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Q: Is it possible to file a second claim on an injury?

Christopher M. Davis answered on Jun 14, 2018

In some circumstances it may be possible to pursue a secondary claim for a personal injury. An example of this might be if the first third-party claim was settled for the full policy limits but that the damages exceeded the policy limit amount. You should consult with an attorney about the specific... Read more »

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Q: My kid broke her leg in London -- is it possible to sue the responsible party in the US?

Christopher M. Davis answered on Jun 14, 2018

While ultimately there are a number of different factors that can impact this issue, jurisdiction for a personal injury matter is typically determined by the location of the incident which caused a person's injury. It is unlikely that you would be able to pursue a lawsuit in the U.S. for this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Washington on

Q: can i sue for a wrongful death suit for the death of fiance'? we intended on marrying and we share a child.

my fiance' got ill. his mother allowed him to be transferred to a hospital he told me never to take him to. I disclosed that info to her and was ignored. me and him had previously written up a form placing one another as durable power of attorney's. I could not obtain a copy until the 3rd day he... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 4, 2018

The child has a claim. Contact a member of the State of Washington Trial lawyers Association. They give free consults.

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Q: I was hit by a car on my bicycle and the driver told the 911 operator there were no injuries. He knew my knee was hurt

While we were waiting for the police the driver then said the operator told us to just exchange numbers and be on our way. The driver refused to give me his I. D. Or insurance information.

Stan Glisson answered on Apr 16, 2018

If there was a call made to 911, that information can be tracked down. If you have substantial injuries and need financial compensation, then it is worth contacting a lawyer to investigate. There may be reason to pursue criminal charges as well, which a lawyer could certainly help you with.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on

Q: What are my options for after getting rear ended at full speed by an uninsured motorist? Poperty damage is over $10,000

I got rear ended at full speed at a red traffic light and am suffering from injuries from the accident. I am not completely sure whether or not the motorist is insured or not.

Stan Glisson answered on Mar 8, 2018

You should talk to a personal injury lawyer's office right away.

A lawyer could determine quickly if there is any coverage available, whether from the other driver, the owner of the car, or your own policy. It is always best to talk to a lawyer quickly so they can help you deal with...
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Q: My ex was in a serious car accident with my daughter and she didn't tell me anything about it. What can I do?

My ex lives in Washington state and I live in Texas. This is the second time something serious has happened and her not telling me. My ex mother-in-law told me she was on her phone at the time of the accident

Robert D. Kreisman answered on Feb 18, 2018

If your daughter was injured you should seek the advice of local attorney. That would mean to retrieve the police report of the incident. The fact that your ex didn't inform you does not make out a case of any kind.

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Q: Can I the plaintiff request a settlement more than policy limit of the defendants insurance coverage for a car accident

I was rear ended by no fault of my own and my lawyer refuses to request what I am asking, but I am ignorant about my rights

David Alan Wolf answered on Jan 24, 2018

From a practical standpoint, demands are usually directed up to the policy limits. At times, a demand can be made for more but it may be impractical to do so. Sit down with your attorney and another attorney in your area to discuss the best and most sensible way to pursue your case.

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Q: If I am injured due to unsafe work conditions while an inmate in the county Sheriff work crew program can I sue?

Very icy and unsafe conditions due to freezing rain and snow. Work crew vehicle got stuck so I was told to get out and put ice melt down to gain traction. Upon stepping out I slipped and fell injuring my tailbone and lower back. Not broken but pretty severe pain. Doctor at hospital said 3-4 weeks... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 3, 2018

Your medical care would be covered by the vehicles insurance. I believe the best answer to your question would be from the DC Civil Liberties Union Prison Rights Section.

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Q: The insurance Company for the driver that hit me offered a 100,00 Settlement, I want More, Should I get a lawyer?

The accident caused a traumatic brain injury, i was hospitalized for a month then for 2 weeks again a couple of months later. I was crossing the street when the driver stoped the car, there was a problem with his break so even though he stoped, it still hit me. I also still take physical therapy... Read more »

David Alan Wolf answered on Dec 25, 2017

You should at least consult with an attorney to make sure that you are making the right decision on your case. Do not agree to a settlement until you consult with an attorney. Most attorneys will provide you with a Free Consultation.

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Q: I was driving my personal vehicle when driving from sales meeting in tri cities to work in yakima and i was on the cloc

During the middle of a winter storm while commuting from meeting to work site i hit black ice and totaled my car and got a concussion. Is my employer responsible for my car financially they did pay my hospital bills.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 11, 2017

Only if you had an agreement with them. Otheriwise, presumably you received mileage which in part would compensate you for insurance which is what should cover your damage. If you chose to not get insurance, your baby.

