Ask The Lawyer - Radio Show
Bruce L. Scheiner speaks with Todd Matthews on KIX Country 92.9 every Wednesday morning at 9am to answer questions related to Personal Injury. If you have missed any of these features, we have archived audio files of previously broadcasted features here on the “Ask the Lawyer” page.
January 24, 2018
My husband was rear ended while sitting at a red light forcing his car into the SUV in front of him. He lost. He had months of rehab, and months of physical therapy over a 2.5 year period and back has reached a plateau which leaves him in constant pain. He has damage to his discs including protrusions and an annular tear. His job is greatly affected as part of his work was to lift and move pianos. He is the owner of the business and now has to pay others to do this aspect of his work. We have $150K uninsured coverage. We'd like to talk with an experienced attorney having dealt with underinsured policies.
January 17, 2018
My 8 year old son was having difficulties with his math class. The school system provided a tutor for him. After 6 months, I learned that the tutor, who was employed by a National tutoring company, was sexually molesting my son. Both the school and the tutoring company are denying any responsibility because the tutor's actions were not part of his job description. The school has a clear policy against any sexual contact, but because the tutor was not their employee, they say that they are not liable. Can this really be true? We are devastated. Can a lawyer help?
January 10, 2018
I was riding my bicycle north on the sidewalk on the southbound side of US-41. There was a pickup truck stopped at the exit of the 7-Eleven. He was waiting to turn right into traffic. As I passed directly in front of his truck he started to go. He ran over my foot was stuck under his tire and my bicycle. I yelled to back up off my foot, he rolled forward off the foot and then backed over it again. I'm pretty sure foot or ankle are both broken? Tomorrow I'll try and find somewhere that can x-ray and treat injury - my bike is destroyed. I'm going lose time at work and in extreme pain. Would like to know your thoughts. I'm a 45 year old women in good physical condition otherwise.
January 3, 2018
The past three weeks have been a roller coaster ride and I need advice. I was traveling on a side street in Fort Myers when I was side swiped by a pick-up that had to be traveling at least twice the posted speed of 35 mph. My car was totaled and I suffered a few broken bones, but the most serious injury has been the head trauma. I hit my head on the window so hard that I was knocked out, waking up at Lee Memorial Hospital 2 days later. I found out today that the at-fault driver is uninsured. He keeps telling me that he will take care of replacing my car and all my medical expenses, but he will not put this down in writing… I think it's time I seek legal advice.
November 8, 2017
My friend's father was sitting in the rear seat of a car that was involved in a significant crash. The car was a rental car. As a result of the crash, the seat-back gave way causing the death of my friend's father. The party that caused the crash had minimum coverage. The back seats were the type that fold down to give additional storage space.
October 11, 2017
- What are insurance companies starting to exclude from homeowners policies that I should be aware of?
- Does homeowners insurance cover you for things that may occur outside the home?
- What is an umbrella policy? Why would it be important?
September 6, 2017
- How much car insurance should I carry? What does the state require?
- What is PIP?
August 23, 2017
My wife was riding her new motorcycle and unfortunately, she had an accident. She broke her leg and had to have surgery with hardware put in to close the fracture. She was in the middle lane following behind me. A car made a quick lane change into my wife's lane from the left. The car got really close to my wife's bike and in a manner of a seconds kind of grazed the rear wheel of the motorcycle then went back into the left lane. My wife, who is a new rider, kind of swerved, and lost control of her bike and came off the bike. I saw in the rear-view mirror her body hit the pavement hard and bounce up in the air and slam down again. She broke her leg. The other car took off and I couldn't get his license plate. There were no witnesses. Now my wife is out of work for 6 weeks while her leg heals up, and she has 100k of medical bills. We are beside ourselves and don't know what to do.
August 2, 2017
My elderly father was crossing at the crosswalk on his three-wheel battery powered bike when he was struck and killed by a car. The driver was attempting to make a right hand turn and claimed that my father waved her through. However, the police report indicated that he was hit 5-feet into the crosswalk. A witness statement indicates that the driver never came to a complete stop and was on her cell phone when she struck my father (both claims the driver denies). The driver's insurance company refuses to deal with me claiming negligence on my father's part. What can we do?
July 26, 2017
I was a passenger in a friend's car driving North on I-75 at dusk on a rainy day. My friend crashed into a stopped tractor trailer which was only partially on the shoulder of the highway. The tractor trailer had no warning signs behind it or warning flares. I had sustained a shattered arm and leg and my friend only had minimum insurance coverage - what can I do?
