Accident occurred in May 2017. Was hit from behind. The other driver was 100% at-fault. I’ve been going back and forth with the insurance company and they won’t budge from low-balling. I did seek medical attention. I have pre-existing back problems that became worst after the accident. I’m not sure an attorney will take my case this late in the game. The offers they have made covers my medical bill but leaves me little to nothing for pain and suffering. Their insurance co is telling me how I’m supposed to feel...I’m in the medical field on my feet for 12+ hours, they’re sitting in cubicles making these assessments. I feel the neck, back, and sciatic pain. I deserve more.
You have to file a lawsuit within 2 years. There are some of us who will work with you but you must act fact fast so we can do the prep work. The statute tolls in May and it is the end of Jan. We cannot directly solicit you. You have to pick someone and give them a call. Some of us are available after hours and on the weekend for a free consultation.
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Call an attorney for a consultation. STOP talking with the insurance company.
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Well, you still have a few months, as the statute of limitations in California is two (2) years from the date of the accident.
The attorneys in this forum will always try to give you the best information possible given the facts that are presented. However, probably 99% of the time, the main theme you will see in any answer is to obtain whatever medical treatment you need for your injuries and then to consult with an attorney, as there is no possible way that any attorney in this forum, based on the limited amount of facts that can be given, can address the issues in full. This is not because attorneys are just trying to get your business but because we know that insurance companies don’t always treat unrepresented claimants fairly.
I’m not saying that all insurance companies are going to try to cheat you by any means, however. I handled lawsuits as an insurance adjuster for thirty-three (33) years for three (3) of the larger insurance companies in the U.S. Those companies always attempted the best they could to be fair and came up with a fair and reasonable settlement range for injury cases most of the time.
However, what you have to understand is that even the most reasonable insurance carriers are going to offer you the lower end of what they consider a reasonable settlement range and try to get you to take it. All insurance companies are in the business of making money and saving on costs and are not in the business of spending money like a drunken sailor. The less than reasonable insurance companies will not be as kind as some of the larger companies out there. Don’t try to handle your case on your own. Stop trying to deal with the insurance company yourself. That's like a two-year-old stepping into the octagon to face an MMA champion.
Your best bet to obtain the maximum injury settlement amount in this case is to consult immediately with an attorney in your area to obtain a more specific answer and get all of your legal options before deciding what to do and then also complete all medical treatment necessary for any injuries you received. The attorney will also investigate all available coverages to ensure you have the maximum amount of coverages available to you. You may have some coverages on your own auto policy that can assist you. 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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I agree with the other attorney answers. This is an easy question. Hire one of us personal injury lawyers. Now, the amount of your recovery depends on several factors. Such as the extent of your property damage, bodily injury, how much treatment you were forced to receive to recover from your injuries, and which insurance carrier is covering the other side.
Start calling attorneys. Someone will probably take your case, but you have made it more difficult by waiting so long. No one is supposed to offer to take your case. You have to reach out first.
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1. At this point in time, and in the future, do not communicate with the opposing party's automobile insurance company. The opposing party's automobile insurance company does not have your best interest(s) at mind and at heart. You need to hire a licensed California Personal Injury Attorney.
2. Assuming that the automobile accident occurred in the State of California, in which city and county did the automobile accident occur?
3. On what date did the automobile accident occur?
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