Questions Answered by Timur Akpinar

Q: Are there any lawyers with experience in the mental health laws is Virginia?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Health Care Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
One option is to check with the Virginia State Bar's Lawyer Referral Service.

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Q: Is our court actually considered a tribunal as in Admiralty law. The judge, DA and the prosecutor?

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Military Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
People use the terms loosely, but U.S. Constitution grants U.S. Courts authority to hear admiralty cases in Section 2 of Article III. In terms of maritime prosecutions, it is common for them to sometimes be handled jointly between the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Coast Guard, depending on the nature of the crime.

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Q: If you sell a car while in the process of investigating a claim. does that negate the claim?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 15, 2019
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It shouldn't automatically serve to invalidate the claim, but it could be a source of problems if the city/town/other defendant wants to inspect the vehicle to verify damages described in the claim. At this point, preserve whatever evidence you still have (vehicle photos, repair estimates, work orders, replacement parts lists, invoices, police report if applicable, flatbed towage invoice if applicable, etc.).

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Q: can one company cease doing business with another without justification

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Georgia on
Answered on Feb 15, 2019
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As a general matter, yes. If a company ceases to do business with its steel supplier because it finds another supplier that provides higher quality steel, this sort of thing might be considered without justification and it happens all the time in commerce. If you are inquiring about a specific matter that involves your business dealings, you should probably consult with an attorney in Georgia. If ceasing to do business without justification means being in breach of contract, that's something...

Q: 3 car bumper to bumper accident on interstate. No traffic. I was the 3rd vehicle. Now I’m being sued. How liable am I?

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Indiana on
Answered on Feb 15, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
Make a copy of the summons you received and present it to your insurance carrier. The attorney assigned to you will address the question you ask about how liable you are after conducting an investigation of the crash and the actions of the other vehicles. It could take some time for a meaningful answer to emerge because your attorney and attorneys for the other side will likely conduct depositions, which are sessions where attorneys ask the parties questions about the accident.

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Q: My outside air conditioning unit caught on fire & was put out by the fire department. No one knows what caused it.

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Florida on
Answered on Feb 14, 2019
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If the manufacturer agrees to replace it, then it would seem there is no longer a loss for insurance to cover. If you choose the insurance company's payment, you have the deductible to consider. Insurance carriers will offset their payments, or choose not to issue payment, if a loss is already covered by another source. If you have reservations about the terms of the release, you could consult with a Florida attorney.

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Q: If you tell a doctor you think they overlooked a medical condition what should they do.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for California on
Answered on Feb 14, 2019
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Individual doctors could handle the information differently. Some might order tests based on the new information. Some might include the information in their chart notes. Some might make a mental note of it or mention it to other treating staff. It could depend on the doctor, the scope of the information, and the relevance the doctor feels the information has to the condition at hand.

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Q: What are my options I was part of a class action law suit there was a company hired to disburse the funds I received my

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for California on
Answered on Feb 12, 2019
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One option might be to present the check to a bank or financial institution, since you say it was declined by a merchant. Another option might be to contact the law firm that handled the class action lawsuit to inquire if other plaintiffs experienced problems with their checks.

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Q: I am wondering if you can recommend a medical expert for a case

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Kentucky on
Answered on Feb 11, 2019
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You could conduct a few basic internet searches for medical experts in your state. If you've already retained an attorney, you could also check with them as to whether they already have someone in mind who is well-versed in the particular issues that arise in your case. Your attorney might have insight into the knowledge, reputation, reliability, and cost of experts regularly used in the region.

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Q: My son was hit by a car when 7 i settled out of court for a secured cd account for when he turned 18

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Banking for Arizona on
Answered on Feb 10, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
It sounds like you acted with the best of intentions in handling the award. From your description, it looks like you may have settled the case yourself. Even if an attorney was involved in handling the award under an infant comp order, it's hard to say if they would have done better with a more financially fruitful route. Only a financial or investment professional could make that call in hindsight. Whatever is done is done. Maybe the present sum could be discussed with someone at a bank to...

Q: Don't you have to be a felon to be a restricted person? Or have mental illness? Or have some conviction for violence?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Utah on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
You could additionally post this in the Criminal Law section. Criminal law attorneys would be able to provide more meaningful input on the issues mentioned here than personal injury attorneys would.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Where can I find a map of international waters of Asia that is acceptable to the IRS or courts?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
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You could contact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to inquire if they know who performs the equivalent of their services in Asian countries. The charts I use identify the National Ocean Service Coast Survey as a reference (with additional inputs from the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard), and I also use Notices to Mariners, but it depends what application you are looking to use these for. You mention courts and IRS; I use these charts for reference and...

Q: Someone suggested to prevent shoplifting at retail establishments that merchants should have all customers stand on

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law for Delaware on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
It's an interesting question. Criminal law attorneys are the ones who know the Fourth Amendment best. The Fourth Amendment essentially provides protection to people against unreasonable searches. Constitutional law scholars might argue either side of the issue. It doesn't seem like something on which there would be abundant case law, but if there is, that might help answer your question. From a practical standpoint, the precision of measurement instruments needed to detect low weight/high cost...

Q: My builder walked off the job.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
Doing something like that could possibly lead to further legal problems. There aren't many details here about the underlying contract and transactions between you and the contractor. Whether you choose to try to resolve the matter through direct negotiations with the contractor or through an attorney is up to you, but one option you have is to consult with an attorney in North Carolina to review the terms of the contract, the work performed, the cause of the suspension of work, and to try to...

Q: If my injury is the result of a crash by another driver and I am injured, am I able to sue them to pay for my therapy?

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Answered on Feb 10, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
You should consult with an attorney, in terms of medical issues and preserving rights in a possible action. Many personal injury attorneys provide free initial consultations.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Can an insurance company deny coverage if the driver was unauthorized?

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Answered on Feb 17, 2019
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Before going through with the expense and time of court, you could first ask the carrier if they would like to send one of their property damage adjusters out to see your car, or if they would consider an estimate from your collision shop.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Putting Mohamed Ali's picture in a shirt for sale does that violate the intellectual property rights of Muhammad Ali?

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability on
Answered on Feb 7, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
Using someone's image or name on a product without permission could lead to legal problems. Try reposting this question in the Copyright and Intellectual Property sections. Hopefully an attorney who has deeper insight into these matters could pick it up, or direct you to a more suitable authority for guidance. It is posted in Products Liability, which is more about the rights of those who are injured from using defective or dangerous products.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Does this apply to parking lots on private property

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Mexico on
Answered on Feb 5, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
Does what apply? It looks like something accidentally got left off your question.

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Q: Can i sue in federal court for med. malpractice. I can not get a lawyer to take case because of venue

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 6, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
If the attorneys you consulted advise there is no venue in federal court, ask them or other attorneys about what steps you would need to take to preserve/pursue your rights through an action in state court.

Tim Akpinar

Q: My adjuster doesn’t work for the insurance company.Can I sue him?he denied my claim a week before he spoke to me.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
The situation you describe might be a situation of an insurance company using a third-party administrator to handle its claims (you mention that the adjuster doesn't work for the insurance company). That isn't so uncommon. If this happened in the course of employment (if moving the mattress took place at work), you should consult with a workers' compensation attorney. Many give free initial consultations.

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