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.
the client's recovery is not earned income and as such, is not taxable so you don't need to send them a 1099. you report the income then have your CPA write off the portions you did not receive as income, i.e. the portion you sent the client, payments on liens
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, you may sue him. the insurance carrier may make certain arguments, i.e. your son "darted out" into traffic, but based on the fact driver was speeding you have a very, very good chance of getting a recovery for your son. btw, I hope his recovery is full and speedy. contact a local attorney that only handles personal injury
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.
following the letter of the law any reporting officer will most likely find the fact she was a few feet out of the crosswalk significant. depending on circumstances, may not prove to be that significant in a civil claim, i.e. visibility, lighting, etc. Also, intoxication may establish your friend to be partially at fault, but if there was nothing that she could have done to avoid the collision being sober, then her intoxication may prove to be irrelevant and excluded pre-trial
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