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  • Personal Injury SOL in FL

    I was injured three years ago at the age of 17 at a big box retailer. I was shopping with three of my friends, one of my friends was in the store-provided scooter. While in the deli section, my friend in the scooter turned around and base of the s...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Liability is a problem in your case - what did the store do or didn't do that contributed to your accident. While your friend may be mainly liable the chances of collecting any damages from him/her is slim to none. At least consult with a local attorney but I doubt if anyone will want to pick up your case. You have 4 years from the date of injury to sue the responsible party.

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  • Attorney fees part of max insurance coverage?

    Motorcycle accident resulting in permanent scarring, broken leg and torn ligaments (MCL/ACL) in knee requiring surgery. Other party at fault, his insurance accepts blame. They paid for my motorcycle repairs ($7k) and torn clothing ($250). Offer...

    Ronald’s Answer

    To what you have already been told I would add the following. Threaten the insurance company with the fact that you are going to retain counsel and they will end up paying the full $100k then or they can save $5 to $10 by settling for $90 - $95 now. However, as already noted I think an ethical attorney should limit their fees to the difference they get you above the current offer. I think an attorney should as a matter of routine file handling attempt to negotiate the bills and liens and Not take a fee on the discount they get you. Good Luck.

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  • What can we do when dealing with a subrogation attorney?

    My fiancé was in a car accident (rear end, no injuries, extremely minor vehicular damage). Insurances were exchanged and when he notified his insurance he couldn't remember the time of day of the accident (shaken up, it was his first). The insuran...

    Ronald’s Answer

    You may have a first party claim against your own insurance company for the denial of the claim if it was wrongful. First party claims are handled by many attorneys as the attorney fees can be collected from your insurance company if you win. I would try for a free consultation with a local attorney to discuss. Good Luck.

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  • Auto accident lawsuit

    I was hit by a girl driving her friend's car (with permission). The insurance company has given an offer, but it's low so I want to file suit. Would I file against the owner with insurance, or both the owner and the driver? I believe the driver is...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Based upon your question it would appear you are unrepresented and I would suggest that to try and do a lawsuit on your own is a mistake - the potential defendant will likely have a lawyer hired and paid by her insurance company - you will be simply "out gunned." you will also likely recover more with an attorney then without. Most attorneys will give you a free consult for an accident case, please avail yourself of same. Good Luck.

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  • I got into an accident with no liscence no insurance and no proof of registration what will be my penalties when I go to court?

    I was in an accident , when the accident occurred I had no liscence no proof of registration and no insurance cop let me take the car home cause it's my boyfriends dads car I didn't know it didn't have insurance or no proof of the registration I j...

    Ronald’s Answer

    It depends on how the officer charged you - if civil infractions then fines. But, if any are criminal traffic charges then potentially jail and fines, but unlikely - depending on why you didn't have a license, was it a driving while suspsended, etc. Potentially, a judgment against you for the damages you caused and a suspension of your drivers license (or ability to get one) until paid. Consult with a criminal defense attorney asap. Good Luck.

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  • Do I have to contact their attorney

    I was at fault in an accident where no one was seriously injured. I notified my insurance company. After a week or so I got a letter from the other partys attorney stating that they are representing them, and to respond with my policy info as requ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Technically the law applies to you individually but practically the insurance company will respond for you.

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  • Can I hire a traffic attorney after I request a court date?

    I got a citation for failure to yield when I had an accident. I would like to fight it if possible. I have 5 or so days to request a hearing before my 30 days are up. (Money was tight). My question is, can I request a court date and THEN hire a t...

    Ronald’s Answer

    You can request a hearing and then hire the attorney. The cheapest option is to do Traffic School. Hopefully you had insurance, including for bodily injury, to the other party and hopefully you have reported this to your insurance company. Good Luck.

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  • Do I have the right to request invoices for work done if I am being sued in a negligence lawsuit for a grease fire

    2009 my family and I were renting a property, we had no renters insurance, I was cooking and we had a grease fire, I tried to put the fire out myself to no avail and called 911. The kitchen was a total loss and the rest of the house had smoke dama...

    Ronald’s Answer

    It sounds like the insurance company that paid out for the fire loss is coming against you for what is known subrogation. The company would have to prove its damages at any trial. You are entitled to conduct discovery to obtain copies of the invoices etc. However, I expect that as much as you don't want to your solution to the problem is going to be a bankruptcy and I urge you to contact a bankruptcy attorney at once.

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  • Could someone but arrested for hit and run?

    My husband drove home early in the a.m, he fell asleep at the wheel and hit a car. He got nervous that he could be arrested never been involved in a car accident and fled the scene. The FHP contacted us 8 months later saying they have a sketch of ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Your husband has likely been charged with hit and run and that is a criminal matter. The "Notice" is more then likely one to appear at an arraignment on the criminal traffic matter. Consult with a local criminal defense attorney asap.

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  • How much settlement money should I ask for after auto accident that was found not my fault? My kids and I have minor injuries.

    I was in an auto accident with my 3 kids about a month ago. The other driver's insurance company accepted responsibility & will let me know the amount they are willing to pay me soon. I had cut up and swollen knees (a little scarring on them), sti...

    Ronald’s Answer

    In addition to the other excellent advice you have been given I would very strongly recommend that you NOT settle at this time. With my clients I prefer to wait for a sufficient amount of time after the accident to make sure that the injuries have been fully evaluated by appropriate medical providers. For example, just with regard to your injuries you need to have both the knees and your wrists fully evaluated to make sure you won't require surgery. Don't rush into a settlement, for once you settle you can never go back to ask for more money. Do yourself and your kids a favor and hire an attorney to represent you in this matter.

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