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I agree with the prior answer in that you really need to speak with a lawyer quickly. You are probably going to have to pay an attorney an hourly fee to get their advice, but you realy need help. I don't do that type of work, but give me a call and I'll try to refer you to someone.
It sounds like you already know the answer. You've got to hire an attorney immediatley. In your situation you have L&I pointing the finger at the auto accident, and the auto accident pointing the finger at L&I. You need an advocate who is on your side that can hold both sides feet to the fire and get a resolution that puts you in the best position possible.
Both parties are going to point the finger of blame at the other one. The mechanic will say it is NAPA's fault, and NAPA will say it is the mechanic's fault. The only way you are going to get anywhere is by filing a lawsuit. Depending on the amount of damage to your car you may be able to handle the matter yourself in small claims court. If the damage is big enough then an attorney may be willing to get involved.
Have you tried making a claim for the damage under your automobile policy?
You should definitely speak to an attorney who focuses on personal injury law. As one of the prior attorneys said, the police don't have the final word on who is liable for an accident or injuries. Not only may your time to bring a claim against the other driver be running out, but there are other steps an attorney may be able to take to prove that you aren't liable for the other parties injuries. For that type of work, however, you may have to pay someone an hourly rate.
Best of luck.
You don't need to hire an attorney...if you want the other insurance company to screw you.
So far, everything you've described is normal. You need to hire an attorney as soon as possible. The only way you are going to get a fair settlement is by hiring an attorney. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that you may make a mistake that will end up costing you. Typically, those who hire attorneys will get more in their pocket at the end of the day than those who don't hire...
I would have to disagree with the above post. First and foremost, I would need more information regarding the type of assault. The common definition of assault is different than the legal definition of assault, and you may not be dealing with an assault at all. Also, the context of how the event occurred is crucial to determining what type of case it is.
My best advice would be to contact an attorney who's practice focuses on personal injury. They will ask the questions they need to in...