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  • How much should compensation for a car accident where a pregnant woman was involved and subsequently had a miscarrige be?

    I was involved in a head-on collision where the other driver made an unsafe left turn in front of the car I was a passenger in and as a result had a concussion, dislocated hips and a partial miscarriage, which I then had to go for a procedure to h...

    James’s Answer

    Their offer is insulting. They are taking advantage of you because you are not represented by an attorney. They try this tactic every time. Your case is worth much, much more than what they have offered. My best advice is to find an attorney who has extensive trial experience, because even though most cases settle before court, you want someone who knows how to take it all the way if necessary.

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  • Washington State car accident with injuries, my 3 kid were in the car with me..

    I was rear-ended pretty severely a week ago while my 3 kids were in the car with me (ages 10, 11 and 12). The other driver admitted fault immediately. We all went to the ER that night, and my 10 yr old had a concussion, the rest of us had soft tis...

    James’s Answer

    The insurance company is misleading you. A minor can get more compensation, just like an adult. As to how much you should ask for, that depends on many factors which need to be discussed. Please give a local attorney a call. Jim

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  • Do I have a case if I got sick from a restaurant, spent a week in the hospital and had positive tests of e coli and norovirus ?

    What firm should I look into? Can provide more details later, but just wanted some simple answers on here.

    James’s Answer

    You very well may have a viable case. It helps if you have proof of eating there, like a credit card receipt or bill, and if someone ate with you. Did anyone else you know also get sick? Food poisoning cases require an attorney with special knowledge. Please find someone local to you, who has such experience. I have tried e coli cases to verdict. Jim

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  • I was hit by a car while riding my bike. Received a broken fibula among other injuries. Have witness. What are my options?

    I was hit by front end of drivers car. I have a witness that has verified what happened. While riding my bike I was hit by a motorist. The Driver of car moved forward after stopping when I was directly in front of their car. When Driver moved for...

    James’s Answer

    For an injury of this significance, insurance companies will not treat you fairly unless you are represented by an attorney. You can try to negotiate your case with them, but you will never get fair value. Your only viable option is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

    Jim

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  • What figure should I use as my first counter-offer? Will payment of my medical bills be deducted from the final settlement?

    I was T-boned in May 2014. Other driver was sited for negligent driving and his insurance has accepted all responsibility. Due to my (soft tissue) injuries, I had to attend physical therapy for a few months (17 appointments total) and massage ther...

    James’s Answer

    An unrepresented person will always get nickel-and-dimed by the carrier. You have a right to more compensation that they are telling you. You should look for a qualified attorney who has extensive trial experience, as that is always a sign that the attorney is a mad-dog.

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  • I just like to know what my rights are for tripping and falling at the hospital and what could I do

    I tripped and fell and been hospitalized for the last 4 months and I have a bed sore on from the hospital not turning me myself it enough

    James’s Answer

    You may very well have a case that an attorney can help you with. It depends entirely on what you tripped on.

    Also, a bed sore is often caused by neglect/negligence, and that may be something the hospital could be held responsible for, too.

    I handle both trip and fall cases and bedsore cases. You want an attorney who has experience with both.

    Jim

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  • Is 1 million dollars an appropriate settlement for sexual assault?

    Is 1 million dollars an appropriate settlement for sexual assault?

    James’s Answer

    It could be. It depends on the extent of the assault, of course. Jim

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  • Can I sue a nursing home for neglect?

    During the weeks my dad was there, I witnessed the neglect first hand. My dad had ALS, could not move any limbs and required two people per movement. I can't count how many times they left his food in front of him for over an hr before offering to...

    James’s Answer

    I believe you have a valid nursing home abuse/neglect case. I see far too much of this happen in nursing homes and most of it just gets swept under the rug and no one is ever held accountable. Please call an attorney and find out what your rights are. Jim

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  • The Nursing home messed up my shoulder after surgery. Loosing % of use. what kind of lawyer do I need?

    Went to home to recover, Would not listen to me, kept telling the, something was wrong. Got a massive infection, missed doctor appts. File a complaint against them with state, they got fined. Am losing 50% use of arm now. They are also trying to ...

    James’s Answer

    You will have a case against the nursing home for "neglect and abuse" if you fit certain criteria under the Vulnerable Adult Statute. If so, you can get attorney's fees and costs from them as well as your actual damages. You should contact an attorney who specializes in nursing home cases.

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  • I fell on defective stairs and broke both bones in my left wrist. I was off work for 3 1/2 months and lost a lot of money.

    The concrete stairs were slanted down. Also the top stair is 14 in wide the middle is 9 in wide and the bottom is 10 in wide. This is my daughters apartment building. The landlord was notified but not interested in repairing the stairs. I have the...

    James’s Answer

    You have a valid premises claim. You need to hire an attorney who is experienced in these types of claims as there are many pitfalls is getting the best settlement possible.

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