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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Construction Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Georgia on
Q: If a construction company had a bucket above barrels in my lane an the bucket hit my mirror who's at fault

The officer's report said I misjudged distance but a vehicle was next to me an was as close over as I could get I never hit the barrel's so what's to misjudge the lane should have been closed if to narrow to pass

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 6, 2021

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. It could be a situation where fault is seen by a court on both sides. A Georgia attorney might be able to offer deeper insight in terms of the construction site and its practices in stacking barrels and buckets in that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Hello my fiancé working on a furniture store slipped off the platform where the furniture is on display

She fractured her ankle! Workers comp settled with her ! Her Attourney is now suing the owner of the building there was defected floor on the store that caused this fracture! It’s been since 2017 he doesn’t call you have to call him ! We reached him and he said there was an offer that was so... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 6, 2021

I agree with Mr. Green; it is not unusual for a law firm to carry cases that date back to 2017. But it's worth keeping in mind that these types of cases can sometimes be contentious. The burden is upon you to demonstrate negligence, an engineering defect, or other factor that should place... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New York on
Q: I am looking for an attorney that can help me fight for my mothers rights.
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Tim Akpinar answered on May 5, 2021

Your question remains open for a week and it covers a number of categories. There's no guarantee that all questions are answered here, but if you wanted to narrow your question down a little bit, where you asked a specific legal question about given situation, you might have better chances of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for New York on
Q: I am going to arbitration and some legal advise.
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Tim Akpinar answered on May 5, 2021

If you're seeking guidance from an arbitration attorney, you could make the consult more meaningful by narrowing down the practice area. Arbitration has certain universal qualities that apply across the board, regardless of the type of case. So in general, the arbitration process can sometimes... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: Federal case regarding Jones Act

This is for a federal Jones Act case. The plaintiff ....

THe dismissal was 'dismissed without prejudice for lack of prosecution'. It didn't show up in the details

Editing this for more details... of course yes she has tried reaching out to other counsel but running... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 5, 2021

I'm sorry for your friend's difficult predicament. There are many things to sort out here, and expenses for the process server are the least important among them. There are far more compelling issues. If she were to consult with an experienced maritime attorney (most of whom would... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arkansas on
Q: Hi can my gf sit in my lap and drive at the same time if we don't do anything?
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Tim Akpinar answered on May 4, 2021

Don't do it; it's a very bad idea on many levels. An Arkansas attorney could tell you about the vehicle and traffic law(s) you'd violate, but your question remains open for two weeks. It sounds like you're a young driver, but you'd subject yourselves and others to danger,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Can a witness be unavailable if htey go on vacation

Dana is a plaintiff in a personal injury case. Jeff is Dana's close friend. He was with her when she was injured by an allegedly defective hedge cutter and can provide evidence that supports Dana's claims. Jeff orally assures Dana on many occasions that he will testify on her behalf.... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 4, 2021

Yes, a witness can be unavailable if they are on vacation. If you go to the Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 804, that should get you pointed in the right direction. Good luck

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Arkansas on
Q: I have a back injury nerve damage and it’s been 2years can sue work mans comp

I got off tractor and thru a gate at the arena where i worked 13 years i had a spinal fusion in Arlington

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 3, 2021

This is something that an Arkansas attorney should advise you on, but your post remains open for a week. I'm sorry for your injury. If you had a spinal fusion surgery, that's a big ticket item, suggesting that there might have been a WC claim open at one time. A private insurer is not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Business Law, Civil Rights and Collections for Florida on
Q: Can I chain a customers boat to the dock for non payment?

I own a commercial diving business that does underwater hull cleaning and yacht maintenance. I had a customer bring his boat to the marina where I am currently staying on my own boat. After I took care of his boat he didn't show up to pay me or get his boat at the time we agreed. Rather than... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 3, 2021

Only a Florida attorney could advise you on your specific question. But you posted under Admiralty/Maritime Law, and under U.S. maritime law, a remedy that is sometimes applied in settings where vessel interests owe money is a maritime lien. This comes up in ship mortgages, vessel collisions, crew... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Construction Law for Ohio on
Q: Who is at fault for ice buildup due to clogged downspout that subsequently fell 30 feet onto a car?

Car owner parked in a parking lot next to a building. The 30 foot tall downspout had ice accumulation due to the fact it was clogged and did not allow proper water drainage. While away, a large section of ice sheared away from the downspout hitting the car and causing major damage. Ice was large... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 2, 2021

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. It could depend on a number of factors, including condition/maintenance of the waterspout, conditions for use of the lot, warning signs or disclaimers, and other possible factors. An Ohio attorney could offer better... Read more »

Q: My grandpa died and almost a year later his will was changed.

