I gave my car to a local auto body shop to repaint/remove dent from bumper, and some other minor repair to side panel. a week after paying 1150$, i have noticed paint lumps on the bumper I took the car back, and they agreed to fix it. Again after ...
I agree with Mr. Kelly. Small claims court is for issues under $5,000.00 and lawyers are not allowed. Once you initiate the claim you will no doubt get the owners attention.See question
I was rear ended the other day, I do not have insurance and the car was not under my name. Is there anything I can do
Do not worry, you have options. The fact that you did not have insurance is completely irrelevant. The driver that rear-ended you is the at fault driver, and you can recover your damages and losses from that driver's liability insurance. Liability insurance is required in Washington State.
If you were injured, I strongly recommend you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will give you a free consultation to discuss your options and help you decide if hiring a lawyer is the right decision.
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I am in litigation for a car accident that left me permenantly injured. The defense insirance company set up an IME. I had the exam video taped by a professional. Going through the tape, the exam was completely botched. They falsely claimed test r...
I understand your frustration because my clients are examined by these "hired gun" defense medical examiners all the time. They are paid by the defense insurance company to give the opinion that the person claiming to be injured in the accident either: (1) You were not injured in the collision, or (2) You did not suffer all of the injuries you claim, or (3) The injuries aren’t as bad as you say. Because they are not your doctor and you did not rely on their opinion, you do not have any direct cause of action against this doctor. Instead, you must be ready with your own doctors’ opinions to support your case, and your own doctors can review the video and point out all the mistakes this doctor made. Ultimately leading to an incorrect diagnosis, which is dangerous to the entire community.
In order to recover damages and money from the insurance company for the injuries you’ve suffered in a car accident, your doctor must say that in his medical opinion your injuries were caused by the accident.
But how do doctors determine if you injuries were caused by the accident?
Your doctors may use the Three Step Causation Methodology and it is approved by the Courts. To determine if your injuries are related to the accident, follow this step-by-step process:
General causation: Is it biologically possible for the type of injury you suffered to have been caused by the type of collision you were in?
Timing: did your symptoms of injury show up shortly after the accident?
Lack of a more probable alternative explanation: does another event better explain your injuries and symptoms?
Your doctor can use this three-step analysis to form their opinion about whether your injuries were caused by the accident. Your injuries and symptoms are related to the accident if it is physically possible that the accident can cause that type of injury, the symptoms started shortly after the accident, and there is no other explanation for what you are feeling. This method was developed by Michael D. Freeman, Christopher J. Centeno & Sean S. Kohles, A Systematic Approach to Clinical Determinations of Causation in Symptomatic Spinal Disk Injury Following Motor Vehicle Crash Trauma, 1 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 951 (October 2009).
Insurance companies and their lawyers often argue that the speed of vehicles and force on your body was not sufficient to cause your injuries. If photos of your vehicle after an accident show little damage, the insurance companies love to argue that the small amount of damage to your vehicle proves you could not have been injured. However, the medical literature says that speed and velocity is not a reliable predictor of injury, and damage to a vehicle is not a reliable predictor of injury. Your doctor only has to determine if it is plausible that a collision caused your injury.
Ultimately, this injury causation method is accepted in the medical community, by the courts, and is based on a valid scientific method. When you try to face an insurance company by yourself after being injured in a car accident, the insurance companies and their paid opinion doctors will allege that you were not injured in the collision, or that you did not suffer all of the injuries you claim, or that the injuries aren’t as bad as you say. You must be ready to counter these bogus opinions with the support of your own doctors.See question
He lives in Capitol Hill, had been hanging out locally & decided to eat a burrito in his car while waiting for friends to make it home bc he has no cel signal in his basement apt. Turned on the car bc it was cold, & someone called police to say he...
The first court appearance after a DUI arrest is the arraignment and will typically involve a reading of the charges by the judge or prosecutor and then the entry of a plea of either “guilty” or “not guilty” in open court. This type of plea preserves the status quo so that an attorney can learn all the facts, evaluate the evidence, and map out the strategy that best helps the client. You will be asked whether the name and birthday listed in the charging document are correct and whether you understand the nature of the charges. In most cases, the only talking you will need to do in court at the arraignment is to say “yes” to these questions. Once a not guilty plea is entered, the court will schedule future proceedings in your case.
Another part of the arraignment is the setting of conditions of release. Here, despite the fact that you have not been convicted of the charge, the judge can order you to do things that can feel very much like you have been convicted. For instance, the judge has the power to impose an ignition interlock as a condition of driving. He can order you not to consume alcohol while driving. He can require you to wear an alcohol-sensing bracelet on your ankle (called SCRAM) that reports to the court immediately if it senses any consumption of alcohol. Depending upon the facts, a judge can impose a bail requirement at arraignment, even if you posted bail to get out of jail.
