I think your friend should definitely contact a personal injury attorney. Your friend also needs to follow up with the doctor if the doctor prescribed your friend any chiropractic or other treatment plans. Your friend did the right thing by going in to see the doctor not only for his or her physical health but also documenting that he or she was injured in that accident. Most attorneys such as myself offer to talk with potential clients for free and only get paid if you collect money. Good luck!
I am so sorry for your loss. I would be very angry and outraged if this happened to one of my loved ones. I agree with the other attorneys in that you should call a personal injury attorney and discuss this with them. Like my office, many attorneys do not charge for initial consultations and many of us travel outside of our immediate areas to meet with potential clients. Once again, I am so sorry for your loss and I wish you the best of luck going forward. You deserve justice here.
I'm so sorry this happened. That must have been really traumatic for both of you. Whether or not you have a claim will depend on the specific facts of your case (the details). My guess based off of what you have provided is that you have a claim but I cannot be positive until I ask some questions. Good luck to you and your son and I'm hoping for a quick recovery.
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The problem here is that you are admittedly a "lay person" yet you are contradicting yourself saying you don't want a lawyer. Unless you really don't care about the settlement amount and are happy just having your medical bills paid and a few extra bucks for your troubles, then you have no choice but to hire an attorney as even after paying an attorney his or her 1/3 you are still much more likely to get less even if you get to keep 100% of the settlement amount.
You go it alone...
I agree with my colleagues. I would also be happy to talk to you about your case and offer free consultations as well. Good luck and do not take your insurance company's word at face value. As was stated above, they are not your friend, even though when insurance companies first came into existence that was exactly what they were supposed to be. It is really disappointing that the insurance industry has morphed into this giant corporate monster who's only goal is to get you to pay the most you...
If you are injured you should contact an attorney. Insurance companies are bullies and you need an attorney that is not afraid to stand up to their nonsense. Most of us offer free consultations and you don't need someone in Renton as some firms, such as my firm, will actually travel to your house to meet with you if our offices are not close. I have clients all around the state. Good luck.
Yes, you should definitely get an attorney. Even the insurance industry admits that they award 2-3 times what they would if you were not represented by an attorney. They will not give you the respect you deserve. I as well as many attorneys on AVVO offer free consultations and do not charge you anything unless you recover money for your damages. Good luck.
Do you have underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage? If so, you need to contact an attorney because there is more there for you than just medical expenses. You deserve much more than that since you have been through a year and now more of physical pain and treatment.
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but most of the time in my experience insurance companies give my clients the runaround until they hire an attorney. Just the other day one of my clients had spent over a year trying to get her health insurance to pay for costs over and above PIP and came to me exasperated. All it took was me making one 5 minute phone call and they accepted the claim that instant.
I will also add that it is never beneficial to go at this type of thing alone. Insurance...
It really depends on the facts. If you have an attorney, you should ask your attorney. If you do not, you probably should get one as you are now in some pretty complicated territory with trials de novo. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area. Good luck.