However you have a comp claim and should contact a member of the State...
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Q: If I've already taken some steps toward filing a personal injury lawsuit and then realize I need to hire an attorney

because I'm getting confused, is it too late?

Stan Glisson answered on Nov 10, 2017

Definitely not too late. You can get an attorney on your case at any time, although generally sooner is better before any strategy decisions are made and committed to. My office would be happy to discuss it with you, or you can search on line for personal injury attorneys.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Personal Injury for Washington on

Q: What type of lawyer do I need to talk to if I wanted to sue a police officer for using excessive force and harassment

The officer broke my husbands femur and when I finally figured out where my husband was the officer lied to me and told me he slipped on the curb and broke his femur when reality of it was the officer broke his femur by grabbing him n pulling him down to arrest him

Stan Glisson answered on Oct 13, 2017

Depending on what county the incident happened in, search for terms like police misconduct, civil rights, personal injury. Find a few firms and call them to discuss the specifics of your case. Firms may not specifically advertise for this type of work, that doesn't mean they don't handle them. We... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Personal Injury and Social Security for Washington on

Q: Looking for defined period disability for mental disability. I had a severe psychotic episode at work a week ago.

I'm about to be homeless and am not capable of holding a job. I have gone for psychiatric help in the past and received no help. I do not require medication. I've had several severe head injuries but have no record or proof of them.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 9, 2017

You can make a claim but you have to show that you have had a medical disability that has prevented you from work for twelve months or longer. I'm not seeing that you have the medical proof of that.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Constitutional Law for Washington on

Q: Can I sue Walmart?

Last summer I was arrested for a crime that occurred at a Walmart store.I told them I didn't do it but the clerk positively identified me. I was arrested and did a week in one jail where I was beaten up and my two front teeth knotted out I also had blood in my urine. Then I was finally bailed out... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 9, 2017

May have claims against Walmart & against the jail.Contact the Washington State Civil Liberties Union, ask for the names of "cooperating attorneys " in their prison litigation unit.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Constitutional Law for Washington on

Q: Can I sue Walmart?

Last summer I was arrested for a crime that occurred at a Walmart store.I told them I didn't do it but the clerk positively identified me. I was arrested and did a week in one jail where I was beaten up and my two front teeth knotted out I also had blood in my urine. Then I was finally bailed out... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Oct 3, 2017

You may have a valid claim against Walmart for false arrest and related claims. You should contact an attorney in your area to determine whether your claim is worth pursuing. It is truly unfortunate that you had to go through such an ordeal because of faulty eyewitness evidence. Studies... Read more »

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Q: A piece of medical equipment fell of the wall in a hospital I was in and hit me

on the head while I was waiting for a test - is the hospital liable?

Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Sep 8, 2017

The hospital may be liable for your injuries if hospital personnel knew or should have known of the hazardous condition, or created the hazardous condition. You should consult with an attorney to determine the validity of your specific claim.

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Q: I was stalked and assaulted in Costco. How do I obtain video of the incident they may have.

Costco stated they may have video when I contacted them but they will not release it to me.

Stan Glisson answered on Aug 17, 2017

The only way is probably to hire a lawyer who can issue a subpoena.

Or contact the local police department, the store will probably cooperate with a law enforcement request.

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Q: My husband burnt down our home on July 11th and I would like to divorce him . He is in jail for first degree arson

Jason Powers answered on Aug 16, 2017

There is nothing to stop you. You can have the papers served to your husband if he is in custody. I am not sure your post has a specific question. In most counties there is a Family Law Facilitator with whom you can make an appointment. They will outline the process. Or, you can hire an... Read more »

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Q: I don't understand why a small claims court only awarded me part of my destroyed property's true cost. They said it had

to do with age, but the amount awarded isn't enough to purchase a new item. Is this legal?

William Head answered on Aug 16, 2017

Yes. Depreciation is legitimate. You can appeal, but I doubt you will prevail.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Washington on

Q: If a 10 year old attacks my 5 year old daughter and knocks 2 teeth out can i press charges against parents?

Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Jul 17, 2017

Yes. You may make a civil claim for your child's injuries. Ordinarily, the maximum amount you may recover against the other child's parents is $5,000 based upon the child's willful and malicious actions. As far as pursuing a criminal charge against the assailant, you can report the incident to... Read more »

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