Never try to settle a car accident case without a lawyer or you will only get a nuisance settlement. A personal injury lawyer can take this case on a contingency fee basis, meaning that your friend doesn't have to pay anything unless the lawyer gets her money. Small claims court has a maximum dollar recovery amount, thus, your friend would most likely get more money with a personal injury lawyer. The insurance company would need to pay for any aggravation of pre-existing injuries. You can search Avvo for a personal injury lawyer.
Lassen Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyers Philadelphia. www.InjuryLawyerPhiladelphia.com Phone 215-510-6755.
I agree with Mr. Lassen that your friend should get a personal injury lawyer. Get one immediately, as there are deadlines for personal injury cases known as statutes of limitations, so retain a lawyer before time runs out.
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The Rule always is the sooner the better. Especially with under $1000 in property damage. If you wait too long after the accident the insurance company will limit their evaluation of your case.