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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: If my lawyer has a lean on my case, and my case he was representing gets dismissed by the court, does he has a right to

represent me again

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 24, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Yes, it's possible he could. It would help to know additional details about the amount of work done to date and the nature of the dismissal. It looks like the dismissal was not fatal to the case and did not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: What type of lawyer is needed for a rental with toxic well water (e.coli found) & toxic levels of black mold?

I am writing on behalf of my brother’s family.

Their rental is on a well. Main well dried up -they are on the backup well - located up the hill. The water comes out of a uncovered tube. They’ve complained to their landlords & were told the water is fine -they won’t fix or drill a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 11, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You chose the correct categories to post under - landlord-tenant and personal injury. Those are the types of attorneys who would have insight into this. As a starting point, your brother could consult with a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Is it wise to bring fourth a tort case against the county in which I live?..
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 24, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. No one here can say, based on the brief facts provided. You posted under personal injury. If you were injured in a significant manner, it's something you could discuss with a Washington attorney. You could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Education Law for Washington on
Q: PE teacher slapped back of daughters hand

My daughter is in middle school in Washington state. She went to school today wearing some wedged boots forgetting that today was PE. When she entered the gym both teachers surrounded her and belittled her. They also made her hold her hand out and slapped the back of her hand. Do I have any... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 22, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm sorry this happened to your daughter. From the situation you describe, it's possible evidence could be of a fleeting nature in terms of video recordings or eyewitness recollection. You could reach out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: If I already have a law firm but I am really not comfortable with can I hire a different one?
Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Uninsured driver hits parked car A, slamming it into parked car B. Can car B claim damages on Car A's insurance??

My neighbor (parked car A) was parked in front of me (parked car B) along the curb. An uninsured crackhead slammed into car A, causing it to slam into car B. The driver ran and was arrested within minutes.

I was told that even though washington is an at fault state, i can file a damages... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 5, 2022

A Washington lawyer would be a better source to answer this question, however, if Car A did nothing below the standard of care, i.e, not negligent, then how would you be able to recover from Car A?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Do I have a criminal or civil case? Officer did not act on my request for help, weeks later child killed someone.

Child has been sentenced for murder however I asked the police chief for help just weeks & days before my child commited murder. He conspired with my husband to keep it quiet about stabbing months prior & ignored my pleas for help.

I specifically told the chief that when the moms... Read more »

Eric Gene Young
Eric Gene Young PRO label
answered on Jun 23, 2022

Unfortunately, as upsetting as this must be, the facts you described are not likely to constitute either a civil or criminal matter for you. On the civil side, law enforcement officers in federal actions are entitled to qualified immunity which shields them from liability unless they knowingly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Business Law for Washington on
Q: I got a personal hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Is it legal to rent it out from my apartment with no medical qualifications?

I have a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. I required a prescription to get it (in addition to about $10k) but it was easy to get. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy does not claim any official benefits and is done at anti-aging clinics, among other places. Can I run a business where people rent my chamber by the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 26, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The responses on this Q & A board are limited to brief general formats. This could be something for which you'd want to consider a more thorough consult with an attorney to address various issues, such... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: In a class action lawsuit is it a standard practice for law firms to sub contract to 2nd law firm

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

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Sexual Harassment for Washington on
Q: How much will a lawyer charge to represent me in a sexual abuse claim against a Catholic priest in Seattle?

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

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Does this fall into tort of outrage or intent to inflict emotional damage?

Incident:

They took her into their office, stated they would be happy to meet with her alone and only alone, while knowing she was in and out the hospital, to bully her, and told her she was treated differently than her neighbors, because I, her daughter, spoke out about gentrification.... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 27, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It looks like you're talking about the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress. To meaningfully answer your question, you could reach out to law firms to discuss. It could be one thing for a matter... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Are mold cases ever successful?

