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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: Botched by a "trusted" surgeon. Negligence for overfilled implants (discovered thru a breast explant by another surgeon

Question is: what can I do for justice? I am in over $60 K medical debt, still dealing w/limited range mobility on right side, he is still out there hurting more people with negligence. What are my options>????

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 24, 2022

It's pretty straightforward. Search medical malpractice attorneys on this site. Call for a free consultation and move forward from there. Good luck.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Accident in Cali…how can I get medical treatment?

I was in a car accident while working. I’m a contracted employee of a company that holds a contract with the school district. The accident was my fault. I suffered a Trumatic brain injury and back neck injuries. I went to my chiropractor through my health insurance and he wouldn’t see me. He... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 20, 2022

If you were working at the time of the incident... it's workers comp. If not working... it's personal injury.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I Son crashed his vehicle into barrier on bridge . CHP drew their weapons My son got out fell off

He opened car is door ran towards the bridge leaped over bridge

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 16, 2022

What is your question?

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I took a Cervical SSEP Test read Spinal Cord Compression. My Attorney will Not Write this Down in None of His Notes.

What must I do?

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jun 23, 2022

It may be that your attorney does not make a note because he/she can remember your spinal compression without notation. However, the problem is anyone else looking at your file will not know about your injuries. Even if your attorney is a sole practitioner its a good idea to note a client's... Read more »

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Q: Why is my settlement agreement form taking so long?

I’m beginning to get so frustrated with my lawyer and I was hoping one of you can shed some light on what may be happening since this is my first lawsuit/settlement.

I was part of a major class action that I opted out of and sued on my own with my own attorney. After over a year, we... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jun 21, 2022

The legal process moves very slow. It doesn't sound like the problem is your lawyer. He is waiting for the draft from opposing counsel. Once he receives the draft he may request changes. This all takes time. Hang in there and keep checking in with your lawyer.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I have filed a civil case for personal injury on my own. But I’m not sure about serving the other party and the summons?

I had an attorney that quit at the last min. So o am trying to handle this the best I can. I just do not know if o have to serve her. One lady told me no it has all been done another said mo it hadn’t. The court is really confusing me and I can’t get into see the law help center. Not that they... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jun 13, 2022

Search process server and let them handle it. If you have questions at this stage, you need to get an attorney. As litigation proceeds, the questions get harder and the consequences greater.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Why my car insurance won’t pay the rest of my hospital bill after accident?

I was in a accident, the other driver was found 100% at fault. My hospital bill was $52,000. I was able to negotiate with the hospital to take off $14,000 leaving me with $37,000. The person Who hit me only had a bodily injury of $15,000. I have under insured bodily injury of $25,000 with AAA. My... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jun 10, 2022

This is NOT bad faith. You have $25,000 UIM. The adverse driver has $15,000. So they are underinsured for the difference of $10,000. If they had $25,000... then they would not be underinsured in relation to your UIM coverage. You are only entitled to the difference. If they were uninsured... you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: I am owed money by someone getting a settlement. Is there a way I can confirm this person is getting that settlement?

I was devastated by someone claiming that she will right everything when she receives a substantial settlement coming to her. For one thing, she borrowed money from me claiming that she will pay me back double in a quick amount of time…I have proof of this contract. A great deal of time has... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on May 6, 2022

Settlements are confidential and therefore not part of any public record (i.e. courts file). A lawsuit may or may not get you the information you seek. A parties assets are not relevant to a breach of contract. Assets only become relevant after judgment. You didn't say when the divorce was... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: If a plaint. in injury Case dies, is the case dead? (Attorney said) and can civil proced. 377.32 be used AgainstMeSign?

California case- I was never told of any court dates but they all occurred. I’m a bit hesitant to just trust blindly here. The lawyer has been vague on things and I alone was the one who hired him, talked to him. My wife was incapable

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on May 5, 2022

The more relevant question is... do you want to continue with a lawyer who is "vague" and making court appearances without communicating with you? Ask for a copy of your file or ask for documents related to a specific concern you may have. You don't want to be left in the dark on... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can my injury attorney deny a needed surgery after they filed a lawsuit?

I was in a semi accident two years ago. I tore my tfcc in my left wrist and disks in my neck are out of place. I had surgery to correct my tfcc tear in April of last year but now I’m having worse pain in my wrist. I’ve had steroid injections in that area so I’m not sure if they were just... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Apr 28, 2022

Focus on your emotional and physical recovery. If a doctor says you need surgery then you need surgery. Your lawyer does not get to dictate your medical treatment. If the truck driver has admitted fault then your lawsuit is over damages (value of your claim) ... not liability. If you are... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: if somebody was admitted to a hospital and woke up being sexually assaulted. what are some legal steps to take?

