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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: Do you think my slip and fall lawsuit will go to trial?

I live in VA & was renting the basement of a single family home. Thursday night it snowed, Friday I get home & whoever they hired to shovel pushed the snow along the fence line. I took a picture of it, sent it to my landlord and asked who shoveled the driveway. She said she hired someone... View More

Will Franklin Smith III
Will Franklin Smith III
answered on Sep 5, 2023

Ultimately whether or not you go to trial will depend upon you. It's your case, so you make the determination whether or not you will agree to settle or go to trial. I can tell you the vast majority of civil cases settle. The best thing to do is to discuss this with your attorney see what... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Virginia on
Q: Can charges be filed against a clerk of the court for releasing the residential address of a malicious wounding victim?

Victim's personal info released to culprit via postal mail.

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answered on Sep 1, 2023

n many jurisdictions, clerks of the court and court personnel are responsible for handling sensitive information and maintaining the confidentiality of individuals involved in legal proceedings, including victims of crimes. If a clerk of the court were to release a victim's residential address... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: In Virginia can I sue a beauty school for negligently cutting my hair?
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answered on Aug 14, 2023

Yes, you may have the right to sue a beauty school in Virginia if they negligently cut your hair. Negligence occurs when someone fails to exercise reasonable care, resulting in harm to another person. If the beauty school's negligence led to improper hair cutting that caused damage or harm,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: Fairfax VA - Searching for an attorney to take a case on a civil case in a car accident. Do you know of anyone ?

Oct 2022, both my siter and I got T-Boned by a driver with NO, DL, and NO Insurance. She had taken the car owned by her sister. We have reasons to believe that her sister know that she was taking the car out for drive since this was not the first time the ounger sistre 19 had done so in the past... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 20, 2023

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week, and you express urgency in your request for assistance. I'm sorry about your accident and the serious medical attention that it has resulted in. There are a number of issues here that an attorney will need to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: Hi last year I had a tree fall on my car while I was driving that was in the VDOT right of way. The tree was dead and

The tree was dead and rotting but still very heavy and I am lucky to be alive and I was uninjured. My car was of course totaled and the insurance paid for it to be totaled without a deductible. I have since been experiencing PTSD when I drive especially around trees. Does VDOT have any liability... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 11, 2023

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. At this point, you could reach out to attorneys to try to arrange a free initial consult. Emotional distress and related elements of motor vehicle accidents can sometimes be difficult, and can be less straightforward... View More

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: I was in a auto mobile accident the other party was st full blame but my insurance paid my hospital bill so ii turned in

My claim and thy can see my insurance covered so how will I get money

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answered on May 23, 2023

That means your auto policy carries medical expense benefits up to a certain limit. Medical expense benefits can be stacked in Virginia for each vehicle you have on the auto policy. Generally it is best to use your health insurance in Virginia before exhausting medical expense benefits for a... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: I was in a auto mobile accident the other party was st full blame but my insurance paid my hospital bill so ii turned in

My claim and thy can see my insurance covered so how will I get money

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on May 23, 2023

First, I am not a Virginia attorney (though I have handled cases there at the request of some). However let me note that members of the Va. Assn for Justice give free consultations so why not get one?

Generally, you look to have the insurance pick up your medicals. So be sure you tell the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: I am being sued for an over the top amount in Virginia for “defamation” and I don’t live there. Is there a way to change

*change that? Also, how do I access a free defense lawyer?

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on May 22, 2023

Being sued as an out-of-state defendant can present defenses and challenges. Unfortunately, you are not likely to find a free defense lawyer to assist you in a civil claim for defamation. The first thing you should do is find out if you have insurance coverage for this type of claim. You may be... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: In a contributory state, what can deny a driver of suing the other party?

If in a car accident, in a contributory state, if my insurance denies the driver's claim and the driver's insurance denies my claim. Can the other driver sue in a civil case? I have injuries and the other driver has none.

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answered on May 4, 2023

The doctrine of contributory negligence stands for the concept that one who causes or contributes to his accident is completely barred from recovering for his injuries. Whether the doctrine applies depends upon the facts of each case. You should contact a personal injury attorney who can learn more... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: What does Plaintiff hereby waives any and all right to be provided with any futther notice of payment of settlement fund

This is written in my settlement agreement that payment would be sent to counsel and my attorney stated the other attorney sent payment to another location like the check is lost

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 5, 2023

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It means that plaintiff waives further notification of settlement payment being sent, other than the initial notice made to the attorney. It sounds like the opposing attorney sent check to a wrong location, and that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: Can I sue the school if my child was injured in the hallway?

