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Should I find a lawyer and ask for more money from the other party's insurance company?

Does this sound like a reasonable insurance settlement? Should I find a lawyer and try to negotiate more, or just accept it and move on? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on May 17, 2007 - 17 answers

What should I do after a hit-and-run car accident?

I was pulling out of my parking spot as some guy, going at high speed, out of nowhere cut in front of me, causing me to bump into him, and then ran away. What's my best action at this point? [more inside]
posted by zavulon on May 15, 2007 - 22 answers

Will my arm continue to heal on its own?

A few weeks ago while playfully wrestling around at a family gathering, I was basically tackled and a knee landed on my arm, pinning it to the ground. I did not have blinding pain or anything, but for a few days after that my arm and shoulder were pretty sore, and I've had trouble reaching behind my upper back with that arm. If it seems like it's getting a little better with time (though I'm still having trouble reaching around with it to my upper back), do I need to see a doctor or will it just get better on its own? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Apr 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Coping with injury to dominant hand

Broke my wrist last night (right wrist--I am right-handed). I live alone and am seeking tips for coping with activities of daily living with very limited use of my dominant hand. [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison on Mar 7, 2007 - 9 answers

What do I do with a damaged car?

I crashed my car but the insurance company won't total it. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Feb 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Do I really need a lawyer for this relatively minor traffic ticket?

TrafficTicketFilter: I was in a minor accident where I rear-ended someone because traffic stopped suddenly and I was unable to stop in time. Do I really need a lawyer for the court date regarding my ticket? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Feb 6, 2007 - 13 answers

Give me advice on settling a bodily injury claim for a car accident.

I had a car accident a few months ago and am now talking with the insurance company about the bodily injury claim. I've heard a lot from folks (on mefi and elsewhere) that you shouldn't settle quickly and to ask for more than they offer at first. I'm wondering how I do that. How much more do I ask for? What can I expect as far as the insurance company's response? How do I rationalize my bargaining? [more inside]
posted by mulkey on Jan 30, 2007 - 16 answers

Are teachers tougher than students?

When is it appropriate as a teacher to cancel a class due to pain or injury? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jan 30, 2007 - 14 answers

I repent

I may have filled out inaccurate information on my first car insurance application a month ago, namely "forgetting" to mention an accident I had 2.5 years ago when I was driving someone else's car (their insurance covered it) in another state with a different license. Now I am worried sick and have a bunch of questions and I don't want to ask the insurance company. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2007 - 21 answers

The Sound of Settling

How can I handle settling the costs of a minor auto accident without getting my insurance company involved? [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw on Jan 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Drunk Driver Totalled My Car & My Neck!

I was rear-ended pretty hard by a drunk driver while I was driving. I will have medical bills that are pretty high, and my neck will probably be messed up for months (at least). Will the insurance companies pick this up sufficiently, or should I seek legal counsel, who wants 1/3 of the recovery? This happened in Kansas. Anyone who has been through this type of situation, please help!! [more inside]
posted by Fisherkitty on Jan 2, 2007 - 34 answers

Wait! Don't move the truck!

Has anybody ever filed a claim on a personal articles policy with State Farm? If so, what was the process? how long did it take? do they replace your stuff or give you $ to buy it yourself? I'm especially interested in answers that pertain to camera equipment. [more inside]
posted by rbs on Jan 1, 2007 - 5 answers

Who do I sue?

I was hit by a bus while my car was not moving. Who do I sue in small claims court, the driver of the bus, or the private company that owns the bus? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker on Dec 27, 2006 - 16 answers

Fix the Rental?

what if someone who was renting a car, uh, hypothetically, ran over a curb and damaged a tire rim? would they be smart or stupid to just have the tire replaced before turning the car in?
posted by ubiquity on Dec 24, 2006 - 14 answers

What's better: hitting a car or hitting the ditch?

What kills people when they drive into the ditch? Is it rolling over, or just the high speeds of the highway? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Dec 17, 2006 - 19 answers

Help me get over a car accident

My wife got into a car accident last week. I wasn't with her, The story is, someone cut her off and slammed on the breaks and she had to turn to avoid him, she over turned and someone else almost hit her so she turned again and the car started rolling. it was an SUV and that made the flipping so easy. She is unharmed, she did not hit anyone, but the car is totalled. [more inside]
posted by convex on Dec 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Any advice on getting diminished payment value for vehicle after collision?

Any advice on getting diminished payment value for vehicle after collision? Their insurance company said that there was no diminished value after our car was rear ended by a semi-truck. [more inside]
posted by Leenie on Nov 15, 2006 - 5 answers

I'm a health hazard to my new cubicle-mate.

