Yes, you should line up a personal injury attorney. Unless you signed off on a Release, you have not waived any of your legal rights. While it is always best to speak to an attorney before giving a statement, I hope that an attorney will be able to take on your case and get you the compensation and result that you deserve.
That's frankly not that uncommon.
My wife recently was involved in a minor fender-bender and the insurance carrier for the "adverse" side called and pressured for a recorded statement. It made even her nervous. . .and I had warned her in advance.
More information would be helpful regarding "paying off the vehicle" and the specifics of where the case is regarding presentation of a claim. As you may have read in a prior posting, one should not sign any documents releasing liability until understanding the legal implications of such materials.
Coverage of the property claim prior to an injuries settlement is both proper and normal. Although not absolute, cars tend to get repaired faster than bodies.
Having said that, you would likely benefit in speaking with an attorney experienced handling such matters. Even a minor, muscle related injury can take time to heal and unfortunately result in medical expenses, days lost at work, etc.
It can get confusing, especially when different insurance companies call. "Esquire," as attorneys are known, comes from the Latin word meaning "shield-bearer, guardsman." They protect their clients.
Call an attorney now. In many instances the consultation is both free and confidential.
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This is why you need to retain a NC personal injury attorney to be a mediary between you and the insurance company.
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At my firm I advise potential clients not to give these insurance company statements before hiring an attorney. There are many reasons. At this point you should definitely retain a personal injury litigation attorney in your area. Please see my article "Ten Ways to Make Your Good Case Better" at http://www.855kevin11.com/blog/?p=38.
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