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David Charles Snell

David Snell’s Answers

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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.

    David’s Answer

    Yes you can file a claim on behalf of your son. He actually has until age 21 to have a claim settled, or suit filed. If you wait awhile, you'll have a better idea on how the scar healing will progress. Any proceeds would be ordered by a judge into a blocked account till he's an adult anyway.

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  • Which local rule applies when we file motion for continuance?

    We are filing a motion for continuance in pierce county superior court for personal injury matter and we are not sure which local rule applies is it 7(H) ? if not please advice which one? also we are uploading pdf document on linx website...

    David’s Answer

    Tends to depend on which judge. Call the J.A. and ask the judges preference for stipulated continuances.

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  • I cut my finger at bar, they paid no attention to me when the accident occurred & I had to get stitches, should I open a lawsuit

    My foot was wet from a split drink and I slipped as I was talking to the bartender. My foot slipped off the bottom railing and as I caught myself grasping the bar, their metal decor sliced my finger. As I had blood running down my arm , it took mo...

    David’s Answer

    Unless your finger has some permanent damage. a liability suit against the bar would probably not be worth pursuing. The bar's insurer would raise all kinds of comparative fault defenses and you would end up frustrated.

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  • Workers compensation, L&I. Can I apply or start the process after my job is finished.

    Stuck between a rock and a hard spot. I care for my Mom, a DSHS job, COPES. I have been injured, am in a lot of pain, but will do my job despite that because its my Mom. I promised her I would take care of her until the end and I am determined ...

    David’s Answer

    Yes. You have a year from the date of an industrial injury to file a claim.

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  • I have been approved for Retraining through Dept. of Labor and Industries as I can not do concrete work after an impalement

    I was impaled at work through my torso and can not return to the same occupation. I was approved for retraining but do not want to do this. No one will tell me what my options are. I am in Washington state. If you can tell me what my next move is...

    David’s Answer

    I rarely recommend opting out. The VRC may well find that you cannot even participate due to you injury or medical instability. It's kind of a game of "chicken". If L&I can say that you refused to go along with the Voc process (even if medically questionable), they usually suspend your benefits. Better to show up, try it, and get to your doctor if need to document any flare ups.

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  • I just had an IME exam, L&I requested. Can I protest if I disagree with IME decision?

    Well it went kind a rough, I did not have a chance to explain all my symptoms and pain because the doctor were interrupting me and did not let me finish explaining my self. The other doctor did the physical exam and he was also rude and joking all...

    David’s Answer

    Although you could document your disagreement with the DME's findings, the report itself is not appealable. Only if L&I acts on the report to your detriment would I advise you to protest or appeal. And your own Doctor may do that for you. In a DME vs treating Dr. smackdown, treating Dr. usually wins...

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  • My car was hit by a drunk driver, neither cars had insurance. Can I file a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver?

    My nephew was the driver, my sister n her 3 young kids were in the vehicle. My nephew suffered the most injuries. We had a lawyer but they withdrew from the case because the party at fault didnt have insurance n so did I. I want some compensation ...

    David’s Answer

    Sure! You can likely even get a judgment against the other driver. But he is what we call "judgment-proof. He likely has no assets to satisfy any judgment, and could likely bankrupt out if push came to shove. Sorry to bear such grim news....

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  • I was injured on the job and I need advice.

    Hi, Can I refuse a treatment assigned to me by my doctor? I was injured on the job and my doctor wants me to take ” bone scan test”. Can I refuse the cortisone shots due to "reaction and allergy" that I have to "contrast dye". I am...

    David’s Answer

    Heck yeah, it's your body and you need not submit to any invasive proceedure if you choose not to. Keep in mind that skipping a diagnostic test may make it harder to isolate your problem.

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  • Am I to late to look for an attorney?

    I was injured in 6/12 at work unloading furniture. I went through therapy and steroid shots before I had surgery on shoulder and also herniated l4 l5 in still hurting a lot but have to resort to ibuprofen being l&I doesn't want people on it to lon...

    David’s Answer

    Pat is correct. We see clients at all stages of these cases, but the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to achieve the correct outcome for you. You may wish to set up an appt with Pat's office ASAP.

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  • Work place shoulder injury

    I injured my shoulder in a workplace accident in nov 2012 had surgery feb 2013 went through extensive physical therapy to get to where i could work again. My employer is self insured. My surgrons pac signed me off as being ok i didnt agree so i pr...

    David’s Answer

    Probably. Self Insured employers are even more aggressive than L&I in controlling claim costs. Even though this is a no-fault system, you wouldn't know it sometimes. Surgeons (and their PAC's) often understate the degree of impairment post-surgery - after all, they "fixed" you.

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