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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: what does it mean to have a lean in a case insurance mass health Medicare or Medicaid

The party has made me offer of 22,000.00 medical bills are 30,000.00 my lawyers say there waiting my medical records for Medicare they have the lean will I get paid

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 31, 2020

Your own attorney could explain this best to you under any applicable provisions of Massachusetts law, but your question remains open for two weeks. A lien means the entity that provided you with something (here it was medical services covered by the government) wants its money back. The general... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I fell through the broken staircase in Nov 2017 at my Fiancée’s rented apartment. Do I have a case?

at my Fiancée's rented apartment in November 2017. One of the back stairs on which I was standing suddenly broke and I fell through it on the floor below. We Immediately called an UBER and rushed to emergency room. I had injuries on my legs, back, stomach sides and arms. Plus, it is causing me... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jan 21, 2020

Hello, This is not a real estate case but a personal injury premises liability case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Landlord has video camera in bedroom catching us shower naked and is being nasty to us now. How can I win a lawsuit?

My husband and I rented a condo in Norton, MA. We have the contract. Landlord put camera at front door and one of the bedroom. Landlord also did not fulfill the contract because they have their dad staying there for two months. They were our friends so we did not want to make a big deal. I personal... Read more »

Kristen Greenwood
Kristen Greenwood answered on Dec 21, 2019

In my experience as a criminal defense attorney, my first suggestion would be to go to the police to report that you've been video recorded in the bedroom of the apartment you were living in. Provide them with as much proof as possible of these videos, as well as a lease/contract to show you had... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: My daughter was clipped by a plow on Saturday night and is traumatized by the incident. Do I have a case?

Unfortunately she was wearing dark clothing but was walking with the traffic. She had her cell phone light on down by her side and other cars were avoiding her. When I spoke with the police and I asked if the driver was intoxicated, mind you this gentleman tried pulling my daughter into his truck... Read more »

Steven A. Schwartz
Steven A. Schwartz answered on Dec 9, 2019

So sorry to hear about your daughter. My gut tells me that this may not be worth pursuing, especially if your daughter's injuries are minor. It sounds like the police report is not helping the situation, noting your daughter's dark clothing. The other issue not mentioned is that you stated your... Read more »

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Q: if I had emergency surgery under mass health and a claim was filed, can they cancel my policy and deny my claim?

I had emergency surgery and they filed a claim, 3 months later they canceled my policy due to not verifying my address and then sent me a letter requesting correct information for the claims filed and to help them figure out how the claims can be paid correctly? im trying to respond on their online... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 30, 2019

Your matter is more complicated than one where a simple "yes" or "no" would do as a answer. The ideal situation would be that if your settlement is in connection with an accident where you are represented by an attorney, to have them look into the validity of the lien for an unrelated service. As a... Read more »

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Q: Hi I want to know if someone like kid or senior citizens walk by then a brink wall fall on the them from small business

That got hurt .But it's the landlord who does fix the brink wall that tennent was trying to get the landlord to fix the wall , how fine if the landlord will get if a kid or senior citizens hurt and not fix the wall

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 26, 2019

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Responsibility for the wall could depend on how the lease was written - it could be either or both. As a general matter, it would usually be the property owner who would be liable to kid or senior citizen in the... Read more »

Q: My daughters father took his own life, he was severely bipolar. His doctor was trying a new med knowing he was suicidal.

He would need to be hospitalized from time to time due to manic episodes. Normally, he was not suicidal & in fact, very happy. Episodes of depression would always follow, every time his doctor would put him on a new medication and this time he told his doctor that he was severely depressed and... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 20, 2019

I'm very sorry for your loss. A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Such a case could be difficult because today's mental health-related pharmaceuticals carry warnings that are a mile long. As a starting point, you could contact a med mal attorney in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Domestic Violence for Massachusetts on
Q: Mental Anguish

I am a female who was involved in an abusive relationship for 7 months in Massachusetts in 2012. Because of the relationship I became severely mentally ill and am still ill and receiving Social Security disability. I've been unable to work full time since 2013. Would I be able to file a lawsuit... Read more »

Karen Piso Nadeau
Karen Piso Nadeau answered on Aug 14, 2019

I am sorry for your terrible situation. I assume this abuse happened while you were age 18 or over. Unfortunately, I believe the statute of limitations would bar any claims you may have. Typically, you have three years from the time of the incident to bring a lawsuit. The time has likely passed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Gov & Administrative Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I was involved in a prolonged period of exposure of Cellulube 220 onboard the USS Independence (CV-62), circa 1984.

