Q: Should I take the lower settlement?
I was awarded for a car accident but I appealed because it was lower than what I'd asked. I have no attorney and no help to represent Myself. I am wondering if I can still take the judges award? Can I contact the defendants attorney and ask to settle? And if I do that does My health insurance get paid first? What about the first lawyer who refused to appeal with Me can he still come after My award?
A: A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It is somewhat difficult to address your questions without knowing more about the case - the forum, the terms of the award, the terms of your attorney retainer, whether your attorney asserted a lien, terms of health care liens (if any) asserted by insurance carrier(s), and other important details. These are good questions you raise, but it is difficult to answer them without seeing the documents in your case file. Good luck
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