What is my best course of action? Should I seek legal representation or try to settle it with the city?
answered on May 31, 2023
I'm sorry this happened to your children. I know it was not intentional, but that is no comfort in cases like these.
In a case involving burns to your kids' bodies, you should definitely consult with a lawyer. If a government agency is willingly negotiating with you, it's a... Read more »
At age 8 our next door neighbor sexually assaulted me in front of his sister. Is it possible to still hold him accountable? I think by his personality type he would want to settle out of court monetarily in order to keep it all hush hush. I would need contingency based. I am realizing this is... Read more »
answered on May 16, 2023
It is possible, but there might be some practical limitations in play here. It completely depends on the circumstances and the extent of the abuse. An abuse case doesn't have these limits if there was some sort of agency (school, church, DSHS) that knew or should have known about ongoing abuse... Read more »
I need to find an attorney that can help me in finishing my insurance injury claim. I have literally done 3/4 of the work (I believe) and I have obtained all of the documents needed to settle this case. These include my medical documents from my PCP and therapist notes and summaries for every... Read more »
answered on Feb 3, 2023
I've had a number of cases where the prospective client thought they'd done almost all the work and just needed someone to land the plane. Every single one of them was put together in such a manner that I would have been better off just recreating the file from scratch. So, I would not be... Read more »
so, there's a personal injury case, which just has been dismissed without prejudice and the statute timing is running out in WA state, here are the questions:
Can I as a lawyer file a new same personal injury case in same court and "start over" as long as I'm within time... Read more »
answered on Jan 29, 2023
If it's dismissed withOUT prejudice, you can re-file at any point before the SOL runs.
The answer to the fees and costs question is between you, the new law firm, and the client. You're generally entitled to be reimbursed for costs, but asserting a lien for your fee in a case... Read more »
Hello, If there's a statue of limitations, and it's expired, but there's a lawsuit which was filed in a timely manner BUT dismissed without a prejustice due to client's communication issues (couldn't reach the client), can it be reopened?
answered on Jan 27, 2023
Yikes. You should fight like hell to have the Court reconsider the dismissal. And get a hold of the dang client! Whatever it takes. Pretend discipline from the bar is on the line.
You can re-file after the statute of limitations, but the case would likely be dismissed upon a motion by the... Read more »
Complaint for personal injury filed in Wa State King County Superior Court, (previously filed in federal court on civil right violations) before Covid in 2019, no progress for 2 years. Depositions began in 2022 and trial date set, then lawyer withdraws only months before trial. Does the original... Read more »
answered on Jan 27, 2023
The statute of limitations doesn't change, but you should ask the defense counsel to agree to a change in the trial date. Defense attorneys are usually happy to delay proceedings. If not, the Court is usually pretty understanding. Just make sure you haven't passed the deadline for... Read more »
I've checked attorney matching websites w no success No personal injury involved
answered on Jan 20, 2023
Well, depending on the specifics of the claim, there might only be 2 "property damage" firms in all of Washington. I don't believe either is on any of the attorney matching sites. I'd google "property damage attorney Washington" and look at the first organic result.
I am on SSDI & have medical insurance through the government. In July I was diagnosed w/ PTSD from an accident where a drink driver's car stopped less than 7 feet from our bedroom window (the room we were occupying that mornimg) going 60mph. Our vehicle was the only thing that stopped him... Read more »
answered on Dec 12, 2022
Yes, there's something called the collateral source rule that entitles you to the amount of the bills without regard to insurance. Link to pattern jury instruction below:... Read more »
answered on Aug 30, 2022
Absolutely. It's important to be represented by someone you're comfortable with and can trust. You can either have your new attorney get the file from your old attorney, or get it yourself and forward it on.
I am lookin for legal rep for a bad drug class action suit and I noticed high legal fees in regards to contracting a firm due to them sub contracting to a 2nd law firm
answered on Jun 17, 2022
There ARE circumstances where the fee can go up in a mass tort case, but you would have been notified and signed a joint representation agreement at the start. The fee should total 40% + costs for cases in litigation, give or take. The fee doesn't go up just because another lawyer is involved... Read more »
I'm suing a business in the State of Washington. The physical address is in Snohomish County according to the Secretary of State website where businesses are registered; mailing is in King county.
answered on Feb 13, 2023
RCW 4.12.010, 4.12.020 and RCW 4.12.025 are your friends here.
