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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: How often does a previous injury affect an auto-injury case? Without offering information about a previous injury.

I have a 5-year-old medical bill in collections from a previous injury that is in close proximation [on my body] (but not exact) to this auto injury I just had. Will this show up somehow and affect a possible case? It was in another state that I don't have a policy in or residency in.

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jul 1, 2020

Good question. Your issue is a common one in most personal injury cases. A reputable injury attorney knows how to deal with this.

You are only entitled to make a claim for the injury that was "caused" by the wreck in question. Whether that means a completely new injury or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Does res judicata and/or collateral estoppel apply to a small claims judgment?

If a plaintiff succeeds in small claims court and receives a judgment, can the loser (defendant) later file a lawsuit in King County Superior Court over the same matter? This involves an auto accident in which each party blames the other. The matter was heard in King County District (Small... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 28, 2020

This is something a Washington attorney should advise on, as it involves state court practices. But your question remains open for three weeks. As a GENERAL matter, it's unlikely that a suit would be filed against you if the matter stems from the same claim/controversy and involves the same... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: A friend who is 17 of my daughters was driving her car and began excessively speeding real fast and there were 5 people

In the car and they all were pleading with him to slow down over and over but he refused to listen and he flipped the car and my daughter almost died and her friend was also hurt is it his responsibility to pay for damages?

Robert C. Hahn III
Robert C. Hahn III answered on Jun 16, 2020

I'm a Washington lawyer not an Oregon lawyer. The laws are likely different between the states. But you should go consult with a personal injury attorney in the state the accident took place as soon as you can, even if it is just over the phone. Your situation will likely have multiple... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: hurt on job in Alaska,had shoulder surgery on right shoulder,still hurt workers comp.quit paying and says not resp.

company says not responsible for any futher medical bills because I had pre-existing injury in 1991and had 6/7 cervical fused and hadn't had any problem until loader slid on the ice and flew off the road through the air.needing advice because i'm permantly dis-abled now.can pick up 5 lbs... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 11, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal. This is something a workers' comp attorney should advise on, not a personal injury attorney. You could try reposting under workers' comp; if you do not receive a response, you could reach out to WC attorneys listed here or ones you find independently on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I slipped in a store and hurt my back can I use the store for pain and suffering as well as medical bills
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 8, 2020

It's possible you could. A Washington attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for five weeks. As a general matter, without regard to any particular jurisdiction or state, you would need to show that your injuries were essentially the result of some defect in the floor or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: A vapo was placed on me with hearsay. They demanded gun be turned in. Never used in any way to threaten ect. My rights
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on May 17, 2020

Hello, I would need more information to help you. We are available until 9pm this evening for a free phone consultation and tomorrow morning at 9am.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: If I fell and hurt myself on somebody's property, how are the property owners liable??

Walking in a parking lot and walked into a pothole breaking my foot, didn't see pothole due to poor/ no lighting in parking lot

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on May 10, 2020

The law on this issue changes from state to state. But it sounds like you're talking about what the law would define as a permanently unsafe condition (even though the condition could have been fixed). That said, the burden of proving liability of the property owner is less difficult.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Education Law for Washington on
Q: I used to be a mascot in college and got a skin disease from it that has now lasted years. Is there Anything I can do?

The school was in Washington state and I was paid for being the mascot. I told them about it and had to stop working after I got a child’s skin infection from the suit.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 8, 2020

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Unfortunately, this looks like it would be a tough case. When you say "years," that raises concerns about statute of limitations issues. That aside, if other mascots did not suffer similar reactions to the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: My 65yr old mother lives in a building that wont do anything about the severe bed bug infestation. Legal action?

The building is owned and operated by a city housing authority, Its been in and out of the news due to the bed bugs. I was bitten the first night and reported it and now over a year later its infested so bad. The maintance wont take out the infested mattresses and furniture. There is not a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 5, 2020

A Washington attorney could advise best, but you await an answer for two weeks. In terms of the eviction-related elements of your matter, a landlord-tenant attorney would need to advise on that. In terms of the tort-based elements involving bed bugs, they are tough cases and many attorneys are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: I had a slip and fall accident, had surgery, had stitches removed...2 weeks later, found stitches STILL in leg.

Can I file suit on something like that? They didn't prescribe any kind of antibiotics...they failed to set me up with a physical therapist...foot on injured leg is turning blue and numb when not elevated...

