It was on hwy 14, we had slowed down in both lanes, except for the guy behind me going 70 mph. We had slowed down due to a chp sitting with surveyors in the meridian. We had a 1 1/2 year old car that we bought brand new which was my husbands first new car, the car was 1000. Short of being totaled with all the damages. I went to our urgent care cuz i had a welt on my leg from the handle on the seat and thought it was a blood clot.
Under California law, you are entitled to the reasonable cost of medical services that reasonably necessary in treating your injuries. Having worked for insurance companies, it is not uncommon that they make "low ball" offers, especially to someone trying to handle a case by himself. A good personal injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Good Luck
How can it happen: because the insurance company adjust knows that 95% of all insureds cannot handle a lawsuit without a lawyer. Even with lawyer fees you will net more with than without a lawyer. I don't do that type of law and have "no dog in the fight". Even though I am a lawyer, when one of my family gets in an accident I send them to a personal injury lawyer who will do it fast(er) and "right".
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it's real simple, because you do not have an attorney. If you do have an attorney maybe you should consider getting another one. There are plenty of good ones on here.
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1. At this point in time and in the future, do not communicate with the opposing party's automobile insurance carrier. The opposing party's automobile insurance carrier does not have your best interest at mind and at heart. You need to consult with a licensed California Personal Injury Attorney.
2. In which city and county in the State of California did the automobile accident occur?
3. On what date did the automobile accident occur?
4. Was a police report made/filed?
The insurance company is betting on the fact that you will not (1) hire an attorney or (2) file a lawsuit in pro per and prepare the case for trial.
How? The pick up the telephone and offer you $500.00. This will happen if you don't have an attorney representing you.
Your best bet to obtain the maximum settlement amount in this case is to ensure you have completed the necessary medical treatment and consult with an attorney in your area to obtain a more specific answer and get all of your legal options before deciding what to do. The attorney will also investigate all available coverages to ensure you have the maximum amount of coverages available to you. You may have some additional coverages on your own auto policy that can assist you of which you may not have been aware. You can use the "Find a Lawyer" link at the top of this page for names of attorneys in your area. Most offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t have to pay anything up front.
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