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  • My brother was injured in nov 2011 on the job. He has been on L&I we are now on our last Dr and all have said he is permantly

    disabled. we contacted a lawyer early on and he said that in WA state you can not sue your employer. He had told us to follow everything that L&I wants us to do and we have. but is there a statue of limitaions in WA to bring suit for neglagence...

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    My general rule of thumb is you do not need a L&I attorney if everything is going well. In other words, the best you can do is a full pension. If they are going to give you that without an attorney, then you do not need to hire one. However, if there is anything in dispute, an experienced attorney that practices in that area of the law is essential. Also, depending on the facts of the accident, if there is an outside party that contributed to the accident (i.e., not the employee or fellow employer) you may elect to seek compensation from the third party tort-feasor which usually results in a greater damages award than L&I.

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  • The driver that hit me is underinsured. How do I go after my insurance company since I set my policy limits at $100K?

    My underinsured and medical policy limits are set at $100k. The other motorist was underinsured. I have compensatory damages and pain and suffering. I am still in treatment for an accident that occurred 4/10. How do I go after my own insurance com...

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    Your company technically has subrogation rights against the initial insurance policy. Make sure you do not sign a release with the initial company without written permission from your company. If you do, you will be in breach of your insurance company which theoretically could be grounds for lowering or eliminating your payment. Bottom line is there are too many pitfalls here, find a qualified attorney.

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  • Can I sue a pastor?

    I worked at a church for several years and then left because I could no longer stand to be lied to by the pastor. Several other people left at the same time I did for a variety of reasons, most of which I don't even know. Because I was very friend...

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    In my state (Washington), this would fall under the intentional tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress. Check with a local attorney to see whether your state has a similar intentional tort.

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  • How do I go about retaining a new lawyer with out incurring fees?

    I was involved in a car accident last year and was referred to go to a rehab facility. At the rehab facility is where I found my lawyer. I found out this facility was putting in false claims on my behalf to my insurance company. My lawyer tried to...

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    Are you sure you are paying this attorney by the hour? Most cases like yours are handled on a contingency basis where the attorney receives a percentage of your settlement or Jury verdict. Under the rules of professional conduct, you will always have the right to select the attorney of your choice. Be careful to read your contract to insure you do not incur a fee for this.

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  • My mother passed away of medical negligence, hospital wants to settle out of court, offering money but i would get nothing only

    my brothe who i was awarded guardianship who is 14 right now. The lawyer that i ask said that he would get the money but was not able to get the money til he was 18. I would get nothing because am married and have kids. The amount was said to be ...

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    I am only licensed in Washington so I am answering in generalities. Please confirm my observations with a qualified attorney in your state. Did your mother have a will? If so, she may have left everything to your brother. This would include a potential tort claim of her estate. If she did not have a will, there will be statutes that control the intestate distribution of her estate (including these funds). It would be strange if your brother received part of the distribution but you did not if there was no will. Even if everything was left to your brother, his expenses for the next 4 years should be covered by this money. I agree with the previous answer, have the attorney put it in writing and seek a free consultation to discuss your rights and options.

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  • Is there a time limit to file a car insurance claim and in Washington

    i was in a car accident back and February. the police were called but did not show up. i heard that in Washington state if the damage is more then $500 the police must come out. and then i did not hear anything from anyone until April or May. i a...

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    An action must be commenced within 3 years for a negligent act (See RCW 4.16.080). Commenced means the lawsuit must be started by filing the complaint or serving the summons and complaint by the statute of limitation date. (Note, filing and service must be accomplished within 90 days of the filing of the complaint). This statute of limitation will be tolled if you are under 18 years of age. See RCW 4.16.190.

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  • Is there a time limit to file a car insurance claim and in Washington

    i was in a car accident back and February. the police were called but did not show up. i heard that in Washington state if the damage is more then $500 the police must come out. and then i did not hear anything from anyone until April or May. i a...

    Kevin’s Answer

    An action must be commenced within 3 years for a negligent act (See RCW 4.16.080). Commenced means the lawsuit must be started by filing the complaint or serving the summons and complaint by the statute of limitation date. (Note, filing and service must be accomplished within 90 days of the filing of the complaint). This statute of limitation will be tolled if you are under 18 years of age. See RCW 4.16.190.

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  • I am getting denyed an insurance claim from Farmers Insurance from an accident and she recieved the ticket

    I was traveling on a 4 lane with one lane each for turns also rd. I was at a highway on ramps. I was going north she was going south she was in her turn lane and turned east crossing in front of me. Now i have liability only at the thime and she c...

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    As the previous attorney indicated, you may have little luck convincing the Insurance Company to change their mind. Since their insured said you caused (or contributed) to the accident, the Insurance Company has a legal right to rely upon that information. Unfortunately, the ticket means little due to the fact the officer was not an actual witness to the accident. Be careful negotiating a partial liability resolution because that means you not only are agreeing to take less than full amount to satisfy your losses but you are also agreeing to pay a portion of the other party's damages.

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  • Car accident while driving with a learners permit without someone else in the car with me

    i have my learners permit and yesterday at walmart i backed into someones car i work there so we had the police come he said it was nothing to worry about then later i get a call saying i may have to go to court since i was unaccompanied with a le...

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    With respect to your portion of the question asking "is it up to the person to press charges...", the answer is "NO". It is pure prosecutorial discretion whether to prosecute a crime or infraction. a "victim" is technically just another witness but prosecutors will get input from them so they may influence the decision but it is simply not their decision to make.

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  • Do I have a chance fighting my ticket?

    I was hit by another car at an intersection. I had a green light, and while going through the intersection was hit, and the driver said he had a green light as well. The police officer showed up, and took our information and asked what happened, ...

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    Remember, the prosecuting authority has the burden of proof. This means they have to bring the eye-witnesses and other evidence against you. What other people told the police officer is hearsay and will not be admissible (make sure you object). It is possible the eye-witness may not show for the hearing and thus the case would have to be dismissed. I never go into a hearing relying on a witness not showing but I have witnessed many cases being dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Good luck.

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