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Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 3 Days ago  
Last week my buddy was broadsided by a car while riding on a scooter. Car pulled out from some apartments and hit him just as he passed. Knocked him off to the road. Skinned him from one end to the other. Ambulance carried him to ER. Had x-rays. May have some broken vertebrae in his back. Scooter probably totaled.
My question is should he try and get an attorney? Think the fee is about 40%. All you see on TV now is lawyer commercials. He may have some serious problems now with his back.
Any of you guys been run over by careless drivers and dealt with such? I know a lot depends on how the insurance company does. I laughed when he told me they are already offering to pay for his helmet and clothes.
Anyway like to hear some of you Roadstar guy's horror stories.
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 3 Days ago  
Yes, but get a referral from a friend, not TV.
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 3 Days ago  
Most definitely get a lawyer. And a good one. If they're already calling him, they know they're liable for a lot more. And yes, back injuries can come back to haunt you later in life so make sure he takes care of it all now. Don't sign ANYTHING from the twit that hit him, or his lawyers.
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 3 Days ago  
I work in a lawyers office in Upstate New York. We don't do personal injury. A good, ethical attorney (yea, I've heard the jokes) will help your friend because the insurance companies are not your friend, although I'm certain some will be good to your friend.

Ask any attorney that you have used for your own issues (real estate, estate planning, etc)for a referral. have your friend consult with several until he finds one he is comfortable with.

Your friend will have long-term issues that will need to be considered and most people aren't qualified to navigate these things on their own.

Hope your friend recovers ok and best of luck.
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 3 Days ago  
Have him do a motorcycle accident attorney search
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 3 Days ago  
Yes, get a good lawyer. And tell him to make sure he follows up on all of the recommended medical appointments and physical therapy. Records of those visits will have a large impact on what he can get reimbursed for medical problems now and in the future. I've been in this same situation, although not as severe, and I definitely don't think I would have gotten as much compensation without a lawyer, even after the 40%. I chose to skip the physical therapy, though, and rotator cuff issues that lasted for more than a year made me regret that.
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 2 Days ago  
Lawyer up & REFUSE to talk directly to anyone involved except your own attorney.
All questions, requests for more information & 'out of court' settlement offers go through your attorney only.
If they call you directly, hang up immediately without saying a single word & tell your attorney they tried to go around them.

Also as others said, keep records of everything from medical visits, phone calls, traffic reports & police reports.
Get a copy of the local weather from the day of the crash from the National Weather Service.
All that will come into play at any hearing.

Don't worry about your attorney's fees, most personal injury law firms don't get paid unless you do.
Pretty sure you'd gladly settle for 40% of a large settlement vs. not paying a attorney & getting paid for your clothes & scooter plus 3 doctor visits.
Back injuries are notorious for being lifelong problems from pain to loss of function, sleep loss, & overall quality of life.

Also, never refer to the event as an 'accident'. It's a "crash". There is a difference.

Don't let the other person's attorney (and you can bet they have one), try to give you a sob story about how you're making their life terrible.
Guaranteed it's a 100% bullshit story to play on your sense of decency & emotions.
They hit you, they damaged your back, they are 100% to blame and completely responsible for the entire "crash" as well as all of it's consequences.

Lawyer up. Lawyer up. Lawyer up.

Good luck.
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 2 Days ago  
Curious what people think the numbers work out to.

If the lawyer really gets 40%, how much extra is he getting you for that?
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 2 Days ago  
You can’t pay a lawyer with the blood of a turnip, or as it is commonly known, a civil judgement. You could sue ME for 3 million dollars, but all you would get is a piece of paper saying you won. If the offender is not a home owner, odds are good they don’t have any kind of personal liability insurance that would yield actual monetary dispensation. Talk to an attorney. May be sorely disappointed.
 
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Re:Lawyer or no lawyer? 1 Week, 2 Days ago  
revets00 wrote:
Last week my buddy was broadsided by a car while riding on a scooter. Car pulled out from some apartments and hit him just as he passed. Knocked him off to the road. Skinned him from one end to the other. Ambulance carried him to ER. Had x-rays. May have some broken vertebrae in his back. Scooter probably totaled.
My question is should he try and get an attorney? Think the fee is about 40%. All you see on TV now is lawyer commercials. He may have some serious problems now with his back.
Any of you guys been run over by careless drivers and dealt with such? I know a lot depends on how the insurance company does. I laughed when he told me they are already offering to pay for his helmet and clothes.
Anyway like to hear some of you Roadstar guy's horror stories.
And for Gods sake tell your friend to not talk about it on social media, it will be used against him.
 
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