I am a defendant in a lawsuit. I was served a package of papers today. I am on a time schedule. The papers tell me to contact an attorney immediately. I need to find an attorney. How?
answered on Jan 11, 2023
There isn't enough information here to give a full answer. One critical fact would be what type of lawsuit this is. Based on the categories you've selected, I am presuming you are being sued for injuries stemming from a car accident for which you were at fault.
If that's the... Read more »
I know a lawyer won't charge me up front I just want to get an idea of how much he would take when I win my case. Thank you
answered on Apr 21, 2022
The standard fee for personal injury cases, including sex abuse cases, is 1/3 of the total recovery plus costs advanced. If the matter goes to litigation, the fee goes up to 40% plus costs advanced.
I commend your bravery in coming forward to get some justice. I wish you the best.
I was served papers at an address that I have not lived at for 4 years and I just by chance was given them by the current tenant. There is no case number on the papers and the debt has already been paid. How do I respond to these papers with no case number?
answered on Oct 25, 2021
This is a great question.
In short: you should reach out to the attorney whose address is noted in the paperwork, and send them proof the debt is paid. If it is, that will be the end of it. If the debt isn't actually paid, you should draft and file an answer to the complaint. There are... Read more »
Was awarded workers comp for acute leukemia caused by chemicals. Had several permanent physical changes (kidney issues, permanent ostomy, ostopenia, heart issues, sterile) due to extensive treatment and bad reactions to treatment. Workers comp only awarded PPD for one of the physical changes... Read more »
answered on Aug 18, 2021
I say this as someone who is not a workers comp attorney: Please, never go through a WA workers compensation claim without an attorney again. It's possible you've left an enormous amount of money on the table. People get fee sensitive when thinking about workers comp attorneys, knowing... Read more »
My brother wants to transfer multiple vehicle titles into my name to avoid them being seized for child support payments.
answered on Jul 21, 2021
A better question would be "am I committing fraud if assets are transferred in my name solely for avoiding creditor payments". The answer would be YES.
There's something called the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. It's called the Uniform Voidable Transfer Act in... Read more »
Arbitration determined the other party was 100% at fault. dash cam footage shows the driver turned sideways on the freeway right in front of us. My husband was driving, I was in the front passenger seat and our 13 month old daughter was in the back in her carseat. We all went to the ER, but not via... Read more »
answered on Jul 21, 2021
There are a lot of layers to what you just described. You're basically asking us to help you screw up your case. Unfortunately, you have already put a dent in your case's value. If you have an attorney take over, they could probably smooth that out. But, what you're proposing would... Read more »
I’m not at fault, other party is at fault. Can i take other party to small claims for the remaining value of my auto loan?
I owe $29k on loan, settlement is $21k. Can i sue for remaining $8k?
answered on Mar 11, 2021
In terms of a total loss vehicle settlement, you are entitled up to the fair market value of your vehicle. You're not entitled to anything more than that - meaning you are hosed if you didn't buy gap insurance. It's a hard lesson. It's possible the same dealer will let you roll... Read more »
I'm just wondering if I should obtain a legal services
answered on Mar 9, 2021
More information would be needed to fully answer this.
The most critical question here is: were you at fault for the accident, or was someone else?
Other critical questions include:
- does the at-fault party have insurance
- do you have liability insurance... Read more »
The responsible driver ran him over and hit multiple cars. We are not sure what types of compensation he is eligible for, and we do not know if a DUI test was performed on the responsible driver. The responsible driver only has liability insurance. What type of lawyer should he get?
answered on Feb 11, 2021
There's a lot to unpack here. You want to call a personal injury attorney. You'll want to see what insurance policies are out there to pay for all of this. It's worth your time to give a personal injury attorney a call.
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