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.
May 11, 2022
My daughter was riding on the back of a motorcycle. The motorcycle driver cut in front of a car a little too close, clipping the bike's back and causing it to go down, killing the driver and severely injuring my daughter. We found out the motorcycle driver only had minimum motorcycle insurance, and I didn't know what to do. My daughter is covered under my insurance, including our umbrella policy. However, I am concerned that our insurance won't cover the accident since the driver she was riding with might have been at fault. My daughter is only 19, and this accident will likely affect her for the rest of her life. I am on disability and don't have any money, can the lawyer help?
May 4, 2022
My son was t-boned 'by a car that ran a stop sign. He was taken to the hospital with a broken neck, collapsed lung, and concussion. The driver who ran the stop sign was a rideshare driver with a passenger in the back. When we contacted his insurance company, they indicated that he was not covered under their policy because he had failed to notify them that he was a driver for a rideshare company. The medical bills, therapy, and lost income are devastating for my son and his new family. Can the lawyer help us?
April 27, 2022
My 19-year-old daughter had booked a massage at a Venice massage salon. The male therapist touched her genitals. When I confronted the man, he claimed that touching her genitals was part of the therapy. My daughter is distraught and will need a lot of counseling and treatment. The masseuse has quit and disappeared because the police are looking to charge him with sexual battery after they got him to admit he touched her in a controlled phone call. The salon is claiming they are not responsible, and they also indicated it could have been part of her therapy. Can the lawyer help us know what to do?
April 20, 2022
My wife was in a severe car accident with multiple injuries and lost wages. The at-fault driver's insurance company indicated they would pay all our medical bills, car repair, rental car, and lost wages. But now, three months later, they are balking at the medical bills and want my wife to see their doctors, and nothing is as promised. They have paid us some money but nothing near what we need. Is it too late to contact an attorney? The friendly company of three months ago is gone and we are worried.
April 13, 2022
An avid bike rider, my son, was hit by a driver who opened his car door and struck my son, who was riding his bike. My son was taken by ambulance to the hospital with several broken bones, including a fractured jaw. The police came and got the driver of the car's information. We don't know whether we should pursue the driver's car insurance. Can we pursue our uninsured motorist coverage if the driver is not insured? We are lost and need advice from a lawyer.
April 6, 2022
My nephew was riding down state road 776 on his motorcycle when he was struck crossing an intersection. The delivery vehicle that struck him ran a red light but claimed that he couldn't see the light or my nephew due to the fog, and thus he claims he is not liable. The fog was heavy, but it didn't seem right that he claimed not to be responsible. My nephew only has minimum insurance, and he is still in the hospital with very severe injuries to his legs. Can you ask the lawyer what we should do?
March 30, 2022
My husband was killed riding his motorcycle at Daytona Bike Week. He was struck by a delivery truck, and the truck driver was ticketed for violating the right of way of my husband. My husband and I have two adult children, a son who is 23 and a daughter who is 21. A family friend said that my adult children should have an attorney as well as myself. I am so confused as to how to proceed. Do we need multiple attorneys? Please ask the lawyer what is best. We are heartbroken and don't want our grief to impact our case negatively.
March 16, 2022
My daughter rode her bike home from school and was struck by a drunk driver who ran a stop sign. The driver had a suspended driver's license and no insurance. My daughter was taken to the hospital by ambulance with several broken bones, including a shattered knee. I have full coverage, including uninsured motorist coverage but a friend of mine said that since my daughter doesn't have a driver's license and wasn't in our car, he didn't think our car insurance would help. Can you please ask the lawyer if we are out of luck? The medical bills are going to be enormous.
March 9, 2022
My husband, who is in his 30s, was in a terrible motorcycle collision and is currently unable to walk due to his injuries. The doctors say he will need lots of therapy, and I will probably have to quit my job to take care of him. He may be paralyzed for the rest of his life, and we were starting to plan for a family. The driver who hit him died in the accident, and he only carried minimum insurance. Luckily we have full coverage, including uninsured coverage. The insurance company says they will pay the medical bills, but it will be a tremendous loss if I leave my job. Can you ask the lawyer if the insurance company should pay for my lost wages? What about the possibility we won't' be able to have a family. Even though the insurance company is acting like they will be there for us, should I still get a lawyer?
