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  • Is it ok to consult with more than one lawfirm at the same time? Personal injury...

    Is it ok to consult with four to five law firms at the same time if the case is complex and investigating such case takes time? Haven't had any attorneys give their legal opinion. I just know that it is an expensive case and high profile. Finding...

    Peter’s Answer

    I highly recommend that you interview however many lawyers you need to interview until you find a firm that you are comfortable with. If your case is as complex as you make it sound, you're going to have a lot of contact with the law firm you select.

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  • Looking for a legal malpractice attorney in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City, Iowa, for gross misconduct for workers compensation case.

    My own lawyer lied to me, as he also misrepresented facts of my work comp case, with held important documents, made decisions without consulting me, and his gross misconduct has resulted in undue pain, and stress that caused my heart to have atria...

    Peter’s Answer

    It would be a huge mistake for you to try to represent yourself at the workers' compensation hearing. You need to immediately try to hire a new lawyer, so that lawyer has time to take appropriate action for you.

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  • If an employee has 2 different Body as a whole permanent injuries? Does it count as one Body as a whole, or 2 separate cases?

    Injury at work. Back given a 5% impairment rating. Shoulder/Arm given a 7% impairment rating. In addition leg given a 2% impairment rating. I understand the back and arm are what is considered Body as a Whole and that loss is 500 w...

    Peter’s Answer

    The back injury is a body as a whole injury, which gets you into the 500 week schedule. If the arm injury involves the shoulder, that would also get you into the 500 week schedule. Leg and arm injuries (that don't involve the shoulder) are considered "scheduled member" injuries, and are compensated differently. In your case, however, since the leg and arm injuries are a part of the same work injury, the impairment of all three body parts will be considered in arriving at your industrial disability. Think of industrial disability as the measure of your loss of access to the job market.

    If you will never be able to perform the same type of employment, it is possible you could qualify as an exception to the 500 week schedule. Workers who are permanently totally disabled are entitled to weekly workers' compensation benefits for life, or until it's shown that the worker is no longer totally disabled. Your employability doing jobs other than your usual job will be crucial in trying to figure out if you are permanently totally disabled.

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  • I was hit by a car and require ongoing medical care, the insurance company wants me to settle, is this a good idea?

    I was in a vehicle collision over a year ago that totaled my car and caused me to need ongoing chiropractic care, the insurance company has begun to pester me now about settling. I have no idea if i should or what kind of monetary value to ask fo...

    Peter’s Answer

    Nearly every Iowa lawyer that regularly handles injury cases will give you a free consultation. You have many issues that need to be addressed. The best way to do that is to sit down with an experienced Iowa injury lawyer to fully discuss your case.

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  • What percentage does an ins co have to pay for pain and suffering

    I was injured in a car accident. I went to my chiro and am almost done, my total bill will be 3,000.00. I was wondering what percentage does the ins company have to pay for pain and suffering. Also do they have to pay me for mileage to and from th...

    Peter’s Answer

    It is correct that there is no set formula for determining the appropriate amount for your harms and losses. An experienced personal injury lawyer would be able to determine the range of value of your case after reviewing all of the facts, including the medical records. An important determination will be whether your injuries are permanent to some degree.

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  • Can I get sued if I do an on line reviews and it contains negative, but true statements?

    There is a web site that asks for reviews of attorneys, doctors, therapists, etc. I want to post reviews, but it would be very negative because I had very negative experiences. I hate that other people may become patients of these people and ge...

    Peter’s Answer

    You are correct to be cautious. If you do make a posting, make sure that anything you say is completely factual. Even if everything you say is true, there is still the possibility that you may be sued for defamation.

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  • Can I as a citizen issue a ticket to a driver that caused an accident, fled the seen without rendering help? & Totaled my car.

    Iowa. Driving home on a 4 lane divided highway a car do 80-100 came up be hide me. I started to the shoulder thinking it was an unmarked sheriffs car. As I did, he started passing me on the right shoulder. I swerved back to avoid being hit. Me and...

    Peter’s Answer

    In addition to turning the matter over to your insurance company, make sure the County Attorney's office knows that you are available as a witness in the prosecution of this driver.

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  • I am losing pay because of my work comp dr appointments, should I get paid for that time?

    Fell at work, spine fractures

    Peter’s Answer

    Absolutely, yes. In Iowa, time missed from work to attend authorized medical appointments for a work injury is compensable.

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  • Someone test drove my motorcycle that I was selling and crashed it. Am I liable for his medical bills plus pain and suffering?

    Motorcycle was for sale on Craigslist. This guy came to look at it, test drove it, and within the first half mile crashed and totaled my motorcycle. He now claims the throttle was stuck, causing him to crash. I had an expert motorcycle mechanic c...

    Peter’s Answer

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    Under these circumstances, the first thing you should do is notify your liability insurance company. The second thing you should do is contact a lawyer to make a claim against the guy who crashed your bike for property damage.

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  • My mother was getting up for work and went out to warm up her car and slipped on ice, what should i do? View detais

    6am Dark. Lights out in complex hall ways. There hasnt been ice dissolvment/salt in the building for months. She breaks her arm, hurts her back and a sore shoulder. I took pictures of every negligent thing the landlord ignored. The lights the salt...

    Peter’s Answer

    These are tough cases, but depending on your photos, this one may have a chance. You need to pick a reputable personal injury lawyer and review all the facts, including the photos, with him/her.

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