I think your friend should definitely contact a personal injury attorney. Your friend also needs to follow up with the doctor if the doctor prescribed your friend any chiropractic or other treatment plans. Your friend did the right thing by going in to see the doctor not only for his or her physical health but also documenting that he or she was injured in that accident. Most attorneys such as myself offer to talk with potential clients for free and only get paid if you collect money. Good luck!
I am so sorry for your loss. I would be very angry and outraged if this happened to one of my loved ones. I agree with the other attorneys in that you should call a personal injury attorney and discuss this with them. Like my office, many attorneys do not charge for initial consultations and many of us travel outside of our immediate areas to meet with potential clients. Once again, I am so sorry for your loss and I wish you the best of luck going forward. You deserve justice here.
I think it would depend on how you "slipped" and of course whether or not your landlord was negligent in maintaining the stairs. We would need way more facts, and especially pictures to decide whether you have a case.
We would need more information to be able to help you. If you don't have an attorney and are injured, I would recommend you speak to an attorney. Usually consultations are free, like at my office. I travel up to Mount Vernon quite a bit so if you would like to meet I should be able to arrange that. Good luck.
This is a common misunderstanding. You CAN afford an attorney because personal injury attorneys, like myself, work on a contingency fee basis (you only pay if we get you money). Also, people are not being smart when they try to negotiate on their own because even the insurance industry admits it gives 2 to 10 times the amount it would give you if you did not have an attorney than if you hire one. If you are not injured you might be able to get a check for the property damage but it won't be as...
I'm so sorry this happened. That must have been really traumatic for both of you. Whether or not you have a claim will depend on the specific facts of your case (the details). My guess based off of what you have provided is that you have a claim but I cannot be positive until I ask some questions. Good luck to you and your son and I'm hoping for a quick recovery.
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The problem here is that you are admittedly a "lay person" yet you are contradicting yourself saying you don't want a lawyer. Unless you really don't care about the settlement amount and are happy just having your medical bills paid and a few extra bucks for your troubles, then you have no choice but to hire an attorney as even after paying an attorney his or her 1/3 you are still much more likely to get less even if you get to keep 100% of the settlement amount.
You go it alone...
I agree with my colleagues. I would also be happy to talk to you about your case and offer free consultations as well. Good luck and do not take your insurance company's word at face value. As was stated above, they are not your friend, even though when insurance companies first came into existence that was exactly what they were supposed to be. It is really disappointing that the insurance industry has morphed into this giant corporate monster who's only goal is to get you to pay the most you...
The answer is honestly maybe. I think ultimately you'd be allowed in but you are first going to have to find a law school to accept you with the record and you might have to go before the board of the WSBA and tell them how you've changed, etc. Obviously don't get into any more trouble and clean up your credit while you work towards the degree.