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Q: What is typical payout for pain and suffering in a motor accident in Atlanta GA is it a 1.1 ratio with medical bills?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 6, 2019

There is no ratio in any state. What they look at is the type of the treatment; who rendered it--specialist, GP, Chiro etc--the seriousness of the impairment. You could go in as Class 1 trauma, rack up an impressive bill for MRi'S & TESTING, and be well in a week.

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Q: I was involved in a car accident while in my ex friend's car. All paperwork and my ex friend said he was driving.
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 24, 2019

And your question or concern is what? Are you saying you were a passenger, and injured? If so, contact a personal injury lawyer. Are you saying you were actually the driver and the paperwork is wrong? Contact a lawyer in private to discuss the details, as whether this is just an innocent error,... Read more »

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Q: My back got injured in a car accident when the other driver rear-ended me. I just want my medical bills paid but now

they are saying I need to provide documentation of a prior, unrelated medical appointment that related to my back. Do I really have to send in this documentation?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 12, 2018

I’m guessing the medical records showed you had a pre-existing back problem, for which you received relatively recent treatment. It is reasonable for an insurance company to review whether your post-accident treatment was all causally related to the accident, as opposed to continuation of... Read more »

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Q: I am a biker who collided with a car parked closer then required 30ft to an intersection. Who is liable for the incident

Car has minor damage to taillight. I am really banged up. They are trying to get me to pay for all damages to the car. While I’m not necessarily interested in going after them, it seems that they are liable for my injuries. Please clarify liability.

John Mesirow
John Mesirow answered on Sep 5, 2018

Fortunately, the law in DC for collisions like this changed in 2016. Before that time, if you were even 1% at fault (and therefore "contributed" to the collision), you were barred from recovering anything. Now, per the statute below, that defense (contributory negligence) cannot be... Read more »

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Q: I was in an accident with property damage and was given a field sobriety test. I was released and no citation was given

Can they still come back an issue a ticket at a later time west virginia

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 25, 2018

Yes, they do not have to charge on the spot, but it is unusual for them not to, unless there is a serious injury to someone where death is imminent or has occurred. In those cases, they review for possible manslaughter charges. What was your BAC test result? Also, your post is confusing as you... Read more »

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Q: In a minor car accident 6/14/17 in D.C. Other person is filing a lawsuit, letter from lawyer dated 7/24/17. Can she?

The car accident was minor and occurred in Washington D.C. I lived in VA at the time and the other person lived in MD. This happened 6/30/14 but the letter from her lawyer is dated 7/24/17. Is this not outside the statute of limitations? And since D.C. is a no fault district, does this apply at all?

Michael R. Charbonneau
Michael R. Charbonneau answered on Jul 27, 2017

Assuming that D.C. has the same statute of limitations as Washington (3 years) it would appear that it is outside the SOL. But most jurisdictions have rules that allow someone to file suit within the statute and have a grace period to find and serve the other party. From what you've... Read more »

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Q: What are the responsibilities in D.C. of rescue, police, and other parties at a 2-car hit-and-run car crash scene?

Details: The reg'd owner of a car whose occupant(s) fled, and which caused a hit-and-run (1 death, 3 injuries) on a divided highway turns up at the scene after the crash. He says his (now disabled) car was stolen. He has it towed away. Later, his car turns out to be registered to a nonexistent... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on May 16, 2017

You would need proof of who the driver was. Perhaps a private investigator can help you find this out and whether the owner has any relationship to those persons. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for District of Columbia on
Q: Stigma Damages


I was involved in an accident on December 20th 2015, and there were over $7000.00 worth of damages’ done to my car. I was told by the other driver’s (who was at fault) insurance company that there is no law in DC that will require them to pay the depreciation value claim I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 7, 2016

Check with your policy. If it has it use that and let them go after the driver.Depreciation is a new concept related to the availability of Carfax. Generally, you don't get depreciation. You can check with the insurance commissioner for DC or wherever it happened.Usually you only get the book... Read more »

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Q: Have some bruse muscles from and car accident ..what can I do
John M DeProspo
John M DeProspo answered on Jun 17, 2015

You should speak with a personal injury lawyer in your area to see if yo u have a claim worth pursuing.

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