Get a personal injury lawyer to assist you. It sounds like you may be advised that a negligence tort suit can be made on your behalf.
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Good luck to you.
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You also might be eligible for workers compensation. You need to discuss w/c and third party liability with a CA personal injury attorney.
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I have over 25 years experience is trying and settling auto collision cases so if you want to settle your case you will either have to hire an attorney or send the SUV' driver's insurance company a demand package. A demand package would include a letter explaining the liability and the damages and injuries along with copies of all the medical records and bills related to the collision and a wage loss verification if you lost wages. You will probably get more if you hire an attorney even after paying their fees.
Also remember that you have two years to file a lawsuit or your claim will be barred by the passage of time.
Good luck and hope that helps.
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