My parents were rear ended by a drunk driver on the freeway. Their car (completely paid off) was totaled and they were injured. The drunk driver was arrested. My parents being self employed, are worried about loss of wages and personal property that was damaged in the wreck. Should they hire an attorney and sue for damages? Or should they wait for their insurance company to resolve the matter?
Hire an attorney. the insurance company is not concerned about your parents as much as they are concerned about their bottom line. An attorney is hired to look out for their best interests but will charge a percentage of any amount recovered. The car will be reimbursed by their insurance company but everything else will be the subject of negotiation/litigation. Your parents need someone to look out for their interests.
People don't need to get attorneys to represent them, you can do it yourself. Would you get the same results? probably not.
You should contact a PI attorney and consult with him/her immediately. You may contact our office for free consultation, if you like to discuss the matter in more details, I can meet you somewhere closer to your residence. You don't need to come to us, we can come to you.
They should definitely hire an attorney which will investigate all of the facts of this case and hopefully have them compensated as well for their pain and suffering, which seems to be a lot in this case! I have handled many of these cases before and I'm free to answer any questions that you may have.
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You parents should hire a personal injury plaintiff lawyer to represent them in a CIVIL claim and go to court to assist the prosecution in the CRIMINAL case. They should seek any recovery allowed in criminal court by way of restitution. A private attorney will look out for their interests only. Get counsel.
Any driver or passenger who is physically injured by another driver (and that other driver is found to be at fault) should hire a local personal injury lawyer... right after getting medical care, that is. Getting legal representation for someone who is rear-ended by a drunk driver and when that someone is injured will be quite easy as there will be plenty of attorneys eager for such a case - and all likely offering no fee unless the case is successful, by the way. The most difficult issue faced by the injured driver and passenger is which attorney to hire. Getting in touch with an attorney, meeting an attorney face to face, and making sure to be comfortable with that attorney would be a start.
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