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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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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: is it illegal for my roommates to go into my room while i’m at work and pack my stuff up to move their stuff in ?
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answered on Sep 19, 2023

If your roommates enter your room without your permission and handle your belongings, they might be infringing on several legal principles. Firstly, every individual has a recognized right to privacy. This extends to shared living spaces, where each resident typically has an expectation of privacy... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment and Internet Law for Washington on
Q: Is it illegal to post private photos and videos online without my permission?

My boyfriend and I recently split up and he has videos and photos that were supposed to remain private and is now harassing me and threatening to post them online. Is there anything that I can do to take legal action?

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answered on Sep 4, 2023

Posting private photos and videos online without your permission can potentially constitute a violation of your privacy and, in some cases, may be illegal. The specific legal remedies available to you can depend on the laws in your jurisdiction. To address this situation, you might consider taking... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment and Internet Law for Washington on
Q: Is it illegal to post private photos and videos online without my permission?

My boyfriend and I recently split up and he has videos and photos that were supposed to remain private and is now harassing me and threatening to post them online. Is there anything that I can do to take legal action?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on Sep 7, 2023

Well, it depends on the content of the images. But yes, it is a crime to disclose private images.

RCW 9A.86.010 make it illegal to: "knowingly disclose an intimate image of another person and the person disclosing the image:

(a) Obtained it under circumstances in which a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, DUI / DWI and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Had a DUI accident a 1yr ago, did a BAC test, and got charged with DUI and Vehicular Assault but haven't been convicted

It's been a year since the accident I had in WA. Told the officer I had 2 glasses of wine, and did a BAC test but the results haven't been released yet. I had a court date a few days after the accident but it got postponed because they were still investigating. I haven't received... View More

Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite
answered on Aug 25, 2023

Your lawyer should be able to investigate the case and request a copy of the police report. The lawyer should also run your name on the JIS system to see if a court case has been filed. You should have requested a DOL DUI hearing from the Washington DOL within seven days of your arrest. You should... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, DUI / DWI and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Had a DUI accident a 1yr ago, did a BAC test, and got charged with DUI and Vehicular Assault but haven't been convicted

It's been a year since the accident I had in WA. Told the officer I had 2 glasses of wine, and did a BAC test but the results haven't been released yet. I had a court date a few days after the accident but it got postponed because they were still investigating. I haven't received... View More

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Aug 28, 2023

You say that you have an attorney so ask that attorney what is happening because he/she will have access to all of the potential evidence. It sounds like there is a blood test that is being processed by the State Tox lab and that takes a long time sometimes so the State is waiting to see what the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Washington on
Q: Do lawyers accept anti-SLAPP cases on contingency?

Realizing that this largely depend on the individual case, is it common or uncommon for attorneys to accept anti-SLAPP cases on contingency in states with statutes that require the court to award legal fees in successful anti-SLAPP motions?

Anthony Matthews
Anthony Matthews
answered on Jul 10, 2023

It would be very uncommon to see a contingency fee on an anti-SLAPP lawsuit because their is no guarantee of payment even if the case is successful. Frequently, even in a SLAPP suit, the parties will reach alternative settlement arrangements that do not result in the case going to Court. Even... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: A city works employee accidentally spilled chemical on my kids. They have chemical burns on their arms and face. Help

What is my best course of action? Should I seek legal representation or try to settle it with the city?

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on May 31, 2023

I'm sorry this happened to your children. I know it was not intentional, but that is no comfort in cases like these.

In a case involving burns to your kids' bodies, you should definitely consult with a lawyer. If a government agency is willingly negotiating with you, it's a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: My truck was broken into at a dealership while it was awaiting repairs is the dealership liable?

They told me no because of the Third party clause in their documents but what constitutes a third party? they have security cameras but the manager is saying they probably don't have any footage because its something they've been working on it would this void that entirely? how can you... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 24, 2023

This is a personal injury/property damage case. Not possible to provide definitive answer without reading whatever documents you signed when taking the car in for service. Generally, it would seem that at the very least, the dealership has to obligation to protect your property while in their... View More

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Q: I’m almost 62 and am interested in suing my childhood sexual abuser. Is it possible?

At age 8 our next door neighbor sexually assaulted me in front of his sister. Is it possible to still hold him accountable? I think by his personality type he would want to settle out of court monetarily in order to keep it all hush hush. I would need contingency based. I am realizing this is... View More

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on May 16, 2023

It is possible, but there might be some practical limitations in play here. It completely depends on the circumstances and the extent of the abuse. An abuse case doesn't have these limits if there was some sort of agency (school, church, DSHS) that knew or should have known about ongoing abuse... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Does a Proof of Representation or a Consent to Release allow an insurance adjuster access to all of my medical records?

I am in the middle of negotiating a settlement amount with the at fault drivers insurance company and they have sent me a Proof Of Representation and a Consent to Release form saying I have to fill out both in order to receive my settlement check. I am a Medicare recipient but have kept my... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 27, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, as it's possible some claim forms might be state-specific. In terms of release of medical records, a HIPAA form is generally used. Such forms generally provide for selection of the scope of medical information to be released (range of dates of service,... View More

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