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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Could the victims parents of school shooting sue the shooters parents?

I was reading about the school shooters Dylan and Eric the other day for my criminal justice class and an idea popped into my head. Say if the shooters were minor, could the victims families win a lawsuit against the parents of the shooters? I understand that anyone can sue for anything but I was... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 27, 2016

They could but whether or not they would succeed would depend on many factors. The larger issue would be could they collect. Most insurance doesn't cover intentional acts.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Can I file a personal injury suit against a hospital for not correctly splinting a broken wrist, which resulted

In having to have my wrist re-broken & have a metal plate put in?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 10, 2016

You may well have a claim. Contact a member of the Washington State Assn for Justice--they give you free consultations.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: My 19 year old friend pushed a 17 yr old that wouldn't leave and the 19yr old got jumped. Who is in the wrong?

The 17 year old and 6 other friends that came to the house stole something and were asked to leave multiple times because they were uninvited . 6 ppl from that group ended up jumping that 19 year old and cracking a Vase over his head and stomping him out. He went to the hospital with multiple head... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 4, 2016

Better to get his bills paid through the victim compensation act if there is one in your state. He should make sure he is covered under medical assistance so he doesn't wind up with bills.

He is technically at fault for shoving someone.Touching them in that way is technically a "battery"...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Consumer Law and Contracts for Washington on
Q: I am being spammed by a multi billion dollar company based in Seattle.

I was once associated with this company, about a year ago.

And I used to make money with them. But later on they ended my contract and refrained from paying any dues. I lost a considerable amount under breach of contract. I am/was ok with that.

I was financially very weak then and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 17, 2016

Consult a commercial law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: someone asked to pet my dog and they got bit

Is it my fault?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 31, 2016

Not unless you were aware that your dog would bite anyone who was strange.

I do suggest you notify your homeowners. If the person ask for shot records give them.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: The building where I live is trying to charge me for damage to the elevator when one of my friend's guests jumped

and the elevator stopped, there is a clause that says that I am responsible for my guests, but to what extent am I responsible for? this is outside of my reach, should I be charged for this?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 20, 2016

Close one. Depending on the bill may be worth having an attorney give you an answer/write a letter to them.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can I hold my old boss the hotel and Wyndham Corp.liable for my boss lieng to police leading to my arrest and term.

The GM of the hotel lied to police I was arrested fired evicted from my on site apt she did this so she could employ her husband I lost everything became homeless my life is a mess

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 29, 2016

Talk to an employment law specialist--there are a number in Philadelphia. This does sound like there are problematic aspects, but most give free consultations so ask for one.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Environmental, Personal Injury and Insurance Defense for Washington on
Q: If wildlife causes an accident are you at fault? Or domesticated animals running into traffic?

I drive rural roads with wildlife from small to big to bigger. Deer often cross the road unannounced. I often have to slam the breaks to avoid a collision. Drivers behind me get pissed and have a near miss. Rural roads = barely patrolled. So drivers go fast and will drive where ever there is... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 28, 2016

You aren't responsible for wild animals--no one is. As far as domesticated animals, the owner of the animal is responsible for them. In the example you gave I don't see why you would be at fault--the other individual collided with the deer, not with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Products Liability for Washington on
Q: Can I recover damages for a transvaginal mesh implant from 2002 that did not become a problem until recently?

I have become steadily more allergic to everything related to polymers and all fruits and vegetables that are in the Latex family. I am currently being treated by UW clinics

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 25, 2016

It is difficult to show that allergies are caused by the mesh and not to a change in your immune/autoimmune system. Assuming it can be shown, there are other issues. I suggest you contact a member of the State of Washington Assn for Justice who handles "medical products."

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was stuck in an elevator for 45 min. I have a witness on the other side. Do I sue building owner? What is that worth?

It sucked.

David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf answered on May 9, 2016

A building owner is not necessarily liable for an incident unless there is some kind of fault on the part of the property owner. Also, the damages will be called into question. Assuming that the property owner was at fault for the incident, the damages would be called into question. I assume... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Is it required to go to a doctor? Also would it be worth my time to create a lawsuit?