I've been at my job for less than a month, and today as I was rounding a blind corner into my cubicle I collided with my co-worker who works right next to me. He slammed his shoulder into the cubicle, and even though he brushed it off as nothing, I am 99.9% sure that he will wake up with a bruise tomorrow morning. He's very friendly, but we're both so engrossed in our work that we haven't had a chance to really get to know one another. I've already apologized twice, but what can I do or say to make things less awkward?
posted by invisible ink on Nov 1, 2006 - 39 answers

Permit me a small sob story

How do I get a reliable car for not much money? [more inside]
posted by mulkey on Oct 13, 2006 - 24 answers

Could this really be anything other than bruising?

How likely is it *really* that there's something worse than bruising wrong with me after a minor car accident? [more inside]
posted by catfood on Oct 9, 2006 - 15 answers

How to best clean my bloody face?

How best to shower with a bloodied up face? [more inside]
posted by atom128 on Sep 14, 2006 - 16 answers

Insurance: Minor, but persistant back injury after auto accident?

Auto Insurance: I was rear-ended in a 3-car accident about a month ago at slow (<15 mph) speed. My back has been hurting...how do I handle this with the liable insurance company? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Sep 7, 2006 - 8 answers

What should I do with ym insurance settlement?

What should I do with my insurance settlement money? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on Aug 8, 2006 - 20 answers

How do I fight back after uninsured guy smashed my car?

I was involved in an accident Friday (in Tennessee) and it was the other driver's fault... [more inside]
posted by finitejest on Aug 8, 2006 - 12 answers

Uninsured Motorist Accident

What happens when you hit an uninsured driver? [more inside]
posted by mikelly on Jul 26, 2006 - 15 answers

Accident car insurance advice

My car rolled today and hit another parked car .. i guess I forgot to apply the emergency brake .. My car is fine .. her car has a huge dent in the back :( [more inside]
posted by jason9009 on Jul 22, 2006 - 13 answers

Missing my ride

My non-pimped ride (1993 sedan, BB value: $825) was just totaled in an accident with a commercial truck (the truck driver's fault, and he was cited). Are there any ways to get the adjuster to value the car more highly than $825 so that I have any chance of replacing it? [more inside]
posted by xo on Jul 20, 2006 - 28 answers

So I'm the victim of a hit and run... now what?

Advice on filing an accident report where I'm not at fault, but was in a situation that commonly defines me as being at fault? (Chicago, IL if that matters, oh and the vehicle who hit me left the scene) [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Jul 13, 2006 - 12 answers

Help find this plane crash not listed on FAA

Help me find a record/info of this air disaster: January 2/3 either '69 or '70 Peoria Illinois. Aircraft was a DC9 and company was possibly Ozark. Flight departed Chicago. A search of the FAA website reveals nothing! No google luck either. [more inside]
posted by mule on Jul 1, 2006 - 13 answers

The pretension is killing me...

When, why and to what extent have seat belts moved from a mechanical trigger to an electronic one? [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity on Jun 23, 2006 - 10 answers

Where can I find a replacement for a discontinued Ikea lampshade?

[LampshadeFilter]: I accidentally broke a beloved glass Ikea lampshade and I'd like to find a replacement. I was a klutz this morning and broke this lampshade that holds high sentimental value to its owner. It is a medium-blue glass, mushroom shaped lampshade bought around 2002. Ikea doesn't have a stock discontinued items, and eBay and Googling turn up nothing. Pictures are inside. [more inside]
posted by carabiner on Jun 14, 2006 - 12 answers

Contributory Negligence in a hit-and-run

I was involved in an hit and run accident as a pedestrian a little over a year ago, and I've got some questions about contributory negligence. [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on Apr 18, 2006 - 26 answers

Oh god. Oh god. It's so gross.

Gross Filter: I remember hearing a couple years ago about a couple incidents involving swimmers and badly maintained swimming pool filters wherein the swimmer would be sitting on the bottom of the pool, on the filter, and the filter cover would give out, resulting in the most horrific situation I can think of. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Apr 5, 2006 - 22 answers

how to junk a car

In California, what are the steps that I should take to sell my totaled car to a dismantler? I want rid myself of all liability for the vehicle and get as much money as possible for the parts. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Mar 12, 2006 - 3 answers

What is the name of this book?

Name (or author of) of a biographical book about a RAF pilot in WW2 who loses both legs in an accident, but goes on to fly in combat and ends up in a POW camp, which he then manages to escape from.
posted by azuma on Mar 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Bang-up job?

