Lawyer, lawyer, lawyer. Prime example when you talk to the carrier. Minor damage and injury two separate issues. Good luck.
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Hire an attorney right now! It does not matter how much damage there was to your car. It is the dynamics of the impact that cause injury. It is better if you have pictures of mangled autos to show the jury, but property damage is not required to establish personal injury. Your medical providers can help establish your claim, particularly if you did not just treat with chiropractors.
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I would immediately meet with a personal injury attorney in your area regarding your case. If you have a repair estimate, pictures of the vehicle, and/or a traffic collision report, you can take those with you to the meeting and discuss the case with the attorney. Insurance companies routinely deny claims, even legitimate ones, in the hope that you do not follow through with seeking compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney will tell you if this "minor damage" would be sufficient to cause you the injuries that you are complaining of. I have handled cases on many occasions that are low speed and minor property damage but that have sufficient to cause injury.
Definitely contact a lawyer right away. Use the search option in Avvo and research the attorneys in your area.
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Insurance companies often deny injury claims on the basis of what they deem to be "minor impact" collisions. The damage to the car has little correlation to whether you were injured or not but the insurance companies routinely hire experts to say that is true and to deny claims. You should talk to a good injury attorney about your case but beware that many attorneys are reluctant to take on the insurance companies in these cases.
Minor impact claims are difficult because insurance carriers tend to have a "minimal threshold" for the amount of property damage they think is necessary to cause injury even though this is often just an arbitrary amount. Your option is to retain an attorney to demand that they pay the claim including medical treatment and pain and suffering damages.
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It is common practice for insurance companies to deny minimum damage claims; however, studies have shown that even minimum impact claims can cause injury. There are other factors that need to be considered such as the type of cars involved in the accident, the age of the injured person, etc. These cases typically do not easily settle; therefore, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney ASAP. I'd be happy to further discuss your case if you wish. 1.800.405.1070 ext. 1
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Never try to resolve an injury case without a personal injury lawyer or you will either get #1. no money or #2. a tiny nuisance settlement. Retain a lawyer with a low contingency fee, less than 30% with no costs deducted, so you are left with the lion's share of the settlement, not your lawyer. Good luck.
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You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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