Washington DUI cases are rarely hopeless. Police officers botch roadside investigations. Breathalyzers and blood testing are prone to error. Medical conditions render falsely high BAC readings. Banks Law capitalizes on these issues to win cases.
Most people arrested for a Washington DUI charge assume the evidence against them is insurmountable.
Most of them are wrong.
Fighting a DUI case almost always makes more sense than simply pleading guilty.
We visit the location, study the arresting officers' training and background, reanalyze blood samples, examine the breathalyzers' maintenance history, subpoena and cross-examine officers, and deconstruct the case to find the problems and issues leading to a successful DUI defense.See question
I was involved in a car accident last week 5-9-2017, I've had to take off of work, possibly miss the next weeks, and started physical therapy. I was already referred to the insurance adjuster and had a conversation with her about the injury, what ...
We provide a free consultation with a lawyer to talk with you about your case so that you understand the process and if you will benefit from hiring an attorney. We also work on a contingency fee, which means that you pay absolutely no attorney fee unless we win your case.
You have pain, medical bills, and lost wages. When you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, we immediately take over and handle all the paperwork and communications with the insurance companies. We help you obtain the best possible medical treatment for your injuries. We help obtain your lost wages so you can pay your bills. And we guide you through every step of the process and always keep you informed along the way.
Your case is almost always worth more money than the insurance company tells you its worth. Contact us to find out for free what your case is worth. The money value of your case is based on several different factors. For example, you have a legal right to recover money for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, disfigurement, impaired earning capacity, and interference with you ability to enjoy life. We will advise you about every category of money that you are legally entitled to recover and ensure it is paid for by the insurance company.See question
On Monday I was sitting at a light, at a major intersection in Federal Way on the corner of 320th & Pacific Highway where there are Cameras. I was the 3rd car in the turn lane when I was rear ended HARD. Drivers side bumper, Tail light, Exhaust & ...
This situations are very difficult and I understand your frustration.
In Washington, auto insurance "follows the vehicle." Meaning that the girlfriend's insurance on the vehicle will pay for your injuries and damages, unless the boyfriend was explicitly excluded from driving the vehicle pursuant to the policy, or if he was a member of the household and regularly used the vehicle.
Further, the girlfriend may also be personally responsible for your injuries and damages under the "family purpose doctrine." The family car purpose doctrine holds that the owner of a car is liable for the negligent conduct of another person who uses the car with the owner’s permission. For example, if the girlfriend asked the boyfriend to take her car and run an errand for her, she could be held liable. This is a fact specific inquiry and varies case-by-case.
If nothing else, you may be able to get your medical expenses paid for by the Crime Victims Compensation program. This is a program designed to help victims with the many costs associated with violent crime. You can find out more information from my website: www.BanksLawWA.com
I wish you all the best.
can they recieve more money than what the car insurance will pay. the car was in my name with full coverage insurance... can the other two people go after me or can they file suit against my home owners insurance which is what someone has told the...
I'm very sorry for your loss. As a previous contributor mentioned, there may be other potential insurance policies in play besides your own. If one of both of the victims had a UM/UIM provision on their auto policy, their estates may be able to seek damages from their insurer up to the amount of the policy limits.See question
i was sleep and had a few beers i let my friend drive cause she hadnt been drinking. as she was about to pull in my garage she scrap the side of my garage on the passenger side. She said she was going to pay for it. But she playing around like she...
If you have collision coverage, your auto insurance should pay to repair the damage minus any deductible.See question
Know were stuck with paying our deductible but what irrates me is that he didn't even care to see that my son was okay. My son got the drivers license plate number but what can I do because it seems that here in Houston in case of accidents ther...
I hope your son is doing okay. If your son is injured and the vehicle he was driving has Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage, he should file a UIM claim on the policy. There would be no deductible involved for a UIM bodily injury claim.See question
The car is insured by the owner and the driver is not on the policy. Does it matter if the driver has the owner's permission or not?
If I am reading your question correctly, you would like to know if the person that was driving the car at the time of the collision is an “insured” pursuant to the insurance contract.
It would depend on the car’s insurance policy, but if the uninsured driver had permissive use of the car and the vehicle is insured then coverage should apply. In regards to Liability Coverage, insurance contracts generally state that “If you pay the premium for liability coverage, we will pay damages for which an insured becomes legally liable due to bodily injury or property damage, caused by an accident arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of an auto for which overage applies.”
Generally, insurance contracts define an insured as “Any person using your covered auto with your permission.” Thus, if the person operated the covered automobile without permission, then the liability insurance would not attach and the uninsured driver that used the auto without permission would be personally liable for all damages arising out of the collision due to his negligence.