Somebody (obviously won't name) was in the hospital who was on a few different medications and out of it for awhile, woke up to a male nurse sexually assaulting her. The victim told a different nurse and the director came and took a statement from her. And that was it. The victim then wanted... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Apr 26, 2022

Hi,

I am so sorry . That sounds horrible. Here's some steps to take.

1) Support the victim as much as you can. She's fragile and needs emotional support.

2) Contact a doctor for testing.

3) Contact Social Services and request a social worker.

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can you sue a company twice after settling out of court due to certain circumstances

I had a lawsuit back in 2008 2009 settled out of court at the time I only had two corneal transplants in my right eye was able to see was fine now since then I've had 13 colonial transplants different times in both eyes and now I'm legally blind if I would have known then would have going... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Apr 7, 2022

The purpose of a settlement is to resolve ALL past, present and future claims, known AND unknown. Get a copy of your Release and see what it says. This is precisely why insurance companies push for a quick settlement... before the injured victims find out just how bad their injuries really are.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: How many questions can be asked in form interrogatories?
Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Mar 28, 2022

Hi, you might be thinking of written (also called special) interrogatories. They are limited to 35. Good luck. Patrick

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I had a lawsuit against Boston and long back in 2007 and we settled out of court and at the time had two surgeries now

Had two surgeries at the time of the lawsuit since then I'm up to 13 eye surgeries and I still am legally blind when I can actually see back then wondering if there's a way I can sue them again not knowing at the time that I would still be going through all of this all these medical... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Mar 28, 2022

If you settled out then you signed a Release which is a full and final release of all claims (past, present and future). Many insurance companies try to get victims to settle cases early before the victim learns the extent of their injuries. You only get one bite of the apple. This prevents... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: Are there any precautions against releasing LA METRO from liability when they are obviously at fault?

My insurance has determined that I was not at-fault, so it won't affect my insurance rates. The other insurance company has offered to pay for all damages but denies liability, saying they want to avoid a lawsuit. I have to sign to release them of liability before receiving the final one-time... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Mar 24, 2022

A Release is simply a contract. You agree to release the other party in consideration of them paying you for your damages. LA Metro denies liability which is standard. A Release is a full and final release of ALL claims... past, present and future. You don't get 2-bites of the apple. You will... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: How is proper jurisdiction & venue determined in a joint/several liability case with defendants from multiple counties.

Is there a CA state equivalent to federal diversity jurisdiction when parties reside in different areas of the state?

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Mar 17, 2022

Jurisdiction looks at what state and what court a lawsuit would be filed in. If the case involves a federal questions or parties from out of state, then the proper jurisdiction may involve federal court. Most attorneys try to avoid federal court because generally the presiding judge conducts voir... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My brother is being sued for my dog biting someone while my dog was in its' locked crate. Is my brother liable or am I?

I stay at my brother's house but the dog is mine and I had my dog in a locked crate and this 5'2" person stuck their hand to try to pet my little 8 lb toy dog and was bitten. Tiny bite, now they are suing my brother, they are clearly in search of a free ride. Am I the actual party... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Mar 15, 2022

Your question contains numerous self-serving statements. (1) Victim is looking for a "free ride" (2) Individual is "5'2" (3) Your dog is only "toy dog" (4) Tiny bite. The bottom line is your dog bit someone. Hard stop.

You do have some defenses... none of...
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5 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for California on
Q: my girlfriend was secretly being filmed in a changing room at kohls, negligence by kohls

this should never happen what can we do to hold them accountable

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Your GF certainly has a claim against someone. It may or may not be Kohl's but someone who has regular access to the dressing room and is pulling the feed off that camera. Presumably it's someone that works for Kohl's or a 3rd party vendor. Your GF should report the camera to the... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Health Care Law for California on
Q: If I am pending a litigation case what is the best thing to do
Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Confirm you are within the statute of limitations.

Contact an attorney. You are in a forum for Personal Injury, Products Liability and Health Care, so your consultation should be free. Then you'll be in a much better position on the direction in moving forward. If the value of your...
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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Slip and fall premises liability.

I slipped on a wet floor at my local convenience / gas station. Insurance company does not want to accept liability stating there was a wet floor sign posted nearby. The sign which I didn't even see was low on the ground near the front of the entrance I fell right in front of the register and... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jan 9, 2022

A wet floor sign does not automatically release an owner of liability. The purpose of a wet floor sign is to provide customers with notice that the floor is wet. So the signage must be of sufficient size, height and color to give a reasonable customer adequate notice of a dangerous condition. An... Read more »

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