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Old 04-16-05, 06:18 PM   #1
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Just got a letter from my attorney

It said that the insurance company of the guy who hit me (hit me from behind, he got a ticket for reckless driving) is going to pay the policy limits! Of course, because he was underinsured, after medical bills, attorney's fees, etc, I get about enough $ to buy a new patch kit.

Though I'm happy because I feel like I "won," I keep wondering if maybe I shouldn't have gotten an attorney. It never went to court or anything. It seems like all the guy did was write few letters, and he's getting a lot more money than I am. And I'm the one w/ a permanent injury. Maybe I didn't win after all...
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Old 04-16-05, 06:21 PM   #2
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Should've gotten an attorney... heh.
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Old 04-16-05, 07:11 PM   #3
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What's the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?

One is a slimy, bottom dwelling, scum sucker. The other is a fish.

Christie133, It's always nice when these things get resolved, hind sight is always better, enjoy the patch kit!! Are you riding again?
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Old 04-16-05, 07:29 PM   #4
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You have to wonder what you would have gotten without those letters from the attorney.

A letter from an attorney was all it took for me to get a similar accident case resolved to my complete satisfaction.

Have you considered a civil suit?
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Old 04-16-05, 09:17 PM   #5
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Q What is the difference between your attorney and a "working girl"*?
A The "working girl" eventually stops screwing you.

Have you considered asking to see an itemized bill that accounts for his hours working on the case?

Having dealt with many lawyers in my chosen profession, I can tell you the number I have met that were honest, capable and morally grounded is exactly one. Most are just bullys and con men working a system designed to keep the lawyers in business. There is no justice. There is no fairness. There is only hired guns beating up on other hired guns in a Kabuki theater called the legal system. Billy Shakespere was right.



*Darn word filters wont let me type the word "Wh0re."
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Old 04-16-05, 11:18 PM   #6
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Tee hee, love the lawyer jokes. Note to self: Remember jokes to annoy friends in law school...Hope they remain friends after passing bar.

I am riding again, but I can't race this summer. I'm going to take it easy--cross-train w/ running and yoga, and see how injuries heal. Maybe try racing again next season. I'm lucky to be riding at all!

I didn't see this as an opportunity to make piles of money, but everyone I knew advised me to get a lawyer, so I did. Then I found out that some of the broken bones in my back never healed and will probably hurt for a long, long time. I couldn't help but begin to feel vindictive and entitled.

But not being much of a fan of our litigious (is this a word?) society, I've felt weird about having an attornery from the get-go. I got very angry at him at one point and did ask for the billable hours, which served to freak them out and get serious about settling everything, and also served to make me feel assertive, especially when I had to tell the guy not to interrupt me when I was talking.

Have considered a civil suit, but the guy has even less than I do--not sure how good I'd feel about that.

Shifty, I will try to enjoy that patch kit. After all, I do love the celeste blue of the boxes they come in, and they're useful for toting around all sorts of things, in addition to patches.
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Since you like them so much, and because you are nice, you get another!

Why do lawyers wear tight ties?
So their foreskin doesn't creep up and cover their face.
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Old 04-17-05, 10:52 AM   #8
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Since you like them so much, and because you are nice, you get another!

Why do lawyers wear tight ties?
So their foreskin doesn't creep up and cover their face.

That has to be the best one yet
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Old 04-17-05, 11:38 AM   #9
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Why do you NOT run over a lawyer on a bike?

It's probably your bike.
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Q what do you call an honest lawyer?

A an oxymoron!
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Old 04-18-05, 12:58 PM   #11
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Lawyer jokes aside, you probably would have had zero success getting any settlement from the motorist's insurance company without an attorney...
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Old 04-18-05, 09:32 PM   #12
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Lawyer jokes aside, you probably would have had zero success getting any settlement from the motorist's insurance company without an attorney...
Still laughing from all the lawyer jokes. But yes, you're probably right. I talked to my stepdad the other night who said something like "you never would have waded through that morass w/ out an attorney." Ach. Still feels creepy to me, but I did realize I'll also get some money for lost wages from all the time I was out of work---that will be nice!
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