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  • I did ACL surgery on my left knee

    i did ACL surgery on my left knee, after the surgery, I can't feel part of my leg ? i believe he cut some skin nerves ?? is there a way to sue him ?

    Harold’s Answer

    If you were injured because your surgeon was negligent, the answer is yes. To evaluate that, an attorney must obtain copies of your medical records and have theme reviewed by an appropriate medical expert. Another, factor an attorney evaluates is whether or not your injury is permanent and the degree to which it effects you, since medical malpractice cases are very time consuming and expensive to pursue. In a medical malpractice action, you are entitled to recover for your pain and suffering, medical expenses and any loss of income. You should promptly consult with an attorney specializing in medical malpractice cases to explore and protect your rights. Best of luck with your medical recovery and potential case.

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  • Can I sue the hospital?

    Hi, I want to know if I can sue the hospital/doctors? First it all started around sept.2015/oct.2015 I was a month or two from my due date and had an ultrasound that show extra fluid...well insistently I got worried like any mom and they told us a...

    Harold’s Answer

    Since you have not described what "Didn't go great" I do not know what injuries you may have suffered.
    If you suffered complications due to an unreasonable delay in having the C-Section, then you may have a medical malpractice claim. You should consult with an attorney specializing in medical malpractices cases. The attorney will obtain copies of your medical records and have them reviewed by an appropriate expert to determine if the doctors were negligent. If the answer is yes, then you are entitled to recover for your pain and suffering, medical expenses and any loss of income. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and for your claim.

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  • Who is responsible for medical bills if fall happened at McDonald's play land?

    My daughter jumped off the bottom of a slide and broke both bones in her forearm resulting in surgery and a full cast, I then had to take a week and a half off work unpaid. They do not have a no jumping sign at playland. Will they be responsible f...

    Harold’s Answer

    You should certainly report the injury to the management of the restaurant and asks whether to not their liability insurance has medical reimbursement coverage. If it does, you should submit a claim.
    It does not sound like McDonalds was negligent or that a no jumping sign would have resulted in a different outcome. You will not be entitled to be reimbursed for your loss of income to attend to your daughter's injuries. You should feel free to speak to an attorney specializing in personal injury matters for more guidance and assistance in presenting a claim for medical expenses. Best Wishes for your daughter's speedy recovery.

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  • BCC misdiagnosis

    My mom went to the doctor about a suspicious blemish on her nose, the dermatologist took a biopsy and sent it to a pathology lab and they said it was very small so they took a small biopsy and it came back as nodular basal cell carcinoma, they rec...

    Harold’s Answer

    The short answer is "No" because there appears to be no true damages resulting from the original diagnosis. From your description, your Mother had the surgery that was necessary regardless of the original diagnosis. Mohs surgery was a good call on your part since it allowed a stage by stage evaluation of the extent of your Mother's true cancer. Had your mother followed her dermatologist suggestion, and the cancer progressed, then there may have been a basis for a medical malpractice claim.

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  • Average settlement for meniscus surgery after MVA in pennsylvania

    I was in an auto accident. The other party admitted to being at fault. I tore my meniscus and required surgery to have about 70% of my meniscus removed. The doctors notes clearly state that the tear was because of the accident. The surgery was rou...

    Harold’s Answer

    A torn meniscus is a very serious injury, especially where surgery is required. As such, your case has significant value, and without more information regarding how well you recovered from the surgery, no attorney can fairly evaluate your claim. You are entitled to be compensated for your past and future pain and suffering, wage loss and any other out of pocket medical expense. You are correct that you will need to retain an attorney to get a fair settlement. My best advice would be to retain an attorney now in order to protect your rights. It would be a serious mistake for you to attempt settlement negotiations with an insurance company on your own. Best of luck with your physical recover and case.

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  • Am I liable for my medical bills is I have insurance after a possible settlement?

    I was in a auto accident and decided to sue and my attorney had put me in therapy & pain management where they don't accept my insurance I ask to be referred to a place that accepts my ins so that if we don't gain anything from the case at least ...

    Harold’s Answer

    If you have auto insurance, then you have a minimum of $5,000 of medical coverage available to pay any medical expenses. If you have not exhausted your medical coverage, then there is no reason for you to be with any health provider who does not accept your auto insurance. If you have exhausted your benefits, and have other health insurance, you other health insurance company should be paying your bills. You are right to be concerned about having any unpaid medical bills at the end of your case. You should be treating with the therapy center suggested by your attorney only if you have exhausted your auto insurance and have no other health insurance available.

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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

    Harold’s Answer

    Yes. Your landlord is responsible for necessary repairs and complying with building codes dealing with stairs and rails. If the landlord was negligent, you are entitled to be compensated for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of income. Having said that, you may be found to be partially responsible for your injuries if the step became broken after you rented the property and if you failed to report it to the landlord and for carrying an item with both hands knowing that there was no rail and a broken step. You should retain the services of an attorney specializing in Personal Injury cases to guide you thru this. Best of luck with your case.

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  • Full Tort / Limited Tort -- In car with the other... Does this effect a claim???

    There are two parts to this question... 1) If I carry full tort, my understanding is any passenger in my vehicle in the event of an accident would be considered carrying full tort, even if they carry limited tort on their own policy. 2) If I am in...

    Harold’s Answer

    These are good and very important questions. The answer to both questions is the same. If you are named insured on an automobile insurance policy, you always have whatever Tort Option you selected if you are a driver or passenger in an automobile accident. So if you are a passenger and have Full Tort, and the driver and owner have Limited Tort, then you still have Full Tort Coverage. On the other hand, if you have selected Limited Tort and you are in an accident, you are stuck with Limited Tort even if the driver/owner had Full Tort. There are a number of exceptions to the Limited Tort selection; however the best advice I give my clients is to have Full Tort Coverage along with Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist coverage with limits equal to the amount of your Liability Coverage. If you have more than one vehicle, be sure to elect Stacking which multiples your Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist coverage by the number of your vehicle for a very small additional premium.

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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 ...

    Harold’s Answer

    Unfortunately, you do not have a Dram Shop case based upon the facts you presented. The driver was not a patron at the restaurant and was not served beyond the point of visible intoxication. The serious nature of your injuries should lead to further inquiry as to this employees drinking on the job and whether or not the employer was aware of this. You should retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to review all aspects of this case. AVVO is a great resource for locating experienced lawyers in your area. Best of luck with your medical recovery and claims.

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  • Can patient sue for getting a DVT in hospital/SNF?

    Patient was in hospital for an infection and transferred to a skilled nursing facility, where she was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis. The only preventative therapy she was given was baby aspirin. No heparin, etc. Is this a basis for a lawsuit?

    Harold’s Answer

    Best advice-retain an attorney specializing in medical malpractice cases. Your attorney will get all of the relevant medical records and have them reviewed by an appropriate medical expert to determine whether there was negligence and if the patient was injured due to the decision to only treat the patient with baby aspirin. If that is the case, the injured patient would be entitled to recover for pain and suffering, medical expenses and any other monetary losses. AVVO is a good resource for locating qualified attorneys in your area. Best of luck with your claim.

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