DBM -- Resolved
DBM -- Resolved
[QUOTE=Marie Anne;1130899]I was in a fender bender, driving my sister's car. I rear-ended a person (A) in traffic on Christmas Eve. At the time of the accident, A said A was not hurt. The ticket reflects that.
Doesn't matter. Soft tissue back injuries (whiplash) often manifest themselves days after the impact.
That depends on the lawyer. A lot of personal injury lawyers love to sue and go to trial. The personal injury lawyers of my firm fall in that category. Some (which often seem to include those that advertise very extensively on TV, radio, billboards and bus ads) run more of a volume practice and rarely, if ever, take cases to trial. But for all trial lawyers (civil and criminal) settlement of cases is a common part of practice. That's because for many cases the parties are able to reach agreement on most of the matters in the case and what differences they do have they prefer to settle out rather than take the risk of what a jury might do.
And even if the lawyer never really plans to go to trial, serving the complaint is very common to pressure the defendant (and the insurance company) into getting serious about the settlement negotiations and to prevent a statute of limitations problem.
And while we're at characterizing professions, insurance companies and their adjusters will typically do everything they can to (1) low ball settlement offers even when liability is clear and (2) delay paying out for as long as they possibly can. Insurance companies do not see themselves as in the business of paying out claims. They see it as being in the business of collecting premiums and paying out as little as possible in claims.
Also, "go away money" is what is offered to a person who is faking an injury and "go away money" is also offered to a person who is hurt badly and the insurance co is trying to appease them with a much lower than owed settlement amount.
And how they try to avoid paying out what a truly injured person really incurred in damages, too. I long ago learned that any notion that an adjuster tries to do a truly accurate computation of a personal injury claim is mere wishful thinking. I have yet to ever see an adjuster come back with anything remotely close to the true value of a personal injury claim. Adjusters hit the mark better with pure property damage claims, but even then tend to come in low when the damage is done to property of persons other than their own insureds.
He can If he or she have the policy to achieve the same & the big part is that we can assist you too.