Redwood City, CA asked in Car Accidents for California

Q: I was in a minor accident 7/14/19 by someone insured by Alliance United, they have 745 reviews on Yelp with 1 star.

I've been without a car for 3 weeks, I work doing DoorDash so my car is my work. The last time I spoke to the adjuster at Alliance United 7/26/19 she told me she finally got in contact with the insured last week and not sure how to handle the claim because the insured doesn't know what happened as they can't speak English and they can't take my word for it. I called my Adjuster at Progressive and she told me that she has had no luck with getting in contact with Alliance United adjuster for the pass 3 weeks. I called today 7/29/2019 and Alliance United adjuster told me "Look you don't need to call me everyday, you and your insurance keep calling my phone, I told both of you this can take up to 3 months!" I do have a hospital bill to be paid and a heart condition that is progressing from stress from this accident. Every Yelp review states they had to get a lawyer to deal with them. I know I didn't brake any bones so I don't no if I have any luck finding one, I'm lost on what to do.

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Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Mill Valley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You do not have to have a broken bone to have a perfectly valid personal injury case. You are much more likely to resolve your case faster and for more money if you have an attorney. Almost all personal injury attorneys offer free case evaluations. Start calling now, because the longer you wait, the worse things tend to get.

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William John Light
William John Light
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The other party's insurer has no duty to you. It's duty is to its insured. If you carry collision insurance, it's much easier to go through your own insurance. Your insurer will refund your deductible when it recovers from the other party's insurer. If you are hurt, consult with a PI attorney. If you don't have collision insurance, or you refuse to go through your own insurance, file a Small Claims action against the other party and present your photographs, proof of your loss of profits, medical expenses. You can file separate property damage claims and personal injury claims, and recover up to $10k in each suit, depending on your actual damages.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Every case is unique and more information is needed to properly answer your query intelligently.

However, it is always a good idea to contact a local attorney that handles PI cases in the court most proximate to where you would have to appear. Most will offer a free consultation.

In other words, I am in Palm Springs and you don’t want to hire a Palm Springs lawyer for an Orange Co case. In those cases, I usually try to refer the potential client to a lawyer that is closer to where this happened.

i assume you had auto ins. Put the matter through them initially and let them subrogate against the other side. If you don't have med pay your lawyer can probably get the docs to accept a lien until the case settles.

you can also file in small claims for up to $10k. That will get them off the stick.

Call a local attorney to discuss in more detail and request an appointment.

If you need help finding a good Accident lawyer please contact me.

Good Luck

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