Legal

Ask a lawyer and get answers to your legal questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I was in a car accident in San diego 03/11/2015. rear ended…

Customer Question
i was in a car...
i was in a car accident in San diego 03/11/2015. rear ended on highway in traffic. no policy report no ambulance. I had back pain waited 20 days to go to the doctor. went to chiropractor and accupincture. medical bills were 15500. the person who nit me was under insured $20000 per person per accident. they offered to pay medical and remainder as settlement. I have underinsured motorist insurance $100,000 per person per accident, but they offered to pay $2000 on top off settlement from other insurence. That seems very low. I spoke with a lawyer who said they would charge 30% if they did not have to go to court and 40 % if court was required. any advice would be helpfull
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Legal
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 9 minutes by:
1/24/2016
Lawyer: P. Simmons, Attorney replied 2 years ago
P. Simmons
P. Simmons, Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 37,695
Experience: 16 yrs. of trial experience
Verified

Hello! My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney with more than 18 years of experience. I am here to assist you with your questions. Please understand that if I ask you for additional information, you are NOT charged again and our communications are NOT timed. So please see this as a relaxed conversation between friends. I am here to help

Also, if you would like to chat on the phone, let me know and I can make that happen.

I have some thoughts and will type them up...a few mins please

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Lawyer: P. Simmons, Attorney replied 2 years ago

Thank you for your patience

I am sorry for this dilemma. I understand your medical bills were around $16K. If that is the extent of all medical bills? If you do not anticipate further medical bills? And you have not suffered an injury that will impact your earning potential?

I would strongly consider negotiating this without a lawyer (taking the money and moving on)

On the other hand...if you anticipate more medical bills? Or if the injuries will limit your ability to earn income going forward? Then it may be worth retaining a lawyer.

This is all about "potential" award at trail...what you are describing, this key issue will be what is your likely award at trail.

IF you have lost the ability to earn income and/or have significant future medical bills? That would be a factor that would allow a jury to give a significant award at trial. And that is the only reason you would want to hire a lawyer and share a significant portion of that award with them (the 30% - 40% is a fairly common split for attorneys who work contingency)

But once you hire the lawyer? They get their cut regardless...so if you go to trail...and get the $16K for medical and say $4K for other damages? After you pay the lawyer you wind up "loosing" money.

Bot***** *****ne: unless you can show significantly more "damages" (either in future medical bills or loss if income potential)? Likely best to take the settlement

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask P. Simmons Your Own Question
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
P. Simmons, Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 37,695
37,695 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 16 yrs. of trial experience

P. Simmons is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,658 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

