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  • What do I do if I want to consider changing my legal representation in a personal injury auto accident case?

    I secured legal representation after an auto accident late December 2015. I feel like I screwed on the personal injury case and it's July and they still have them nothing happening with the settlement of my personal injury claim and my attorney's ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You have a right to switch attorneys. BUT
    Your accident was in December. Rarely do cases get resolved in less than 6 months unless the injuries are very minor. First the attorney has to work on liability issues. Also, the attorney has to order records which can take days or months depending on the provider. Assuming the attorney gets records within the first month, they usually do not even think about trying to settle until you have been out of treatment for at least several months. Any earlier and you could have a need for more treatment after you settle which would be too late. Once you are finished treatment, a demand is usually sent out. I have had adjusters get back to me in a few weeks but sometimes it takes months. The size of the adjusters offices (ie State Farm vs Farmers), vacations, etc can all delay resolution. We the adjuster takes longer than reasonable, sometimes suit is the only way to move things along. Unfortunately, lawsuits also slow down the process.
    I suggest you make an appointment with your attorney to discuss your concerns before you make a switch. Making a switch will also cause delays.

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  • My husband was electrocuted while on the job. Is there a lawsuit?

    My husband was electrocuted by 13000 volts while working. He has disfiguring formalities but is having trouble with his right hand where the electricity exited. A third party told his company there was no power lines where he was digging. He had t...

    Stephen’s Answer

    He may have a very good case. He also has Workers' Compensation. You should hire an attorney ASAP. There is evidence to preserve and witnesses to get statements from before the insurance company does. An attorney will send a letter requiring that equipment and wires (the wires will need to be repaired or have been repairedand the end of the jackhammer is melted). A spoiliation letter will hopefully preserve this evidence. Also, if still available save his clothes and boots. The electricity may have left marks. He should consider the Union Memorial Hand clinic for treatment. They are tops in the area for hands and arms.

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  • I was the driver of a friends vehicle and was injured by a hit and run motorist. Can I filed a pain and suffering claim

    will my friends Insurance co pay for my injuries

    Stephen’s Answer

    The short answer is yes. Assuming your friends vehicle is insured in Maryland, you have PIP (personal injury protection) which will cover some of your medicals and wages, and uninsured motorist coverage which will cover your bodily injury claim. You may also have additional coverage if you have your own auto policy or a resident relative (a relative that lives at you residence)has a policy.

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  • How can I get out of this without hurting my case if I even have one because my lawyer doesn't even speak with me?

    I was in a terrible accident. My cars totaled. I'm injured neck and back. My knee is bad off as well. The other driver is at fault. In in pt e times a week and just started like 2 weeks ago. My accident was 2 months ago. I'm in so much pain still ...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You do have a right to switch lawyers. However, a good lawyer is a busy lawyer. While a lawyer should communicate with you and return your calls, if her or she is in court, depositions, mediation, etc, it is sometimes difficult. Remember, someday your case will have depositions, mediation, trial, etc and all other clients will need to be on the back burner. Before you give up, ask the lawyer for his/her cell number to call in the evening. Tell him or her you are considering getting a new lawyer and why. If you don't like the response you have the right to switch.

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  • Do i have a case ?

    My daughter was climbing on a part of moon bounce following other kids that they shouldn't have, staff was busy talking & on cellphones not redirecting kids they were allowing this. My daughter fell 5 feet suffering a brain injury and brusing. I s...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Do not wait another second before getting an experience attorney in both premise liability and brain injuries. Both are more complicated than a typical auto case or slip and fall that most PI lawyers handle. You should read the BJ's v Rosen opinion and any lawyer you speak to should be familiar with this case. http://www.mdcourts.gov/opinions/coa/2013/99a12.pdf
    Waivers and releases are generally enforceable. The lawyer will need to be able to get around the BJ's case which can be done with the right claims and experts. Also, find out asap if there was video. Either by the facility or another parent. This needs to be preserved asap.

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  • Can i sue the security company for assault?

    While visiting my local social security branch i got into a verbal altercation that turned physical when the armed security officer started to punch me after i responded to his question. I never threw a punch or moved toward the officer just cover...

