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  • What to do after a slip and fall

    I slipped and fell in a Shoprite store. There was a waterspill. I had my 1 month old baby in a baby carrier. I was fast enough to hold her head and body tight and she didn't get injured. She got scared and cried but she calmed down quickly. I hurt...

    Richard’s Answer

    First, I'm sorry to hear that this happened to you. It must have been very frightening, especially since you had your baby in the carrier when you fell. The two things you should do after a slip and fall are see a doctor and talk to a lawyer. If you're not injured, then no, you probably won't be entitled to any compensation. In fact, even if you are injured, you will have a hard time getting the money you deserve unless you have medical records that document your injuries -- so it's important to see a doctor. Please keep in mind that some accident injuries don't seem serious at first, but can get worse in the hours and days that follow the fall. As far as contacting a lawyer, it's always a good idea to take advantage of a free consultation (most of us offer them) to privately discuss the details of your claim. This way you can get your questions answered and see what a lawyer thinks of your case. If an attorney isn't interested in handling your claim, that may be an indication that it's the kind of case that you should pursue on your own or that you're not likely to succeed in bringing a case. On the other hand, if a lawyer wants to handle your claim, it's an indication that the case might be worth more than you think it is right now. You didn't mention when this accident occurred, but you should know that the sooner you see a doctor and talk to a lawyer, the better. Good luck.

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  • I'm seeking an Medical Malpractice Attorney to represent me In possible court procedures.

    The Surgeon performed Anthroscopy of my Rotator Cuff. tear of. three right shiulder muscles the saspranatus, suspranatus and infraspinatus since my surgery In august of 2015 I have. Suffered great pain. In my arm and shoulder I finally got results...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm very sorry to hear about what you have been though. The first step in the medical malpractice claims process is to reach out to an attorney with experience handling Philadelphia medical malpractice cases. Most of us offer free consultations, so you can get a legal professional's input on your unique situation without having to worry about the cost. Once a lawyer is familiar with your situation, he or she can determine if the facts make it seem likely that you could have a claim. The next step would be for the lawyer to review your medial records and have a medical expert -- a doctor -- review them for evidence of malpractice. One thing you should know is that medical malpractice cases are complex. They require evidence of more than a bad outcome. The only way for you to start pursuing this (or find out if you have the grounds for a claim in the first place) is to get a lawyer involved. Most lawyers who handle medical malpractice cases work on a contingency basis, which means you only pay a percentage of what the attorney wins for you. I hope this helps. Best of luck with your journey toward recovery and with any claim you pursue.

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  • The person's insurance has a limit of 10K, the damage from all cars involved exceed the limits. What options I have?

    I had a 4-car accident. The police report concluded it's the fault of the car number 4. The damage from my car is $5K (from their drive-in estimate), the car in front of me asked $10K. But the car has the responsibility had a limit of $10K on his...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm so sorry to hear that this happened to you. Other responses have already provided some good answers about your options, but I want to add that if you suffered any injuries in the accident, you should definitely speak with a lawyer. One reason I say this is that a lot of accident victims are more worried about their vehicle damage at first ( since they need their car to get around), and it's only later that they realize the soreness that they thought wasn't a big deal is actually a sign of something more serious. So if you are hurt, please don't wait too long to see a doctor because you're preoccupied with the car repair problems. Also, some personal injury lawyers will assist you with a property damage claim at no charge when they handle your injury claim. One thing you should know is that most of us who handle car accident cases in New Jersey also offer free consultations, so you can at least talk over the details of your situation with a legal professional without it costing you anything. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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  • Personal Injury where do I begin?

    Due to an error either on SS or her employers part my sister's medical & checks were stopped for approx 6 months. Prior to this she had surgery to remove a sebaceous cyst from her lower back. Apparently not all of the infection was removed. Witho...

    Richard’s Answer

    I am so very sorry to hear about your sister's ordeal and what your family has been through with this situation. You asked where to begin. I would suggest reaching out to a Philadelphia lawyer with experience handling medical malpractice cases to discuss the specifics of your sister's situation. Most of us do offer private consultations for free, so you don't have to worry about this becoming another burden on your family. Once a legal professional is familiar with the unique facts of your sister's situation, he or she can help you determine the next steps. If it sounds like you might have a case, the attorney will want to review your sister's medical records, but that initial call is the first step. Please be aware that your sister's legal rights are limited and that if there is a case here, she would want to begin pursuing it sooner rather than later. Typically, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date the malpractice occurred or the date the patient became aware of it. I hope your sister's condition improves. Best of luck to your family with this difficult situation.

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  • Should me and my boyfriend sue for a car accident that totaled his car ?

    Me and my boyfriend were driving to go hiking when we were on the exit ramp stopped due to traffic when an old man came from behind going about 65 mph and crashed into us ripping off his bumper. It also pushed our car into the car in front of us. ...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear that this happened to you. Other responses have already addressed the fact that there's not enough information here to thoroughly answer your question. The best way to find out whether you can and should sue would be to discuss your situation privately with a New Jersey car accident lawyer. Once an attorney knows more about the details of your unique situation -- including your injuries, the medical treatment you received, and the auto insurance coverage available -- he or she can better help you understand your options and what to expect if you do pursue a claim. One thing you should know is that talking to or even hiring a lawyer shouldn't cost you anything upfront. Most of us offer free consultations and handle accident claims on a contingency basis. This means you only pay a percentage of what your lawyer gets for you. Another thing you should be aware of is that your time to act is limited. There are deadlines to file a lawsuit, and if you miss those deadlines, you will lose your legal right to pursue a claim for this accident. What all this means is that the sooner you talk your situation over with an attorney, the better. I hope you and your boyfriend are getting medical care and starting to feel better. Good luck with your recovery and any case you decide to pursue.

