Your question is posted in the Employment practice area, yet it sounds like you might be talking about a personal injury matter. Frankly, regardless of the practice area, you are asking attorneys on this internet site to give you advice about something that they are really unequipped to do. The issues involved are far more complicated than you have disclosed or can disclose in this Q&A site. And no one here can possibly answer a "why" question.
You have an attorney. Ask the attorney. Only your attorney knows all of the facts and all of the dynamics in play.
Good luck to you.
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Almost always the time between the agreement to settle a claim to the release of funds to the injured takes much longer than one expects, and simply requires great patience. Your own attorney is the best source of information on the process and status in your case.
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I am sorry but your post is just a little confusing. Once you reach a settlement, many carrier require a signature on a release prior to sending funds. In my experience, the final delivery of dollars may take a few weeks.
I hope this helps!
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
Your question is confusing. In some states it is necessary to start a lawsuit before you find out the policy limits, but it would be fraudulent for a company to misrepresent the amount of coverage. Your attorney should be able to determine and is obligated to determine the limit BEFORE your case is settled if it is worth more than the policy limits.
The insurance company your lawyer is collecting from has to notify him in writing of the policy limits if their insured agrees to release the limits and in your situation (needing back surgery due to the accident), the insurance company should convince their insured to agree on releasing the policy limits so they can inform your attorney of the policy limits in writing and pay the $15,000.00. Your attorney was excited hoping that it's just an offer of 15000 and it is not the policy limit.
I hope this helped. Good luck.
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