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Patrick Joseph Cronin

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  • 18 years old son was driving his mom's car to deliver pizzas and got into an accident...

    18 years old son was driving his mom's car to deliver pizzas for Domino's and got into an accident. His car insurance refuses to cover it because Domino's should cover his accident because it was work related. Domino's refuses to provide documen...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Your son may not have insurance through his mother's insurance policy if it in fact excludes this type of activity from coverage. It would also not be unusual for Domino's to have had your son sign a waiver of liability and an acknowledgment that Domino's insurance policy will not apply to him if he in in an accident. Your own automobile policy could apply to your son's case if your supplied money to your son to drive this car or if your garaged it or paid for any repairs or accessories to it.

    Your son should definitely consult with a lawyer. If he cannot afford a lawyer, there are public agencies that may help him. One such agency is the Gonzaga University Legal Clinic.

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  • Can my friend be held liable for a car accident? He was not involved but it was his car, no insurance.

    I borrowed my friends vehicle that was not insured. He had assumed I had car insurance since I was previously a delivery driver but in fact my own car insurance lapsed 2 weeks prior to the accident. I ran a stop sign hitting a truck then the car b...

    Patrick’s Answer

    The insurance companies may choose to sue your fiend. However, he should not be liable as he is not negligent for letting you drive it. About the only way he could be negligent is on a theory of negligent entrustment whereby it was negligent for him to allow you to use the vehicle. It doesn't appear there are any facts that support that legal theory.

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  • Multiple car accidents with injuries to settle. Attorney doesn't seem very engaged. Signed pay agreement. Can I fire them still?

    Had multiple car accidents this past year with moderate yet persistent injuries that overlapped (didn't finish treatment between the accidents). Hired an attorney to manage the settlements with the at fault parties' insurance companies and signed ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I would schedule a meeting in person with your attorney to talk about your concerns. It is clear that you are disappointed. A meeting may help you learn the reasons for whatever course he or she is taking. If you meet with your attorney, then you will be better able to reach an agreement on you transferring your case to another attorney and whether you will owe your current attorney any money for the work done so far.

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  • My ten year old ran into a car on his bike. should I pay for the damages?

    My ten year old took his bike down a hill that has a road intersecting from the left side at the bottom of the hill. My son ran into the front passenger side putting a large scratch from above the wheel well to the side view mirror and knocked the...

    Patrick’s Answer

    In addition to what has already been state, I would have your son show you where his bike was. If he was on the right side of the roadway, then he may ot be at fault. If he was on the wrong side of the road, he may be at fault.

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  • I got a bladder infection from a surgery ... do i have grounds to sue

    I ended up in the hospital again in a coma for 5 days and the infection spread though my whole body. They had to remove infected area from the wound from the main surgery 3 times which means i had to have 3 more surgery's. Which was a 14 inch woun...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about this unfortunate event. To prove your claim in Washington, you will need to show that the medical providers failed to follow a standard of care and that by their failure you more probably than not got the infection. The fact of getting an infection in hospital is well known and sometimes unpreventable. You would need to consult with an infectious disease physician in concert with a medial malpractice attorney to see if they believe there is a case in negligence. Based on my experience, acquired infection cases are the most difficult to prove result from negligence.

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  • Can I Sue for being physically scared by a person?

    Was assaulted by a man with a pint glass from behind me. Left me scared on my right side of my forehead.

    Patrick’s Answer

    You have a claim for your injuries based on assault. You have a two year statute of limitations to commence a lawsuit against this person. Your claim may include the medical expense if any for your injury plus damages claim for pain and dusffering and your scar. Your should contact an attorney well before the two year anniversary of the incident.

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  • Lost lost my drivers license do to my husbands accident. The suv was in my name and no auto ins. I had ins on my other suv.

    We purchased suburban. It was easier form me to go down transfer title. Wasn't running yet. Husband was working on it and a part fell and went through his hand. We were separated at the time. He drove himself to hospital with suburban. He tried ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    If you haven't done so already, contact your insurer to make a claim. See if yourpolicy automatically covers newly acquired vehicles for a period of time before you add the vehicle to your policy. Then you should contact an attorney to see if you can appeal the license suspension.

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  • Auto accident

    I got a question cause I don't know what to do. First on7/12/15 some guy reverse back into the front of my car while in a stop light I try to get his information but he took off so I call the police cause I got the license plate number my roommate...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with the comments from the other lawyers. I add that if you have health insurance, then your health insurer will pay for chiropractic care pursuant to the coverage in your health insurance policy. Check with you insurer to see if you have chiropractic coverage and if so, how many visits they will pay for in a calendar year. If you do have health insurance, you should also seek treatment from a physician as the physician can treat your whole body and prescribe medications if you need them. If you end up using you health insurance, they will typically want written proof that you do not have PIP insurance. Ask your auto insure to provide proof in writing that you declined PIP coverage. Then supply that to your health insurer if they ask for it.

    You are entitled to seek damages fro all medical treatment that you can prove was medically necessary and reasonable to treat injuries from these accidents from the driver of each of the vehicles that hit your car. Given the complex nature of the issues of both cases, you should meet with a lawyer soon.

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  • Do I need a personal injury attorney

    Went through taco bell drive thru ordered my daughter nachos and u can guess it she started screaming I quickly wiped the spilled nacho cheese of her thigh and saw blister went directly to an urgent care she received second degree burns and refuse...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Yes, your daughter has a claim for her injuries and damages resulting from this burn. This is based on the information you provided. Hopefully, Taco Bell's insurer or risk department will contact you to attempt to resolve this claim. If not, you may need to hire an attorney depending upon how your daughter recovers and how extensive her medical bills become.

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  • Financial responsibility law in WA applies to only uninsured or it applies to under insured as well?

    Just wondering if one's driving license can be suspended if he/she is under insured or it applies only to uninsured drivers?

    Patrick’s Answer

    No. You just need to have the minimum liability limits set forth in RCW 46.29.

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