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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Entertainment / Sports and Libel & Slander for New York on

Q: I want to share a life story on YouTube that doesn’t paint people in the best light. Can they sue me?

I want to share a story in a vlog on my YouTube channel about what I’ve been through in the last few months. My brother and his wife are part of the story. I do not identify them in any other way, other than saying my brother and his wife. Can they sue me for talking about them on my channel and... Read more »

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

If you are that worried about it, you should probably consult with a defamation attorney in advance and have them vet your statement.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Virginia on

Q: My child was bitten by a dog. She was so excited when she saw the dog that she ran up to pet it and had to have stitches

in her hand where it bit her. The owner says they shouldn't have to pay because the dog was on a leash. Is this true?

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

This is basically an hour-long conversation with an injury attorney and cannot be quickly and haphazardly answered in an online forum. A legally-sufficient answer would rest upon the nature and circumstances of the encounter, the past of the dog, and the injury at issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Virginia on

Q: Can I sue a car dealership for filing criminal charges on me and for wrongful dominion control over car

Two days after I received the car, the car dealership filed criminal complaint I stole the car. Two months later they did a supplement complaint I stole the car all while I was making my payments twice a month and i never received any demand. The criminal charge was dismissed. Can I sue?

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

Sometimes you can, sometimes you can't. You need to consult with an attorney that specializes in defamation cases. The wrinkle in your case may pertain to whether the statements were legally privileged or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Identity Theft and Social Security for Virginia on

Q: My social security number was shared to over 350 employees in an email without my knowledge or consent. What can I do?

I work for a federal government agency (Org A), while representing and employed through Org A, I assisted a separate federal government agency (Org B) on a project. For my contributions upon completion of the project, Org B gave me a small monetary award. After a long 2-year HR process between Org... Read more »

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

I'm very sorry that this happened. You should understand, though, that no matter how jarring or tortious an act may be that certain strict time limits apply. I believe that your factual scenario may touch upon two areas of the law - the first is state tort law and the second is federal employment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Virginia on

Q: Can statue of limitations apply for Code of Virginia § 18.2-250.1 - Possession of marijuana ?

The charge is 4 years old.

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

There is not enough information to answer the question.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Wrongful Death for Virginia on

Q: My birthfather was murdered almost a year ago by his fiance, who then killed herself before justice could be served.

Details about the case won't be released to me, because it has to do with the murderer and not the victim. Can I take this to court and have all evidence and case info released to me? Also would I be able to sue the state for wrongful death?

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

I'm very sorry for your loss. You need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer, if you are seeking to find alternative theories of liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Virginia on

Q: What is the proper way to terminate my present lawyer representing my WC case in Virginia?

Representation far less than satisfactory and leaving firm.

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

It's generally advisable to do so in a respectful and direct writing. Be advised, that you need to review your fee agreement with the attorney in advane as you may be on the hook for substantial legal fees and there may be a lien on any potential future recovery.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Virginia on

Q: Can I sue my estranged wife’s boyfriend for emotional distress? I had to go twice to the hospital for distress & PTSD

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

Maybe. You need to discuss this case with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on

Q: Do I have to pay a woman claiming my son hit her parked car?

No police report. No damages to my son's car. She claims to have a witness. She has his license info.

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

Why would anyone have a legal obligtion to pay anything if they did not cause the damage or injury? While there are occasions where that may apply, there's no reason - on the facts given - that such an exception would apply in your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on

Q: My husband my two daughters and my niece and I were in an car accident November 11, 2017 were at the settlement part now

and i feel insulted with the offer ...should i get a lawyer or sue the warrant in dept

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

Well, frankly, ask yourself: would you hire a plumber if your toilet had sprung a leak and was filling up your bathroom? Would you hire an electrician if your panel was shooting sparks? You get the point.

Claim valuation is both a science and an art. You could try it yourself or get a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on

Q: Is pain and suffering always based on medical bills for car accident ?

Hello, if a person was injured in car accident with serious pain and suffering, do they only base it on medical bills ? Or can they be determined by what the medical records state ? Thanks so much !

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

There are a lot of things that need to be unpacked in your question and frankly, you probably need a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney. All that aside, if you are asked with regard to insurance companies they typically add up your medically necessary treatment, then... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and White Collar Crime for Virginia on

Q: Is an ip adress alone enough to get a search warrant And can a magistrate in Caroline county sign a search warrant 4 V.B

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

There is a difference between what is legally sufficient for a search warrant and what gets issued. This may rest upon whether the IP address is static or dynamic in nature. You should consult with an experienced attorney in this matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Virginia on

Q: How do I complain if I was treated cruelly and unusually in jail?

I am in the weekender program serving 10 weekends (20 days) for a second DUI conviction. I was "misplaced" in the detox room when I was supposed to be in the suicide watch cell, though I am not suicidal, and have no history of mental illness, or poor mental health. I was left in the "detox" cell... Read more »

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

You need to consult with an attorney that specializes in what are called "1983" actions. You should act soon, there are certain strict time limits that may apply.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on

Q: What court do you file if they want to sue for 100k without a lawyer for car accident ?

Can a person file a lawsuit now and hire a lawyer later ? If there are some reasons , they cant find a lawyer now, can they file and hire someone to help after that ? The courts said you dont need a lawyer to file. Is that true ? Thanks so much for all your help.

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

Is there a statute of limitations issue in your case? Is that why you are filing without an attorney?

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Virginia on

Q: My aunt was killed in a car wreck in Virginia. It was the other drivers fault.

The driver at fault also died and was in a company owned vehicle. Should I wait till their insurance offers a settlement before hiring an attorney. I'm my aunt's beneficiary. She had no children and was widowed

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

First of all, I want to say that I am sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one, regardless of the cause, can be traumatic and I'm sure that you have a lot of questions. There are lots of questions that need to be posed to you before giving you the advice that you deserve. They include the... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Virginia on

Q: I accidentally tripped on MGM property, now I have a knee injury, can I do a lawsuit?

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

My firm handles slip, trip, and falls and we currently have one in litigation at the moment. They can frequently be difficult, depending on the fact pattern.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Virginia on

Q: If you get a dui in a state you don't live in do you have to stay in that state until your trial date or can you go home

my grandson got a first offence dui while visiting in Colorado. Can he come back home and await the trail?

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

As a general rule, the first thing that you should do is to closely examine the recognizance, or release papers. These papers, which are sort of a court order, dictate the conditions of release. Typical conditions may include the inability to leave the state, the requirement to keep or secure... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on

Q: I received a reckless driving charge, is the officer required to read me my Miranda rights?

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

Maybe, it depends on the facts of your particular case. Neither investigatory stops nor consensual encounters require the advisement of Miranda Rights but every case is different. Most people believe that they have to be read all the time but that is urban myth.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Virginia on

Q: Ok I surrendered my dog to shelter was told dog would try to be adopted out but in 1 hr they killed my .can I sue

She was healthy and non aggressive..theylied to me because would have never left her to be killed..I am in depression state and seeing a psych doctor.cant sleep or eat

Mr. Beau Correll answered on Jan 7, 2018

I'm sorry for your recovery. Sounds to me you were defrauded. Both fraud and destruction of property may be compensable, but you need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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