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  • How much is my case worth? 2 bulging disc, 1 herniated disc, and 3 tears.

    I got into an accident where some a-hole decided to make a right turn at a red light. I felt fine at first but a few hours later by body started feeling weird. Turns out I have a bulging and herniated disc in my lower back, a bulging disc in my ne...

    Richard’s Answer

    I am so sorry that this happened to you. I hope you're getting the medical care you need to make the best possible recovery. Even though it can be hard to find time to go to the doctor between work and your family obligations, it's the only way you will be able to get better.

    That said, how much your case is worth will depend on a number of factors, some of which are beyond your control. How long your rehabilitation takes and how completely you recover will play a part. So will whether or not you end up needing surgery, and how much income you lose while you're out of work due to that surgery. Then there are factors like how much insurance coverage is available to you. If the other driver had low coverage limits and you don't have underinsured motorist coverage, you will only be able to recover so much money. On the other hand, if more coverage is available through the other driver's insurance or through your own, then you may be able to get more compensation. Basically, every case is unique, and determining the value of a case isn't something that can be done reliably without having more information. My suggestion at this time would be to reach out to a New Jersey attorney with experience handling plenty of car accident cases. Most of us offer free consultations, so you don't have to worry that this will cost you anything. (You should also know that many of us work on a no-win, no-fee basis, so you won't have to pay anything out of pocket for legal representation.) I hope this helps. Best of luck with your recovery and the case.

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  • Can I sue my landlord cause I fell down my basement stairs which has a broken step and no railing to catch so I couldn't fall

    I was taking some things down stairs and while carrying a wall picture I treat on the broken step an slipped all the way down an landed on the cement floor

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. Yes, you may be able to pursue a claim against your landlord and recover compensation from his or her insurance company. To do this, you will need a Philadelphia lawyer with experience handling slip and fall and premises liability cases. Most of us offer free consultations, so you can talk this situation over with a legal professional and find out your options and the next steps at no cost. The sooner you get a lawyer involved in this, the better. It's also important to make sure that you are getting medical care for the injuries you suffered -- otherwise, you might not be able to pursue a claim, because there is nothing to document your injuries. Please keep in mind that there are deadlines for pursuing a claim, and also that you will need evidence, like photographs of the broken step, that shows your landlord was negligent. If you're not sure where to begin looking for the right attorney, the Find a Lawyer tool here on Avvo is a great place to start. Best of luck with your recovery and the case.

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  • Is a restaurant/bar responsible for an employee getting drunk while at work?

    My daughter and I were hit by a drunk driver. The person that hit us became extremely intoxicated (BAL. .228) while working as a cook in a restaurant. She clocked out of work around 11:05 and hit us around 11:15 approximately 200 yards from ...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm so sorry to hear that this happened to you. Other responses have addressed the reasons why a dram shop claim might not be feasible and some of the possible alternatives that might be available to you, depending on the specific facts of your situation. It might be worth reaching out to another attorney who has experience handling complicated auto accident claims in the Pennsylvania area to at least talk about any other options that might be available to you. Most of us do offer free consultations, so you don't have anything to lose. Your post doesn't indicate how long ago this accident occurred, but it sounds like it has been some time. Please keep in mind that there are deadlines to pursue a claim and plan to speak with an attorney sooner rather than later to avoid missing those deadlines. There are plenty of lawyers here on Avvo (including anyone who took the time to respond to your question) who would be willing to discuss the matter with you further. Best of luck.

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  • 3 car accident

    I was hit from behind by 2 other vehicles on June 2,2016. I was the 1 car the 2 car was hit by a SUW traveling very fast while we were stopped in traffic on route 80W the 3rd car's airbag deployed and wasn't drivable. She admitted the acciden...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm very sorry to hear about the crash. I hope you got medical attention for your head and your shoulder. One thing you should be aware of is that some injuries don't fully present until days or weeks after the crash, so if you have noticed any new symptoms, it's important to seek medical care for those, too. Hopefully you have reported the accident to your insurer by now. If not, that's what you will need to do to get a medical claim opened. Because New Jersey is a no-fault state, your own auto insurer is the one responsible for paying the bills. You will have to pay the deductible and copays, but any health insurance policy you have may cover some of these costs. If you're wondering whether you have a legal case, why don't you reach out to a New Jersey car accident attorney to discuss the situation? Most of us offer free consultations, and once we know more about the details of your situation, we can help you understand your rights and what to do next. I hope this helps. There are plenty of experienced attorneys here on Avvo who would be willing to take the time to speak with you privately. Best of luck with your injuries and any claim you pursue!

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  • What is the settlement value of a whiplash injury?

    I was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway about 2 months ago and sustained a whiplash injury that has me in physical therapy. Understanding that New Jersey is a no fault state, how do I go about getting my bills paid for, time, energy, loss of...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'm very sorry to hear about this. Other responses have addressed the fact that it would take more information for an attorney to reliably tell you how much your case is worth. The value of a personal injury claim is fact-specific. I would suggest that you maximize the amount of money available to you by hiring an experienced car accident attorney. Research has shown that lawyers are able to get a great deal more money for their clients -- 3.5 times, on average -- than unrepresented accident victims get for themselves. Your lawyer would seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering, so you can feel confident that all of your losses have been addressed. (Since you mention New Jersey being a no-fault state, your own auto insurance company should be paying for your medical bills, minus your deductible and copays. If your insurer is giving you a hard time about this, a lawyer could help you there, too.) I hope this helps. Best of luck with your recovery and the claim!

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