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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a hospital gave a wrong diagnosis and didn’t find an infection that led to death can they be held liable?

My Dad had Melanoma skin cancer and was on the medicine Eliquis where his whole body was covered in rashes, they told him it wasn’t the medicine and it continued to get worse. The hospitals didn’t wrap the infections and let him go with over the counter cream. In which turned into... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 21, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm very sorry for the loss of your father. The best way to answer your question would be to reach out to med mal law firms to try to arrange a free initial consult. That's the norm in the industry with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: I hired a lawyer and he submitted all my documents late and we lost. What can I do?

Long story short, I tried to answer a complaint filed towards me by myself but apparently I didn’t answer it correctly. So I had 20 days to submit an amended answer and I hired a lawyer. Many lawyers said they couldn’t get the answer in in time so I didn’t hire them. One firm said they could... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 4, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. In terms of your question about what you can do, one option is to review the file with an attorney. It would be difficult for any attorney to offer more detailed insight than that without seeing the file and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do Liens in Pa. Adjudicated in NY state have to be paid in a Personal injury Lawsuit, (Round up case).
Jonathan D. Marx
Jonathan D. Marx
answered on Jul 6, 2022

Potentially, the best advice is to consult with the personal injury attorney handling your case to go over everything with you and provide a detailed distribution of funds statement. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was intubated at A local Hospital on 3/15/2022 and as of 5/26/22 my voice has not returned.

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The intubation was done by a nurse anesthetist. It may (or may not) have been his first day! Since then, my voice is raspy/whispering without strength or volume behind it. All of my current drs have said I need to have it checked by a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 2, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm sorry for your ordeal with the hospital. In terms of your question of whether you have a valid case to pursue, it would be difficult for an attorney to offer an opinion. You could reach out to med mal law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Insurance Bad Faith for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have Aflac and was denied accident, hospital and critical illness claims after I have a miscarriage at 12 weeks.

was hospitalized( was admitted), and given an emergency blood transfusion. Was this not an accident? Is needing a stat blood transfusion critical? And I was admitted to the hospital but because I wasn't there 24 hours they denied that claim as well?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 7, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. And it's possible that time could be of the essence in responding to the denial. I am very sorry for your ordeal.

The short answer is that an attorney consult could be valuable here, unless you are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: How long do you wait for a lawyer to act on a fall?

Hired over six months ago.

Theodor Kaplun
Theodor Kaplun
answered on May 3, 2022

This really depends, my suggestion is you reach out to the slip and fall lawyer you hired and have a discussion about your timeline.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I get money and have to pay other people like for instance a chiropractor, would lawyer receive their 40% before?

For example say I get a settlement of $4,000 but have to pay a doctors $300. Would my lawyer take their 40% from the $4000 or $3700?

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Mar 24, 2022

Typically attorney's fees will come out of the gross settlement figure before other deductions, but you should refer to the written fee agreement you probably signed when the case began.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Products Liability for Pennsylvania on
Q: Are all personal injuries as a result of a defective product treated the same when there was a significant injury.

The product in question was examined by an expert and found to be faulty. The hospital bill was over $14,000. Time off work and lost wages total approximately $20,000.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 11, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Yes, they can be seen as the SAME in terms of the basic underlying legal theories applied. The claimant will need to show that the product was defective. This could mean the product was defectively designed,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I accept part payment for the property damage/loss from insurance company for claim, could I still get attorney

I was in an accident but I'm not sure if I am going to go through with the insurance company. The claim is for my injury and also for my personal belongings. If I accepted the payment for my belongings, but didn't agree with the offer for my injury claim, would I still be able to get an... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 28, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. In general nationwide, people do settle their property damage claims at the beginning of a case, while the bodily injury portion of the case can move forward at a slower pace, sometimes taking years.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: My son has a lawsuit and he can’t access his money until 18, I misplaced the paper how can I get it back
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 9, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Nationwide, cases involving minors can involve an Infant Compromise Order (different jurisdictions might use slightly different terms). Your attorney probably filed paperwork for this and should be able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: For Pennsylvania, is there a limit on the number of questions that can be asked in an interrogatory?

