My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: CA
I was involved in a car accident last year in Sept and immediately hired a lawyer. As it was the other driver's fault and my car was totaled, the attorney suggested that I have a very good case and sent me to:
- eye doctor;
I was hit in the driver's door (I was the driver) and my left arm, upper back and shoulder were in pain for months. I still have difficulties performing usual activities due to upper back pain. MRI did not show anything significant though.
The eye examination was for double vision that occurs on occasions, after the accident. I never wore glasses or have vision issues, however the ophthalmologist declared me ok.
Intermediately after the accident, I went to ER for a CAT scan and that didn't show anything abnormal either.
The lawyer wants to settle the case and collects the medical bills amounting 13k.
The insurance responds with 20k counter-offer maximum, and the attorney tries to convince me that this is expected in my case. He discouraged me from filing a lawsuit against the other driver's insurance company.
I'm considering hiring another attorney, as the current one doesn't represent me well. Instead of asking a greater amount, he tries to convince the medical providers to lower their bills.
A loss of income of $2,000 (2 weeks off work recommended by a MD) will be added to the lump sum.
As my back pain will require further medical attention, I'm totally disappointed with the current trend of negotiations.
Should I contact my insurance company and hope from any help from them?
Any advise is appreciated.