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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I had a pre existing condition/injury years before an accident to same part of my body which was my ankle.

I was finally 90% better. Then I stepped and twisted my ankle in a pothole at a store that had tape on it. A month after accident I did mri and it showed no tears but I had excessive pain. And crps. Then a year later I redid mri and I had tears in both ankles 4 places. Now defense says they are... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Aug 4, 2022

What does your attorney say? Documentation is "king" in law. You need to establish the tears were caused by this incident. Unfortunately you have an MRI that says no tears. Many things could have happened to your ankle(s) in the year before the tears were confirmed. You are asking an... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: If I tripped where I live over a sidewalk that was lifted and broke my nose and more, could I sue?

I also had severe nerve damage and just had surgery. The Apartments know about my nose only through people. What do I do?

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 29, 2022

If the landlord was aware (or should have been aware) of the dangerous condition they have a legal duty to fix the sidewalk. Take pictures of your nose while swollen and discolored for a future claim. Take pics when your nose is at its worst. Take pics of the dangerous sidewalk with a ruler or tape... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: A cyclist collided with my vehicle. He was severely injured. I was not DUI and did not run. What should I do now?

After the accident, I called 911 and the ambulance came and took the cyclist to the hospital. The police asked me to go to the police station and performed a series of sobriety tests, I also had my blood drawn. The police still has my car now and I want to know what may happen next.

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 26, 2022

If you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol you may be charged with DUI resulting in serious injury. If you were not under the influence the police will try and determine who was at fault. In either case, contact your insurance company. Good luck. Patrick Steinfeld

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: PI case in California. Can a medical provider (lien holder) turn remaining balance due to collections?

PI case in California. Plaintiff received settlement. No Medical insurance used for any injury treatments. All were on liens.

Can a medical provider (lien holder) demand more money from the client/plaintiff and turn over any remaining balance due to collections if they are not satisfied... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 26, 2022

Why are you asking for advice on a public forum if you are represented by counsel? Ask your attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I am being sued by someone who rear ended me, Should i counter sue them?-

I am being sued by someone who rear ended me and was 100% at fault per their insurance (they already paid to have my car repaired.) Should i be filing a suit against them as a tactical move to try and bring this to a close? The only thing i am suffering at this point is the 'mental anguish and... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 26, 2022

Sure. If you were injured then counter-sue if you want. But you can't recover emotional damages just because they sued you. Contact your insurance company. Good luck. Patrick Steinfeld.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I had a court case back in 2016 I was not given served my court date Hess vs butte county jail. I have more evedience

Judges lied said they try to contact me and never did so

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 26, 2022

There may be bench warrant out for your arrest. They won't come looking for you but the next time you come into contact with the police you may be arrested. You can go to the court and review your file. It's public information. If you have an outstanding warrant get your affairs in... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hi. What are the claims I can demand from both insurance companies and how to claim and compute "pain and suffering?"

LAST JUNE 10, 2022, I HAD A CAR ACCIDENT IN FREEWAY 880 IN FREMONT. MY DAUGHTER AND I WERE TRAVELLING FROM HAYWARD TO MILPITAS AND IT HAPPENED AROUND 7:30PM. THE CAR INFRONT OF ME SUDDENLY STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF FREEWAY BECAUSE THE CAR INFRONT OF HIM IS ABOUT TO STOP TO BUT EVENTUALLY CHANGED... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 26, 2022

You are entitled to economic damages (hospital, loss of earnings, property damage ect.) and general damages for your pain and suffering. Gather your supporting documentation and present it in a demand package with the amount of your demand. Good luck. Patrick Steinfeld

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3 Answers | Asked in Public Benefits, Personal Injury and Health Care Law for California on
Q: I’m in California I was just wondering if the air filters in public bathrooms contain poo and aren’t changed can u sue?

And if so what are the steps to ?

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 25, 2022

The burden would be on the plaintiff (you) to prove the air filters contained "poo" AND you were injured or damaged as a result. Proving the air filters contain "poo" would require an expert to testify there is "poo" in the air filters. Obviously this would result in... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: Botched by a "trusted" surgeon. Negligence for overfilled implants (discovered thru a breast explant by another surgeon

Question is: what can I do for justice? I am in over $60 K medical debt, still dealing w/limited range mobility on right side, he is still out there hurting more people with negligence. What are my options>????

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 24, 2022

It's pretty straightforward. Search medical malpractice attorneys on this site. Call for a free consultation and move forward from there. Good luck.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Accident in Cali…how can I get medical treatment?

I was in a car accident while working. I’m a contracted employee of a company that holds a contract with the school district. The accident was my fault. I suffered a Trumatic brain injury and back neck injuries. I went to my chiropractor through my health insurance and he wouldn’t see me. He... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 20, 2022

If you were working at the time of the incident... it's workers comp. If not working... it's personal injury.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I Son crashed his vehicle into barrier on bridge . CHP drew their weapons My son got out fell off

He opened car is door ran towards the bridge leaped over bridge

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jul 16, 2022

What is your question?