I was visiting my relatives out of town a few weeks ago. When I got back home, my uncle said that his neighbor thought that I bumped into the front of her parked car, and he said that it was my car that was parked in front of her. [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x on Feb 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Can someone else make a claim on my car insurance?

Can someone else make a claim on my auto insurance? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Feb 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Advice for Dealing with Car Accident Stress

Yesterday I caused a car accident. I'm a college sophomore and I've never been in a car wreck before. I have liability insurance so it only covers the other persons car and its going to cost $1250 to fix my car which I have no choice but to fix. I also have to appear in court next month to deal with the ticket or whatever. The whole incident has just weighed on my heavily. I can't get any work done, I am having trouble sleeping. I just feel awful. Does anyone have any advice on dealing with this kind of situation?
posted by icespide on Jan 21, 2006 - 24 answers

Rental car fender-bender

I was recently in a fender-bender in a rented car and I want to know who covers whom. [more inside]
posted by Corpus Callosum on Jan 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Cat + Water + Laptop= Disaster

H2OFilter: Laptop disaster! The cat spilled a vase-full of water on the keyboard of my Dell Latitude C800 laptop. I managed to avoid getting the thing completely drenched, but the machined did shut down immediately, unprompted. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Dec 16, 2005 - 14 answers

What action should I take for a rearend collision

Driving to work, I was (mildly) rear-ended at a sudden stop in a traffic crawl. [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot on Dec 2, 2005 - 19 answers

Car down boat ramp into water 120', how fast?

A car travels down a boat ramp into the water then travels 120 feet out into the lake. How fast was it going when it hit the water?
posted by Floydd on Nov 1, 2005 - 35 answers

And in THIS corner...

I live in Pennsylvania (yeah, I know). My wife was in her car, stopped in front of a retirement building. A woman was moving her mother out of the building at the time when a dresser fell on the hood of my wife's car. The car has a dent. I got an estimate from a body shop. The woman gave my wife a phone number and an address. There was a witness (the building maintenance guy). The estimate seems accurate but is expensive. I'm concerned that the woman might get pissed off and try to do the typically American thing and deny it happened, refuse to acknowledge, refuse to pay, etc., etc. Is this a car insurance issue for her? How would this woman claim this on her insurance...or can she? The body shop I got the estimate from said they'd never seen anything like it. Bottom line is, it's obvious it's this lady's fault but when she sees the estimate, she's going to freak out. I just want to be prepared in case (probably when) this gets ugly. Yes, I know about small claims court.
posted by SparkyPine on Aug 20, 2005 - 13 answers

Have Accidents at Disney affected your travel plans?

Have the recent injuries and deaths at the Disney themeparks affected your decision to visit any of those parks in the near or distant future? (List of industry wide accidents here.)
posted by IndigoSkye on Aug 5, 2005 - 16 answers

Report a self-caused accident?

I backed into a parking garage column a couple of months ago (it was in my blind spot) and tore up my rear bumper pretty bad. Would it be worth it to report this to my insurance, or would they probably increase my premiums as a result? (FWIW, the accident happened several months ago.)
posted by designbot on Jul 20, 2005 - 11 answers

Space Shuttle Columbia Accident

What is the best book/article you have read on the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident?
posted by msacheson on Jun 20, 2005 - 17 answers

How do I find a vehicle based only on vehicle type and color?

CSI Filter: How do I find the person who hit my car given that it was a woman driving a blue SUV that hit my car in State College, PA at approximately 12:11 AM May 26th, 2005? [more inside]
posted by Fat Guy on May 26, 2005 - 14 answers

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Car Insurance question - I was in an accident over New Years, where a friend of mine and I were hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street. The driver fled, and was never caught by the cops. 5 months later, I've found out he filed a claim with his car insurance company for a significant amount of money, and been approved. [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on May 18, 2005 - 17 answers

car accident insurance advice

My girlfriend was rear-ended a few days ago and the rear of her car is damaged. It's still very driveable, but she has to do a ton of little things like meet with the adjuster, get estimates for repairs, etc. The insurance company of the guy who hit her has been decently accomodating so far, but I'm wondering if she's eligible for compensation for the time it will take to comply with their procedures? And how do we go about asking for that if indeed she is?
posted by Mayor Curley on Apr 28, 2005 - 17 answers

Insurance Company Woes

I am being sued for damages related to an auto accident. The lawyer from the insurance firm is representing my case. Should I get my own lawyer? [more inside]
posted by sophist on Apr 26, 2005 - 13 answers

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