March 2, 2022
My wife was crossing the street when one of our neighbors driving a golf cart struck her. She was taken to the hospital and had a broken hip which will need surgery and months of therapy. The person driving the golf cart gave me his car insurance company information. Still, the insurance company is saying they are not responsible because a golf cart is not a motor vehicle. I was surprised as many people in our area used golf carts to travel the roads to run errands etc. I have full coverage of my cars, but now I am not sure my insurance will cover the accident. Would you ask the lawyer if what I am being told is true? Is there anything a lawyer could do to help?
February 23, 2022
My Brother is in the hospital because yesterday he was struck by a car while riding his motorcycle. The other driver was ticketed, but I don't know all the details. I had told my sister that we should contact a lawyer immediately, and she thinks we should wait to see how injured he is and what our insurance says. Can you ask the lawyer why we should contact a lawyer now.
February 16, 2022
My wife was shopping at a local supermarket when she went down one of the isles. She slipped on a slippery substance that was on the floor. The fall caused her to break her hip and wrist. She will have to have surgery on both her hip and her wrist. The manager came over and stated that he had told one of his employees to clean up the mess 15 minutes ago. The store acted like they would pay all the medical bills and even lost income, but then their insurance company claimed they were not liable and didn't believe my wife slipped on anything. The assistant manager said he saw the whole thing on the office video system, but now they claim there is no video. (an employee friend said he heard one of the bosses talking about making the video disappear). Can a lawyer help us, or is it too late if we have already spoken to the insurance company. Is there anything you can do if they destroy evidence?
February 9, 2022
My seventeen-year-old daughter rented an E-bike, and while she was riding down the street in Ponta Gorda, she was side-swiped by a car that had just driven away. She was knocked unconscious when she struck a pole at a pretty high rate of speed. Luckily, a witness called the police, who arranged to have my daughter taken to the hospital. The doctors indicated she has several broken bones and a concussion. The witness described the vehicle, but that's all. I have full coverage on my vehicles, but I am being told an E-Bike isn't considered a vehicle. Can you ask the lawyer if we will have to pay all the medical bills on our own?
February 2, 2022
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary at a Venice restaurant. A waiter cleaning the table dropped a glass of water and continued to the kitchen instead of cleaning the spill. When my wife went to use the bathroom, she slipped on the spill. She fell hard on her arm and struck her head. She was taken to the hospital and released. Weeks later, she was still having severe pain. After multiple visits, her doctor sent my wife to a pain specialist, who diagnosed her with RSD. The insurance company wants to settle by paying the current medical bills and $10,000. It seems like a lot of money, but we are concerned that RSD could involve a very long treatment period and maybe physical therapy. Can you ask the lawyer what he thinks we should do? We are worried about the future.
January 26, 2022
My husband was riding his bicycle on Tamiami Trail when he was struck by a car that ran a red light. My husband had severe injuries, including broken bones. The driver was ticketed, and when we contacted his insurance company, they indicated they would take care of all our medical bills. Two months later, they are questioning my husband's injuries and want him to see one of their doctors. I am concerned that their doctor might minimize my husband's injuries and required therapy. Is it too late to contact a lawyer? Does my husband have to see their doctor? How can a lawyer help protect us?
January 19, 2022
My 17-year-old daughter was in Miami visiting my sister, and she decided to go to a shopping mall across town. As she and one of her cousins were leaving one of the stores, there was an altercation, and she was shot by a stray bullet fired by a young man about twenty feet from my daughter. She was rushed to the hospital with a severe spine injury from the shooting. When I watched a local news story, they reported that this mall was the site of several previous shootings. Following an earlier incident, they had promised the public that they would increase security. The reporter on my daughter's shooting scene indicated that none of those security measures had been implemented. The hospital doctors tell my daughter she will need extensive physical therapy and treatment. Our family struggles to meet our bills and can't afford this extra expense. When we contacted the mall management, they denied responsibility. Can you ask the lawyer if there is anything we can do?
January 12, 2022
My daughter attending school in Sarasota was sexually assaulted by a maintenance staff member at the apartment complex. It turns out that the maintenance person who was hired by the complex had a previous sexual assault conviction in Orlando two years earlier. The maintenance person had a master key and could access her apartment when her roommates were away over the weekend. My daughter is devastated and will need psychological therapy to deal with the trauma for a long time. We wanted to sue the apartment complex, but we were unsure if hiring a lawyer in Sarasota was necessary. Can you ask the lawyer who we should contact? Shouldn't there be better laws to protect apartment renters?