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  • Can insurance company return my car disassembled?

    My car was rear ended. The drivers insurance company admitted fault. I dropped the car off at a body shop it was declared totaled. Im choosing to salvage it and fix myself because it's just Hatch and bumper damage. Little did I know it was disasse...

    Michael’s Answer

    I'd call an attorney in the area to discuss this further as it is not a black or white issue. Most will offer a free consultation.

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  • Son was bit in the face by the daycare providers dog in Feb 2015. He had 22 Stiches. can I sue?

    the scar is pretty big. Now I'm concerned on how it'll age if it'll cause him pain or further disfigurement where he'll need plastic surgery.

    Michael’s Answer

    Dog bite injuries are very serious and cause life long, permanent physical damages and unfortunately sometimes emotional damages, especially with children. I've represented many children in Kitsap County who have been bitten by dogs-Id highly recommend contacting someone for a free consultation so you can discuss all of your options for your son.

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  • Max payout every two weeks for last 18 months. What is a ballpark settlement figure I should seek.

    I recently had lower back surgery and am about as good as I believe I am going to get physically. I will not be able to go back to previous line of work as a private security specialist overseas due to pain and disability. I am currently sixty fiv...

    Michael’s Answer

    This sounds like a large enough claim that would warrant at least a free consultation with an attorney. Find one on here and call them.

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  • If I settle a person injury claim (auto) do I have to reimburse my insurance carrier for the PIP they paid to my medical bills?

    I was in an accident about two years ago. The other driver was at fault, she hit me from behind while I was stopped at a red light. I sought and received treatment from a chiropractor who also referred me for massage therapy. My insurance company ...

    Michael’s Answer

    You really should have this discussion with your lawyer. However, yes, if you get a copy of your policy you will see a section regarding reimbursement if you are compensated by a third party. There are many cases in Washington (Mahler being the main one) that will dictate how much, if anything, they get reimbursed-this is a complicated issue that you should discuss with your lawyer.

    It is not uncommon for an insurance company to low-ball you on a case. You need to file a lawsuit, period, end of story. If your current attorney does not want to file a lawsuit, call some other lawyers and talk to them about your case.

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  • Do I have to pay PIP back?

    For the car accident (that was not my fault), I had almost 2 years of chiropractic, physical therapy & osteopathic treatment that my PIP paid almost $30,000 for yet no lawyers would take my case because of a closed L&I not long before the accident...

    Michael’s Answer

    It is complicated, but in some situations pip is entitled to reimbursement, often times referred to as subrogation. Contact a Washington lawyer for a free consult to discuss this and other details of your case in more detail.

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  • My mom had auto accident on May 2012 it was rear-end accident and it was 100% other drivers fault

    after accident we called attorney office and case manage came to my house she told her to go ER SO the case can be look better so she went to ER and had 2 months of massage and chiropractic treatments. she called case manager to close her c...

    Michael’s Answer

    You need a lawyer who will file a lawsuit and fight for your mother. Contact another attorney and get more opinions.

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  • Is it Legal to Serve Documents on a Party If They Have Not Be Filed With or Issued By a Court?

    Basically can a party generate their own documents on pleading paper and have them served on a defendant without a case number or with an invalid case number, such as one that doesn't exist in the court system?

    Michael’s Answer

    Yes, because there is nothing from stopping them from filing those documents after the fact. If you have been served with documents-notify your insurance carrier (auto or home) immediately.

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  • I had auto accident ..

    hello. i have some questions.. i had an accident on may. 2012 and i closed my claim on july.2012 .. my attorney said it will be take about 3 month and if its late then it takes about 4 month.. but my case is not still settled.. h...

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    Sounds like a bad offer-hopefully your attorney files a lawsuit.

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  • Victim of hit & run. We found the guy. He has no insurance. He (his family) is wealthy. HELP! What do I do?

    I have "uninsured motorist" coverage but thats it. To have my car fixed I need a rental. My insurance doesnt cover that & I commute to & from work (70-80 miles a day). My insurance shoudnt have to be paying for this. HE SHOULD. I have no money for...

    Michael’s Answer

    Hire an attorney on a contingency basis-this is not a case to handle on your own.

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  • Lawyer wants to quit from personal injury case representation after filing complaint

    Tacoma WA- Personal Injury case. Lawyer made a mistake and when I was not happy about it...he wants to withdraw saying that he does not have enough time for this case...can he do this legally? I have moved to another state after filing com...

    Michael’s Answer

    You referenced a mistake-what was the mistake? Did you perhaps overreact and piss him/her off? Sounds to me like there was a major breakdown of the attorney/client relationship.

    Representing yourself in a WA state case, pro se, when you live out of state might be very difficult. Not impossible, but very difficult. Since you filed suit in Washington State you will be subject to its jurisdiction. If opposing counsel wants to depose you, they can force you to return to WA state for a deposition. You will also need to appear personally for any court hearing.

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