Auto Accident Lawyer Giving Up, What To Do?
The van had a few scratches, my relative car was damaged badly in front, the car behind was damaged the worst in the front.
However, our lawyer called telling us that the insurance company of the person behind us is saying my relative hit the van, then she was hit, so they are only paying for the back damages. Looks like the lawyer has given up.
I had minor injuries, but now I owe the hospital money for taking care of my injuries and x-rays. Which insurance company/companies do I contact to see about getting my medical bills paid for?
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If your lawyer is giving up ask him if he will leave the casewithout a lien. If he says yes, thenm thank him profusely. Get your file and get a new lawyer. Best of luck.Get new counsel.
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Multi vehicles accidents can be complicated. I suggest you seek counsel from an attorney who is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas board of legal specialization. He or she should be able to obtain adequate compensation for your injuries. In the interim remember to continue to follow your doctors orders and continue to car for your injuries. Good luck.
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These cases are very common--for those of us who handle motor vehicle accidents. If there is medical payments coverage on the policy insuring the vehicle in which you were riding , that would be the primary coverage for your medical bills. Sounds like you need new counsel. Good luck
Obtain new counsel. An experienced attorney should be able to handle a multiple vehicle collision.
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Many lawyers don't understand how to handle multi-car collisions properly. You can retain a new lawyer once you send your old one a termination letter. Find a more experienced lawyer, and get the compensation to which you are entitled. Good luck.
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There are several ways to try and do this. First off, you are innocent and deserve payment no matter where it comes from. This includes making a claim on your relatives policy. Also, once the accusation is made against your driver, the lawyer has a hard time continuing representing you both, though he can get a "waiver of conflict" letter signed by you both, but even then it is not a terrific idea for you. You did not cause the accident an no one can claim that you did. I haven't seen the police report. In my opinion, the best way in the short run is to contact your own carrier to see if you have PIP (personal injury protection) or Medpay benefits (these are no-fault benefits, that you may have paid for, that your carrier can pay to you when you submit the bills to them. I think you need to do that no matter what. People are concerned about premiums going up. It has been my experience that carriers do not cancel, non-renew or increase premiums for making no-fault claims. In fact, I don't think they can do those things without a history of no-fault claims. That said, a carrier may withdraw a no-claim discount that may have previously been part of your profile so that when the discount is no longer applied, you pay more. Also, if your lawyer is getting out, it may be too difficult for them to make money in the situation. It is possible for you to contact both carriers and ask for them to split it, or at least for someone to pay your bills. All too often, though, theinsurance carriers enjoy the game of pointing at each other which encourages both of them to not pay, leaving you with no way to get anywhere on it. I wish you the best of luck.
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