Either way you have a case in your hands. You should contact a local attorney to discuss your options and as most of us offer free consultations, you stand to gain peace of mind.
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It really depends on your injuries and the value of your case. If under $50K you can use your own UM insurance. If greater than $50K you may want to sue the other party for more. You should consult with a personal injury attorney to help decide this.
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You should definitely pursue the uninsured motorist claim. You should retain an attorney to assist you in doing so.
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You should review Insurance Code sections 11580-11589.5, which discusses how to proceed with an Uninsured Motorist claim. If I recall correctly (and you need to discuss this with your own lawyer), if you obtain a judgment against party 1, this judgment may violate the duty you have to your own UM carrier; and they would not be obligated to pay out on the judgment. If you are not happy with the actions of your lawyer, hire a new one. Good luck.
If you have a lawyer, then you need to address these issues with your lawyer because he knows the most about your case. If you do not currently have a lawyer, then I would strongly recommend that you hire a local attorney to represent you. If you have any questions or would like to develop a legal strategy to help you recover the most, feel free to contact my offices: (310) 207-4030.
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