I was at a red light 2 years ago. A car rear ended me going around 50 mph. I hit the car in front of me. I have 6 bulging discs, two herniated discs, slight scoliosis, restricted movement daily as a result. Medical bills total $18,000 and damage to my brand new car was $5,000. I would assume my case is clear cut. At fault driver has $50,000/$100,000 coverage. I believe 12-15,000 is fair compensation after all bills are paid. Why has there been no progress made in settling this case?? For over a year it has been the same answer or ignored calls or not returned messages from my representation. I only call once a month. Am I screwed? What can I do?
There can be many reasons why your case does not seem to be making progress. For instance, a claim for injuries sustained in a crash between two private vehicles cannot usually be brought unless you have suffered a permanent impairment as a result. This requires you to reach maximum medical improvement, first. So, if you are not completely healed, your case often cannot be brought until then. There can be many other reasons , as well.
When people come to me seeking advice because they are not happy with their current lawyer, I always advise them to make an appointment with their lawyer, meet in person, and clear the air. Often, communication disputes can be cleared up that simply. I suggest you try to do this. If you still aren't satisfied, you can consider seeking other counsel.
I have edited your practice area to include Personal Injury and Car Accident Cases so that you'll have a better shot at getting PI lawyer to look over your question. If your lawyer fails to communicate with you, you can always have someone else take on your case but your current lawyer may have a right to file a lien against your proceeds for his or her efforts and costs to date.
Best of luck!
Accident cases can take a while to settle. However, if you feel you are being ignored or wrongfully represented by your attorney I would seek another attorney. At anytime you can fire your attorney and seek other legal counsel. I would not suggest attempting to handle this matter without legal counsel.
I recommend that you contact your current lawyer and request a specific time to meet in person or talk via telephone with him or her to address your concerns. There are many reasons delays can occur. If you still are unhappy with the progress of your case, you can hire another attorney to assist you.
You are far from being hurt by the delay; some cases take years to resolve. From what you have said, liability doesn't seem to be an issue. In addition, the injuries seem severe. However, the insurance company may be thinking that they are degenerative in nature or from a previous incident.
The best option is speaking with your attorney regarding the situation and the delay in your case. Your attorney will be able to tell you exactly why the insurance company hasn't paid out on the claim.
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