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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: 5/5/24 I am not sure my first question went through. I am asking again just in case please excuse it this is duplicated.

On 4/24/24 while backing up to park, misjudged space and tapped my neighbor's car that was already parked. I received no damages to my vehicle except a thin scratch on my rear driver's side. His car had a dent in the front fender but not front of the car(hood) I reported incident to my... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 21, 2024

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. You could check with the carrier if the claim was re-assigned. Sometimes at the start of a claim, a single team could handle the intake. After that, different parts of the claim could be re-assigned to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for New York on
Q: I'm wanting to pursue an adult adoption in Buffalo New York but I do not live in the state of New York.

I heard that there were residency requirements for the person doing the adoption.... The person I'm adopting lives in Buffalo.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 19, 2024

An adoption attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If you haven't spoken with an attorney by now, one option is to reach out to attorneys, where you could supplement your searches with the "Find a Lawyer" tab above and the referral sections of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability for Illinois on
Q: Do I send a letter of intent to just the business's lawyer, the business or both? Do I have it notarized?

I have a rough draft of a letter of intent that I'd like to get in the mail asap but I'm not exactly sure if I send it to the business"s lawyer, the business itself or both. Also, are letters of intent supposed to be notarized? I'm getting mixed answers so I'd like to be... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 19, 2024

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. As a starting point, you could send it to both. In terms of notarization, a local attorney could advise best on your state's rules and guidelines there. If you receive a response from the attorney,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Wisconsin on
Q: How do you defend against a fraudulent subrogation claim?

A man fraudulently claimed that our horse damaged his car for $1700 but there was no damage evident on the horse. AMFAM paid the claimant without investigating even though the claim was filed several weeks after the proposed incident. Now AMFAM has sent the claim to a collections agency and is... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 18, 2024

A Wisconsin attorney could advise best, but your question remains open and time is of the essence in your response. Your options include going with the attorney with the $1,500 retainer, which might not end there in terms of legal fees, depending on what happens in the course of defending the... View More

5 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: What is a slip n fall with minor injury settlement start at,?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 19, 2024

There is no standard rule that says cases start at a certain figure. Sometimes, the figure is $0.00 if the premises takes a no-pay position. It depends on a number of factors - how the accident occurred, the injuries, the quality of the evidence, etc. Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for South Carolina on
Q: Why is it taking so long for my claim to settle? Wreck was 2/26/24, I have sent all bills, paid and unpaid.

I have sent bills paid and unpaid, doctors notes from er visit and doctors note and recommendations for my future surgery on my nose. The at fault driver and women she hit have already had settled for their totaled vehicles and bought replacements. I was the one who was injured the worst from the... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 17, 2024

A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Three months is not a long time for a bodily injury claim to settle. Some could go on for years. One possibility is that if you are still treating, the insurance carrier wants to await conclusion of your... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Workers' Compensation on
Q: What to do when a Work Comp Dr. lies about my injury, then Insurance company stopped paying benefits ?

I was injured at work in late 2023 , I then began work comp and started receiving benefits.Then saw Dr. # 1 who lied and said I had no injuries.

Months later saw Dr. # 2 who finally said I am injured, put me on light duty, the problem is my company has no light duty jobs to offer me. 3... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 16, 2024

A Florida workers' comp attorney could advise best on this, but your question remains open for four weeks. I'm sorry your question was overlooked - some questions do go unanswered. One option is to try reposting and adding "Workers Compensation" as a category. Another option... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for New York on
Q: Can a school take my kids cell phone
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 16, 2024

The education law attorneys on this site could advise best, but you await a response for two weeks. Until you are able to consult with attorneys who regularly practice in this area, schools in general nationwide do exercise their rights to take a student's cell phone if the usage violates the... View More

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New York on
Q: I was in a car accident was hit by a city vehicle. I was told that the city don’t pay for my loss wages is that true?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 18, 2024

Lost wages are generally recoverable in all accidents. That's the short answer. However, every accident could be different in terms of the entities involved and the way fault is split between the parties. One would need additional details to advise you meaningfully, such as whether you have... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Minnesota on
Q: Hello, I would like to go on the school intercom on the last day of school for my senior prank. Any legal consequences?

I was just wondering if there would be any legal problems regarding me going on the school intercom in front of the whole school for a senior prank. I would not say anything abusive, threatening, sexual, or anything that would be of illegal nature.

