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Patrick John Phillips

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  • Its been 4 months since my accident and I haven't heard from either ins company and I dont know what to do.

    I was I'm an accident 4 months ago. I call my insurance carrier and file the claim. My ins call me in just to ask details of the accident I told my claim adjuster every thing and he said he would handle the rest and get in contact with me as soon ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    What you should do depends on what your objectives are. What would you like to achieve? Have you been injured and do you want compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering? If that is your goal, you should retain a local personal injury attorney. Claimants who attempt to represent themselves on bodily injury claims are generally not taken seriously by insurance companies. Best of luck to you.

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  • Can my boss tell me I was passed up for promotion by new employee because "she is perfect, there are just no errors?"

    I am at will employee with a not-for-profit local hospital. 3mth probation was hell. Preceptor is one of boss's fave , and she was demeaning and condensending. request for new receptor rejected. Pass probation. That new employee got promoted and ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    It appears that you were passed up for the promotion in favor of an employee who, in your employer's assessment, had superior performance. That is not illegal, even if your employer's assessment was inaccurate and unfair. You would need to demonstrate that the true reason you were passed up was a legally protected trait (i.e. your race, religion or gender or protected activity (i.e. a recent wage claim or FMLA absence) in order to have any recourse under the law. I am sorry.

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  • What are my options

    was at a local gas station and attempted to use a public restroom. was informed that bathroom was closed for cleaning and that it would be a few minutes. I suffer from diabetes II and have problems with frequent urination. I replied that was fine ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    By entering the restroom without permission, you trespassed. Once the door was closed it is arguable that you had a reasonable expectation of privacy that was violated, though it would depend on a specific circumstances and how long the door was closed before it was re-opened. If you sue you will have to show emotional damages. I would expect a vigorous defense.

    Best wishes to you.

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  • Can I sue an airline for getting sick?

    My flight was delayed from New Delhi to Shanghi 3 hours for mechanical issues. Because of this delay I missed my flight to LA I had to stay over night in Shanghai. The hotel provided by the airline (china eastern) didn't have any non-smoking rooms...

    Patrick’s Answer

    The harm is most likely far too remote and unforeseeable to be recoverable as a damage. Also, in order to claim damages of any kind against the airline you have to establish negligence. Most likely, it was not your airline's fault that your flight was delayed. This was an unfortunate travel experience, but there is probably no legal recourse against the airline. The most you can probably hope for is some kind of travel voucher for your inconvenience.

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  • What can I do? Do I have a case?

    Hello, I was shopping in Safeway this last sunday.I was in the deli department and was looking at the chicken's and I barley put my hand in to grab one and the side of the metal burned my hand. It has a mark in two spots. I was paying attention...

    Patrick’s Answer

    There are many obstacles to a claim on these facts. First, it will be alleged that you were negligent in causing your own injury by touching something you should have known would be hot. Second, since you did not immediately report the incident you may have trouble proving that it happened. Third, if you did not immediately seek medical treatment, you may have failed to mitigate your damages, and you are not entitled to compensation to the extent that your damages could have been mitigated. Finally, your damages here may be so small without any medical bills that the amount you would stand to recover would not be worth the time to pursue.

    All of this said, if the scarring is substantial, then it may be worth consulting with a local attorney. Just know that you will be facing a serious uphill battle given the issues above. Good luck to you.

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  • Salary taken

    I was told that my salary was going to be taken away Sept 1 2016. This came to be when i thought i would be heading into another job and possibly leaving the company. The job fell through and they hired a replacement for me and said that under the...

    Patrick’s Answer

    There is nothing illegal about your employer converting you to hourly because they thought you were going to be getting another job. In general, the terms of employment can be changed at any time for virtually any non-discriminatory reason. So, I'm afraid all you can do in this circumstance is attempt to reason with your employer or continue looking for other work. I am sorry.

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  • Can I reopen a Dui hit and run case from 32 years ago

    My mom was it by a car well she was pregnant with me, the lady that it her was under the influence, she drove off and left my mom in the street with many injuries. Both legs were crushed. It caused me to be born at 7 month instead of at 9 month......

    Patrick’s Answer

    Sorry but no. Any claim you would have had would have needed to be pursued years ago.

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  • Can I sue my partner's therapist?

    My partner has been going to this psychologist for a while now, I have never been in a session with them therefore she doesn't know me besides through my partners testimonies. My partner always tells me that this psychologist says many things abou...

    Patrick’s Answer

    It is a therapist's job to psychoanalyze relationships. You cannot sue because you disagree with their analysis. It is unfortunate that this therapist has apparently identified you as a problem for your partner, but there is no legal or ethical violation based on what you have described.

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  • I am not sure if I need an attorney.

    I live in California, I have worked the last seven months with no days off, no overtime, and no lunch. I have brought up the time and a half conversation with my boss and he said if I do anything he will terminate me. I am non exempt, part time, b...

    Patrick’s Answer

    If you are not an exempt employee, you are entitled to overtime, rest breaks and lunch breaks. If you are fired for attempting to enforce your rights, you would have a claim for wrongful termination. It would be wise to discuss this matter with a local attorney as soon as possible to determine your best course of action moving forward. Good luck.

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