The will stated that if my dad dies everything goes to my step mom but my dad died before my grandpa so that doesnt make any sense and I was told by granpda when he passed the house was to be sold and split between grandkids but we are not mentioned at all in this will

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 2, 2021

A West Virginia attorney could advise best here, but your post remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for the loss of your grandfather. You could repost your question and add Probate and Estate Planning as categories, as you mention a will. There's no guarantee all posts are picked up, but... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Small Claims for Virginia on
Q: Can I take legal action against my school?

My college sent me an email with a balance back in December 2020. I have emailed them and never received a response even when I tried to make a payment. I was sent to collections and started receiving phone calls this month constantly. I have emailed my college and they claim to have never received... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on May 1, 2021

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a month. One could only speculate as to why the university is not responding to you. One reason could be (and this is only a guess) that once they send a matter to collection, they will stay clear - where the only line of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oregon on
Q: what kind of lawyer do i need to take care of my will? i have no family. i need someone to pay my final bills
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Tim Akpinar answered on May 1, 2021

An Oregon lawyer could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You would need a lawyer who handles wills, trusts, and estates. There are sections here on this site for that - one is Probate and the other is Estate Planning. If you had specific questions, you could repost them, adding... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury on
Q: I had a tooth damaged due to a thick metal twist tie in a Dare cookie,.they want to know what compensation I am wanting

I have sent the cookie back to the company and they are waiting for me to send details of compensation that I am asking for,I had chipped one of my bottom teeth and one of my top denture. both were covered by my medical coverage.I also missed 3 days work due to appointments for this.How do I figure... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 30, 2021

I'm sorry for your injuries and ordeal. There is no formula that can be applied across the board to crunch numbers to yield a suitable dollar figure. As a GENERAL yardstick, damages in injury cases tend to be comprised of pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost time from work.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury on
Q: Someone may claim personal injury against me for an accident at work which looked staged. What are my options?
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Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 30, 2021

In most workplace accidents, the claimant's recourse is often limited to benefits provided by worker's compensation insurance. It's possible you're talking about a third-party workers' comp case (where the person sues someone outside the control of the employer). If... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Hello I have a 8 year old daughter we were riding on a scooter yesterday a parked car was exiting their parking spot and

Pulled out of the parking spot abruptly I tried to turn away but he struck us on the scooter knocking both of us off. My daughter is ok with scrapes on her knees and her leg is sore took her to the emergency right away, myself scrapes and bruises as well. Should I reach out to a lawyer, thank you... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 30, 2021

I'm sorry about your accident, but I'm glad you and your daughter were both able to walk away from it. You could reach out to a lawyer - it costs you nothing because most firms that handle these types of cases offer free initial consults. Depending on your injuries, you may or may not... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Hi I have a pending legal question ! I was in a slip and fall accident (2017) I’ve had 3 surgeries arthroscopic

2 on both shoulders and 1 on my hip my hip is stated to need future replacement! My case is in the stp part Bronx ny the defendant filed summary judgement and the judge denied it is that good for me ? And does the denial of summary judgement means I can sue for additional amount! Lastly is this... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 29, 2021

I'm sorry for the serious injuries you sustained here in this accident. These are really questions that your attorney would be able to address best. This is not meant to evade your question, but it is because your case sounds like a complex one and your file has probably grown thick over the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: I came to us over 30 yrs ago a native of scotland

I had my child her in us, also was self employed in past. Do I need to apply for citizenship or what do I need to do

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Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 29, 2021

Sorry your question remains open. You could reach out to immigration attorneys - some firms offer very brief initial consults for free. You could use the tab above (Find-a-Lawyer) to locate immigration attorneys on this site, or you could search on our own. Another option could be to repost your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Personal Injury on
Q: CAN WE SUE THE TEACHER AND SCHOOL FOR NEGLIGENCE

The teacher at my son's school explained that before the lesson he found a broken chair. He put it at the back of the class, with a note that says broken chair, He also told the learners about the char and told them they MUST stay away. did not listen and sat on the chair. He rode on the chai... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 28, 2021

I'm sorry for your son's accident. This could make for a tough case, given the measures the teacher took to warn the students. A state or region is not listed here, but you could reach to attorneys in your area to discuss in more detail. In these types of settings, jurors could take into... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Constitutional Law and Government Contracts for New York on
Q: DOES AN APPLICATION HAVE LEGAL STANDING IF THERE ARE HIDDEN OR NO TERMS AND AGREEMENTS?

IF AN APPLICATION ON ITS FACE DOES NOT PROVIDE TERMS AND AGREEMENTS FOR THE APPLICANT, CAN THE ISSUER OF THE APPLICATION IMPOSE ANY LEGAL SUITS REGARDING THE APPLICATION?

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Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 28, 2021

I am not an employment law attorney. Mr. Urba's excellent response addresses your question in an employment law context. You also chose categories outside employment, including contract and business law. Under GENERAL contract law theory, where contracts are silent as to certain provisions... Read more »

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