Questions Answered by Timothy J. Deffet

1 Answer | Asked in Injury Law for Virginia on Jul 13, 2012

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
You should immediately contact the police and bring a criminal action. This person may continue to prey on your daughter and may be preying on other children right now because no one has followed up with the police. Please take note of the Sandusky case ...
 
 

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice Law for Illinois on Oct 29, 2012

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
It depends. You need to gather all your medical records and consult with an attorney.
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on Mar 11, 2013

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING until you get an attorney. The releases will give them unlimited access to every record, medical, work or otherwise under the sun. If you got into an accident while driving for work, then you may have a work comp claim against your ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation Law for Illinois on Feb 15, 2013

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This is a complicated question. If you are asking in IL how much you will be considered disabled under the law there are many factors. A seasoned attorney will review all your medical records, educational background, job, age and numerous other factors to ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation Law for Illinois on Mar 15, 2013

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If you have an IL claim you should contact and IL attorney right away as this is too complicated to be answered in one posting. This is taken from the IWCC website:http://www.iwcc.il.gov/insurance.htm "What happens if an insurer goes bankrupt? If an ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation Law for Illinois on Jan 31, 2013

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It is extremely difficult to give you a straight answer because a lawyer needs to review all your medical records, bills, wage, doctors at issue, whether your employer sent you to a fair "IME" which is really a Section 12 DEFENSE doctor exam in ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on Jan 3, 2013

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
Take a look at this list of pro bono clinics. http://www.ag.state.il.us/about/CHIC AGO%20AREA%20LEGAL%20SERVICE%20PROVI...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on Jan 9, 2013

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
I would definitely get a lawyer. Sometimes there was no probable cause to arrest, sometimes improper warnings were given before a breath test was given or refused, sometimes evidence is destroyed, sometimes breath test machine has been improperly ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith Law for Illinois on Jan 24, 2013

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
It is difficult to figure out what exactly you are asking in this question. If you are asking if an IL health plan has to cover your partner, I believe the answer is yes as of June 2011. Look at this pdf from the IL Dep. of Insurance which is a ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation for Illinois on Jan 27, 2013

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
If the Judge orders it behooves you to go. It it usually always a good idea to do a mediation. Arbitration is actually a different thing. Sometimes there is "mandatory arbitration" in Illinois cases which have a certain $ amount claimed.
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation Law for Illinois on Jan 12, 2013

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Each case is different but I normally counsel clients not to sign any other release when handling comp case. However, you may be getting additional consideration for resigning I don't know. Only you and your attorney know the facts of your case and ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation Law for Illinois on Jan 22, 2013

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
It depends on whether you can prove the case or not but surgery is not necessary by itself to have a settlement. You never have to get ANY treatment you do not want to get. It is important to note that if you settle your case you usually close out your ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation Law for Rhode Island on Dec 28, 2011

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
That is a good question. In most states a "lien" cannot be attached to a workers' compensation settlement unless the government (IE Medicare or Medicaid) has paid benefits related to this work comp injury. However, you should consult ASAP ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation Law for South Carolina on Dec 14, 2012

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
Call the attorney who sent the subpoena and arrange to be there for next date if there is one. Please remember the Court and the attorneys are at the will of other trials and other legal cases beyond their control-never ignore a subpoena. Get in touch with ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on Oct 4, 2012

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
Yes but usually they will be consolidated or brought together to save judicial resources.
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Indiana on Dec 10, 2012

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
No. But studies have shown you probably get about 4-5 times more $ than without an attorney. The studies were done by guess who??? The insurance companies! They try to keep you from an attorney because they KNOW they will have to pay less if they pay you ...
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on Jun 30, 2012

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
You don't have to have one but it may be a good idea. That is up to you to decide.
 
 

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate for Illinois on Jul 25, 2012

Timothy J. Deffet's answer
It is a bad idea for a non attorney to do this in my opinion. Alot of traps for the unwary, even for experienced attorneys, regarding appeals. This is not something that can be easily answered in an online post.