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 19, 2020

At this point, it sounds like your medical issues could be more pressing that a legal analysis of what happened. Your post remains open for three weeks, but if you consulted with a Washington med mal attorney, it seems likely that they would set priorities on your obtaining whatever type of medical... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: I need an expert opinion. Do I have a good claim against the Purdue pharmaceutical bankruptcy.

Washington State, Snohomish County. Prescribed oxycodones for pain in my feet from 1997 till 1999. Became addicted to opiates been in and out of treatment, have multiple felony drug cases which I've done prison time for. Also had a child born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 13, 2020

You need to do a a malpractice attorney who will review it and then have an expert review it and the expert will tell you whether it is viable or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was poked with a hypodermic needle in a public sherries restaurant bathroom that was in a toilet seat cover Dispe
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 10, 2020

I'm sorry this happened to you. There wasn't a question here, but if you're wondering whether this gives rise to a legal claim, it would depend on your ability to demonstrate negligence. You could consult with a Washington attorney to discuss in greater detail. Many attorneys who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Am i legally aloud to shoot a dog that is on my private property and is attempting to attack my own animals?

I am in the county and i am on my own private property, this dog constantly trespasses on my property and is aggressive towards my animals, and sometimes towards my wife and myself.

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Mar 20, 2020

You are permitted to use self defense to protect yourself, especially if you are on your own property. However, you should contact an attorney in your state for more information about fencing laws and when you can use deadly force to protect your animals which would likely be considered property.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Communications Law for Washington on
Q: MY SON WENT TO CSO AND ASK FOR A COPY OF BIRTH CERT AND HE RECIVED A PAPER WITH ALL INFO OF HIS BIRTH

AND IT ALSO HAD HIS FATHERS SSI NUMBER AND MINE NEXT TO OUR NAME IS THAT CRAZY AND JUST GAVE IT TO HIM NO BLACK OUT NOTHING CAN I SUE THEM FOR THIS.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 20, 2020

It doesn't appear to be a matter that an attorney would be willing to handle on a contingency basis, whether based on invasion of privacy, or similar tort theories. You could consult with a Washington attorney who deals with privacy-based torts to ask their opinion. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Antitrust for Washington on
Q: BC resident settled case from July 2015.Attorney held about $5000 in trust & has passed away.need help to recover funds

I am a BC resident involved in a MVA in July of 2015. Claim has been settled. However, my attorney held about $5000 in trust in order to pay back my insurance company. Before he was able to pay back, my attorney has died, and attorney who took over his files claims he has no idea about the deceased... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 5, 2020

It could be difficult to track down if the attorney did not make a notation of it in the checkbook for the trust fund account that the incoming attorney could identify. And it looks like the incoming attorney doesn't have information on it. Maybe the bank could assist you if they have any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Does my 1mil umbrella backup my 250/500 uim policy for a total of 1.25 million in uim protection?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 3, 2019

You have to pose this question to your independent insurance agent, carrier's rep, or their underwriting department. Without seeing the terms of the policy, in particular the limits and the terms describing their operation, it would be difficult to advise on its coverage. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Canadian had MVA Washington state in 2015. Case settled.funds held by attorney in trust,attorney has died.How toget fund
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 6, 2019

1)make claim against the estate 2) call the Wash State client security trust fund, and whatever organization licenses attorneys.

3) if necessary hire counsel but the bar association should also help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was a chaperone on a school field trip. At the end of the trip the teacher took us across the street to a college cam

I was a chaperone on a school field trip. At the end of the trip the teacher took us across the street to a college campus with a concrete 85 step staircase....told kiddos to hurry to top fir a foto then hurry back down so we could go to another area she wanted to visit. I got bumped by a kiddo... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 4, 2019

If after your repeated attempts, they are not making any efforts to arrange for reimbursement of your medical expenses, you should consider consulting with a Washington attorney. As a general matter in many jurisdictions (I do not know the operation of Washington State law on this), public entities... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Washington on
Q: Express Editorial of the Washington Post the week June 12, 2019, DNC and Bernie Sander how I can find court opinion?

Washington Post/Editorial Express in the Week of June

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 3, 2019

I suggest you see if a law librarian at one of DC's law libraries can help you. There isn't enough information there to figure out if it is a case that is being reported or what.

you may have in mind the following which isn't a suit by Sanders but by a group of supporters:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Can you sue if you were a victim of prenatal drug exposure?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 30, 2019

It is possible you could, but there are not many details to go on here. You could arrange a consult with an attorney in Washington who could review the medical file. The drug isn't mentioned in your post, but you could also do some research on your own to learn if it is the subject of any... Read more »

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