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Allan M Siegel
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  • What is my case worth?

    My work truck (attenuator vehicle) was rear ended by semi truck. I sustained scalp laceration, head injury with loss of consciousness, contusion of right shoulder , lower leg pain and thoracic back sprain. Also I've had a headache since the accid...

    Allan’s Answer

    It is hard to answer this question without more details. Head injuries can be very serious and the value of the case will depend upon the symptoms that you had or continue to have. For example, if you are still suffering from symptoms, and a doctor believes that those symptoms will be permanent then the value is much higher than if you had symptoms for 3 weeks and are all better. I would suggest that you contact a qualified personal injuury lawyer who is licensed in Virginia to discuss the specifics of your case. The first consultation is always free and you don't pay a fee unless you win.

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  • Where can i find a pro bono lawyer for a personal injury case?

    I was hit by a car whilei rodemy bike. I have many medical bills that keep piling up and i cant afford. To giveyou an idea one medical bill was $20,000. I now have a brain injury and am slow and cant afford to see a neurologist.

    Allan’s Answer

    Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means you don't pay them unless you win. We also provide free initial consultations. So there is no risk in calling a lawyer to see if they can help you. I would suggest you look for a lawyer with an experienced VA lawyer with a 10 AVVO rating. Good luck. I hope you can find a lawyer to help you.

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  • After drowning incident, should I speak with Manager at Six Flags?

    Earlier this week my son had a drowning incident at Six Flags waterpark. He was there with his camp. He was pulled from the water, was unresponsive and taken to Children's Hospital emergency room. After 2 days in the ICU he should be released s...

    Allan’s Answer

    I would suggest you speak to an attorney licensed in Maryland before doing anything else. This is a serious case and likely caused by negligence. The first consultation is always free, so there is no harm in making the call. The manager came to the hospital because he is trying to limit the potential exposure of his company. Do not make any other moves without proper representation.

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  • What is the best method for finding a capable, and reputable firm by way of referrals?

    I was rear-ended by a Post Office (Workhorse) truck at a red light in 2014, while while on the job and in my work vehicle. I managed to walk away from the accident, but not without extensive and ongoing damage to my back. The other driver took ful...

    Allan’s Answer

    Many of the people who answered already provided very good advice. There are multiple resources available to you online - including online reviews, AVVO's find a lawyer tool, and lawyers.com (which is Martindale Hubble's website). In addition to hiring a lawyer who has 10 AVVO rating, if the collision occurred in the DC metro area, then you can look to see if the lawyer has been nominated by his peers to be included in Washingtonian Magazine's Top Lawyer edition, which comes out every 2 years. You may also want to verify that the lawyer has an AV rating by Martindale Hubble which is a another lawyer rating service. Most importantly, meet with who you select, and make sure you are comfortable with him or her. FTCA cases have special requirements, and I would also recommend that you retain a lawyer with experience against the post office. Good luck!

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  • How do I hire a lawyer from Virginia when I am from Kansas?

    Trying to file a suit against a hotel in Virginia for a slip and fall accident with residual injury. I live in Kansas, and the Kansas lawyers have said that I need a lawyer from Virginia. I don't know how to go about getting such a lawyer.

    Allan’s Answer

    You can use the find a lawyer feature on AVVO to find a qualified Virginia lawyer. I would suggest you look for a lawyer who has a 10 AVVO rating, and other accolades such as an AV rating by Martindale Hubble and recognition by local publications, such as Washingtonian Magazine and Super Lawyers. The first step would be to contact that lawyer by phone to discuss the merits of the case. The initial consultation is free. If he or she thinks she can help you, then the documents can be sent to you by e-mail. Good luck.

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  • I will need your advice in how to proceed to get lost wages and also how much I can get for pain and suffering and work trouble

    The incident slipped and fall at the exterior stairs in the Condominium that were not treated a week after the storm. The outcome, broke the Humerus right next to the shoulder no need of immediate surgery. In 3 weeks I have to go back to the ...

    Allan’s Answer

    You have a significant claim, and unfortunately will not likely be able to recover what you are entitled to, without the assistance of a lawyer. Slip and fall cases are vey difficult to win in Maryland. Thus, I expect the insurance company for the property owner will not likely voluntarily pay you without a fight. However, based on your brief description, it sounds like you have a meritorious claim. I would strongly suggest you contact a lawyer who has experience handling slip and fall on ice cases. You should look for lawyers who have good AVVO ratings, but also look for lawyers who have been chosen by their peers as being quality lawyers in publications such as Washingtonian Magazine or "Super Lawyers." Good luck!

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  • How can I sue them?

    My apartment complex did not remove the ice from the sidewalks around the entrances after the big snowstorm in th D.C. area. I slipped on the untreated ice, suffered multiple injury (including head), and was out of work for a time.

    Allan’s Answer

    Slip and Fall cases can be very difficult in Virginia.. You will need to prove that the apartment complex had sufficient time to clean the walkways after the storm and failed to do so properly. You will also need be able to show that you acted reasonably. For example, if the apartment complex was negligent for not clearing the walkway, but you walked across an open and obviously dangerous sidewalk, you are like to lose. The best thing to do is speak to a lawyer about the facts of your case, to determine if you are likely to be successful. The first consultation is always free. Good luck.

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  • I was wondering if I need to get an attorney to represent me? I am being contacted by insurance carriers for drivers involved.

    I am a Federal Employee and was involved in a work related vehicle accident on 12-16-2016. I was on a government sponsored Shuttle bus when we were struck from behind. I was injured and am pursuing a worker's compensation claim.

    Allan’s Answer

    You have the right to pursue a claim against the wrongdoer who hit the bus, as well as a worker's compensation claim against the Federal Government. This can get extremely complicated, and the government is often hard to deal. In addition, when you collect money from the wrongdoer's insurance company, you will likely have to reimburse the government. I have handled many car accident cases where the government has a right of reimbursement, and I can tell you from that experience, that you must hire a lawyer who not only has experience with car accidents, but knows how do help you with the government's process. I would suggest you contact a lawyer to discuss your rights, and make sure that you are receiving all the compensation you deserve. Good luck.

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  • Can I terminate the attorney-client relationship and find another attorney?

    I was hit from behind while stopped in traffic on the expressway, the impact was so hard both cars were totaled. I am still suffering from my injuries. I am not satisfied with the level of service that I am receiving from my present attorney. This...

    Allan’s Answer

    You should know your rights, because you have a lawyer who can explain them to you. If you don't feel comfortable with your lawyer, that is a problem. I would suggest you reach out to him or her and ask him these questions. However, I assume based on the fact that you are posting on this site that you have already done that, unsuccessfully. If you hare unhappy with your lawyer you certainly have the right to retain new counsel. I would suggest you select a qualified lawyer by using the find the lawyer tool, and talk to them about your options. Good luck.

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  • Hi, my name is Larry and dilemma Ina legal matter with Geico my auto ins. I've been involved in to an car accident on Oct. 31 st

    I couldn't get a police report, I was told it take to 10 days for it to be ready.I was told by the officers at the scene of the accident that was not my fault according to the witnesses on scene and I really this to my ins agent which because was...

    Allan’s Answer

    if you were injured, then you should hire an attorney. You will not be able to navigate this on your own. I suggest you use AVVO's find a lawyer tool, and look for lawyers with an AVVO rating of 10. If you are just trying to get your car fixed, then your insurance company should work with you to get this done. If you are not at fault, they can recover any money they pay out for the car from the wrongdoer's insurance company. Good luck.

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