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Old 08-26-2015, 08:40 AM   #1
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Attorney or not? Please advise me......

So, after a nice overnighter to the Hwy 36 area with Rodr and crew http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums...481994&page=21

I got taken out by a Prius. Paramedics cut all of my gear off (expect for the small dangly bits), put me on a back board and trucked me off to the Trauma unit at Santa Rosa Memorial.

I'm currently at home, on the mend, shopping for replacement gear online etc. The big question is whether to lawyer up or not? I have Geico coverage and they are being great taking care of things and will seek reimbursement from AAA (other party). I am looking for advice from those that have been here before me. Should I trust insurance or lawyer up?

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Old 08-26-2015, 01:11 PM   #2
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I think with the injuries and all the gear damage it would be a good ides to at least get a consultation with a good M/C lawyer.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:53 PM   #3
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Hope you're mending well...

You should be able to get an initial consult for free, and insurance will probably not volunteer to pay for things like pain and suffering and lost wages... so sure, give it a shot.
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:30 PM   #4
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I tried to not do the lawyer thing when I got hit. The insurance company were dicks and so I ended up having to get one anyway. Def find one now.
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:10 PM   #5
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Def. get one. Agreed, they probably won't pay for gear, etc. Better to get the consult and go from there. Get two from two different attorneys if you need to.
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:01 PM   #6
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I will tell you this. I work in a chiropractors office. we do lot of personnel injury cases. Things get done much quicker with a lawyer.
Was the police called
If so who did they find at fault.

If it was the other person definitely get one.
If you where then that's up to you then.
Just make sure your bills are covered before you settle.
I have seen a few people get screwed over as they where not able to cover There bills because the other party had cheap insurance and they settled early

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Old 08-26-2015, 09:38 PM   #7
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If you hadn't been hurt, and all you were worried about was your bike and your gear, you generally don't need a lawyer. But as soon as there are medical bills incurred -- even if you are fortunate enough to have good health insurance -- competent legal help is a good idea. There are a lot of pitfalls, and a $5k check from an insurance company (to randomly chose a payoff amount) could cost you a lot more in the long run. For example, your health insurance carrier probably has a right to reimbursement if the injuries were the result of an auto accident.

Make sure, whoever you hire, doesn't take any attorneys fees for property damage (i.e., your motorcycle, helmet, riding gear, etc.) If that's not clear in the retainer agreement, it's a sign that they are not to be trusted.

Best of luck in a speedy recovery.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:01 AM   #8
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If you do hire a lawyer, which personally I do advise - or at least get a consult, a good one worth their salt will tell you to not say anything more about it here or on social media, in case things go to trial, etc., or even if they don't progress that far just in case.

If you have posted any photos or posts to FB, etc., I'd remove them.
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If you do hire a lawyer, which personally I do advise - or at least get a consult, a good one worth their salt will tell you to not say anything more about it here or on social media, in case things go to trial, etc., or even if they don't progress that far just in case.

If you have posted any photos or posts to FB, etc., I'd remove them.
Great advice!
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:25 AM   #10
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:18 PM   #11
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I checked your other thread. Looks like you had broken ribs? If so, yes, you should talk to a lawyer. While you're insurance company will probably do a decent job of collecting for your bike and medical bills, a lawyer will help recover for a lot of your other expenses / losses.

FWIW, the other drivers liability will cover your gear, bike, etc.

I also recommend you follow the other advise here... Delete this thread, delete your other thread, and do not discuss this accident online. There's a good chance the other insurance company has already archived these comments. They will use it against you.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:14 PM   #12
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Hi Russ,

I'd highly recommend contacting an attorney - in fact, one of our newest BARF sponsors is one who I'd highly recommend - they are riders themselves, and focus on injury cases. They'll give you an honest assessment of the situation. Pretty cool guys outside of a court as well The website is http://www.riderzlaw.com/ I'll PM you the personal contact info for Sy as well, good dude and he'll take care of you.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:17 AM   #13
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Any injury you have may impact your future ability to earn. You don't know. If it's just a bike, no biggie, when it involves your livelihood, get a lawyer. And don't mention the accident online or in the media.
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:43 PM   #14
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Russ,

It is unfortunate that you were taken out. I hope you heal completely and quickly. A couple of notes:
1) Keep a pain diary of all of the pain, pain meds, loss of opportunity (not being able to do what you normally do), lost nights of sleep, etc.
2) Take plenty of pictures of your injuries (to include your property damage)
3) If you have an appointment with the DR., don't miss it. (The insurance company will say that if your injury was soooo bad then you would not have missed the appointment)
4) If something does not feel right, go to the Dr. Don't wait to see if it feels better in a week or two.
5) Keep track of lost time from work.

If you have any questions, feel free to call my office and speak to me or Angelo.

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I don't have much to add but I can say that Santa Rosa Memorial was the saving point of my life. They are amazing.. I hope you heal well.
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