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Newbury, OHKaren was involved in a car accident back in August of 2010, and since that time she has suffered constant pain from a back and neck injury. To compound her problems, Karen's attorney advises her to settle for an amount that will barely cover her medical bills. Now she is reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney, one who is familiar with insurance claims and car accidents.

Car accidents are the leading cause of back and neck injuries. And they can also be a nightmare to settle, as Karen (not her real name) can attest. "I was a passenger in a stationary vehicle waiting to turn left on a two-lane road," she says, "and we were struck from behind by a driver who did not see that we had stopped. At that moment I was bending forward fussing with something and right after being hit, I got a terrible headache and both my arms were numb."

Karen is mainly worried about her future health, because she still has constant pain in her upper back, radiating at times to her arms, chest and head. "I had an MRI but it showed nothing conclusive," says Karen. "An x-ray showed my spine out of alignment so my lawyer set up an appointment with my doctor, who then set up appointments with a physical therapist and a chiropractor. Heat treatment helped—but everything is a temporary help. My prescription for painkillers ran out and I don't want to take them anyway so I just live with the pain.

"Of course it has affected my work: I am a sales rep and my customers tell me I am bitchy. They are consistent clients so they know what happened; by the end of the day they expect me to be cranky to some extent.

"It was completely the other driver's fault—she received a traffic violation. My ex-boyfriend—he was the driver—was friends with the attorney I retained, so he made the initial contact. He needed my signature to get my medical records and other than that I don't know what I have signed."

Karen's attorney advised her to go back to her doctor, but she can't afford any more medical treatment! "My insurance company doesn't want to pay any of my medical costs because my injuries are a result of a car accident, which is apparently 'not their fault,' so right now I am putting everything on my credit card.

"I don't know what procedure should be taken; I was under the impression that I should just rely on my attorney's advice—like you listen to your doctor. I know that back and neck injuries are not his specialty; I don't even know if he deals with personal injuries."

Karen says the settlement her attorney has negotiated will leave her with about $2,000 after paying medical costs to date. That doesn't cover anything down the road.

"I'm not trying to make money on this accident but I am concerned about my future health" she adds. "I would like to speak with an experienced attorney who can advise me about my attorney's proposed settlement. Is there someone who knows what a normal settlement is in this situation? I have talked to a few people who have had similar experiences; they are concerned that I am not being taken care of adequately. I just need to talk to someone before signing on the dotted line."

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I totally agree with this person. Be very careful how yyou do and when you do it! You need to ask around to differnt attorneys and get a feel of what sounds right! Go with ur instincts its a very dirty game right now in the world.If u snooze you lose. Take tge extra steps and educate yourdelf read as much as you can and ask questiins don't be afraid to ask anything. Remember once u settle the claim that's it. Ur done for no more turning back. Once that release is signed their ain't no turning back. Remember its your health. If you don't care then why should anyone else. stay on it think about ur best options. thank you

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Find a much more concerned attorney who will take your case then fire the other attorney because two thousand dollars can be one office visit with a couple of procedures.

It's a cruel world out there. Insurance companys assigned adjusters to handle the claim and they really do not care about the injured person; they care about closing the claim out at all cost; even getting doctors to say things that are in their favor without regard to the injured person's health or future. And they drag the situation out; until, you pay thousands of dollars of your own money taking care of things the insurance company should have taken care of.

It's a very dirty game they play with people's lives and watch out for firms with lots of people. They usually work for the insurance firms, sometimes.

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For your futures sake don't settle with anyone with this guy as your attorney.

The things you need to be considering are: Future medical treatment and for how long; Loss of time at work (if you can return to the work you normally do); Pain and sufferings; Loss of relationships with spouse or new boyfriend (you're old one ain't loking out for you); and on and on.

Dump the bum lawyer, but you have to be careful how that takes place or he could end up getting a big chunk of any future settllements.

Seek the advise of a reputable attorney with experiance in the personal injury/insurance claims area of law.

Good luck to you.

DLC

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