    Stephen’s Answer

    The answer is yes as long as you can prove it happened the way you say it did and you were hurt. Security guards at SS are in all probability from a private company. I am unsure if the building is owned by the US Govt or if they just rent. If owned privately you may have another potential defendant. The US Govt is also a potential defendant, but you will need to follow the Federal Tort Claims Act which requires notice within 2 years. Assault (the threat of touching), has a 1 year SOL in Maryland. Battery (the touching), has a 3 years SOL. So notice may be required earlier. Also, SS building will have surveillance cameras. They may run on a 30 day loop (or if more modern will be saved longer). If you reported the incident immediately, the tape may have been saved. If not you should report ASAP. You will not be able to adequately handle the investigation and notice issues without an attorney. Assuming you hire an attorney, the attorney will want to see damages. If you were injured, you will need medical proof. If he hit you and you were not hurt, it should be reported so that he doesn't hit someone and hurt them, but you probably have nothing to pursue for yourself.

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  • How Does My Wife Find The Right Lawyer For An Auto Accident

    In 2014 my wife was involved in an auto accident (not her fault) while on a school campus she was attending. She already had back and neck issues but felt the accident had accelerated her condition. After the accident she has been unable to contin...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your wife. Without a question you should consult an attorney. Almost all attorneys that handle accident cases will handle on a percentage of recovery basis. The lawyer picks up costs and gets them back if there is a recovery. So there should be no risk to you or your wife. Consultations for this type of case are usually free.
    Insurance companies are not your friend and will not treat you fairly without a lawyer. The lawyer should be monitoring your wife's treatment and lost income and can help document these damages. Without proper documentation it will be difficult to present a claim for damages. If she hasn't done so, have your wife immediately start a diary. Put in the diary what happened in the accident, what was said to her, her immediate injuries and those she began to feel over time. The diary should also describe her injury since the accident and going forward in detail. How the injury kept her from school and other activities. The diary will educate the lawyer, document the injuries and help you remember. Your lawyer will get prior records to show how the injury worsted her per-existing injury and whether new injuries are also involved. The reality is that by waiting to get an attorney your wife has probably already hurt her claim. The faster you retain an attorney, the more the attorney can fix any delay damage and more forward.

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  • How big is my case?what is it worth?

    I was in a bad accident that wasn't my fault.... The bills are rolling in. My cars totalled. I'm injured not severely but moderate no broken bones some bruises brain concusion, bruising of my chest was... Neck shoulder whip lash.... Headaches ring...

    Stephen’s Answer

    One night Shock Trauma and helicopter suggests to me you do not have a small case. It is difficult to say how big without more information and a better understanding of medicals. Your attorney should help you make sure you get the right medical treatment and resolve property damage and any other issues. I assume you are keeping a diary. A diary is especially important when you have a brain injury. Follow up neurology treatment is critical to a brain injury case. If you are having cognitive issues, you should also be referred to a neuropsychologist.
    If you have concerns about your attorney you should try to talk it out. Hopefully you can work it out.

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  • Can city of Baltimore be responsible for this?

    Got in single vehicle accident..traveling on Pulaski Hwy in Baltimore City..quarter til six am..the temperature was 12 degree that morning..the main water lines broke and creating black ice..no warning signs or cones out to notify the dangers..los...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You may have a claim to pursue, but an investigation needs to be done right away. Baltimore City owns the water lines and will need to be put on notice following the Municipal Tort Claims Act. Baltimore City sometimes contracts repairs out to private contractors. 911 tapes of a water main break (usually citizens are the first to report) will usually only be kept for 60 days. The timing of the reported break and your accident will be very important as you will need to prove the city or its contractor were on notice of the break in time to warn traffic. A year and a half ago the federal government, WSSC (water Company) and Montgomery County paid 1.5 million in a case where a water main break caused a serious accident several hours after the break was first reported on the Clara Barton Parkway. So while these are tough cases, if the damages warrant spending time and money on an investigation and experts, it may be worth pursuing. Call a lawyer ASAP.

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  • How much money will I get and what will happen to the company

    I was walking home from my wrestling practice at night and I was almost home and there was a open sewer pipe and it was knee deep and my knee snapped how much money will I get if I sue this company

    Stephen’s Answer

    It sounds like you may have a significant case. If you broke your knee cap or need surgery it is likely you are looking at tens of thousands if you have someone to hold at fault. Impossible to say more without knowledge of the facts. Who took off the cover, was work being done that required the cover to be removed, did kids remove, etc.? Also, what are the full extent of injuries and are they permanent? Was the problem reported to authorities? Do you have pictures? You should consult an attorney.

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