No. You can not reopen an old personal injury claim that has been settled. It sounds like there was insurance covering the car that ran the red light in 1993 and no insurance company would settle the claim without having you sign a full and final release. The title of the document may vary, but universally, insurance companies require releases that settle any and all claims, present and future even to the extent that symptoms and effects of the injury, unknown now, may arise or become known only later. Specific language makes a settlement final.
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Mr. Myers is correct. It is highly likely that you signed a full and final release forever releasing the defendants/insurance company in exchange for the money your received; therefore you would be unlikely to have any claim related to the incident.
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I can think of no basis to reopen a personal injury case, once it has been settled. The insurer requires that a written release be signed by the claimant, once the verbal settlement has been reached, and before the insurer will tender a settlement draft to the claimant and/or their attorney. Inevitably the release bars any future claims against its insured arising out of the same accident/injury. Even in the absence of a signed, written release, the courts in some jurisdictions have enforced verbal settlement agreements, in certain cases.
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