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Lawrence Jay Kuznetz

Lawrence Kuznetz’s Answers

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  • Negligience for the way you REACT to how your car got hit?

    Highway: The other vehicle was trying to turn left into my lane and I was hit in his blind spot. He took fault for the accident. I brake hard in wet roads preventing me from hitting the side wall of the highway. Car spun out of control and in th...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Insurance companies are notorius for attempting to assign fault to reduce what they may have to pay when their insured is at fault. The other driver's negligence put in motion a chain of events that ended up causing damage to your vehicle. Unless your reaction was so unreasonable, the fact that you made choices or reacted in such a way that arguably might not have been the best choice or reaction under the circumstances, it still is not a basis for reducing the insurance company's responsibility for their driver's negligent conduct. I'd continue to argue for 100% responsiblity for the other driver's conduct without any allocation of fault on your part.

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  • I am renting an apartment My lease is up on the first I am fetting married and looking to rent a larger place

    I aplied to another place and when the future lanlord called my current lanlord they would not give out any information unless i gave a intent to vacate notice. I do not plan to move if not approved for the new place. Can a lanlord refuse to give ...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    The short answer is yes than can refuse to provide information. You could obtain or suggest to the new landlord that they run you through the tenant information data base which would show your rental history and everything but your last landlord. With an adequate showing of financial wherewithall to pay rent, a good credit check, and verification by you of copies of your rent checks being paid on time, you should be in a position to qualify with the new landlord.

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  • Can landlords take money out of my rent to pay for other "costs"?

    can a landlord take money out of my rent which will make it short that month to charge me for dog poop in the yard? even though it was picked up? and it's not in my lease?

    Lawrence’s Answer

    The landlord can establish reasonable rules for a tenant to follow. But if you violate a rule, the landlord must give a 10 day notice to comply. Since the requirement to pick up after your dog is not in your lease, the landlord's action in deducting an arbitrary amount out of a rent payment and claiming you are now late may violate the Landlord Tenant Act. Did you provide the landlord with a pet deposit when you moved in? I agree that you are entitled to the quiet use and enjoyment of the premises including the yard. The landlord can't just show up without proper notice to inspect. If the landlord thinks you are violating some lease provision, there has to be some notice given to you. You should confer with an attoreny so someone can review your lease and advise you accordingly.

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  • I need a lawyer to fight the 9k from "medical bills" that i do not beileve i should have to pay or is even true.

    I got in a tiny car accident and now a collection agency wants 9k for medical bills and i do not believe that the 2 men had medical issues of 9k if any at all. I need to get legal advice to hopefully stop the pople from trying to scam me.

    Lawrence’s Answer

    If you had car insurance at the time of the accident, contact them immediately to let them know of the claim. You want to turn it over to them for handling. If you did not have insurance, then you should dispute the debt by telling the collection company you dispute what they claim is owed and immediately request the collection company provide you with a copy of all the medical bills they claim are related to their collection of the claimed debt owed. Under the Fair Debtr Collection Practices Act, they have to provide you with a copy of the bills which are the basis for the debt owed. You'll likely need to confer with an attorney to determine what kinds of defenses you may have to the claim by the collection company.

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  • Can my employer make me do light duty

    I am being made to do restricted dutys and was not asked they had a meeting about me but I was not at this meeting I was told by my supervisor that I have to do light duty

    Lawrence’s Answer

    You should confer with an attorney about your specific circumstances. Has your doctor released you to light or restricted duty? Is this part of a workers compensation claim effort to return you to work? Does the light duty job activities fall within your doctor's release restrictions? Are you part of a union? If so, you should contact your union rep to discuss. Is the light duty a permanent job or a temporary job while you get better? Do you believe you can do your former job as opposed to having to do light duty? There is really not enough information here to give you some direction. I'd encourage you to contact an attorney to discuss.

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  • Workers comp claim is still open, I want this over with, can I ask for a settlement and ask to close my claim?

    After an on the job injury then surgery, I am still having pain and Dr.'s don't know why, they are sending me for more testing and possibly another surgery. Im so frustrated and want this over. I have read alot about the fact the area will never b...

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    If you have confidence in your doctor, then go through the testing and find find out your options. You want to make your medical treatment decisions before you close your claim. While it can be exceedingly frustrating with trying to get to the bottom of things, you don't want to make a decision you are going to regret and close your claim without knowing your options. You need to make the decision that is best for you and avoid making decisions that may be clouded by your frustration. Step back and take a breath. It's often more difficult to seek to reopen your claim for treatment after it has been closed, than it is to maximize your treatment options before closing the claim. You really don't want to start the settlement process until your condition is stable and the doctor is telling you that you are as good as you're going to be. You also may qualify for retraining benefits so you want to be able to explore that issue as well before trying to close your claim.

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  • Should I see an attorney now or wait till treatment is over they are trying to put me back to work when I cant use my left arm.

    Injured left shoulder at work, clavical fracture, slap tear and inflamation, can not lift anything, or let alone type for long. I am in constant pain not to mention the frustration. They want to put me back to work.

    Lawrence’s Answer

    If you haven't seen your doctor, you should do so immediately. Inability to work is based on the doctor's certification that you are unable to presently perform you job, or need modified or other light duty work to perform. Your subjective claim that you can't work is not sufficieint. This issue is really driven by your doctor's opinion. So return to your doctor and see if he/she will certify continued time loss compensation based on an examaintation or will release you with restricitrions for some kind of modified or light duty work. If the doctor does release you with restricitions, the employer has an obligation to attempt to reasonably accommodate those restrictions or risk a potential disbabiliy discrimination claim.

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  • Regarding Non Compete clause in offer letter I signed. Now I have offer with client and my company is stopping me from joining.

    I work for Company A and my client is Company B. I got a full time offer from Company B which is my client. Now Company A is preventing me from joining. I had signed a Non compete agreement with the company. The clause says that "You cant join the...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    You need to have a lawyer review the non-compete agreement and understand the circumstances of when you signed it as part of the employment relationship, as that could affect the enforceability of the agreement.

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  • In Washington, can an employer withhold your last paycheck to pay for damage to gps screen in company car?

    When I arrived to pick up my last paycheck after being let go, my employer told me they were withholding my entire check, commission, and two days vacation as there is a half inch long scratch in the gps screen. This is a built in gps within the ...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Generally, you must have agreed in advance to allow deductions to your check before your emplloyer can simply unilaterally deduct some item or the employer risks violating our wage laws. However, it doesn't prevent the employer from pursuing a damage claim against you for negligence. You might want to check and see if your homeowners coverage might apply and pay for the damage. I'd urge you to consult with an attorney for help to map out a strategy to resolve this.

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  • Options after L&I in work related accident(if any?)

    was in a work related accident in may of 2010.L&I has taken care of my medical thus far, but wondering if i have option to pursue action against employers insurance after L&I ?

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Generally in Washington the employer is immune from a civil action for an injury arising on the job covered by workers compensation, unless it can be shown that the injury was intentionally caused. Depending on the facts of your injury, you may have a claim against a third party if you can show that party had some responsibity for your injuries. So for instance, if you were injured while useing an unguarded piece of equipment, although you wouldn't have a claim against your employer, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of the machine for products liability for failing to adequately guard the machine. You should confer with an attorney regarding the facts of your injury to determine what, if any, recourse you may have.

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