Tenants in our building have chronic health issues. Signs of mold and water damage everywhere. Bursting pipes ignored. One tenant had professional testing done which yielded positive for toxic mold. Can these results be used for all tenants? Are mold cases ever successful?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 21, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter nationwide, they can be difficult cases. Some law firms are reluctant to take them on because things are not as clear-cut as more traditional accident cases involving clearly definable damages... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: My sister was in an car accident 3 days ago with my 2 month old niece in the car. The airbag did not deploy.

She fractured her back and had surgery yesterday. She has a plate in her back now next to her spine. I found out that there was a recall on her car for the airbags. Can she and should she sue. My niece is alright and was released from the hospital to my mom.

Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
answered on Feb 20, 2022

I am extremely sorry for your sister's circumstances, and hope she makes the best and quickest possible recovery. She should absolutely consult with an attorney that has experience handling both motor vehicle collision, product liability, and potentially roadway defect claims as soon as she... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Intellectual Property and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: I am experiencing a surplus of things people don’t know I need to sue and don’t have money i need help pls.

I have been hurt and can’t find the right help .

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 7, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a month. I'm sorry you were hurt. Without knowing the details of how it happened, it's difficult to offer meaningful direction. One option is to reach out to Washington personal injury attorneys to review your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: If my sister had a pending lawsuit and died 2 days before' what happens to her awarded amount
Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
answered on Jan 28, 2022

I am extremely sorry for your loss, and offer my heartfelt condolences.

Unfortunately, without more specific facts this question is impossible to answer (e.g. your sister died 2 days before what, specifically?). It sounds as if there may be serious time-sensitive concerns so I encourage...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Do i sign an agreement regarding confidentiality and role of mediator that my lawyer sent me a month before mediation .

Do i sign an agreement regarding confidentiality and role of mediator that my lawyer sent me a month before mediation on adobe sign... for a personal injury lawsuit

Erin Healy Hammond
Erin Healy Hammond
answered on Jan 7, 2022

Whether to sign a particular agreement or not depends on the language of the agreement and should be discussed with your lawyer. That said - generally speaking - it is extremely common to sign a confidentiality acknowledgement at the beginning of a mediation. Also, Washington has a law (RCW... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was assaulted by two people as i was leaving the methadone clinic.the guys broke my rib and stomped me out.can i sue?

The security guys failed to respond.as a result of the attack i was in hospitol with fractuered rib.iv been in severe pain ever since.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 4, 2021

A Washington attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry for your attack and your injuries. One option is to reach out to local attorneys, who could give you a meaningful answer after examining where the incident took place, security measures in place,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: I have osteomyelitis and went for months with it undiagnosed after surgery and have been sick for nearly 8 months becaus

I have a picc line in because of undiagnosed osteomyelitis. I had surgery and no biopsy was done at the time. It wasn't until I wouldn't heal that they did a biopsy. After 8 months I still have a whole in my foot because of this.

Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
Egan Patrick Kilbane Esq
answered on Nov 18, 2021

Dear Inquirer:

The determination of whether there is a viable claim for medical negligence to pursue is extremely fact-specific and should only be made with the assistance of an attorney experienced in these types of cases. Osteomyelitis can and does occur absent negligence, but there is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: My boyfriend was recently diagnosed w/covid-19 & needed medical attention. Can the ER deny treatment cuz they didnt have

I believe we were kicked out of the emergency room because I was defending his right to wait inside instead of outside on the cold bench

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 2, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Something may have gotten cut off in your post and it isn't fully clear what happened. If there was some kind of incident that led to you being ejected from the ER or the waiting room, you could reach out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I have many years of experience with Doctors and undisclosed diagnostics that eventually lead to serious problems

requiring major surgeries. My prexisting condition of MS was very managable until a surgeon claimed to find an L5 fracture. I have since had 4 lumbar surgeries. The first 3 failed, Doctors blamed MS. My Injury was found out of network then corrected on 4/2/19 followed by 2 weeks of acute care. I... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 14, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It could be difficult for a non-medical professional to make a call here. I'm very sorry for the pain you are experiencing, but given the long history of treatment and multiple surgeries, it could be difficult... Read more »

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