Last Thursday I tripped on a sidewalk that had been raised due to a tree root, I hurt my hands (mainly my right hand) and I have been unable to work and perform most of my daily activities since the accident.

David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf answered on Apr 11, 2016

I recommend treatment if injuries resulted form an incident with OR without the possibility of pursuing a claim or lawsuit. If there is a legal remedy or cause of action for negligence, there may be a case or claim to pursue. You should find out your rights through a consultation with a local... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: My car was damaged in the lot of a bar by drunk patrons fighting. There was security, they did nothing. Is owner liable?

I made police report, have witnesses etc.

David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf answered on Apr 6, 2016

There may be a case or claim to pursue if you can prove that the bar was negligent and the damage to your vehicle was foreseeable and preventable. You may also check to see if there is any criminal case pending for the fight. You may be able to recover your damage through restitution on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Washington State, Minor, does settlement HAVE to go into an account that they can't touch until they are 18yrs old? T/F

The insurance company is going to pay him (minor) money for an accident and they said that it has to do into an account that he can only touch when he is 18 years old. And it has to go through the courts cause he's a minor.

I'm wanting to know if that is true or false.

David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf answered on Apr 5, 2016

Each state has its own laws and procedures to protect minors when there is a settlement. The process will depend on the state, the type of case, and the amount of the money involved. You should contact a personal injury attorney or a guardianship attorney in your region to discuss further. Good... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: If someone breaks into my home, and my dog attacks them, can they sue?
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Mar 9, 2016

People can always sue, but here the likelihood of them winning is low. Your question is listed as Washington, but you are posting from California. If it was in California, despite strict liability for dog bites, the person cannot be trespassing, so they would loose. In any case, if you are sued,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Do I have a invaison of privacy lawsuit?

My Fiances Ex-boyfriend used my criminal record to keep his daughter in Washington State for a relocation. He used my information to make my fiance look bad. He told her he hired a P.I., he didnt even have my date of birth.

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Feb 24, 2016

No, this would not be an invasion of privacy as a criminal record is a pubic record, noting private. A quick Google search of people's names will turn up plenty of sites that will do records searches.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: r can I use tort liability against police officer accusing me in traffic ticket as a violation to to pay instead report

and I dont understand why he cited to fast to drive in this condition ... when there was no crime committed, noand no injury, mininum demage . From now on it would be up the parties who start or no the case in civil court. Because of the violation ticket my licence was suspended op on officer's... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Feb 24, 2016

This is really hard to read, but FYI you have no right to a jury trial for infractions, and you would have hard time proving liability on a police officer.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: In sophomore year of highschool I had a teacher who labeled a spray bottle of water with the words "Mormon repellent",

She would spray me, in front of the whole class, if I acted out. I was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I had bouts of hyperactivity frequently in class. But I was extremely embarrassed and eventually gave up my faith in Mormonism to fit in at school. Do I have any case against the school system for... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Feb 24, 2016

This would likely turn on how long ago this was. Assuming you were a minor, that would toll the statute of limitations, but only while you remained a minor. A tort claim notice also would be needed.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: My windows were broke out of my car by my friends boyfriend at their grandma's house who is responcible for it

I went to visit my friend at her house .she was living in a house owned by her grandmother .her boyfriend came there and broke out 2 of my windows of my car and 1 of her car windows .I don't make that much money so I only have collision insurance on my car .she doesn't have to pay rent or any thing... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 22, 2015

The boyfriend is responsible.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: can i sue for pain & suffering when someone else is responsible for the death of my cat
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Oct 3, 2015

In most states, the answer is no because animals are treated like property, and you can't recover emotional damages for damage to property.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Looking for an attorney that can help out with a mesh sling litigation I have attorneys in Texas but I feel they don't

Have my best interest in mind I need a local attorney to make sure they don't throw me under the bus I'm with Boston Scientific tier 4.. can someone help

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 10, 2015

Many pharmaceutical and medical device cases are handled on a national basis. There are usually a number of law firms that focus on a particular product/device. Cases are often filed in federal court and combined in what's called a multi-district litigation (MDL). For example, there is a federal... Read more »

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