To include all sub parts of questions, for the Court of Common Pleas.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer
answered on Feb 9, 2022

There isn't a numbered limit in the Pennsylvania Rules, but some counties will limit the number of questions in their local rules. Philadelphia is one such county for example. Check the local rules of civil procedure in whatever county the case is filed. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Family Law and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is this real money that was left for me
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 30, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Some information may have been left off here. It isn't fully clear in what context the money left for you materialized, and your post straddles a number of categories - each could have different manners in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Insurance Defense for Pennsylvania on
Q: Man hurt himself on my property blowing leaves. Lawyered up. Besides my ins. lawyers do I need other.Now or future.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 2, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. Attorneys assigned by an insurance carrier will sometimes advise a policyholder it is their right to explore outside counsel. Your insurance carrier's attorney would likely be in a better position to offer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Does the law say I can’t be compensated my full proven wages damages due to the extend of my injury?

I was involved in a motor accident. treatment for 5 mths. Doctor after 3 mths placed me on 4 hr work restriction and finally limited me to a continuous and permanent 4 hr work restriction. So I can no longer make the money I used to make unless I try to get another less manual work. The insurance... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 16, 2021

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You ask if this outcome is fair, and whether the law requires you be compensated full damages due to your injuries.

Unfortunately, that's not the way this works. It sounds like your file should be...
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Q: EEOC Notice to Sue Letter ends November 27th

Workers compensation, work-related injury, fired because I reported sexual harassment while on the job. Received EEOC Notice to Sue letter scheduled to end November 27th. I need representation.

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt
answered on Nov 10, 2021

Use the "Find a Lawyer" function at the top of this page to locate attorney's in your area.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hired seasonally, then hired permanently to be fired for reporting sexual harassment, and sustained a work injury.

My seasonal role turned permanent, then I was fired weeks after reporting a sexual & verbal harassment incident; I was demoted and reported to another department and had no idea until another employee mentioned it. My vehicle was vandalized on the companies property, my timecard was deactivated... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt
answered on Nov 10, 2021

I am not sure what your question is, but clearly you have several issues. I would strongly suggest that you contact an employment law attorney in your area as soon as possible to explore whether or not you wish to move forward with the EEOC complaint. Furthermore, if you still have issues with... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Metal piece on the sides of the columns in Walmart fell on my daughters face and cut/scratched her.

Back in July 2021, my family and myself were walking through Walmart around 5 p.m, the store wasn't too crowded as we were in the back. My spouse and step son were walking in front of myself and my daughter. As they passed one of the columns (they were a good distance away from it), one of the... Read more »

Joseph D'Annunzio
Joseph D'Annunzio
answered on Oct 29, 2021

Because it is a business premises, the liability of the store is based upon the duty that it owes to the person who was injured. In this case, since the families were o the premises as customers, they are business invitees and are owed the highest degree of care. The piece that was used to secure... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My 14 and 16 year old son's were jumped by a group of 8 kids do we need a lawyer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Oct 14, 2021

Let the criminal process take it's course. If your son was hurt and you have medical bills the Crime Victims Compensation Act may pay for them.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: What should I do if fell on town property. I have called and got a attitude from the lady. They haven’t fixed it

I have pictures of the sidewalk and my face and leg where I was injured. And to be honest I just wanted them to fix my phone and iPad that broke when I fell. But the lady told me to get my lawyer to call there’s. I went to take pictures a week later. I couldn’t stop shaking and my left eye has... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Oct 14, 2021

If you haven't already, go see a doctor. As far as the sidewalk, in Pennsylvania it's a split responsibility between the town and the owner of the property (if it's not the town). Contact an attorney who is a member of the Pennsyvlania Assn for Justice in the town. They give free... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am a victim of a hate crime and I don’t know who to go to

I cannot take the indirect threats or the 3rd party messages no more - please help me

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 1, 2021

If it is directed at you for a specific attribute you can start with a group that assists those with that attribute--NAACP, Lambda Legal Defense, etc.

The DA's Victim Assistance Coordinator may be able to direct you.

Threats would be a police matter.

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