If you accept the policy limits you will likely be required to sign a release of claims. Once signed, you may not continue to pursue the negligent driver. However, if your sister had underinsured motorist coverage, you may be able to file a UIM claim with her carrier. I would consult with an attorney before proceeding. Best of luck.
Yes. You should hire someone that is well versed in brain injuries / head trauma. These cases can be complex, and an experienced attorney will be well worth the contingency retainer fee. I hope your child recovers quickly. Having grown up in Redding, the courts are often very conservative and you will face an uphill battle if you don't have the right attorney on your side. Best of luck
Your insurance company will likely be on the hook for the excess judgment. If they refuse to pay a judgment in excess of the policy limits, you have a vaild claim for bad faith. Consult with an attorney that deals with bad faith claims if you get a judgment that the insurance company refuses to pay. Best of luck.
You should have filed an incident report with management. Then seek medical attention to treat whatever injuries that you sustained. Then consult with a personal injury attorney to ensure that your rights are protected and you claim is handled properly. You can use Avvo to find personal injury attorneys in your area that will likely offer a free consultation. Best of luck.
I am sorry to hear about the ordeal you went through. In order to properly evaluate your claim, an attorney would really need to review your records and consult with an expert in dental malpractice. My office handles these types of cases, and would be happy to offer you a free consultation. Be aware that you have one year from the date of the injury to file your claim.
I am really sorry to hear about this tragic loss. To answer your question, it really depends. You will have a claim if the actions of the medical staff did not meet the standard of care -- that is, whatever they did, must be what a reasonable person with similar training would have done under the circumstances. I would recommend having the medical records reviewed by a medical malpractice attorney, and a medical expert. They will be able to advise whether the care your sister received fell...
You should hire an attorney. It sounds like you might have a causation defense, and possibly an indemity claim agaisnt the city for a danagerous public condition (the poorly designed intersection). Best of luck.
While there is no magic formula to determine a good settlement, I agree with my other colleagues here. You should consult with a personal injury attorney. Without an attorney insurance companies have the advantage and will often low-ball your offer.