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Joel Daniel Matteson

Ferndale General Practice Lawyer.

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  1. Is there any attorney that will take my case?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joel Daniel Matteson
    2. Brian Nolan Mazzola
    3. Kevin Rindler Madison
    4. John Gus Zgourides
    4 lawyer answers

    I am very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. In some states, a person who knows he/she has HIV and infects another person may be criminally and civilly liable to the person they infected on a theory of "battery." The law limits the time you have to file a claim, so you need to act fast. I suggest that you contact personal injury attorneys in the county where you live and get a free consultation. I hope this answer helps. Best of luck. Note: this answer is not a substitute for legal...

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  2. I Am A 23 Year Old Staying In A Nursing Facility And Needs Help With Some Redidents's Rights Advice .... PLEASE HELP!!!!

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Joel Daniel Matteson
    2. Peter Robert Stone
    2 lawyer answers

    You should talk to a local attorney, particularly one who specializes in elder abuse and/or civil rights. Your attorney will need to know more details about exactly what the nursing home is doing wrong. Besides speaking to an attorney about the details of your case, you may also want to report the abuse to the local authorities, including the police and health department. Find out which agency is responsible for providing oversight of nursing homes and report the abuse to them as well. I...

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  3. In WA was type of crime is it when a person abuses and injuries, transports, kidnaps your horse without owners consent.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Joel Daniel Matteson
    2. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    2 lawyer answers

    You have a variety of legal issues to contend with, both civil and criminal. Obviously, it is against both civil and criminal law to take someone's property without justification and/or the owner's consent. It is also against the law to abuse animals. You may also have a breach of contract action. The lady you boarded with may very well argue that you were evicted because you breached your contract (possibly in the form of not paying board for 6 days, but she may allege other reasons). She...

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  4. If I threw up during my massage in recovery therapy for a car accident dose that play a factor in my settlement?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Joel Daniel Matteson
    2. Lars A. Lundeen
    3. Nima Taradji
    3 lawyer answers

    In addition to being entitled to recover your medical and property expenses, you are also entitled to compensation for all of the "pain and suffering" that you endure in connection with this accident. Part of your pain and suffering is the vomiting and humiliation that you went through during massage therapy. So, in that sense, your experience with the massage therapist does factor into settlement. Even though treatment can be very painful and difficult, I recommend sticking with it as...

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  5. Please help??

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Joel Daniel Matteson
    2 lawyer answers

    Sorry to hear about your infection. As indicated by another attorney, it seems that your issue is medical, not legal. Therefore, you should seek medical care right away. However, in case you were wondering whether you might have a medical malpractice claim because you got an infection (your question is under the "medical malpractice" category), you almost certainly don't have a claim if your only evidence is that you got an infection after a procedure. The fact that your doctor did not...

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  6. Is slander and/or libel considered to be a crime in the state of Washington?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Joel Daniel Matteson
    2. Robert Daniel Kelly
    2 lawyer answers

    Slander and libel are, respectively, the spoken and written forms of the tort of "defamation." A tort is a non-criminal, wrongful act (aka, a "civil wrong"). To prove defamation, one must show that somebody said something false to another person with the intent of harming another person's reputation or good name, and that actual harm was caused as a result. As this definition suggests, truth is a defense to defamation, as is consent and opinion. People are generally allowed to express their...

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  7. Will I be liable if I mention the arrests of a person, in a newspaper story.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Joel Daniel Matteson
    2. Frank H. Bailey
    2 lawyer answers

    If you are concerned about being sued for defamation (publishing harmful and false or unverified stories about somebody), be aware that "truth" is always a defense to defamation allegations. Thus, if you can show that what you are saying is truthful, you are shielded against liability for defamation provided you are not disclosing information that is "privileged" (information given legal protection against disclosure). So, if you are writing a story about a homeless person being arrested, and...

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  8. Can you press charges against someone for making false accusations?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Robert E Burkett Jr.
    2. Joel Daniel Matteson
    3. Donald Jack Davis
    4. Susan Pernick
    4 lawyer answers

    Based on your brief statement of facts, you may have a civil claim for “defamation” against the person who is “making false accusations” about you, although your attorney would need more information before competently deciding whether you have a case. In Washington State, when someone makes a false statement to another person and this causes harm to that person’s reputation and good name, the law calls this “defamation.” There are two types of defamation, slander (spoken) and libel (written)....

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  9. Do I have a dental malpractice case?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Joel Daniel Matteson
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Brian Curtis Pascale
    4 lawyer answers

    If your dentist pulled the wrong tooth, you likely have a claim for dental malpractice. The dentist may argue that (a) you consented to having your front tooth pulled (even if such consent was accidental); and/or (b) he had your implied consent to pull your front tooth, as it was not as "healthy" as you thought. While neither of those defenses sound very convincing, you should be aware of them. If you estabish that the doctor inexcusably pulled your front tooth without your consent, then the...

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  10. 17 year old granddaughter had minor accident in car and was not insured at the time.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Joel Daniel Matteson
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    4. John Tschirgi Edwards
    4 lawyer answers

    Hopefully, this dispute can be resolved without hiring an attorney, especially considering that the damages claim is relatively small. Before agreeing to settle, you will obviously want the other driver to provide you with proof of his damages. You will also want to consider whether the other driver was possibly partially at fault, as this affects the settlement value of a case in many jurisdictions. I would not, however, include a note regarding your granddaughter's license with the release....

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