I am sorry to hear that you got a ticket, especially if it was not your fault. You may want to talk to an attorney about fighting the ticket. As far as a civil suit. you should definitely talk to an attorney about representing you for your car accident, especially if liability is in dispute.
You are probably entitled to some money for pain and suffering. Make sure you keep the nutshell. Also, jot down the names of any witnesses while the memory is fresh in your head. You may want to consider negotiating a settlement with the restaurant directly. If that does not work, you can try to file a small claims action. Given the likely low dollar amount of this case, some attorneys may not want to take your case. But, if you look around, you will probably be able to find someone...
This is a very complicated issue. You need to consult an attorney. They short answer is that workers compensation is entitled to dollar for dollar reimbursement from your personally injury case. There are two types of rights that the carrier has: 1: credit rights and 2: lien rights. Both of these rights are held by the workers compensation carrier when there is a personal injury cross over. Consult an attorney who may be able to assist in reducing the lien and credit rights.
If you are unrepresented, you may need to go to a Panel QME doctor. Information about this process should be included in paperwork sent to you by the insurance company. This doctor can help evaluate whether that treatment is necessary and whether it should be provided. Beware though, this process does not apply if your date of injury is after 12/31/2012. In addition, this PQME process will change on July 1, 2013 for all dates of injury. Disputes for requests for medical treatment will be...
It does not mean that your attorney is ripping you off just because he/she is Facebook friends with the other attorney. Many attorneys are friends with each other on Facebook and other social media outlets. It is a very serious allegation that your attorney withheld evidence because he/she is friends with the defense attorney.
I agree with the previous answers. If your case was closed by way of Stipulation with Request for Award, then you still have medical coverage through Workers' Compensation. If you got a Compromise and Release, then it is unlikely that you can get care through Workers' Compensation on that claim. You can no longer be denied coverage for per-existing conditions, so you should be able to have personal insurance pick it up.
You should contact an attorney if your case is still denied after a PQME decision. If you choose not to hire an attorney, your only recourse would be to file for a hearing at the WCAB and then get a trial and do it yourself. An attorney would be preferable.