Attorney Holbrooke is directly on point!
If your sick - get a doctor!
If your hurt - get an attorney!
Quote: "requesting that they make me an offer to settle" this makes me cringe, and is further evidence that you need to hire a professional and stop playing attorney. Please contact one of the attorneys above that are licensed in Fl who have posted so you don't get taken advantage of.
Sounds like you have a property damage only issue if your wife was not injured, which you need to make darn sure of before you settle anything with the insurance company.
It makes a difference if its your insurance company or the other drivers that is wanting to settle.
Generally, you get what the fair market value of the car was; what you owe on it is not relevant to them. If its your insurance company, they have a duty of good faith and fair dealing with you since you have a contract with...
You need to hire a local attorney to help you, and you should be able to mitigate the charges. Most Judges don't care to hear that you did not know, beacuse they hear that every time, but the fact that you are military carries some weight and will be a big help. In MS the DA works felony charges, and a local prosecutor works minor charges like this. You can call the court and ask who the prosecutor (city or county) is depending on if you got the ticket in city limits or not. He/she may or may...
I'm confused, were you the wrong person that got served?
If so, why did you not show up at court and say so? You have a duty to mitigate.
Why do you not have a contract with your attorney?
Why are you upset that your lawyer is trying to mediate? That may be your best option.
Contact a local personal injury attorney, preferably one of the attorneys that are licensed in CA above that have taken the time to respond to your question. If you are still having headaches, then go back to your doctor and make sure you don't have a concussion.
Very sorry to hear about your loss. Call a personal injury firm and take advantage of the free initial consultation. If the hospital is a government entity, then the tort claim act will apply, and your attorney can explain how the process will go. Medical malpractice cases are difficult, and expensive since medical experts must be obtained to review the facts surrounding each claim. What will determine if there is a viable claim will be if the dr or hospital was negligent, or to say it another...