William John Light's answer Neither. Bodily injury claims and property damage claims have separate limits in liability policies. The damages paid out for one does not affect the other. Facts to consider include the number of claimants, the economic damages (loss of financial support due to absence of the decedent), comparative fault, etc. Consult with a personal injury attorney for specific advice pertaining to your case.
William John Light's answer It could be over tomorrow. It could go through trial and appeals and take years. Every case is different. What happens to the driver depends on the facts of the incident, which you haven't shared.
William John Light's answer If you had a case, it would be for the value of the dog. I don't know whether what he did was illegal. However, if he had called the police instead, what do you think they would have done?
Ronald Mahurin's answer clarification of what? You say the deceased was your partner, but that may not qualify you for benefits. Hopefully your partner left something in writing saying that you are an heir. Otherwise, you may be forced to litigate the issue. Be advised that if there are no dependents entitled to payment, the Department of Industrial Relations receives the benefit.
Death benefits are payments to a spouse, children or other dependents if an employee dies from a work-related injury or illness....
William John Light's answer I'm unaware of any statutory duty of the hospital to notify next of kin. Further, it appears that your uncle may have asked for no notification based on the "No Family" designation. Finally, the Coroner’s Office has the responsibility of notifying next of kin. https://sites.google.com/site/californiadeathinvestigation/Home/investigation-of-reported-deaths/coroner-operating-policies-and-procedure
William John Light's answer It is highly doubtful that you are going to be able to adequately investigate a death from 17 years ago. You can try to get the body exhumed and hire a pathologist to perform an autopsy. Be prepared to spend about $10,000, at least. Whatever that determines may lead you to other lines of inquiry which may require an attorney or a private investigator, or both. Substantial additional amounts of money would be required for whatever services those persons would need to perform. The end result...
William John Light's answer You have left out a lot of facts: like why your brother did that? Why you didn't get the dog from the shelter? Depending on facts, taking the dog to the shelter may have been the proper thing to do. Putting the dog to sleep might have been the proper thing to do. Without the full story, no one could make any conclusions.
William John Light's answer Very unclear what happened. If someone installed a lightning rod improperly, and you were injured as a result, you might have a claim. Consult with a knowledgeable PI attorney to a detailed evaluation of exactly what happened to you.
Peter N. Munsing's answer It may be if the case is ready for trial and the expert was listed. It may be possible to petition the court to get that permitted but you need to sit down with the lawyer on this.
William John Light's answer There is no such thing as a driverless car. There are cars which try to operate without as much human intervention, but humans are still "in control" and can intervene when appropriate. In other words, you sue the driver and owner of the car, as well as the manufacturer/ distributor/ programmer of the software that attempts to operate with limited human intervention. A police report will probably identify many of the appropriate parties.
William John Light's answer You would have to consult with an Arkansas attorney about that. However, even if you could be included, the value of your case would be tremendously adversely affected by the lack of relationship between your father and you, at least that is how it would work out in CA.
William John Light's answer Yes, with documents, photographs, videographic evidence, witness testimony, expert witness testimony, and by a preponderance of of the evidence. A wrongful death case is not a DIY project. Consult with an attorney.
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