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  • My son was involved in an accident & the incident report had our insurance info but not the other drivers. Isn't this wrong?

    At the time of the accident the at fault driver tried to flee the scene even almost running over my son who was trying to stop her from leaving before the police arrived (I witnessed this as i pulled up to the scene). I suspected she didn't have a...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    The litigation process will uncover the facts most of the time. Mistakes or omissions on police reports happen all the time. In regard to recourse against the investigating officer, there is little you can do other than making a formal complaint to the appropriate supervisor.

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  • If someone tells people that you stole money from them and you didn't, is that considered defamation of character.

    My Sister's Husband accused me of stealing 4000.00 that he had in his house when I was in his house on vacation in 2011. I told him that was not true and would take a lie detector to prove it. I know it was my Sister (his wife) that took it. He to...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    In the practical word, forget it. But legally if someone accuses you of stealing something and you did not, yes that is slander. Under the circumstances outlined in your question, you will likely not prevail.

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  • Vehicle rear-ended by one insured by same firm. Will seeking redress for old injuries aggravated by this increase my premium?

    My co-insured had an injury left from a previous accident which was aggravated by the rear-ending. How will seeking treatment for this to be paid from the rear-ending party's policy affect my own premiums?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I have practiced law in Florida since 1992. I have seen insurance companies drop clients under these circumstances, increase premiums or do nothing at all. America is still a capitalistic country for the most part, the insurance company can do what it believes is in their best interest. No law prohibits any insurance company from raising your auto rates for almost any reason except if it can be proven the rate increase was based on discrimination.

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  • Can I be sued almost 5 years after a car accident?

    I had an accident in 2011 and to my knowledge it was all settled but now I got a letter in the mail stating that one of the men in the accident wants to sue me for $15,000?!

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    The Statute of limitations in Florida for auto accidents is four years for a liability claim and five years for a contract action, usually in the form of a Uninsured/Underinsured motorist claim. In general the answer is yes.

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  • How to deal with the subrogation questionnaire?

    I am receiving the treatment after the car accident. My health insurance requires me to complete a subrogation questionnaire form. If I do not reply, they will delay the benefit. The first question is Did you or are you filing a claim with another...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Tell the truth, advise you have not filed a injury claim but you may in the future. If you subsequently hire a attorney, tell the attorney exactly what you filled out. Better yet, make a copy and provide it to your attorney.

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  • Car Accident

    My car was involved in an accident this past Friday with a local judge who has been under fire for numerous traffic violations including speeding and careless driving. She is scheduled to have a public repromand later this year. She side swiped my...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Forget that she is a judge. Report the accident as if any other driver hit you. Keep the media out of it for now.

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  • Do sll personal injury lawyer charge the same for auto accidents

    do they all charge same fees abd percentage of settlement cases in the state of florida

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    For the most part yes. The standard contract for these type of cases are written by the Florida Bar. However, any lawyer can negotiate a fee lower than the prescribed fees outlined by the Florida Bar and with permission from the court, a lawyer can charge more if the case is exceptionally complex. The overwhelming percentage of these cases settle for 331/3 % at the pre-suit level and 40% once a lawsuit has been filed.

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