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Q: Misrepresentation

I got ran over by a garbage truck on December 11 2019 while working. I hired a worker’s compensation lawyer. I had to quit my job because of my living condition. I had no family members where I was living at so I moved. Workers compensation felt like I wasn’t entitled to any financial benefits... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 4, 2021

In terms of the funding for the second necessary surgery, one option could be to look into public health agency coverage. In terms of the declaration of a permanent disability by your orthopedic surgery, that could be something to explore further with an attorney who handles disability claims. In... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Legal Malpractice and Probate for New York on
Q: I’m looking to have a revival or waiver of a statue of limitation and I have some questions. Hope you can help.
Roy Warner
Roy Warner answered on Oct 27, 2021

There is no question to answer.

Revivals of causes of action are by statute. They are few and far between in NY; they are remedial legislation.

The waiver of a statute of limitations is rare, but does happen. These waivers are based upon an equitable principle whereby the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: can you sue for malpractice when your were wrongly diagnosed 8 years ago
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 13, 2021

It could depend on a number of factors. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in New York does have provisions that extend time based on a certain attributes, such as infancy, discovery of a condition, and others. Your question is framed concisely and doesn't outline many facts to... Read more »

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Q: Is it customary for a lawyer to keep the refunded Federal Court filing fee which the client paid?

When a client pays the Federal Court filing fee to her attorney for a case--but--the Court remands the case (with the client's approval) to a lower authority to decide the case---and--the Court refunds the filing fee to the attorney--is it customary that the lawyer keeps the refunded filing... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 3, 2021

I can't speak for other law firms, but I advance filing fees and treat them as disbursements at the close of the case. I do not request filing fees from clients (index nos, RJIs, appeals, etc. - I pay those up front out of my own funds). If for some reason a client HAS ALREADY PAID a filing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Is it illegal for my grandma to keep my mom away from me wen I did not do nuffin I have no stay away no nuffin

Yes my grandma is 83 years I’m 28 my mom is 57

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Apr 5, 2021

Since you are over the age of 21 you can see your mom unless there is some sort of court order that prohibits that.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Do my lawyer have the right to give me my documents on my case with index # etc?? Do They the right to hold my money

How do I find out how much my settlement was? How much a lawyer to suppose to charge? Do I pay for filing and paper work out my money? Why my lawyer Got more of the money then I did. 33.3% I thought was of fee. She had it in her savings for 1yrs b4 I received anything, also he lean me a few... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 3, 2021

It's difficult to comment on the award and fees without knowing what your arrangements were. As a general matter, if there were claims from public agencies such as Medicaid/Medicare that demanded reimbursement on payments they made on your medical treatment related to an accident, that could... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Father when to hospital for leg pain free no covid stayed in hospital a week had covid
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 28, 2021

I'm sorry for your father's ordeal. As a starting point, you could reach out to medical malpractice attorneys to discuss in more meaningful detail. If a law firm believed there could be a potential basis for a case, they could request hospital records for the stay and review them with a... Read more »

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Q: The Lawyer settled without my knowledge and or consent.

Have not signed papers, did he or she violate their fiduciary responsibility to me, and how would they be disciplined. Do I have to submit a complaint to the Grievance committee before or after I sign the petition? Please give me an answer to submitting the complaint to the Grievance Committee,... Read more »

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on Dec 24, 2020

Well, in New York, the case is not "settled" until you sign a release. So don't sign! Then the case is not settled. If your lawyer will not ask for what you really want in settlement, then get another lawyer to take over. You can go to trial on the case instead of settling.

