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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My wife was involved in a accident. 3 /23.waited for the police report and it determined that the other party was at fau

Faultmy wife was injured broken bones bruises both cars sustained major damage. The driver that hit my wife was not insured but the car she was driving was(not her car) but my attorney tells me that they are not going to pay for the damage. Why not

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on May 14, 2024

that, is an excellent question for your attorney. If you cannot maintain that basic level of communication with him/her, then I suggest having a meeting with said attorney to improve communication. Either it is a coverage issue, i.e. the carrier is claiming driver was excluded, thus the policy... View More

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6 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I switch lawyers? (early in the case, claim has not been filed yet)

I am dealing with a high value personal injury case and 15 months in the law firm is impossible to contact and they have not even filed the complaint yet.

With that said, I am thinking about the prospect of switching to a smaller law firm where they can dedicate more time to my case.... View More

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Mar 12, 2024

Maybe you should switch lawyers. Or maybe you shouldn't. Sometimes the client's lack of understanding of the process creates frustration. It is a slow, time consuming ordeal. But, other times the firm is just not responsive and not doing their job. Then it requires a change. Talk... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: how do we get a police report in Atherton ca. my brother was killed by a car. the PD dept. will not give us a report

my brother was not married and his son, 8 yrs old, lives in Spain. my family only knows that he was hit and killed while crossing el camino real in atherton. nothing more.

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Jan 2, 2024

First of all, my condolences on the loss of your brother. It is unclear if the department will not actually give you the report due to insufficient authorization or if the report is not ready as of yet. Incidences involving catastrophic injuries and/or death can take months until the report is... View More

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6 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: can you sue someone directly for car crash for being negligent other than insurance claim?

I had a car accident almost a year ago. Thank God, my children were already dropped off to school. The person who hit me head-on was high on marijuana (according to the police report) and was speeding, racing with another car and I was hit head-on, resulting in the total loss of both my car and the... View More

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Sep 19, 2023

I would be shocked if your current attorney is unable to help you with your injury claim as it sounds substantial. I would encourage further communication to clarify that fact and if indeed correct, immediately retain a qualified personal injury attorney to assist you with your bodily injury... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Any does and don’t’s when pursuing a potential personal injury attorney?

I am in need of a new personal injury attorney, anything you guys know that can help me out any pointers? Things to say, things not to say, things to do, things not to do, anything helps.

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Mar 16, 2023

Trust. You need to go with someone you have a level of trust in after communicating with them. You don't necessarily need to sit down to meet with the attorney, but at a minimum have a phone conversation, or a Zoom meet, ask the basic questions like, how does this work? what should I... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I want to file a lawsuit against the CHP. Do I have a case and if so what type of lawyer would I need? Contingency?

Back in October of 2021, my Mother and Aunt were ran over and killed by an 18 y/o girl. On the scene of the accident the first agency to respond was the CHP. The officer that conducted the questioning and such, opted to not conduct a sobriety test, nor in field or blood test. The 'girl'... View More

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Nov 7, 2022

There are two avenues you can pursue here; one is civil, the other is criminal. Law enforcement takes the report to capture the facts and then may submit the report to the district attorneys office to consider filing criminal charges. You have very little to no influence on whether or not the DA... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Had a massive leg injury torn ligament plus back injury and looking for workman atty. How can I filter out factory type?

Am hesitant to sign up with atty and be stuck with one who does quantity over quality. I had four fractures plus torn ligament and now spine surgeon yesterday said my back got injured but needed no surgery. Need a great workman atty that is not too big or small. How does one find the quality type ?... View More

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Jan 24, 2024

Curious as to how you injured your back on the job. Sometimes the incident can be a crossover case, which means it is both a civil case and a work comp case. You should investigate the possibility depending on the event.

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6 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: When I was hit by u/m I was sitting in my car parked not driving I went to hospital went to chiro Had whiplash

MRI for my headache's and neck pain have bulging disk no surgeries no more medical visits I've been told were waiting on medical lien that it would be 30-60 days but it's been over 6 months it's been a struggle since day 1 and still is should I call my insurance co IDK what to... View More

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Jan 23, 2023

You are correct, it's not fair, which is why there are attorneys that specialize in representing victims such as yourself. I suggest you contact one immediately to improve your situation. Sounds as if you need a better diagnosis to your injuries as well.

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Q: I'm in Ca and was a pedestrian getting hit by a car 2yrs and 8 mos ago.Am I too late to sue? I read Covid could prolong?

I heard due to Covid I possibly could have the statute of limitations to file extended. I am homeless and have a hard time just getting my phone charged etc The person that hit me had insurance pretty much the legal required. I had blood on my brain for a week almost and had some teeth knocked out... View More

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Sep 6, 2022

I think your best bet is to retain an attorney on a contingency basis (no money out of pocket) to research and answer this question for you. Statute issues are no so straightforward given the shutdowns, so you're best served by having a specified attorney give you an answer.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: We were in an accident where the other driver was racing at 90+mph and hit us on driver front. Who's at fault?

The road was clear to go across to the 3rd lane. We have at least 3 witnesses that all said the car that hit us was racing another car and hit us going at least 90mph. Is there any way we could be considered at fault?

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Aug 22, 2022

it is possible to get an electronic download from the other vehicle's airbag module and if that substantiates the witness testimony, regardless of who had right of way at those speeds, driving with recklessness, the other vehicle should be considered at fault.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hello, I was in a car accident where I was not at fault. The one that caused the accident had no insurance or driver li

My insurance only wants to give me $3500 because I did not have full coverage. Is there a way to get more? I have to cover the costs for the towing company & to get my vehicle out. Is there a way to sue the other vehicle? I am emotionally & mentally stressed out, especially since I am a 20... View More

Frederick J. Sette
Frederick J. Sette
answered on Oct 19, 2021

you are able to pursue the other driver legally, most likely in small claims, but the odds of you satisfying any judgment is low. Depending on what type of coverage you had on your own policy you may be able to obtain a recovery for your PTSD and any other associated injuries. That is your most... View More

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