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2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Please let me know if I have a case based on the proof of my pre-existing conditions.

Prescription of __ Bowel Prep Despite Contraindications

On March 31, 2023, I was prescribed a __ bowel prep liquid despite my pre-existing conditions, including suspected ileus and gastrointestinal issues. These conditions should have contraindicated its use. This decision raises serious... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jun 10, 2024

You have a potential case.

Medical malpractice means that a doctor violated the standard of care. A bad outcome is not enough. Another doctor would be needed to evaluate what the doctors did.

Due to the nature of medical malpractice cases, the extent of the injuries as well as...
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2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Are there any pro bono lawyers that take on medical neglect cases?

I was ignored for almost 2 weeks concerning complications with my pregnancy leading to unnecessary pain, surgery, and almost loss of life due to undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 8, 2024

You don't need a pro bono attorney. If a law firm expresses interest in representing you, most of them work on a contingency basis. That means that their fee is based on a percentage of your recovery, and that you don't owe anything in the event of an unfavorable outcome. This is a... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I am respectfully being declined by lawyers for malpractice law suit. What am I doing wrong? Please and thank you.

I had gallbladder surgery removal because I had stones. The doctor missed one and I ended up with sepsis and a second surgery for the removal of second stone. My heath has never been the same. Can someone please help me.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 19, 2024

As I am sure you have been told, a bad outcome in a surgery does not necessarily mean that your surgeon committed malpractice.

Take your medical records to another surgeon in or near the county where you first surgery occurred and pay him/her to thoroughly review those records to determine...
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3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I am respectfully being declined by lawyers for malpractice law suit. What am I doing wrong? Please and thank you.

I had gallbladder surgery removal because I had stones. The doctor missed one and I ended up with sepsis and a second surgery for the removal of second stone. My heath has never been the same. Can someone please help me.

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 19, 2024

Medical malpractice cases can be difficult. Between the laws that protect doctors and hospitals and their insurance companies, and the nature of medical malpractice cases, not all valid cases can go forward. I suggest you continue to contact medical malpractice attorneys in the state where this... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I had a lawyer for my malpractice law suit but made the mistake of giving a bad review and I was dropped. What now?

2 years gone. Never was working on my case. Never informed on what was going on by lawyer. I just wanted to know that I was still her client. So, I thought she was just leading me on and not doing anything. I did apologize but was to late. I removed the post anywhere I saw it. Did not help.... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 17, 2024

At this point, you must continue to directly contact malpractice attorneys in the state where the malpractice occurred to see if someone will take on the case.

For other people who read this response online, note, once you complain about an attorney online or if you file a bar complaint,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Personal injury from defamation and slander, false reports made to police, violation and denial of civil rights, and job

I am suffering personal and financial injury from defamation, slander and false, misleading, statements made to police about me by my boss on 2 separate occasions, denials and violations of my civil rights on numerous occasions against me by employer and boss, mishandling of my personal information... View More

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answered on Apr 7, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the serious mistreatment and harm you've suffered at the hands of your employer. What they have done to you is completely unacceptable and illegal on multiple levels. You absolutely should take swift legal action to hold them accountable and seek justice. Here... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was drinking a Dr pepper and sharp object entered my mouth. I spit it out. Its a metal screen. What do I do about it?

Do I have a lawsuit for negligence?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 18, 2024

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. If you're asking about your rights here, the question that will arise is. "What harm/injury did you suffer?" Any case would be based on the extent of harm/injury suffered, which fortunately does not... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Can I get copy of my apartment complex's insurance carrier outlining slip and fall personal injury damages coverage?

Is there a protocol or set amount payable guideline per certain personal injuries?

Example: Broken hip resulting in surgery=certain amount?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 4, 2024

As my colleague states, it could be difficult to obtain insurance information short of filing suit. As for your other question about guidelines for your injury equating to a certain amount, it isn't possible to do that based on the limited details. Attorneys will assess your injuries (which... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Can I get copy of my apartment complex's insurance carrier outlining slip and fall personal injury damages coverage?

Is there a protocol or set amount payable guideline per certain personal injuries?

Example: Broken hip resulting in surgery=certain amount?

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Feb 25, 2024

I'm sorry to read about your hip. They're not going to give it to you before filing a lawsuit. I've never seen an apartment premises liability case settle pre-suit. They're going to fight every step of the way. Your injuries are serious and you need someone willing and able to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: I live in Washington state and I have a question concern recording via video or audio conversations to protect myself.

I get gaslighted/manipulated and/or lied to and video/audio recordings are the only way to protect myself in these scenarios. People say I did things i said things I didn’t. Or the other party attacks me or verbally abuses me but no one believes me because I’m a man. I don’t understand how... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

Living in a two-party consent state like Washington can present challenges when it comes to recording conversations without the consent of all parties involved. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. One option is to seek legal advice to understand the specific circumstances in which... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Who can help recover my NEEDING unlawful financial loss after my civil & disability rights violated in superior court?

