The short answer to your question is yes, you can hire painters and movers -- and certainly should if you are not able to do it yourself as you had planned. However, the driver who hit you will probably not pay for it out of his own pocket, and his insurance company certainly will not until all your damages are known.
Does the guy who hit you have insurance? If so, his liability company will be responsible for paying for the damages he caused you -- but not until after all your damages are...
It's hard to tell whether this is a fair settlement; however, it may very well be. You may not need a lawyer. Given the amount of your medical bills and lost wages, If you do not have any ongoing medical issues, you may be better off settling this case yourself and avoid paying a lawyer a fee that might actually decrease what you net. If this is the first amount offered by the insurance company, there may be a little bit more, and before settling you should find out what the company's top...
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It sounds like you were not injured in the minor accident. If you were not
at fault , contact the other driver’s insurance company. However, if for
some reason the other driver’s insurance company will not pay, it might
make more sense for you to pay for the damage yourself instead of making a
claim on your own insurance policy. The insurer may raise your rates
because of your claim (even a minor one) and that could cost you more than...
Unfortunately, holding the rink responsibility for the actions of the teenagers will be very difficult, if not impossible. The rink's responsibility is to have a reasonably safe place for skaters to skate or to warn of dangers it knows exist. An important question is whether it was foreseeable that these teenagers would horse around like they did. Evidently, there were no posted rules, so how is one to know what is acceptable behavior at that rink? Is it normal for a commercial skating rink...
Many lawyers will tell you that you need to talk to a lawyer. I'm telling you the same thing. But, when you find a lawyer to talk to, be sure to find one that answers all your questions and gives you real information, not just "we care for you." What happened to you is unique to you. There is no "customary" amount for pain and suffering.. But there is a fair amount. I have written a book chock full of information about injury cases in Virginia -- "Now What?" -- with information about what to do...
Yes, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer before dealing with the insurance company - for several reasons.
1. Insurance adjusters are trained to talk to, and have talked to, hundreds of people who have been involved in car accidents in Virginia. Even if this is not your first accident, you certainly have not been trained in the law or involved in hundreds of accidents. Adjusters have the upper hand.
2. Insurance companies are not in the business of being fair to the people their...
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Your insurance company has a duty to protect you from claims up to the
amount of your liability coverage. I suggest you speak to the adjuster (or
the lawyer hired by your insurance company if a lawsuit has been filed) and
ask if you have enough coverage to protect you from this claim. Good luck.
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I am so sorry for what happened to your family in the loss of your mom. I agree that Virginia law will apply since the car accident happened here, so you will need help from a Virginia lawyer. About the car insurance, the important factor is whether the person(s) who caused the accident - and your mother's injuries that led to her death - had insurance and how much coverage that person (or persons) had. Best wishes to you and your family.
You should contact a lawyer who can explain your options -- and the pitfalls of speaking to the insurance company. The insurance company is trying to settle fast so it does not have to compensate your wife for all the injuries she suffered. That is what insurance companies do. They want you to believe that by accepting their fast settlement without hiring a lawyer, you will get more money because you won't have to pay a lawyer. It sounds like in this case that is not true, since your wife is...
Unfortunately, property damage claims are rarely, if ever, satisfactorily resolved in favor of the consumer, and it sounds like your case fits into that category. In Virginia, you can get the reasonable cost of repair of the vehicle. You might also make a claim for the diminution in value of the car; however, to do so would require expert testimony -- which would cost you more in dollars and aggravation and time.
If you have been injured, you should talk to an experienced personal injury...