I was in an accident on 5/9/11. I was hit by an elderly gentleman in a parking lot; he says I hit him. My insurance company determined I had right of way and therefore he was liable. His insurance company is "still investigating" the liability ...
Three weeks does not seem like an unreasonable amount of time. If your car was rendered unusable, then it is in the insurance company's best interest to settle the property damages in a little time as possible, as each day that passes means you are entitled to further 'loss of use' damages.
In my experience, insurance companies are very unpredictable with regards to how long it takes them to determine liability.
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I was in a car accident, I was the passenger, My back and my neck hurt really bad so I went to a chiropractor. This chiropractor said that he could help me get a lawyer and it sounded pretty good until he gave me a lien to sign so my lawyer can pa...
In California a lawyer cannot give a medical provider a referral fee or visa versa. If money has changed hands between the lawyer and the chiropractor for the referral then this is unethical and impermissible. But for a Chiropractor to suggest a lawyer with whom he or she has worked with in the past is not 'shady', is very common and is entirely permissible under California's rules of ethics.
A lien can be a good option if you do not have the means to pay for the treatment. Under a lien the attorney will agree to protect the chiropractor's interests when the case concludes and in return the chiropractor agrees to withhold payments until the conclusion. If your chiropractor has referred you to an attorney it is probably because the attorney has a proven track record with the chiropractor of recovering for his/her clients.
Still, if you are not comfortable with your chiropractor you should seek alternative treatment options. You will still be obligated to pay the bill when the case is over, but you certainly do not have to treat with him/her simply because there is a lien. The same is true for your lawyer, you should feel comfortable with him/her and should feel safe to direct these types of questions to him/her.
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Hi, my wife was rear ended by a company car. She took his drivers licence and few pictures of the damage and his car including license plate. I called the driver he asked to settle it between us and I told him the damage may b too much for him to...
I agree with the other attorneys; you should report this to your insurance immediately and begin treatment for you and your wife without delay. Settlement should not even be considered until you know the full extent of your injuries. When reporting your claim the insurance company will want to know the extent of your injuries, you should not disclose this information at this time.
You really should consider retaining a lawyer licensed in California. If you are interested feel free to call my office for a free, no-risk consultation. I would be happy to speak with you personally. Best of luck.
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my ex husband sued me for custody of my kid who is not his kid slandering me and lied under oth and i can prove it his suit cost me a lot of money i did not have.
You certainly can sue. You will have a very hard time finding an attorney that will take this case on a contingency fee, so you will have out of pocket legal costs and fees. Something to consider as well is that he probably committed perjury; contracting the local DA might be worth it.
I am sorry for this ordeal and wish you the best of luck.See question
I am writing a book that includes stories that are real, and I would like to use the persons' real names. Legally, do I have to get permission from that person to be able to use their name?
The answer to this question will largely depend on the nature of the facts you wish to disclose and whether the person is a public person. Even if there is not a valid civil claim against you, you may incur unnecessary legal fees defending your self. To me, it doesn't seem to me to be worth the risk.See question
I was walking to a cash register and slipped and fell off some laundry detergent on the floor my leg bent back at the knee and my knee hit the floor, I have a big knott on my knee i sprained my ankle and my knee and hip is bruised, what are my cha...
These cases can be very tough; you certainly need an attorney to assist you in navigating through your claim. My law firm has handled several cases against WalMart and from experience I can tell you that they will fight you. Also, you, or preferably your attorney, need to send out a evidence preservation letter immediately requesting that they not destroy the video surveillance.
Fell free to contact my law firm if you would like a free, no-risk consultation. Good luck.See question
She had a seriously sprained ankle and was on crutches for several days. She reported the issue to the city but as of right now hasn’t put in her claim. Should she be entitled to monies other than the hospital and x-rays charges for her inconvie...
I am sorry to hear of your daughter's injury. If the city is negligent for failing to maintain the sidewalk, which it seems to be, then your daughter is entitled to more than merely her medical bills.
Because your claim/suit is most likely against the city or county the window for bringing your claim is very short. You should contact a personal injury lawyer that practices in Ventura Co. without delay. Best of Luck.See question
A friend was on a bus and injured her head when the bus swerved to avoid a car that had cut the bus off. Who would be held liable - the bus company or the vehicle that cut off the bus? Thank you.
I agree with the other attorneys; it is hard to tell from the limited amount of facts given. It seems like the majority of the fault falls on the driver of the car, but certainly some amount can be attributed to the bus driver if the response was unreasonable or was necessitated by the bus driver's negligence.
Given the complexity of this case your friend should search out a local, qualified personal injury lawyer.See question
I was recently in an auto accident when some guy hit me while on his cell phone and I'm still shaken up. I am not comfortable with driving like I once was. Is this normal? I literally am like a paranoid person now when driving near intersections o...
What you describe is very common. I advise my clients that have symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome to see counseling if it persists and they feel comfortable doing so. Don't feel embarrassed or ashamed, you've been through something traumatic, this is entirely normal for you to feel scared about getting back on the road after an accident.
Your emotional distress claim can be incidental to a physical injury or a stand alone claim. Documenting the emotional injuries via counseling will help the strenght of the claim as well as hope you cope. I think it is in your best interest to seek a qualified, local personal injury lawyer to help you navigate through your claim. Best of luck.See question
His assets are in his name solely. We jointly own our home.
I agree with the other Lawyers for the most part; it does not appear that your husband would be liable for the negligence of your son.
However, I would still be somewhat concerned. In the event of an accident in which your son is negligent, and the insurance policy holders are you and your husband, one might argue that the auto insurance is evidence that your husband was the constructive owner of the car. Because after all, who insures cars in which they have no interest?
Usually insurance information is not admissible in court under the 'collateral source rule'. However, in many states (I am not sure if FL is one of them as I do not practice there) there is an exception to the collateral source rule for establishing ownership and control. So, it would probably be admissible in the scenario above.
Moral of the story, you incur some risk when you loan someone your car.See question