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Q: So if I have to pee. But the teacher won’t let me go. Can I legally just go? Nobody gives me a clear answer on this
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 1, 2020

Speak with your parents about the situation; they could look into whether a medical visit and doctor's note might be applicable here. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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Q: A lawyer fiduciary responsibility to his client.

accepted a settlement without my consent.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 1, 2020

Lawyers may sometimes tentatively agree to settlement terms, based on discussions with client as to what client would accept. But the common practice is for client to be presented with release to sign that memorializes formal acceptance of settlement terms and conditions. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: What can I do if I am afraid of the attorneys representing me? If they are verbally abusive and threatening and coercing
Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik answered on Oct 19, 2020

Sorry to hear that you do not have a good relationship with your attorney. Fortunately you have the right to discharge your attorney at any time, for any reason. You can find a new lawyer using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage. Here's an article I found online through the NYC... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Can a lawyer represent employer in two separate cases from same individual while one is under investigation is it legal

It's a open case for division of human rights/eeoc charge and a seperate unemployment hearing where same lawyer during ui hearing asked about reasonable accommodation and other questions pertaining to opposite case

Jacob David Verchereau
Jacob David Verchereau answered on Jul 15, 2020

The question you are asking is whether it is a conflict of interest for the Employer's attorney to represent the Employer in two separate proceedings, both of which involve the same Employee. This is relatively common in my experience. Without more, it would seem to me that this would not be a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Can you get in legal trouble for signing someone up for a church with their email and phone number?

The context is that they are angry.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 26, 2020

It all depends on circumstances, context, and how the other person reacts to it - whether it was done in a way that the person would have appreciated and wanted, or whether the person would have been upset by the use of their personal information. It's difficult to answer because it's... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Education Law, Legal Malpractice and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Can I get a lawyer for an overlooked application to a degree program in college?

I applied for a nursing program at a local community college within the deadline period. I’ve been waiting for an acceptance letter, which was to be sent out the 3rd week of April. It turns out my application was never put in the system and I was completely overlooked, while my grades are higher... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Apr 23, 2020

No. You were not discriminated against. You were just a victim of bureaucratic error. You have no contract with them just by applying. I see no case.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Can I sue my building management for poor back of building care.

May sound a bit mad but im not looking to cash out here. I just want our building management to be more competent in making sure tenants do not throw garbage out the their window. There is tampons, menstrual pads, shampoo bottles, dog feces and other unsanitary things that probably shouldn't... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Apr 20, 2020

If you have already notified the building managment and not received a satisfactory response, it may be time to seek an inspection by the City of the conditions. You can call 311 to request an inspection for possible violations.

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Provide a scenario of legal negligence and explain which elements of negligence are factors in the scenario.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 9, 2020

Negligence is a fundamental legal concept. It arises when the plaintiff can demonstrate that a defendant breached a duty of care that was owed to another party. In terms of scenario, you see the concept arise commonly in motor vehicle accidents. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Provide a scenario of legal negligence and explain which elements of negligence are factors in the scenario.
James Avery
James Avery answered on Apr 2, 2020

The most common scenario of negligence (lack of due care judged by professional standards) is failing to diligently pursue legal matters, including failure to file timely lawsuits. Many lawyers do not use modern software for tracking cases, etc. The damage which occurs is the value of the matter... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Can my lawyer sell my personal information?

I USPS mailed a signed, notarized quitclaim deed to my lawyer this past Sunday. Today, Wednesday, three days later, my husband received a text message from an unfamiliar local phone number addressed to my name asking to speak to me about selling the property related to the quitclaim deed. The... Read more »

James Avery
James Avery answered on Apr 2, 2020

To sue, you need to have suffered an injury. NYS or Local Bar Assn can investigate possible breach of client confidentiality.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Is it legal for employers to find a way to kick out their employees or push them out so that they can leave ???-help

Need info on department of labor laws or employment laws

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Jan 2, 2020

If you do not have a specific term of employment agreement (i.e. Jan 2020 thru Jan 2021) nor do you have a union collective bargaining agreement that protects everyone in the union nor do you work for the government then chances are pretty high that you are "at will".

Being...
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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: The hoa foreclosed and sold my house for non payment of dues and evicted me. Now they are renting it out. Legal?

I was temporarily not living there while evicting an ex girlfriend. She is the one served on the paperwork i want my house back and the 16000 dollars ive wasted on living and animal boarding

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Oct 29, 2019

It is legally possible to foreclose against a property owner for nonpayment of common charges. This process could have legally proceeded even if you were not personally served with the papers commencing the case; however, the affidavits of service and other documents would need to be carefully... Read more »

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