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Inadequate Compensation in Rear End Car Accident Settlement…

Submitted By: Dee (Bakersfield, California)

I was rear ended at a stop light and I hired an attorney. I ended up having surgery on my right shoulder and I’ve been through therapy and all.

I have lost wages, went through a lot of stress over finances, had to borrow money, sell my truck and now the attorney tells me I am getting probably nothing because any money I am receiving is only going to pay medical bills and him. I had full coverage and as far as I knew there was full coverage on the person who hit my car.

What if my injury would have been worse? And I thought by hiring an attorney I would be compensated for all I have been through. My life is a mess over this accident right now and I am getting nothing? Is this right?

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Answer

Dear Dee,

Hiring an attorney is never a guarantee of a settlement, though I do understand why you have come to this conclusion. An attorney can only do so much with the facts of a case and from an ethical standpoint should consider NOT taking cases where the attorney receives something and the client receives nothing.

Beyond this information, its hard to assess your claim without details. I can however, give you a very general guideline of what your attorney should be doing for you.

For one, the lawyer should be demanding 4-5 times your medical expenses plus out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages. Negotiations should begin from there.

Secondly, the medical bills should be negotiated so that they are less. Medical providers will take less, often up to 70-80% less when they know that there is little to go around.

Lastly, no settlements should be accepted without your express approval.

This is not to say that you can hold a settlement hostage, but you must fully understand it and accept it before the attorney can.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: September 17, 2017

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One thought on “Inadequate Compensation in Rear End Car Accident Settlement…

  1. There are a lot of questions that arise after an accident. So it is better to hire a lawyer who can guide you and make you aware of the legal procedures. Even one of my friends also faced the same situation. I hope he will also find the solution to his problem.

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