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Richard James Milham

Richard Milham’s Answers

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  • Can a severely injured person who is still under Doctors care be forced to pay for Air Lift and ambulance charges?

    He has no source of income as he has been out of work for over two years and no insurance. He is still having MRI's to keep check on his spine and crushed lung. No idea if he will ever be able to go back to work. He is 59 years old. Is there an...

    Richard’s Answer

    There is no law that prevents a health care provider, including air lift/ambulance, from trying to collect on an unpaid account. However, there may be financial help for the severely injured person, but it is hard to tell from your narrative. I would suggest a free consultation with an attorney to discuss the facts involved.

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  • How long are the statutes of limitation on defamation of character and malicious slander?

    In 2005 I was used by a private club and wrongfully terminated. Since then at least three of the members have continued to publicly accuse me of theft that has resulted in me being terminated from one job and denied employment of at least one job....

    Richard’s Answer

    I've attached a link to the applicable statute of limitations. Consult a local attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights.

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  • My girlfriend was involved in an accident in Vancouver, WA. Both her and the other driver were uninsured, possible consequences?

    My girlfriend was in an accident, from what I understand at an intersection both had green. She was going straight, the other turned into her. The car appears to be totaled, it was impounded. Money is tight, we barely make enough to scrape by on r...

    Richard’s Answer

    From your facts as stated, your girlfriend would have the right of way and the turning vehicle would be the disfavored driver. Get the police report and consult with a local attorney immediately to discuss your rights.

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  • Lawsuit in WA State, for being harassed, slandered, talked down to, cursed and yelled at.

    Slander, harassment, vulgarity, as well as making accusations against me. I was a A+ employee for almost five years. I was fired Oct. 12, after three long months of documenting conversations and my feelings afterwards. My health declined drasti...

    Richard’s Answer

    Having an L&I claim doesn't prevent you from suing your employer on the grounds that you have stated. I can't speak to the validity of your claim based on the facts presented, but you should speak to your attorney first, and if he isn't interested in pursuing the claim for you for whatever reason, get a second opinion.

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  • If i have insurance and am sued for a minor car accident. can they come after my wages?

    I am being sued for a minor fender bender car accident. can the court garnish my wages? Also I do not have a house now but next year want to apply for mortgage to get a small home. Could I lose my home if i have a mortgage and it is not owned out...

    Richard’s Answer

    Not sure I understand what you are being told by the insurance company. Please discuss this with a local attorney, you don't need to hire an attorney to discuss your rights. No one can garnish your wages without securing a judgement first. That means you would have to be sued, lose the case in court, and have the result exceed your insurance policy limits. If there is a likelihood that the demand/judgement will exceed your policy limits, insurance counsel will advise you to secure independant counsel to protect your personal assets. I'm going to assume that is the basis for your question. Consult with an attorney immediately for this needed advice.

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  • In Washington State, what is the legal definition of negligence as it would apply to a licensed profesisonal?

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    Richard’s Answer

    Conduct or lack of conduct that falls below the accepted standard of care of a reasonably prudent licensed professional in the community.

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  • I am looking for a lawyer to talk to me about a case, but it spans several legal areas - what kind of lawyer should I look for?

    Earlier in the year, a very traumatic event happened to me in the Emergency Room of a local hospital. I primarily have spoken to Medical Malpractice attorneys but there are some areas that the case covers that require perhaps a more specialized a...

    Richard’s Answer

    It's hard to speculate because you are unwilling to state your facts/concerns in a public forum, which I respect. If your violation of civil rights stems from your hospital visit, then your best bet is a medical malpractice attorney. As you've probably already heard, absence of physical injuries makes it less economically viable to pursue your claim, but any competent attorney with experience in this field should be able to advise you.

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  • I scratched a car and they drove away before I could give information.

    I backed into a parked car scratching it badly, so while searching in my car for a pen,paper, and insurance informasion they got in their car and drove away. I attempted to flag them down but they were not paying attention or th ey ignored me. I f...

    Richard’s Answer

    Personally, I would try to identify them by asking around at the establishments at the parking lot. If successful, send them the required information. This will be much better for you legally than the police trying to track you down should they report the damage. You may be subject to criminal prosecution oterwise. Consult a local criminal attorney about hit and run unattended. I agree with my colleagues that the first step is to report this to your insurance carrier.

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  • Is driving with out insurance ticket something i should bring up in an application?

    in my application they ask "Have you ever been convicted of a crime, including traffic violations? Be advised, you are not obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of convictions or arrest." I had a midigation hearing and i took care of ...

    Richard’s Answer

    Better safe than sorry, full disclosure is the best policy in this instance. Although not a moving violation, your infraction is handled on a "traffic violation" docket and unless sealed or expunged at the mitigation hearing, it would fit the type of disclosure your prospective employer is looking for, in my opinion.

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  • Can my daughter receive restitution for this car that brakes down more often than not? And do they owe my insurance comany?

    My ex boyfriend helped to purchase a vehicle for my daughter. Her car died and was hauled away and she is unemployed. He got a beater car from a friend. Ugly, but , according to him and the friend, runs like new, has been gone through and is in...

    Richard’s Answer

    Fortunately, you had insurance for the collision. I doubt your insurance can recover from the seller, and unless there were material misrepresentations about the condition of the vehicle, I doubt your daughter has much of a case to avoid payment. When you buy a used vehicle these days for $600, you can expect that there will be plenty of mechanical issues lurking and most likely it is "buyer beware". By driving that vehicle on the roads, you assume a lot of legal responsibility under the law if something goes wrong while driving. That being said, do you think your ex will sue to collect this $600? If so, your daughter should contact a local attorney to discuss the facts and see if she has a valid defense.

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