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John Robert Sauter

John Sauter’s Answers

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  • Do I have the means to file a lawsuit against my employer if I was attacked while leaving work?

    I was attacked while leaving during closing hours at work, and according to company policy employees are to be supervised leaving at such hours, which I was not.

    John’s Answer

    Contact an attorney in your area who has experience in the personal injury and workers compensation field. Without knowing additional detail it is difficult to make a determination, but it does sound like something that you should pursue.

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  • My landlord sent a letter stating that we have to pay for water now ( 1 person $25, 2 people $35) I received a bill for $31.00.

    Is this legal?? It is not in the contract I signed. Please Help!!

    John’s Answer

    Double - even triple check your lease to be sure which utility payments are, and which utility payments are not contemplated in the lease. If you're sure it is not, write your landlord and tell him or her so. Be prepared to pay your rent into an escrow account until the matter is settled. If you landlord doesn't back down, consider consulting with an attorney and asking the attorney to take a look at your lease and offer you his or her legal guidance.

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  • Signed a apartment lease that said nothing about pets and now I'm being told to get rid of my dog within 24 hours.

    help

    John’s Answer

    If the lease says nothing about pets, point out that fact to your landlord. Your lease is a contract between yourself and your landlord that sets forth the terms of your tenancy.

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  • How do I clean up a misdemeanor record of parphenalia, solicitation, domestic violence? What steps to I take to seal it?

    If I can not seal it or have it expunged is there an amount of time I have to wait or is there a way to keep it out of public view?

    John’s Answer

    You are going to have problems sealing your criminal record. First, in Ohio, domestic violence under O.R.C. 2919.25 cannot be sealed. Second, unless an exception applies, only those who are first-time offenders are eligible to get their record sealed (applies to misdemeanors and felonies).

    I'd advise you to contact a Marysville criminal defense attorney for a consultation. After reviewing your record and looking for an exceptions in Ohio law, they could conclusively advise you whether or not it would be possible to seal your record.

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  • I was recently forced to resign from my job. I have never received any write ups. would i have a case

    I was forced to resign due to lack of accountability to my team members. never received any write ups. My general managers basically put all the blame on me on the mistakes that they made and the HR made.

    John’s Answer

    Whether you have a valid claim for wrongful termination depends on your status as an employee.

    Ohio is known as an at-will employment state. Unless the terms of your employment are governed by a contract between yourself and your employer (or other exceptions, such as union rules or an employee discipline handbook), you are most likely an employee at will. Employees at will can be fired for cause (you screwed up), no cause (you didn't screw up) or even bad cause (they fired you because you're a Michigan fan and they're OSU fans). Therefore, if you were an employee at will, you do not have a claim.

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  • My son was killed in an auto accident in floridia in 2005, Me and my ex husband recieved compensation, can I get more?

    my son was a passenger and the driver did not own the vehical his dad was owner and carried insurance on it, The driver was way over legal alcohol limits and they were served in a bar all being minors. We recieved a settlement from the bar and the...

    John’s Answer

    The settlement agreement you signed likely contained language that released the insurance company and the insured from any claims you could make against them. Additionally, all legal claims have a 'shelf life' called a statute of limitations. I do not practice in Florida, so I do not know the statute of limitations, but even if you didn't sign a settlement agreement, the statute could bar you from recovery.

    Perhaps a local injury attorney would be willing to advise you after reviewing your settlement documentation. Terribly sorry for your loss.

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  • Is there an ohio law that permits a landlord / corp.(apartment) to serve a notice to vacate being 15 days late w no past due amt

    I payed my 549 plus 76 for late fees on 7/ 20 and recieved a notice to vacate on 7/23 with my money order returned to me. Isnt there a law that requires the rent to be 30-90 days late before a tenant is evicted i was 18 days late and they say thei...

    John’s Answer

    The other attorney is correct, check your lease agreement, those terms control. There is no law in Ohio that says rent has to be 30/60/90 days late before eviction proceedings can begin. Your lease agreement likely contains language that states the landlord can institute eviction proceedings when your rent is 5 days late.

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  • Do i need a lawyer if i sprain my wrist leaving a store

    i was walking out the door of family dollar and didnt notice the sidewalk was broken i twisted my ankle and fell.

    John’s Answer

    Probably not, for at least two reasons.

    First, your damages are an integral part of any personal injury lawsuit. Monetize your damages - what is a twisted ankle worth? A hundred bucks? A few hundred, at most? No smart lawyer will put time and effort into your claim when all he or she stands to gain is 1/3 of a hundred bucks.

    Second, a broken sidewalk is likely an 'open and obvious' hazard. While businesses have a duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition, some hazards, perhaps like a broken sidewalk, are deemed to be so 'open and obvious' that a person encountering the hazard is expected to use caution and avoid the hazard.

    If you damages turn out to be more extensive - for example, if you tore ligaments and tendons in your ankle, or broke your wrist in the fall, it would be advisable to consult with a local personal injury attorney to explore your options. But based on your injuries as described, its not worth your time or the time of an attorney.

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  • I was hanging a necklace on jewelry holder which was tall, heavy and made with iron then it fell on my arm

    My arm is bruised and sore the employee that come to me and witness the incident did not even apologize or ask if I was okay .she told me about filing an incident report when I was checking out which I filled out and they gave me a copy and I aske...

    John’s Answer

    Monetize your damages. What is a bruise worth? A couple bucks, max? Maybe a hundred? Now think about how much it would cost to simply file a lawsuit - $300-$450 dollars, depending on your county in Ohio and whether you include a jury demand. Its easy to see that it doesn't make financial sense.

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