, rather than $700/week coverage. If you are able to return to work light duty you may still be able to recover your PIP benefits of $200/week. You may need to apply for State benefits through the Healthcare Authority. Check your credit cards to find out if you purchased credit/life/disability coverage that will pay your bills while you are out of work. Some of your healthcare providers' offer financial aid for your medical bills so should check with them about help on your bills. Your utility bills may also offer financial assistance so call their billing departments for financial assistance as well. In the end, I hope you are better soon, and I hope these suggestions are of some help to you.

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

    The son was charged with DWLS 3RD DEGREE. He is now 20 years old, 19 when he backed into my vehicle at a red stop light. His vehicle was registered to his father.

    Karen’s Answer

    • Selected as best answer

    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.

    See question