Have to appear in court for being sued for an accident that happened 2 years ago

Asked over 1 year ago - Lafayette, IN

I had an accident two years ago from today and insurance settled everything. They had deemed it was my fault. I currently don"t even live in the US but today I received court notice to appear and that the plaintiff wants $6000 for lost wages and other medical expenses. How do I go about resolving this matter?

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  1. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano

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    Answered . No insurance company will pay you one penny on an auto claim until the claimant signs a release that he or she agrees the matter is entirely resolved and they give up the right to sue you. So, if the case was settled, the other party gave up its right to file any action in court.

    As my colleagues have indicated, simply contact your insurance carrier and they will handle this for you. I only added the above information to explain why you do not need to be concerned.

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  2. Paul Y. Lee

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    Answered . Immediately notify the insurance company you had at the time of the accident. If in fact your insurer settled everything there should not be a new lawsuit. If this is not the case, your insurance company should appoint a lawyer to defend you under the liability coverage. Good luck.

    This response is for information purpose only and does not constitute a legal advice. This response does not... more
  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Contact your insurance company to resolve.

  4. Albert Lee Crosner

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    Answered . If I were you, I would immediately contact the insurance carrier you had at the time and ask them why, if indeed they "settled everything", should you receive a court order to appear for that case two years later? Did they not make payment for some reason? You may have a lawsuit against that insurance carrier for bad faith if that is the case. Good luck.

    Mr. Crosner is licensed to practice law in California and has been practicing law in California since 1978. The... more
  5. Burton A. Padove

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    Answered . It sounds like the property damage part of the case was settled and now an injury claim is being pursued. Contact your insurer!

    Mr. Padove is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Indiana. He can be contacted at Burtonap@aol.com (219) 836... more
  6. Christopher David Wyant

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    Answered . You should immediately notify the insurance company that you had at the time of the collision. If the claim was settled, they would have insisted that the other party sign a release which would prevent any further liability to you.

    Chris Wyant Attorney at Law Brown Tompkins Lory & Mastrian 608 East Market Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46202... more
  7. Lars A. Lundeen

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    Answered . Forward the suit papers by certified mail to your automobile liability insurance carrier at the time and demand that they defend the action. If they've already settled the matter, their attorneys will get this dismissed. Keep a copy of your correspondence with your carrier. You also can hasten things by also calling your carrier and reporting this problem now.

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