my mom got into a accident that totalled her vehicle instantly with a uninsured motorist. What are the steps to file a law suit? where do i file for the amount of 25k? what forms would i need to file? is small claims court the answer? how can i get free legal help with all these forms?
Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
Your mother needs to see a CA personal injury lawyer right away. Do not wait. Many good ones can be found right here on Avvo.
You might find my Legal Guide helpful " What Do I Tell My Lawyer?"
You need a California lawyer. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
If your mother was injured, you should contact a California personal injury attorney right away. Without additional information, it is difficult to tell what your best course of action is. If you would like a free telephone consultation, feel free to contact me at (800)925-0723.
Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
It's premature to take any legal action. The claim needs to be fully investigated and she needs proper medical care. That said, in an uninsured motorist situation in California, the claim must be arbitrated if you cannot settle it with the company. Before settling, I would strongly recommend an interview with an experienced personal injury attorney. For some further tips, I would recommend reading my article on dealing with insurance adjusters. The link is referenced below.