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  • Legal Liability- Accident while driving uninsured vehicle

    My nephew was in a car accident driving a friends vehicle, which was unknown to him, uninsured. He owns his own vehicle which is insured. The friends parents now want him to pay for her loss of vehicle, is he liable?

    Kevin’s Answer

    I am an attorney in Washington State so this should not be interpreted as a legal opinion in your state. In general, if your nephew is a licensed driver (and caused the accident), his insurance should cover this situation. It is unclear from the facts who caused the accident. If someone other than your nephew caused the accident, the fact this vehicle was uninsured is irrelevant. Driving an uninsured vehicle is not a defense to someone elses negligence.

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  • Injured when foot got caught up in wheel chair going through an isle at a casino. Who is responsible for medical-

    this caused the person to go flying face down on the isle and injured back and leg.

    Kevin’s Answer

    I agree with the three previous answers with respect to whether or not you have a negligence case against the casino (without commenting upon the implicit sovereign immunity issue lurking there). However, you should check with casino management to see if they have a med-pay insurance provision. It is possible that a form of "no fault" insurance may exist to pay or assist with the medical bills.

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  • What do I do after an auto accident?

    two days ago a car hit my car in a parking lot.They had very minor damage.The body shop told me my car was classified as totaled.It was their fault,but I do not have insurance.Do I call their insurance company?This is my first accident and I do no...

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    I agree with Attorney's Amy Jarvis and John Mesiow but I wanted to add the fact that you had no insurance did not contribute to this accident and thus is irrelevant. The person who hit your car (or their insurance company) will have to pay the same amount as if you had insurance. However, if an officer investigated, they may file a citation against you. These are two seperate issues.

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  • Do I have a case? And I would like to know if I could recieve pain n suffering\paid medical bills?

    I had a slip and fall.In October 2009 at a major company (Tire Kingdom).My car was being serviced at the time.I fell through a faulty chair,which the employee's knew off,but not the customers.As a result I obstained xtreme back\leg pain.Immediatel...

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    I am a personal injury attorney in the state of Washington. However, the following general statements would likely be applicable in your state. I tell potential clients who are learning about the personal injury claims process like yourself that there are basically two parts of the case: 1)Liability or legal wrongdoing (aka negligence) and 2) Damages - which include special itemized damages such as medical bills and lost wages and general damages which are pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

    If the workers knew the chair was unsafe and allowed the chair to remain where a business patron could sit on it, they certainly breached a duty to you. The employer company will be responsible for the actions of their employees through the doctrine of respondeat superior. You should contact a personal injury attorney immediately to help you secure the information to document the wrong-doing.
    The best way to prove damages is with medical evidence. A clear medical provider directed path of treatment should be documented and closely complied with. Your attorney will want to discuss the specifics of this with you immediately. A delay in treatment could pose a problem with your case and thus should be avoided if at all possible. Document on-going out of pocket expenses such as medical bills, lost hours from work, pharmacy prescriptions etc.

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  • Assault at Dominos just want to no if i had a good strong case

    I went to Dominos Pizza and I order a pizza i got my pizza but it was peporroni and i am muslim i cant eat pork. so i tell him he says "Oh well its u have to wait for the other one" i say "Excuse me u dont even appoiligize what lousy service here"...

    Kevin’s Answer

    Based upon the facts that you set forth, you would have a valid cause of action. The issue may come down to whether or not you "assumed the risk" by going outside with him. (In other words, factually will your actions be taken as an implicit agreement to go outside and fight?). Given the fact you say you were walking away from him, this may not be an issue. If found liable for assaulting you, the Defendant would be responsible for all monetary damages such as medical bills, lost wages etc., plus non-monetary damages such as pain and suffering. Your jurisdiction may also have punitive damages that could be levied in addition to the itemized damages referenced herein. You should contact a lawyer immediately. I am an attorney licensed in the State of Washington and this response is a general response and should not be considered legal advice specific to your jurisdiction.