22,843 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

44,266 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo Senmartin

Guillermo Senmartin

Lawyer

301 satisfied customers

Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

17,183 satisfied customers

Multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation and administration.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
I was rear ended in an auto accident and had a question
i was rear ended in an auto accident and had a question about insurance coverages … read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
My elderly Mother and her elderly friend were on their way
My elderly Mother and her elderly friend were on their way to a wedding when they were hit head-on at by a felon who went left of center because he was looking back at the police officer who was chasi… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
44,266 satisfied customers
what is the most important items to have in a auto insurance
what is the most important items to have in a auto insurance policy? The vehicle being covered has a value between 5 to 8 k and is over 7 yeas old. I am not so concerned about the vehicle as litigatio… read more
Jack R.
Jack R.
Partner
Juris Doctor
6,136 satisfied customers
Hi, my wife & i were in a motorcycle accident ,not our fault
Hi, my wife & i were in a motorcycle accident ,not our fault at all ,we have insurance , very good auto insurance w / an umbrella policy..my wife has no medical insurance ,no fault will not cover it, … read more
Attorney 1
Attorney 1
2,703 satisfied customers
3rd question for Iwpat only! to the amount of property damages,
3rd question for Iwpat only! to the amount of property damages, it was $110,000 and not $125,000 and that is because it was brand new car that was beyond repair and because I, a business man, had just… read more
lwpat
lwpat
Doctoral Degree
256 satisfied customers
I just won a 25000K settlement. Can my lawyer hold 5000 of
I just won a 25000K settlement. Can my lawyer hold 5000 of it in case we need to litigate against my underinsured motorist insurance company? this is a personal injury case.… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
22,843 satisfied customers
Re Auto Insurance - Accident I was injured in an auto accident
Re: Auto Insurance - Accident I was injured in an auto accident and my auto insurer paid out $150,000 in medical payments under my no fault coverage. I also have UIM (underinsured motorist) and an umb… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
22,843 satisfied customers
I was involved in a motorcycle accident on 9/16/2010. My husband
I was involved in a motorcycle accident on 9/16/2010. My husband was the driver. My left tibia was crushed. I am walking with a cane and still doing PT. The motorcycle insurance coverage for bodily in… read more
lwpat
lwpat
Doctoral Degree
256 satisfied customers
Hello, I had a car accident about 13 month ago. At a traffic
Hello, I had a car accident about 13 month ago. At a traffic light on green I took a right turn in heavy traffic (my speed was about 15 mph). When the car in front of me had done the right turn and wa… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
I was in an rollover accident caused by a underinsured motorist
I was in an rollover accident caused by a underinsured motorist high on drugs. He is Jail now. His inusrance co (State Farm which is also mine) wants to settle for his max of $30,000. If I accept this… read more
David C. Garner
David C. Garner
Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
929 satisfied customers
How likely is it for a very minor accident rear end with no
How likely is it for a very minor accident rear end with no damage to end up in court? Passengers of other car drove off and didn't request an ambulance but are now claiming injury. I have 100/300 aut… read more
Linda Roch
Linda Roch
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
529 satisfied customers
Hello, INJune of this year I was hit by an uninsured motorist
Hello, INJune of this year I was hit by an uninsured motorist who was on probation and had been drinking. He rear-ended me and pushed me into the car in front of me, causing my airbag to deploy. My ca… read more
Brandon M.
Brandon M.
Attorney at Law
Juris Doctorate
12,463 satisfied customers
i was in an automobile accident 11-09-07, the man hit me and
i was in an automobile accident 11-09-07, the man hit me and left me. my insurance has paid everything and theirs hasnt paid a dime. its time to settle, what should i except and should i take it to co… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,786 satisfied customers
My husband was the passenger in a one car accident. The driver
My husband was the passenger in a one car accident. The driver is only covered for $50,000 per person/$100,000 per occurrence. My husband was seriously injured and has been out of work since 5/31 per … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Attorney/Landlord/Realtor
Doctoral Degree
38,256 satisfied customers
My ex wife and I were in an accident for which it was the other
My ex wife and I were in an accident for which it was the other party's fault. Her insurance gave us a small settlement. It was small enough that Blue Cross, our insurance carrier, waived their right … read more
Maverick
Maverick
Doctoral Degree
6,327 satisfied customers
I just had a car accident 2 months ago, been going to ...
I just had a car accident 2 months ago, been going to Physical Therapy and Chiropractor, the driver of the car that rear-ended me is not the owner and the owner doesn''t have any insurance. Now my ins… read more
rvlaw
rvlaw
Judge
Juris Doctor
3,203 satisfied customers
MY WIFE AND I WERE REAR ENDED BY A TEENAGER. THE TRUCK WAS ...
MY WIFE AND I WERE REAR ENDED BY A TEENAGER. THE TRUCK WAS TOTALED. AT FAULT DRIVER ONLY HAD 25,000 LIMIT PER PERSON. CAN WE FILE AN UNDERINSURED MOTORIST CLAIM WITH OUR INSURANCE COMAPANY(STATE OF AL… read more
Nicole Schave
Nicole Schave
Paralegal
Bachelor's Degree
38 satisfied customers
Insurance Coverage for accidents during License Suspension
I didn't knew that my Wisconsin Driving License was suspended in Wisconsin for not paying a earlier traffic accident fine imposed by traffic court and during the time of my License Suspension, I met w… read more
rvlaw
rvlaw
Judge
Juris Doctor
3,203 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x