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My wife was in a car accident about 7 weeks ago and we just got our vehicle back last Thurs. Only 8K damage, not bad for a poll she hit in the parking lot (I nominated her for a Darwin award).<br><br><br><br>
So we get the Suzuki back and I take it to work on Fri. At work they've just implemented a new and improved guard shack/gate/fencing system to the tune of 8 million dollars with , to prevent terrorists from entering. I pull up to the gate and it malfunctions. Bollards pop out of the ground and send my car into the air 3.5 ft. The gate then began crashing on the hood, going up and back down again, I was simply in disbelief. After being in the air for 10 minutes, some jackass finally cuts the power and the car and I go falling back to the ground. Fortunately no damage to the hood and my new paint job, but have to get the underbody checked out. I'm so pissed no one called from work today to appologize. Now I'm seeking a good lawyer,,,,I suddenly have a crimp in my neck...
 

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OH, my goodness. Good thing nothing came down on your head!<br><br>
Sorry, I don't have advice, but I wanted to let you know that I would be in disbelief, too. At the stupidity of putting that thing in.
 

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KC, I just called the # from a large add in the back of the phone book when my sons were in a car accident recently. So far, I am very happy with the attorney. He has given me a lot of free legal advice and will only charge me if he needs to step in and fight the insurance company.
 

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May I suggest Bankruptor ?<br><br><br><br>
And don't only have a visual check, but check the allignment of the wheels.<br><br><br><br>
(get fourwheel allignment tracking)<br><br><br><br>
If the caster is off: chassis bent.
 

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Didn't someone say they were a lawyer a while back? one of the Vegweb people? (mouse, if I had to hazard a guess)<br><br>
And cheack with Bankruptor.
 

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How could I forget Mouse !!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/whack.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":whack:">
 

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Hey KC! Wow, what a nasty ordeal . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
At the outset, IF you need a lawyer you'll need one that's licensed in your state. Also, you'll need one that handles personal injury and MAYBE workers compensation, if you were acting within the scope of your employment. I'm a lowly bankruptor so I don't qualify in either respect . . . .<br><br><br><br>
Your company no doubt has premises liability insurance to cover the damage to your vehicle and it ought to be easy to make a claim against the policy; I'm not so sure you'd want a lawyer to get his/her claws into your settlement there. The medical recovery could be more complicated.<br><br><br><br>
The company's liability policy will probably also provide "med pay" coverage which will pay for at least some medical bills incurred by you. Again, this will probably be an easy recovery; just file the bills as a claim and you should be reimbursed.<br><br><br><br>
However, if you're claiming some sort of permanent injury it's time to get a lawyer involved, I would think. Also, if you want to argue for some punitive damages I think you'll probably have to go to trial, particularly given the facts you've stated. If it goes that far your lawyer would also likely sue the gate manufacturer, the installer, the company, the guard on duty, yada yada.<br><br><br><br>
Again, unless you're wanting to discharge your credit cards I'm not the right guy to be listening to, but likely your state has an attorney referral service that lists attorneys by areas of practice and can also provide you with years of experience and that sort of thing.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck, and I'm sorry that happened!<br><br><br><br>
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I would also say, go for one of those big ads in the phone book. Personal injury/accident lawyers seem slimey, but they are going to know a lot more about that type of law.
 

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KC - Where are you located? What city and state?<br><br><br><br>
My husband does personal injury trial law. There are a couple of things that you need to know:<br><br><br><br>
1) Many injuries don't show up immediately - keep a journal each day of how the accident has effected you and your family. If anyone else was injured, they need to keep a daily journal, too. Put down EVERYTHING, from not being able to play with your kids, to a loss of intimacy between you and your wife, to medical bills, to just feeling crappy. This is one of the best tools that you can have if you need to go to court.<br><br><br><br>
2)No legit personal injury lawyer charges you for anything. They get paid out of the settlement. The should also do this such as making sure that you are paid the right amount of PIP quickly, making sure that you are in a decent rental car, and helping direct you to doctors that will be on your side. It worries me a bit that you said that the lawyer won't charge you anything unless they have to fight the insurance co. No PI lawyer asks for the client to pay anything, even the medical bills. The medical bills are billed to the attorney, and they are negotiated and settled as part of the lawsuit.<br><br><br><br>
3) Do everything that your attorney tells you to do. If they say to go to a certain Dr., then go. Don't fight with them about these things. They understand the system, and an ugly system it is. The tide has turned very hard against PI lawsuits, and the insurance companies have paid out millions of dollars in advertising to convince the public that most people who file PI suite are whiners and complainers who are out to make a buck. Your lawyer will know this, and how to deal with that issue. LISTEN TO THEM. They know what to do.<br><br><br><br>
4)Expect to pay up to 40% of your settlement to your lawyer. They are worth it. Be suspicious of attorney's who charge much less than that - if they charge too little, they can't afford to properly work up your case. You can ask them to cut their fees when the case is settled.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't necessarily go for the biggest advertisement (although that's what most people do). Keep in mind that it cost upwards of $100,000 for a large yellowpage ad if you are in a large city. There are lots of really good PI attorney's who don't do heavy advertsing. Find out how many TRIALS your attorneys have done (in front of a jury), and what the outcomes have been. Find out if the have a good repore with the insurance companies. Board Certification in Personal Injury is a plus, but not necessary.<br><br><br><br>
Good Luck. If you are in Texas, I can probably help you. If you have already signed a contract with the attorney to which you spoke, you CAN still fire them, but other attorney's will look as you as a problem.
 

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i'd sell the suzuki, it appears to be cursed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
your wife and you are both ok though right?
 

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BTW, contrary to what Bankruptor has said, IMHO, I wouldn't even talk to the insurance companies without a lawyer. They are not your good neighbors, they are not your friends, and they are not out to lend you a helping hand. They are out to get you to take the least amount of money that they can. They will try to cheap you in on the car repairs or replacements, they will try to delay your PIP, they will try to discount your injuries, or call them pre-existing.<br><br><br><br>
Navigating claims with insurnace companies is not a job for a layperson anymore. Get a lawyer, let them handle it. You will be relieved, and will, in most cases, come out with more in your pocket.<br><br><br><br>
Even if you don't hire a lawyer, at least get one to evaluate your case. Don't go to any Dr.s that are not recommended by the lawyers. A doctors affidavate can make or break your claim. Many doctors have an automatic chip on their shoulders when it comes to helping someone make insurance claims.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't make a phone call without help from a lawyer. Of course, the fact that I have seen so many deserving people screwed to the wall by the insurance companies probably has something to do with my opinion.
 
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