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  • An Author used my name in her book along with remarks I did not like.

    I asked the Author not to publish a book because it included my name and other comments I did not agree with. She laughed and said I already published the book. What are my rights?

    Kevin’s Answer

    I practice in the state of Washington. There are many factors that need to be considered such as 1) whether you are a public or private citizen, 2) whether the comments caused you financial loss in some way, 3) whether the comments regarded your profession, 4) whether the comments caused you non-financial injuries such as emotional distress (which may require a physical manifestation), and 5) whether the comment was in fact true. I agree with the previous answer, you need to contact a qualified attorney in your state to determine whether or not you have a viable cause of action.

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  • What rights do we have when our lawer does not do what he is supposed to do?

    My family and myself were in a car accident. An attorney contacted us about representation. We went through the process and got a very small settlement. After the fact we got a collection notice from one of the medical bills. I called the atto...

    Kevin’s Answer

    In the state of Washington, we have to have a thorough disbursement accounting for all money involved in the settlement. If you do not have a copy of your disbursement in your personal file, ask his old office to provide it. What was paid to whom should be plainly delineated. If there is a line item to the medical provider for which the collection agency is collecting, it may be possible the money is still in the attorneys trust accountant. If you find specific documentation that you were the victim of a crime, contact the state bar association to see if there is a fund that might assist you as some states have.

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  • I have a personal injury lawsuit solely mine I was injured I had the surgery I went to th the therapy Why is my wife needed?

    I have a personal injury case that has just been settled this is soley my case why does my wife have to sign the releases and the check??

    Kevin’s Answer

    I am a Washington State attorney and therefore, this is not legal advice as much as I am offering my perspective. In Washington, we have a derivative cause of action called a loss of consortium which generally belongs to one spouse denied his or her typical marital relationship with their spouse due to injuries incurred during an accident or as a result of an intentional tort. The cause of action belongs to the non-injured spouse. The release simply extinguishes the possibility of pursuing this seperate cause of action. As for signing the check, due to the above response, the insurance company simply makes the check out to "both parties" involved. Not every company does this but this is fairly standard.

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  • Assault battery ?

    I was lead to a place called brookston to meet what I thought was an old friend. the conversation was normal tell she brought up my ex gf then 3 guys jumped out and started beating me. i asked why and they said cus of an old gf had spread some r...

    Kevin’s Answer

    I am a Washington State attorney but I assume the principle of what I am saying would apply. These people should be criminally prosecuted. In a totally seperate legal proceeding from the criminal case, you may sue one or more of your attackers for injuries they caused you. There will be a recognized civil cause of action, probably something like civil assault. Your injuries which you may seek compensation for may consist of medical bills (past and future), lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other out of pocket expenses incurred. Your state may also allow punitive damages which could be in addition to the above referenced damages. The bottom line addressing this portion of your question is you should seek out a personal injury attorney that handles intentional tort cases. Be aware that the statute of limitation (the deadline to file your lawsuit) is often a shorter time period than causes of action based upon negligence. I advise you to contact an attorney immediately.

    With respect to the portion of your question about "what charges should be pressed," the answer depends on the facts gained during the investigation. The good news for you is you do not have to make this decision. Your job is to fully cooperate with the authorities. It is the Prosecutor's discretion to decide the appropriate charges, if any. However, the police investigation and subsequent prosecution can only help your civil case.

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  • What should i do?

    Ok on july 27 2010 i was on my way home from work when a semi truck struck my car on the left rear(we were both heading north on the same road he was in the fast lane i was in the slow) my car pushed me in to a walgreens drive and continued on dow...

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    I am an attorney in Washington state but I assume the answer would be the same in your state. You will need to sue the real party in interest which means the driver and you would also want to sue his employer under the doctrine of respondeat superior. However, if you have insurance you may want to turn this in to them and they will fix your car (minus your deductible) and fight with the other side for you. The only problem with this besides your deductible is that this may count as a filed claim on your internal record with your insurance company and may affect future rates.

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