Can You Really Handle Your Claim?
Before you think about representing yourself in a personal injury case, you should ask yourself some questions. Do you know whether you truly have a case? Do you know what evidence is important? Do you understand all your options for obtaining the best medical care? If you answer “no” to any of these questions, then you should contact an experienced attorney.
The Basics of What a Lawyer Can do For You
Many people consider representing themselves in a legal matter, believing that they will save themselves money and time. This notion could not be further from the truth in the event of a serious injury or death. The law is highly specialized and constantly changing. An experienced lawyer keeps up with the new and evolving laws, and in the long run can keep you from making costly mistakes. It is best not to wait to hire an attorney after a serious accident in order to best preserve evidence and investigate the cause of the accident.
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My iPhone 6 caught on fire on my night stand while I was sleeping around 2 this morning. I woke up to my room completely engulfed in toxic smelling smoke and my night stand scorched. They replaced my phone. My throat and head have been killing me since.
Since the incident only happened 2 days ago, it is premature to at this point to try to determine if this is a worthwhile case because you don’t know the nature and extent of your injuries. Most likely your discomfort will go away soon and you will have sustained injuries similar to what someone goes through when they have a cold. Ultimately case values are grounded in what a jury would do and I don’t see a jury awarding much for the pain and suffering similar to that of a cold. Add to this the fact that your case is not a garden variety personal injury case but is instead a products liability case and you will not likely find a lawyer willing to handle this more complicated kind of case with insignificant injuries. This all changes if you suffered any serious medical consequences associated with the incident.
I was not moving and the bike was off. She knocked me over and as a result the bike suffered damage. Her car insurance is telling me that the policy is under her mom’s name so they will most likely not give me anything. However I thought that since that’s her child she’s responsible for letting her use her car and her policy should cover my damages. State of California.
It is possible that the child is an excluded driver but you don’t know for sure. It wouldn’t be the first time that an insurance company tried to get out of paying a claim buy not providing all relevant coverage information to the third party (you). If you were injured, a good personal injury lawyer can help. They can sort through the coverage issues. This would also be true of your own insurance adjuster if you have coverage of your own. If you don’t have your own insurance, ask the insurance adjuster for the mother for copy of all insurance provisions which they are relying on in determining that no coverage exists.
In addition, even if there is no coverage for the daughter, if the mother owns the car, she would be liable under California’s permissive user statute. I would think you could get the insurance company to cover the claim against the mother. Your last option would be to file a small claims case against the mother and the daughter and see if the insurance company contacts you.