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Patrick Joseph Cronin

Patrick Cronin’s Answers

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  • How do we go about contesting an unbelievable liability decision?

    My husband was driving and I was in the passenger seat traveling on a two lane highway. It's a long stretch of flat, straight road. There was a truck driving ahead of us for a while, that stopped in the road, right by a pullout to the right. ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with the comments above. If you are injured or if you do not have collision coverage on your Ranger, you could consult with a local attorney. If the dispute is only on the amount of property to your vehicle and your husband's alleged fault, you can simply have your vehicle repaired subject to your deductible. Then, if your insurer argues successfully with the other insurer that the other person is at fault, you may receive a refund of your deductible if your insurer get that from the other insurer.

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  • I'm unable to help, living on Social Security only. What can he do ?

    My son was hit on a motorcycle and severely injured, 1 1/2 yrs ago. He was uninsured at the time, not knowing it was needed in Washington, as he lives 10 mins from Idaho where its not required, and also he was assumed at fault, although tickets w...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Your son should immediately seek to talk to Washington licensed personal injury attorney.

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  • What consequences am I facing?

    Hello, So i was extremely tired driving home & totaled my financed car into a concrete post & some trees. I have anxiety so naturally I freaked out, gathered my wallet/keys/phone & started walking home(few miles away). No sleep that night...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Well... It is a crime to make a false police report. It is also a crime to make a fraudulent report to the insurance company. If you file a false report with he insurance company they can deny covering the claim for damage because of your false claim. At this point you should hire an attorney for advice. An attorney would probably advise you to call the police report and correct it with the truth. You should only report the truth of what happened to your insurance company. If you have collision coverage, and if you report all details of the claim truthfully the insurance company should pay for the damage less any deductible.

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  • After a judge signs an order granting summary judgment, can you request the judge give some kind of written explanation for why

    they made that judgment? So many things were said at my hearing (a lot that didn't make sense), so shouldn't the judge have to explain how they came to that conclusion (important to know for my appeal).....

    Patrick’s Answer

    The hearing is either recorded or reported by a court reporter. You can contact the court to request a copy of the recorded hearing. This will be at your expense. If you were represented by a lawyer, you should ask the lawyer to explain the ruling to you. Apparently the judge granted the other party's motion for summary judgement. This means the judge was persuaded by the argument contained in the briefs filed by the opposing party.

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  • A week ago my ex girlfriend rammed her truck it my parked truck. And left. I didn't want to get her in trouble so Ididn'tcall co

    I was sitting in the truck and now I'm have difficulties with my back and kidneys

    Patrick’s Answer

    You should report this claim immediately to the police. You may have insurance on your vehicle policy for personal injury protection (PIP) which would pay some of your medical bills. Check your policy or with your insurance agent. You would be well advised to consult with an attorney about this claim for many reasons. One reason is that if the girlfriend's action were intentional, then a shorter limitations period for commencing a lawsuit may apply to your claims than the limitations period for non intentional torts.

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  • Can I sue a minor(16)

    My car was stole and wrecked, upwards up 5 grand in damages being paid for while other damages are not so there still more to be fixed. At the time no insurance was on the car so the damage repair costs are out of my pocket. He is already being ch...

    Patrick’s Answer

    You may want to meet with a lawyer about this. You may sue the minor and his parents or guardian. Additionally, you may apply for assistance through the Crime Victim's Compensation fund. You may want to ask the prosecutor about how that works.

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  • My husband fell while in a hospital and broke his neck. Can I sue for injuries while in their care?

    My husband fell and broke his neck while in the care of our local hospital.

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with the assessment that hospitals owe a duty of reasonable care to their patients. The analysis of whether you and your husband have a claim depends on the facts of his fall. For example, if he fell because the hospital was moving him from bed to wheelchair, then, the hospital is probably at fault. On the other hand, if he fell because he attempted to get out of bed by himself, then the hospital may not be at fault. You should talk to a local Spokane attorney about the facts of this potential case. The sooner you consult with an attorney the better as memories of people involved change over time.

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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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