My child was hit in the face and received a broken and fractured tooth and a concussion. The school had no hall monitors. The so called nurse didn't evaluate her for concussion symptoms on the spot or the next few days. Here in Virginia there is a concussion law or guidelines the schools are... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 22, 2022

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry your child was injured. I hope she is okay. It's possible you could sue, but a law firm would want to investigate further in terms of supervision, safety and security protocols, and other... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Virginia on
Q: i was administered an antibiotic i am allergic to w/o my consent nor a physician order at a nc hospital. what do i do?

i live in virginia and the procedure was in winston salem. i was administered erythromycin eye ointment while unconscious under general anesthesia for retina surgery in both eyes, with staff claiming it was standard practice (overlooking my medical record allergy list) and I woke up with a severely... View More

Mrs Lauren Morgan Ellerman
Mrs Lauren Morgan Ellerman
answered on Dec 20, 2022

I am so sorry to hear what happened.

Some preliminary issues - NC law (not Virginia law) governs your potential claim so call a NC attorney to seek help.

While it is clearly negligent to administer a medication someone is allergic to, that is not the only question when deciding...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Virginia on
Q: Does the potential for a wrongful death suit exist?

A relation of mine worked as a garbage man. He was called in on his day off. He was run over by the garbage truck. His internal organs, pelvis, and head were all shattered. He survived. Days after being released from the hospital he died in his sleep. Can his immediate family file suit for wrongful... View More

Jan F Hoen
Jan F Hoen
answered on Dec 5, 2022

More facts are needed about the circumstances of the accident but, in general, the employer has immunity from liability for a work injury. Given the severity of his injuries, unless it can be proven by a medical expert that the death resulted from negligent treatment and he otherwise would have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Virginia on
Q: Can I get sued if I make a vlog and talk about being assaulted by a 7eleven manager?

I wanted to tell My story because it was such a bizarre day and I informed 7 eleven of the incident and they did nothing. The manager was never punished but he's aware there's a warrant out for assault and he's been avoiding the store or atheist he hasn't been caught. Is it... View More

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answered on Oct 18, 2022

As a general rule you cannot really completely insulate yourself from being sued. You do protect yourself a bit to the extent you are being completely truthful about what happened and couch your language in opinion or to the best of your recollection and avoid inflammatory labels... stick to the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: My attorney has not paid me my med pay from settlement over 9 months ago. How long can he withhold without accounting

My case settled in June 2023 except for insurer subrogation and med pay. Now he's stone walling me hasn't provided requested accounting or estimate of med pay from submitted bills to insurance. How can i obtain my final funds and how can i find out how much is actually due to me. I... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Feb 24, 2024

Put your specific questions in writing to your attorney. If you do not get answers in a reasonable time hire another attorney pursue the attorney or file a complaint to the Bar.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Contracts and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: Private mail about me was sent to my dad's house (same name) instead of mine, they had my correct address. Can I sue?

It was about a debt that has apparently been turned over to a debt collector. The loan company had my address, and I have never given them my parents address.

I have no idea why it was addressed and sent to him, other than he and I have in the same name. Since it was his name on it, He... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Feb 23, 2024

No. There are no damages to recover.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: I had a slip and fall. The insurance adjuster denied the claim and said I could file a ‘nuisance’ claim.

He suggested $50 or $100 (ridiculous). I said I would have a think and call him back. This was several weeks ago. I had not yet called back and I got a call from him saying his clients were ‘Up in arms’ about the claim and that they maintained they were not at fault. However, he said they would... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 3, 2023

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Unfortunately, the looming statute of limitations issue creates a difficult situation. It would be difficult for anyone here to advise without knowing what is in the file in terms of strength of liability, severity... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Virginia on
Q: A local store had a picture on door of a fellow citizen and my name under the picture so I explained it wasn't me

They took it down put a bigger one up next day it has ruined my job and life what can be done

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 3, 2023

A Viriginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. If the posting is false and harmful, it could fall under defamation laws. If it doesn't involve falsehood (or certain public records) there could other issues, such as privacy or false light. You could reach out... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense for Virginia on
Q: My son is the President of a Fraternity at if current University. Will Personal Liability insurance will cover him?

My son is the President of a Fraternity chapter at if current University and I'm concerned about covering him in case of an incident or accident. So with that said, will personal liability insurance will cover him?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 13, 2023

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. However, no attorney could really answer this question without seeing the terms of the policy. Your carrier could probably provide the most definitive guidance on this - they may be your best starting point. Good... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Personal Injury and Child Support for Virginia on
Q: Help:Request for my wife separation results immigration status and separation my son i want to stay with my son in USA

Hello

Because of my wife disloyal and separation which impacted my personal health, mental loss, financial loss, separation from son, insult,harassment,visa loss, financial loss to 25 lakh, medical expenses spent close 3 lakhs, bad name in my previous company, begged for money , begged for... View More

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answered on Feb 26, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It is important that you seek legal advice from a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with guidance on your options. They will be able to evaluate your case and provide you with advice on how to proceed. You may also want to consider... View More

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