I have become debilitatingly ill, e.g. demyelinating brain lesion, Arachnoiditis, etc, but my healthcare team and the VA do not see a causative link to my documented exposure.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 25, 2019

Thank you for your service. I'm sorry to learn about your illness stemming from exposure to Cellulube. You would get the most meaningful guidance from a law firm that handles veteran's benefits, and I don't think there is a tab for that in the Find a Lawyer section here. You could conduct your own... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Identity Theft for Massachusetts on
Q: I have been a victim of medical identity theft and need help to figure out what steps to take to correct this.

My health was used multiple times for ambulance rides, hospital and doctors visits. Now, I need help to rectify the damage done to my credit and medical records

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 16, 2019

Contact your health insurance carrier without delay to notify them of the security breach. If you receive bills for co-payments or other uncovered charges, contact the entities doing the billing (hospitals, physicians, ambulance services, etc.) and coordinate with your insurance carrier to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: A bicyclist ran a red light and hit my car in the middle of an intersection. He was injured and wants me to pay his

medical bills but do I have to if he was at fault?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 18, 2018

I don't practice in Massachusetts, but your question hasn't been picked up in four weeks. In many jurisdictions, bicyclists are subject to the same rights and duties as motor vehicles, which generally means compliance with the same traffic regulations. An attorney familiar with motor vehicle &... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Is there a legal maximum percentage that a lawyer can take out of a personal injury settlement?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 28, 2018

The fee has to be reasonable. A lot depends on the "settlement." Many people have liens on their cases, some even go for "settlement funding" which is a rip off, so they see the attorney getting "more than they did" when the attorney is usually only getting a third, but the client has so many debts... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: I heard there's a time limit on filing a suit, but what if i get add'l complications as time goes by?
James A.  Swartz
James A. Swartz answered on Aug 3, 2018

Although there are some circumstances when the "tolling" of a statute of limitations can occur, the clock almost always starts ticking from the date of injury, or when a potential plaintiff reasonably should have known of an injury. The fact that an initial injury has gotten worse over time does... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I file a personal injury case against the person who knowingly gave me an STI?
Camille Brooks Ibrahim
Camille Brooks Ibrahim answered on Jul 5, 2018

Unfortunately no, simply b/c you practiced unprotected sex.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: I'm petitioning my college for a refund on room and board — should I ask for more?

I pay $60K/yr at my college. This year, the lock on my dorm has stopped working several times and I've had to pay to get let back in. The residence department did nothing to fix the issue when I contacted them.

Most recently, someone flooded the bathroom upstairs, which in turn flooded my... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 13, 2018

Only if you develop a problem from the mold. Ask for a meeting with the person in charge of residence halls. If they don't give you one then contact a consumer attorney with the Mass Academy of Trial Attorneys in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Can filling out a PIP claim potentially get me in trouble?

I was recently in an accident which was my fault, and taken to the hospital after as a precaution. Since the accident occurred in a rental car my insurance turned it over to the rental company's insurance for medical expenses. They have asked me to fill out a PIP claim.

Prior to the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 5, 2018

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Products Liability for Massachusetts on
Q: I was injured at Bj's wholesale Club by a broken carriage.

I grabbed the front of the carriage and not realizing it the rusty metal pierced my skin about an 1/8 of an inch. The metal splinter went through my ring finger, I was bleeding. I called for help and the manager on call got a splinter kit. Unfotuantly, the splint needle was too thick and the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2018

Yes, but your damages are what they are not what could have happened. If you still have problems you need to return to a doctor.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Massachusetts on
Q: Hi, I was personally injured at work and have been out of work due to injury for a week. Do I apply for workmans comp?

I dislocated my knee carrying a child downstairs performing job duties and reported incident to supervisior. Do not know if I am covered by workmans compensation for this or what course to pursue

David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf answered on Feb 7, 2018

An injury is covered under worker's compensation if the worker is injured during the course and scope of employment. It would appear that your injury would be covered by worker's compensation. You should contact a local worker's compensation attorney to discuss your legal rights and recommended... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: I got into a car accident due to the the negligence of the apartment owners. The parking lot was an ice sheet.

I hurt my back, and I hit another car.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 19, 2017

Assuming you were a tenant you also have a contractual claim. However, ice cases are trickier than you may think. Contact a member of the Mass Academy of Trial Lawyers(if the fall was in Mass)--they give free consults. If your claim was in Ct. give me a call and I can recommend some people. If you... Read more »

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