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  • My wife was sexually molested by her military father from the age of 4 through the age of 13. Her daughter went through same

    This man spent 27 years in the Navy. From the age of 4 until 13, she was forced to have intercourse, fallacious, sodomy and other despicable acts. When she spoke up to Her mother at 12 years, being an only child, she wasnt believed. It took anothe...

    Michael’s Answer

    Although you have posted your question to a personal injury site, I would recommend that you speak to the police department in the jurisdiction in which the sexual abuse occurred. The sexual abuse to your wife's daughter sounds like it is currently happening. I would expect the police department to take an active role in the investigation of that crime. The sexual abuse against your wife may or may not attract the interest of the police department on its own merit (given the length of delay in reporting). I would venture to guess that your wife's sexual abuse will have merit for corroboration purposes to her daughter's abuse, and perhaps establishing a pattern of conduct on the father/grandfather.. The police investigation may assist your wife and her daughter pursue a personal injury claim if that is an interest as well.

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  • Having a stimulator installed on my back to reduce pain and had revision surgery which didn't work. can i get any compensation?

    i had back fusion performed 3 years ago which did not get rid of pain but with loss of feeling on my left knee. but i still had pain which has led me to install stimulator which suppose to fake pain into vibration installed where i had to take few...

    Michael’s Answer

    The issues that you face are complex. As a result, it is impossible to assess the merit of your case through internet postings.

    The first issue you should address is determining the deadline for filing a lawsuit. You mentioned that you had a back fusion surgery three years ago. You did not mention when the original stimulator implantation occurred, or the revision stimulator surgery occurred. Every case, and every jurisdiction in which a case would be filed, has a deadline for filing a lawsuit. Those deadlines vary significantly depending upon the facts of your case, and the jurisdiction in which you would file a case. Speaking to any attorney immediately would help you understand what your deadline most likely is.

    The next issue is determining the merits of your case. As other posters have told you, a review of your medical records is critical to determining the strength of your case. At a minimum, you should contact an attorney by telephone so that an interactive conversation can be held to discuss the proper focus of the case.

    The short answer to your question is that you may be able to receive compensation for your injury, but that no one will know without an investigation into your medical treatment that will involve a review of your medical records.

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  • Can our friend sue this doctor for malpractice?

    A lifelong friend of my husband went to the emergency room 2 days ago due to severe pain and stiffness in his neck. He couldn't move his head at all but the doctor toldhim it was just a "crick" in his neck and sent him home. no tests, no meds, or ...

    Michael’s Answer

    I will echo the comments of others by saying there may be a case, but that a review of your friend's medical records is necessary in order to determine the strength of a case.

    The strength of the case will depend upon the answers to a few questions. First, did the health care providers at the first ER negligently treat your friend? Second, did the negligence cause injury to your friend that was avoidable with non-negligent care? Third, was the injury caused by the negligence significant enough to justify the financial and non-financial costs of pursuing a case?

    As to the first question, I do not have enough information in order to determine whether negligence occurred at the first ER. It would seem that the health care providers should have provided some level of service -- a physical exam, a diagnostic test, the administration of pain medications, a discharge prescription, or a referral to an outside health care provider. Your post says nothing was offered. If true, that seems troubling and may be the basis for a case.

    As to the second question, your friend's argument would be that treatment at the first ER would have prevented the stroke on the next day. More information would be necessary in order to determine whether this argument is valid.

    As to the third question, if your friend has fully recovered and he fully recovered within 24 hours but for some lingering fatigue and weakness, then I would be worried about the value of the case. The important issue though is to determine whether your friend has fully recovered, or is expected to fully recover.

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  • Can I sue my doctor if he damaged my eye permanently during a surgery.

    had complications during a routine surgery on my sinus passage. He came out and told my spouse that there were complications and he did not know what happened. I know have a permanent eye issue where my eyes will not track causing double vision.

    Michael’s Answer

    You have suffered a terrible injury. The extent of your injury justifies an investigation into the merits of a case. Whether you have a strong case will require the review of your medical records, and perhaps consultation with an expert. Your attorney will be looking to determine whether your injury was caused by provable negligence. There have been successful cases that involve the negligent cutting of the medial rectus muscle during sinus surgery. Your case may fit that fact pattern, or it may fit into another fact pattern that is equally successful. I would recommend that you speak to an attorney.

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  • What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuit

    what the staute limite for a medical mal practicevpetrV

    Michael’s Answer

    The statute of limitations for a medical malpractice lawsuit will vary state by state. Without knowing in which state the medical malpractice occurred, it is impossible to know what the governing statute of limitations will be.

    Also, please know that lawyers are licensed by individual states. Therefore, you will want the answer to your question to come from a lawyer that is licensed in the state in which the medical malpractice act occurred.

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  • How long do I have to file suit for neglect resulting in death?

    It happened in a hospital in, N.C, I live in Virginia. Do I need a lawyer in N.C or Va? and what kind of lawyer?

    Michael’s Answer

    If the medical care about which you are critical occurred entirely in North Carolina, then any lawsuit will almost definitely be controlled by NC law. As a result, it is ideal for you to have an attorney that is licensed in North Carolina (hiring a non-NC licensed attorney who partners with a NC-licensed attorney is another possibility, but in my opinion is less preferable). Your residency in Virginia is unlikely to influence whether NC law applies to your case. Depending upon where you live in VA, you might be able to find an attorney who is both licensed in NC and VA.

    As to the type of lawyer you want, I am not 100% clear as to the underlying nature of your case. Your question suggests that you are looking for a medical malpractice attorney, as it appears the case involves a health care provider who did not provide proper care to a patient.

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