I had a car accident as a minor and I believe the insurance check was cashed by my father.

Asked over 1 year ago - Mount Vernon, NY

While on a road trip in 1992 with my best friend and her mom, we had a serious car accident. I received the most injuries because I sat in the back and that's the car was hit. At the time I was 17 years old. While away at college about two years later my dad sent me a personal check (his account) of $500 and a note explaining that the check was the money I received from my car accident. My friend and I got back in touch years after we both finished college and I learned that both she and her mom received about $20,000 from the insurance company. I was in total shock because I received most of the injuries. Anyway when I told my dad, he said he didn't know anything about that and brushed it off. My friend said the company was All State but that's all I know. Is there a way to find out more?

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  1. Craig A. Post

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    Answered . If you were 17 when the matter was settled, it would had to have been approved by the court and put in a bank account for your benefit. If you were 18 or older, you would have signed a release setting forth the amount of the settlement. Contact Allstate and give them the names of the interested parties. If the records are still available, that should be enough to get the information you're looking for. If the case was settled after suit, there should be some record in the NYS court system website. None of this means there wasn't something fishy in all this but you can probably get the facts before accusing someone. Good luck.

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  2. Jeffrey Bruce Gold

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    Answered . If suit wasn't brought where you live, it was likely brought where the accident happened. You can check with the clerks of those places about the suit. For NY, you can search on e-law.com. Insurance companies also keep a record a "CRB" of peoples prior accidents, and Allstate or a private investigator, might be able to obtain information from the CRB. In any event, so much time has passed that you couldn't even sue your father for the money, so I'm not sure what good it will do if you found out.

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  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Check with the court. Your money shouldn't have been sqandered like this.

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  4. Daniel Nelson Deasy

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    Answered . If you were a minor at the time of the settlement, a probate court had to approve the settlement and most likely signed an order that told the person old enough to cash the check (a parent?) to do something very specific with the proceeds. If you were 18 or older, you should have been involved int eh process. Go sit down with a personal injury attorney to discuss the situation and get to the bottom of what happened.

    There is a chance you won't like the answers!

    Good luck.

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  5. Kevin Coluccio

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    Answered . You should contact an attorney and retain the attorney to review the file.

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