July 19, 2017
My cousin was operating a motorcycle when a car ran a stop sign and crashed into my cousin causing him to be hospitalized. The at-fault party had no insurance and my cousin had no uninsured motorist coverage on his motorcycle. However, my cousin owned both a car and pick-up truck that had stacking uninsured motorist coverage. Is there anything my cousin can do?
July 12, 2017
I was riding my bicycle on Old McGregor Boulevard heading towards Sanibel. I was riding in the street and a car struck me from the rear causing very severe injuries including a broken leg which needs pins inserted to keep the bone in place. The driver of the car is claiming it is not his fault, because the sun was in his eyes. Does sun glare eliminate the liability for the driver?
July 5, 2017
My niece and nephew came down to visit us at our condominium. I was unaware that the condo association had removed the child protection fence around the pool area and tragically, my nephew wandered into the pool and drowned. The condo association has a sign posted that said "Swim at your own risk" - does that mean that my sister and her husband cannot sue the condo association?
May 31, 2017
My son was involved in an accident where he was a passenger in his friend's pickup truck. He was wearing his seatbelt. A truck broad sided the pickup truck at a high rate of speed and my son sustained comminuted fractures on both legs. We retained a personal injury attorney on my son's behalf, however, we've been trying to follow up with the law firm for 2 months and cannot get a call back. What can we do?
May 24, 2017
I was a passenger in a power boat and the driver of the boat came into the dock at a high rate of speed and crashed into the dock. I was thrown against a pylon and received broken bones and a concussion. The driver of the boat is claiming that the boat owner is responsible and that we should pursue his insurance. Is that correct?
May 10, 2017
My brother was on his way to work and was struck by a drunk driver. The driver provided some insurance information and then left the scene. There was a witness to the accident and he got their information. What should my brother do? Should he contact his insurance company
April 19, 2017
My father was riding a bicycle when he came to a stop sign. He stopped at the stop sign and then proceeded to cross four lanes. Just as he entered the fourth lane, a truck that was coming from his right side at a high rate of speed crashed into his bike. As a result of the crash, my dad passed away three days later. I contacted the insurance company for the truck and they denied responsibility. My dad was survived by my mom, his wife of 55 years. What should she do?
April 5, 2017
My mom was a passenger on a small boat. The operator of the boat was going fast and hit a wake which caused my mom to go flying. She broke her vertebrae in her back and required shoulder surgery. She has incurred substantial medical bills, what can she do?
March 22, 2017
My husband was killed in an auto accident. The at fault driver had $25,000 of bodily injury liability insurance. I later learned that the at fault driver was on the computer as an Uber driver. Is there anything we can do besides collecting the driver's small insurance policy limits?
March 8, 2017
I was riding my motorcycle on Tamiami Trail and was struck by a tourist with low limits of insurance. I had a badly broken leg that required surgery. I found out that the tourist was attending a work-related seminar at the time of the accident, what can I do?
March 1, 2017
My daughter was injured while riding on someone's golf cart in the neighborhood. They hit a ditch and the golf cart flipped over. The owner of the golf cart doesn't have insurance on the golf cart and refuses to help pay for my daughter's medical bills. Is there anything I can do to help pay these bills?
February 8, 2017
My husband was riding his bike and a car came at a high rate of speed over the bridge my husband was riding on and struck him. His injuries were serious and we have incurred more than $100,000 in medical bills. To make matters worse, the investigating police officer determined that the accident was my husband's fault in spite of my husband denying that he caused the accident. The driver's insurance company is refusing to pay anything. He only had $100,000 in bodily injury insurance which would not be sufficient to pay all my husband's bills any way. If the police say it was my husband's fault are we automatically out of luck? Might a lawyer be able to help? It seems so unfair.
February 1, 2017
A tractor trailer was going to make a delivery just before dawn last week. When the driver went to back up into the loading dock, he was also blocking the northbound lane of the road. My brother was driving northbound on the highway and didn't see the truck in time to stop and as a result he was decapitated. He had a wife and two children and his wife has been told that she doesn't have a claim against the truck owner, because he should have avoided striking the truck. Is that true? Is there anything that she can do?
January 25, 2017
My cousin was riding in a small ski boat and the driver of the boat drove at a high rate of speed into the wake of another boat. This caused my cousin to be thrown from his seat and he sustained a head injury, as well as broken vertebrate in his back. What can he do to get his medical bills paid?
January 18, 2017
Recently, my wife was going for some coffee and tripped over a pipe which was sticking 2 inches above the surface right outside the entrance to the coffee shop. As a result of her fall, she broke her hip and has to have surgery to replace the hip and fix other injuries. The store manager claims they are not responsible for her fall, because the property is owned by another company. What can she do? Who should be responsible?