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Karen J. Zimmer

Karen Zimmer’s Answers

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  • What should i do? My car was totalled, Where do i began?. I'm carless, I'm injured and don't know wht to do?. Please help me

    4months ago, i involved an accident, someone hit my car at the back while i stopped in traffic,. When the police arrived, the officer told me the person who hit me doesn't have an insurance. And My insurance wasn't covering my damages becaus...

    Karen’s Answer

    I would urge you to contact a personal injury attorney right away, and not give further statements to insurance companies. The attorney you retain will usually handle your case contingent on recovering funds, so that you have no attorney fees to pay up front. You should see a doctor without further delay. You've done a good job advising DOT. Our firm likes to handle all aspects of the claim so you can simply receive needed treatment - we deal with the insurance companies and help navigate your treatment. Some medical providers will wait until settlement to be paid as long as you have an attorney. If your own insurance company provides PIP or med-pay coverage, we can assist you in opening that coverage.

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  • How likely to get compensation for damages from car accident? Punitive?

    At a dead stop to make a left turn for over 2 min. Teenager who was texting while driving slammed into my car at full speed (50 mph). I had seen she wasn't slowing down and slammed my horn but she rear ended me hard. My 7 mo old baby was in the ca...

    Karen’s Answer

    Washington State does not allow for punitive damages in personal injury cases. Be sure that not only you see a doctor promptly to document any injuries and obtain a treatment plan, but have your 7 month old be seen as well. If you have back pain from the collision, the insurance company for the at fault party will blame that on the pregnancy, rather than the collision. So be sure to discuss any pain from the collision with your OB/GYN. I would caution you from providing a recorded statement to the insurance company for the at-fault driver. Your next step would be obtain counsel - these cases can be handled on contingency, so that you do not have to pay unless the lawyer obtains funds for you by settlement or verdict.

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  • I got a doctor's order to ride a dial a ride service.

    She faxed forms to the transit company stating my conditions are peminent. Is it lawful for the transit company to request me to walk so the can assert how far they think I'm able to walk and there not doctors?

    Karen’s Answer

    I suggest you contact Metro and apply for use of the Access bus system, where you can have door to door pick up. They will need to come and get you from the door of the building and bring you onto the van. It does require a window of wait time that can be frustrating but at least you won't have to walk without help or if you have a wheelchair, they will take care of you. You can also sign up with Hopelink because they will pick you up at your house and deliver you to doctor appointments in their own cars or by using other companies with vans.

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  • My husband & I were waiting for a car to pass so I could open my door when he got hit is the driver at fault?

    We were standing next to my truck waiting for the car to pass when it swerved toward us hitting my husband dislocating his shoulder. The police won't do anything and say to deal with it at a civil court. Shouldn't the other driver have at least...

    Karen’s Answer

    From these facts it appears you need to follow up with the truck driver's insurance company to pursue a claim. I strongly recommend you retain a personal injury lawyer - it won't cost you anything as most PI attorneys can be retained on contingency of obtaining a settlement, and you would be wise to have an advocate on your side.

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  • I backed into a parked car with a women in it very slow no damage complained about her back insurance under my wife what's next

    I'm not under her accident policy because I just reinstated my license and we opened a new insurance with someone else but it doesn't kick in until today so it was under her old policy if they send me a bill and I don't pay what will happen?

    Karen’s Answer

    You will need coverage for this claim, so you would need to pay your premium to cover you on the date of that accident.

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  • How long does a personal injury lawsuit take and can i change lawyer before i decide to take that route?

    I was offered a very small settlement and was wondering if i could change lawyers before i file a lawsuit? and how long will, this proses take?

    Karen’s Answer

    Initial offers of settlement are usually small and are not the final offer. Your lawyer will continue negotiating. You should discuss your options with your current lawyer. Discuss filing a lawsuit, and the options of arbitrating the case vs. jury trial in district court or superior court. Sometimes an insurer will agree to mediate even if you have not yet filed a lawsuit. You do have options.

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  • Massage therapy over charged and now i'm out of PIP

    I was in a car accident. My chiropractor referred me to a massage therapist from whom I received treatment. I found out that my massage therapist was charging $166 visit per massage and now my pip is gone. HIs bill is way more than my other pro...

    Karen’s Answer

    If you have medical insurance, have the massage therapist bill that insurer. The massage therapist would usually be willing to wait until you settle your case to be paid the balance, just a chiropractor usually will. You might negotiate with the massage therapist at time of settlement to accept a lower amount, but if the chiropractor already paid the massage therapist for their bill then you may be out of luck. I would talk to the clinic and tell them their bill is excessive given what other therapists charge in the community for similar treatment and you would like a reduction.

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  • My personal injury case settled. When will I get my money?

    My case settled three weeks ago. My attorney says the insurance company already sent the check to him. The attorney says I have to wait longer. The check already cleared his bank. Why is my attorney stalling ? It is a very large amount. Do you thi...

    Karen’s Answer

    The attorney would not hold your funds to collect interest - client funds are required to be placed into the law firm's trust account and the interest pooled from all these accounts is not used by or for the attorney. Tell your attorney you want the funds immediately and a copy of all the checks that were disbursed from your trust account. Find out the reason the funds are not being disbursed (is the lawyer out of the office due to illness, trial or vacation?) If there is no good explanation, tell the lawyer you will be contacting the bar association.

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  • Got my face burned at a wax salon - what should be my next steps?

    Got burned during a visit to a wax salon on Tuesday. I have already gone to a doctor to get prescription burn cream and am visiting a dermatologist to assess the damage further. The salon said that they would be willing to settle and pay any dama...

    Karen’s Answer

    It is advisable to retain a lawyer to protect your interests (their insurance company has their own lawyers to protect the salon's interests). We handle these cases. You only pay attorney fees if you recover money, so there is no up front need to come up with money to hire a lawyer. It was wise of you to see a dermatologist. Aside from your medical bills, the pain & suffering part of your claim will vary, depending on how it affects your life, will you be left with a scar. In addition if you have missed work, you will include wage loss in your claim.

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  • Is it to late to take legal action for personal injury damages?

    Personal Injury Accident Background Information - Date of accident May 8, 2012 While traveling northbound on the I-5 in heavy commuter traffic I was hit from behind by a Ford 500 pick-up truck attempting a high speed lane change across stopped...

    Karen’s Answer

    It is not too late, the Statute of Limitations is 3 years - you must settle or file a lawsuit before the 3 years runs from the date of the accident. We are here to answer any further questions you might have. Thank you.

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