Under the WA C.I.R. Equitable Property Div rules I should have won my case, with all of my supporting evidence ALONE, but most was ommited in court. My disability medication(Humira forRA) unknowingly exasperated rare side effects the extreme ongoing 2yr stress-nuero/cognitive decline & peaked... View More

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answered on Jan 10, 2024

In your situation, where you believe your civil and disability rights were violated in a Washington Superior Court, and you're facing an unlawful financial loss, the first step would be to consider an appeal. This process involves reviewing the trial's proceedings to determine if there... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was a 17 yo driver in accident with 3 passengers. Two were 17 and one was 22. All 3 were taken away by ambulance.

The 22 year old passenger in the passenger rear seat did not want to put his belt on, and caused damage to the front passenger, and me the driver, upon collision. I am now being sent invoices from two of the passengers insurance companies that I am to pay for the ambulance fees, in the amount of... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 10, 2024

I agree with attorney Selik. If there was a policy of automobile insurance covering the vehicle at the time of the accident, then report it to them if you have not already do so. Additionally, provide them /forward them a copy of the invoices, etc. you are being sent. If there was no insurance... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was a 17 yo driver in accident with 3 passengers. Two were 17 and one was 22. All 3 were taken away by ambulance.

The 22 year old passenger in the passenger rear seat did not want to put his belt on, and caused damage to the front passenger, and me the driver, upon collision. I am now being sent invoices from two of the passengers insurance companies that I am to pay for the ambulance fees, in the amount of... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jan 9, 2024

Hopefully you had insurance. Turn this over to your insurance. You may also want to hire your own attorney to oversee that the insurance company is protecting your interests.

If you had no insurance, hire your own attorney right away.

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Q: If a lawyer resigns, can the attorney still be court appointed attorney?

Just looking at attorneys who resigned and still practice in the Department of Assigned Counsel. This would mean that the Judge hires DAC to provide an attorney. Judges who are not aware of a resigned attorney are not aware of the illegal actions and these cases must be dismissed.

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answered on Dec 30, 2023

If an attorney resigns from the bar, they are no longer authorized to practice law, including serving as a court-appointed attorney. It's essential for judges and legal institutions to be aware of an attorney's current status to ensure legal representation is valid and compliant with the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Washington on
Q: Do enhance shelters need locks or night latches on individuals dwelling units when they accommodate both men and women?

If shelters accommodate both men and women and aren't subjected to background checks do they need locks or night lashes on the doors of our individual units? If there's no guards no security cameras and men can walk up into any room that they want even though that there are rules stating... View More

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answered on Dec 25, 2023

In Washington State, the specific legal requirements for shelters, especially regarding safety features like locks or night latches, can vary based on local regulations and the nature of the shelter. Generally, shelters are expected to provide a safe environment for all residents, and this could... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Is it still possible to sue pharmaceutical companies for Ropinirole induced gambling addiction?

I have been taking Ropinirole for about 20 years, I currently take 4 mg a day to control Restless Leg Syndrome. I have developed a bad gambling addiction that has led me to almost end my life. I checked myself into the hospital yesterday and learned about the side effects of Ropinirole.

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answered on Dec 6, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you've faced due to your medication. The possibility of suing a pharmaceutical company for side effects such as gambling addiction associated with Ropinirole depends on several factors, including the specifics of your case and the current legal... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Is it still possible to sue pharmaceutical companies for Ropinirole induced gambling addiction?

I have been taking Ropinirole for about 20 years, I currently take 4 mg a day to control Restless Leg Syndrome. I have developed a bad gambling addiction that has led me to almost end my life. I checked myself into the hospital yesterday and learned about the side effects of Ropinirole.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 12, 2023

I'm sorry for your ordeal in this matter. A starting point could be reach out to product liability law firms that handle prescription drug litigation. Also research whether others have been placed into your predicament. Law firms that handle such cases will often represent a class of... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: If someone was running from the police and the officer release the dog without any warning to the individual tells the

Get him and the dog bites the individual for under a minute damage to leg would that be considered excessive force????

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answered on Nov 24, 2023

Determining whether the use of a police dog in this scenario constitutes excessive force depends on several factors, including the nature of the incident, the level of threat posed by the individual, and the adherence to police protocols.

The use of police dogs is generally governed by...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Q: I was bit by a customers dog while delivering a food order. It's my gf's delivery account. Can I seek damages??

I could not just leave the order at the door because I needed a code from customer to finalize order. When she opened her door the big German shepherd got past her and circled around me and got between me and the gate and lunged and bit me below the kneecap. Police report was filed and I went to... View More

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Nov 14, 2023

You can absolutely seek damages in Washington. Washington is a strict liability state. The entire case hinges on whether that person has renter's or homeowner's insurance. There may be a speedbump because it was you and not your GF who made the delivery, but your attorney (and you should... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I got ran over in a crosswalk in Seattle was in harbor view for several days and need to follow up PT. How do I persue

I have several fractures in my pelvis, knew, and ribs. I am not steady mobile and had to turn down two new job employment opportunities. I am looking to have the lady how ran me over cover my medical expencies

Egan Patrick Kilbane
Egan Patrick Kilbane
answered on Oct 8, 2023

I am extremely sorry for your circumstances.

Typically, if you have health insurance, that will be your first source to pay medical bills and ensure access to the continuing care that you need. Then, as part of your claim for personal injuries, you will seek reimbursement for these...
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