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  • What happens if you are involved in a car accident but both cars were not damaged and left the scene?

    If a driver reversed into another car to move out of the intersection of oncoming traffic, bumped the car behind them, neither cars stopped to ask questions and both left the scene with no damages to the cars, what should the person who reversed i...

    Stephen’s Answer

    If there is no damage and no injury to anyone or anything, the answer is "nothing."

    If you are even remotely concerned someone may file a claim or sue you for injury (and weirder things have happened), you should fill out a police report and file a claim with your carrier. If you were hurt, get medical treatment asap.

    Just realize in all likelihood, nothing will occur. But just in case, failure to do the P/R and claim report could cripple you later. Don't leave it to chance!

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  • What is my next step in collecting a settlement from 3rd party insured policy owner.

    I was rear ended in June 2016. I was stopped in traffic at an intersection. The driver stopped and we asessed the damage and moved over to curb lane. We exchanged info, I noticed the driver was not the regeistered owner and insured. I spoke with...

    Stephen’s Answer

    I'll bet you a few million dollars you're dealing with a substandard insurer. Short for substandard is the worst epithet you can come up with. They are scum and will blow you off forever. They also can use the "excuse" of no objective evidence, wrong drivers, all kinds of other nonsense we see all the time.

    What can you do? In the real world you can either eat the money and pay out of pocket, or, if you have coverage yourself, submit claim to them. They will try to get your deductible back if they can track down this carrier and win at arbitration. Again, no guarantees.

    And yes, they are low lifes. They are awful. But if you have zero money, zero credit, and a lousy driving record, they will take your money in premiums.

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  • What can i do?

    I need help fast please. My ex and i live together about to separate. Her daughter brought home a kitten 3 years ago. Long story short i took care of cat paid for spay and vaccinations my name on receipt says im the owner. However i tried to leav...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Much like children, pets often get left behind or stuck in the middle of breakups.

    There are animal rights lawyers who handle things like this. I suggest you contact one in your area to work out a "separation/custody" agreement. It should not cost that much.

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  • I have a workers comp case pending, I am currently still under a doctors care. I need help paying my bill, where can I get loan

    My lawyer doesn't seem to want to help me. I'm about to lose my car and my phone is going to be shut off, along with all of my other bills stacking up. What can I do or where can I get a loan

    Stephen’s Answer

    You've asked this previously. Try retaining a WC lawyer to see if there are better options than a case loan.

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  • I have a workers comp case pending, I am currently still under a doctors care. I need help paying my bill, where can I get loan

    My lawyer doesn't seem to want to help me. I'm about to lose my car and my phone is going to be shut off, along with all of my other bills stacking up. What can I do or where can I get a loan

    Stephen’s Answer

    You've asked this previously. Try retaining a WC lawyer to see if there are better options than a case loan.

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  • How do I get a loan when I have a workers comp case pending?

    I am about to lose my car and my bills are all behind.

    Stephen’s Answer

    Best to get a lawyer, who can help you get your TTD back on track and suggest other options.

    Lawsuit and WC loans are a horrible deal--don't do it!!!

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  • If I stay in Illinois and I have a arrest warrant for drugs can they pick me up in Los Angeles for that warrant?

    if a person run from the police officer but they don't arrest them at the time but take him to the hospital the person leave the hospital 2 weeks later get an arrest warrant for drugs because they say they that track and found some drugs but never...

    Stephen’s Answer

    If there's an outstanding arrest warrant, it will likely be shared among various jurisdictions.

    In short, you'll be open to arrest anywhere you go.

    I suggest you get counsel to deal with the underlying warrant.

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  • Do I have a case against a doctor that stuck his tongue in my mouth during an unwanted and unprovoked kiss?

    At the doctors office today my neurologist of one year was sitting next to me and we where filling out forms for new medication. When we where finished he put his hand behind my neck and kissed me pushing his tongue in my mouth. We have always ha...

    Stephen’s Answer

    You surely have a case fir battery against him. There are several legal things to be done.

    First, contact a lawyer immediately. Once you've retained a lawyer, he or she can guide you toward reporting his conduct to the legal and regulatory authorities, as well as prosecuting a civil lawsuit against him fur damages.

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  • IS THERE ANY CASE LAW CITATIONS DEALING WITH MOTION TO QUASH MOTION TO DISMISS A CASE AND WHAT ARE THEY.

    HAVE LEGAL CASE RUNNING i NEED THIS INFO FOR IMMEDIATELY CAN YOU SEND ME YOUR ANSWER TO MY E-MAIL 4MRSBOS@COMCAST.NET

    Stephen’s Answer

    This site is not free legal research. It's not a substitute fir a lawyer. It's meant to answer questions generally and guide askers to appropriate legal representation and such.

    You need to either do your own research or hire a lawyer.

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  • Can a order of protection be removed.

    Someone's filed a order of protection against me I went and filed one against them.Mines was approved there's was denied because he showed up to court late.Then after he was told by the judge he had to leave the house he went and filed a motion.Th...

    Stephen’s Answer

    The only thing the judge will rule on is his motion for a protective order, because that is what is noticed that date. Is is remotely possible for a judge to do things on his- or her own, sua sponte, but unlikely.

    Your OOP should remain pending as long as it is supposed to unless circumstances change or evidence is presented to that effect.

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