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I took a Cervical SSEP Test read Spinal Cord Compression. My Attorney will Not Write this Down in None of His Notes.

What must I do?

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jun 23, 2022

It may be that your attorney does not make a note because he/she can remember your spinal compression without notation. However, the problem is anyone else looking at your file will not know about your injuries. Even if your attorney is a sole practitioner its a good idea to note a client's... Read more »

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Q: Why is my settlement agreement form taking so long?

I’m beginning to get so frustrated with my lawyer and I was hoping one of you can shed some light on what may be happening since this is my first lawsuit/settlement.

I was part of a major class action that I opted out of and sued on my own with my own attorney. After over a year, we... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jun 21, 2022

The legal process moves very slow. It doesn't sound like the problem is your lawyer. He is waiting for the draft from opposing counsel. Once he receives the draft he may request changes. This all takes time. Hang in there and keep checking in with your lawyer.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I have filed a civil case for personal injury on my own. But I’m not sure about serving the other party and the summons?

I had an attorney that quit at the last min. So o am trying to handle this the best I can. I just do not know if o have to serve her. One lady told me no it has all been done another said mo it hadn’t. The court is really confusing me and I can’t get into see the law help center. Not that they... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jun 13, 2022

Search process server and let them handle it. If you have questions at this stage, you need to get an attorney. As litigation proceeds, the questions get harder and the consequences greater.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Why my car insurance won’t pay the rest of my hospital bill after accident?

I was in a accident, the other driver was found 100% at fault. My hospital bill was $52,000. I was able to negotiate with the hospital to take off $14,000 leaving me with $37,000. The person Who hit me only had a bodily injury of $15,000. I have under insured bodily injury of $25,000 with AAA. My... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Jun 10, 2022

This is NOT bad faith. You have $25,000 UIM. The adverse driver has $15,000. So they are underinsured for the difference of $10,000. If they had $25,000... then they would not be underinsured in relation to your UIM coverage. You are only entitled to the difference. If they were uninsured... you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: I am owed money by someone getting a settlement. Is there a way I can confirm this person is getting that settlement?

I was devastated by someone claiming that she will right everything when she receives a substantial settlement coming to her. For one thing, she borrowed money from me claiming that she will pay me back double in a quick amount of time…I have proof of this contract. A great deal of time has... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on May 6, 2022

Settlements are confidential and therefore not part of any public record (i.e. courts file). A lawsuit may or may not get you the information you seek. A parties assets are not relevant to a breach of contract. Assets only become relevant after judgment. You didn't say when the divorce was... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: If a plaint. in injury Case dies, is the case dead? (Attorney said) and can civil proced. 377.32 be used AgainstMeSign?

California case- I was never told of any court dates but they all occurred. I’m a bit hesitant to just trust blindly here. The lawyer has been vague on things and I alone was the one who hired him, talked to him. My wife was incapable

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on May 5, 2022

The more relevant question is... do you want to continue with a lawyer who is "vague" and making court appearances without communicating with you? Ask for a copy of your file or ask for documents related to a specific concern you may have. You don't want to be left in the dark on... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can my injury attorney deny a needed surgery after they filed a lawsuit?

I was in a semi accident two years ago. I tore my tfcc in my left wrist and disks in my neck are out of place. I had surgery to correct my tfcc tear in April of last year but now I’m having worse pain in my wrist. I’ve had steroid injections in that area so I’m not sure if they were just... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Apr 28, 2022

Focus on your emotional and physical recovery. If a doctor says you need surgery then you need surgery. Your lawyer does not get to dictate your medical treatment. If the truck driver has admitted fault then your lawsuit is over damages (value of your claim) ... not liability. If you are... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: if somebody was admitted to a hospital and woke up being sexually assaulted. what are some legal steps to take?

Somebody (obviously won't name) was in the hospital who was on a few different medications and out of it for awhile, woke up to a male nurse sexually assaulting her. The victim told a different nurse and the director came and took a statement from her. And that was it. The victim then wanted... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Apr 26, 2022

Hi,

I am so sorry . That sounds horrible. Here's some steps to take.

1) Support the victim as much as you can. She's fragile and needs emotional support.

2) Contact a doctor for testing.

3) Contact Social Services and request a social worker.

4)...
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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can you sue a company twice after settling out of court due to certain circumstances

I had a lawsuit back in 2008 2009 settled out of court at the time I only had two corneal transplants in my right eye was able to see was fine now since then I've had 13 colonial transplants different times in both eyes and now I'm legally blind if I would have known then would have going... Read more »

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
answered on Apr 7, 2022

The purpose of a settlement is to resolve ALL past, present and future claims, known AND unknown. Get a copy of your Release and see what it says. This is precisely why insurance companies push for a quick settlement... before the injured victims find out just how bad their injuries really are.... Read more »

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