I think it matters a lot in that whatever the policy is, if the attorney knows how to handle the liens stemming from this your daughter will at least net something from the policy. Additionally, there may be other concerns regarding dangerous roadway, etc. Please retain an attorney who has experience in these matters.
based on the fact you've already dismissed one attorney due to your perception that attorney wasn't doing enough for you, and now want to do so again, I suggest rather you sit down with your current attorney and get a better understanding of the process. Although you feel your case should have been settled two months ago that may not be accurate.
your mother and father have potential actions for negligence, loss of consortium, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. You have to establish elements to each, specifically you have to establish the hospital was negligent in failing to inspect and/or repair the pole that caused your mom's injuries. I think it's safe to say you'll need an attorney to help them out on this. Attorney's on this site most likely all work on a contingency, which means they don't ask for money up from but...
yes, the insurance company is trying to get over on you; regardless of whether or not you were paid through vacation time, sick leave, etc, the insurance company owes you for the time you missed from work. You may need to get some verification from your employer, but the carrier owes for any time you missed.
you can consult with a California attorney but the advice you get may or may not be 100% accurate in the that laws of whatever state the accident occurred in may differ from ours. Furthermore, just a simple consult without retaining an attorney isn't going to lead to much information because we can't consult a non-client on how to proceed for fear of malpractice suits. As such, if your sister is considering legal advice I suggest she retain an attorney in the state it occurred.
there is no third party bad faith in Cali, thus the offers are what they are. only way to secure a bad faith is to obtain an excess judgment against their insured, have that insured assign their first party bad faith rights to you and take it from there. To do this you're most likely going to need an attorney who handles bad faith claims.
without knowing the type of sewer drain, it's not that easy to remove the cover off these. Typically you need specialized tools. Given the nature and extent of your injuries you should get an attorney to get maintenance history on this drain. Even without, had it been uncovered for some time notice can be implied. My office is downtown on Weber and I'd be happy to meet for a free consult, 209-464-7700
in dropping a client's file an attorney has the obligation to make sure that client has enough time to protect the statute, allowing sufficient time to find other counsel. Sounds as if your attorney did not do that and thus may be responsible for blowing your statute.
difficult scenario in that it's your boss. There may actually be Labor Law issues involved, work comp at a minimum. On a personal level, I think it's irresponsible of your boss to ask you to sign the contract without fully informing you of your rights. In a dog bite claim pain and suffering is available. You did not state any monies were paid for pain and suffering. The difficulty arises when you ask your boss for additional money for pain and suffering. In line with the other attorneys...
yes, I have a very good idea of pain and suffering amount = policy limits. And, you will need to maximize your recovery from this by negotiating/eliminating any claimed medical liens on this recovery. My office is in Sacramento and I'd be happy to discuss this with you 916-442-0000 - Fred