I live in Minnesota, and just clarifying... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 15, 2024

You probably don't want to do that. There are limits to freedom of speech, as provided by the First Amendment. Without knowing more, if the school is not amused, they could take disciplinary action that could jeopardize graduation. Even worse, if they deem the conduct to be criminal, they... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Kansas on
Q: Hello, I have a defamation of caricature question, on statue of limitations.

I'm wanting know if someone said something untrue that kept you from being gainfully employed as a contractor in your profession a couple years back, would the statue of limitations still apply as long as it kept you from working on customers property? IE lets say you were a lineman working... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 15, 2024

A Kansas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. A Kansas attorney needs to advise on this, since it involves state procedural law in the form of SOL. But in general, SOLs for defamation are very short and are referenced by the publication of the statement. Check... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Health Care Law for Colorado on
Q: I have been denied my right to see a M.D six different times and not helped with my reasons for going to the Emergency R

I was told by a PAC that a M.D and a PAC are the same. And forced to leave the Emergency Room in worse condition than when I walked in.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 13, 2024

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. A starting point could be to contact the hospital's administrative offices and to explain your situation. Additionally, because of the patient load on MDs, hospitals do have their protocols for which health... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Wisconsin on
Q: Vehicle I no longer own was in an accident but I'm listed as the owner. .

I reccieved a letter from a law firm assuming that I am the owner of a car involved in an accident. I have not owned the car since 2010. The lawyer for the client wants to know If I insured the vehicle. The client who caused the accident has never registered a vehicle in the State of Wisconsin.... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 13, 2024

A Wisconsin attorney could advise best, but you posted last week - and your matter needs prompt attention. Let the attorney know that you no longer own the vehicle. Contact your state's Department of Motor Vehicles to ask them to check if there are any records of you transferring vehicle or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Hello I’m looking for information on a pro bono lawyer for a divorce
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 12, 2024

This is something that a divorce attorney would know best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Here's a link to a page on this site:

https://www.justia.com/lawyers/divorce/new-york/legal-aid-and-pro-bono-services

Some of the resources on that page look like...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Oklahoma on
Q: How long do you have to sue a company

In Oklahoma and can somebody help me

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 11, 2024

An Oklahoma attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you are able to consult with a local attorney about your matter, the short answer is that it depends on the legal theory. You are asking about statutes of limitations, deadlines for filing a legal action. In... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: If I put money to the side from my settlement for surgery am I entitled to the money if I don’t get the surgery?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 9, 2024

The short answer is "yes." It sounds like you had a consultation with a surgeon for your accident-related injuries, and that there was no insurance coverage for surgery (or possibly there WAS coverage, but your insurance carrier would not pre-authorize surgery, or that the cost of surgery... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents on
Q: my husband recently died in a car accident last April 21,2024 till now his employer did not settle their obligation .

Regarding his death claims please help me what to do.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 8, 2024

I'm very sorry for the loss of your husband. Your post does not include a state or territory, but you could reach out to attorneys in your area to try to set up free initial consult(s). Depending on the benefits provided by the company, it's possible there could be rights under a... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Can I relinquish my lawyer without penalty?

In a car accident case where a lawsuit has not been filed, can I relinquish my lawyer and come to an agreed settlement amount with my insurance company myself? Is there any penalty for this if I don’t want to sue?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 14, 2024

Maybe no penalty, but you might still face a possible lien. Some law firms (on change of counsel) use the milestone you're talking about (filing an index number) as the trigger for a lien. While that convention may be followed between some firms, it doesn't mean that a firm that... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: What do I do when I am having problems with estate issues and family members

My sister controls my mother's estate. After she passed it was oral arrangement that we all decided to go with an even spit no problem for the first 18 months but then 18 months ago my sis just stopped paying me and now refuses to pay me ever again

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 7, 2024

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. While some questions can go unanswered on this forum, you might have better chances of a response by adding the headings "Probate" and "Estate Planning." While it's possible that your matter... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Health Care Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is it worth it to pursue a doctor's office if a medical professional violated my consent with testing?

My gyno asked if I wanted STI screening, I said no.

I received a bill later that during the papsmear they had also run an STI check and I'm being billed for it.

Is it worth it to pursue this?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 6, 2024

Probably not. Although your frustration is understandable, the issue that arises will be the amount of damages you suffered as a result of running tests that insurance would probably pick up. But that's only an individual opinion. Other attorneys might see things differently - you could try to... View More

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