The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 47
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 47

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 11, 1997
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By ROGER COSSACK & GRETA VAN SUSTEREN Q: I've heard that plaintiffs in small claims courts often don't see the money that's awarded to them. Is this true? How does the court ensure that the money gets paid? Steven J. Vite, St. Paul, Minn. It is not the obligation of the small claims court to make sure people collect on any judgment obtained. The court merely says who wins. If the judgment is in your favor and money is due you, the court will offer help in collecting if you follow the correct procedure. The actual collection is often time-consuming; you may have to attach wages, etc., and the court will help by giving you court The number of small claims court cases is holding steady: 1993 - 2.98 •HUM 1994 - 2.86 mWkm 1995 - 2.9 Million SOURCE NOKW. CBflB) FOR SVHl COURI5 (FIGU81S FCHIMN10 COURTS IN 38 SWB TRACKED BY THE CEWffll orders to do the collection. You should speak to someone in the Small Claims Court Office in your jurisdiction and find out how they can help you collect a judgment. Q: A few months ago, I discovered that an acquaintance was stealing from me. He wrote a check on my account, cashed a check mailed to me and put roughly $1,200 in purchases on my credit card. At the request of the banks and the credit card company, I went to the police and was amazed at their lack of interest. What legal recourse do I have? Teresa Allison, South Attleboro, Mass. The police should be interested in your allegations. We suggest that you take ail your evidence (credit card receipts and so forth) and go to your local prosecutor. The reason the police aren't interested 8 USA WEEKEND • May 8-11,1987 _ ^ Ai^a^rrfie^lcal breakthrough has confirmed that neither Tq&tf nor stress brings about ulcers. Most ulcers stem from an infection in the stomach caused by bacteria known as H pylori. Hpylori is also the reason most ulcers return after being healed. Treatment has now been developed that will do more than merely heal your ulcer, it can also wipe H pylori from your system. Which for many people may put an end to those painful, gut wrenching attacks. You don't have to live in dread any longer. OR CALL 1-80O58-ULCER FOR MORE INFORMATION. might be that they do not see enough information to support your allegations of criminal conduct. They may think you simply have a grudge against your acquaintance. So you need to bring enough evidence to support your allegation. Q: Attending a roller-skating party at the local rink, I fell (I'm not sure how) and did considerable damage to my wrist and arm. The injury was so severe that I now have a metal plate and six screws in my left arm. Even though the skating rink has signs posted, is management at all responsible for my injury? I'm curious because I work in retail, and if someone falls or bumps into something, the store is found at fault. Ann Uttrell, Pikeville, N.C. Ouch! It sounds as if you really got hurt. The issue is: Whose fault is it? You say you don't know how you fell, but you may live in an area where both you and the skating rink could be responsible. Then the question becomes: Who is more responsible? Contact a lawyer in your area who handles personal injury cases and give him or her all the facts. Q: While visiting the Chicago area, I was stopped at a traffic checkpoint and was cited for not wearing a seat belt even though I was wearing it. I think the officer didn't see it because I'm large and it was a dark, rainy evening, I contested the issue, traveling more than 175 miles to appear in court, where the case was dismissed. Is there any way I can get reimbursed for my expenses - traveling and hotel room In pursuing the matter in court? Larry Zettel, Dubuque, Iowa We don't blame you for being mad. We urge you to take out your pen (or get on your computer) and start writing. We suggest the chief of police, the mayor and the newspaper. Don't count on any money for reimbursement, but you may get some satisfaction. This is not worth more of your time and frustration. Send a few written missiles and be done with it. Q ftwfu CMMck and Grata Van Sust«rtn, hosts of CNN's Burden ol Proof, answer your legal questions in this exclusive twice-monthly column. It next runs In the May 30-June 1 issue. Write to: "The Law." 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229-0012 (e-mail:; fax: 703-276-5518). Please include your name, address and telephone number, with area code. Laws vary by state. Check with an attorney before taking action. USA WEEKEND • May 9-11,1097 9

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