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Settlement checks | How long do I have to wait
On May 30, I was hit from behind and my car was "totalled".
I had to go to the hospital-no serious injuries, but had ambulance ride and because of neck and stomach pain have to go to a chiro. twice a week ( I got a lawyer that makes a percentage of what is made in injury claim).
I was offered a settlement on the car value and my lawyer said that was separate than the injury claim, so I settled for the rather low amount (considering I just put $400 work into it). I mailed the power of attorney & info. accepting the offered amt. on vehicle June 28th and still have not received a check as of July 10. Is there a limit on the amt. of time their ins. co. has to submit my check for the car?
Also, how long am I suppose to wait to resolve my settlement regarding hospital, doctors bill's, time of wor, etc.?? Was the lawyer I found out of the Yellow Pages correct about the car claim and injury claim being filed separate?
I am 44 and have never been in an accident, so I'm not sure what the laws are. Also, their ins. co. only paid for a rental car until the settlement was made, and for over a month now I have had to rely on others for transportation to work.
Is this normal? It has been very inconvenient!?
The situation you described is how injury claims work. Please see our section on injury claims here.
The insurance company will divide the property damage from the injury claim. Most attorneys only deal with the injury portion and the rental and/or property damage.
There are supposed to pay you as soon as they receive the documents. Call the claims department and talk to a supervisor. Also, call the department of insurance if this does not resolve. The insurance company can issue a payment on the spot! (a field rep can give you a settlement check), so this does not have to wait long.
You do have an attorney, make sure your attorney helps you on this accident. Just because it's an "injury" case it does not mean that the collision is not related. Some lawyers will help you as a courtesy simply to get your business. Don't be afraid to talk to another attorney.
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