How can one negotiate directly with State Farm instead of waiting another year? 11 Answers as of May 23, 2014

If one is dissatisfied with their representation, after almost a year with the claim for personal injury, loss of wages and medical bills still standing. However, it has been established that the medical institution has been reimbursed for services.

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Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
State Farm is one of the companies that I love to hate. Get a lawyer. If you don't, you are going to get screwed over.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/23/2014
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
You can discharge your lawyer, but he will still have lien against your case for services to date.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/29/2014
The Law Office of Stephen R. Chesley, LLC
The Law Office of Stephen R. Chesley, LLC | Stephen R. Chesley
If you have retained a lawyer the insurance company cannot negotiate with you directly without permission or release from your lawyer. Please note that just because you want a settlement does not mean the insurance company is ready for same or if your case is ready for settlement. You attorney probably wants to settle but the insurance company and a lawsuit must be at the right stage to negotiate a settlement.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 4/29/2014
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
Instead of criticizing your lawyer why don't you talk to him and find out what the score is. It often takes a year or more to do what needs to be done in a serious case. You obviously don't know what is going on. But you can fire your man any time you want. Make sure you know what you are doing. It is obvious to me that you don't know. That is why you have a lawyer. He does know.
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Replied: 4/29/2014
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
You can always fire your attorney. However, just because the medical was paid does not mean that State Farm made a reasonable offer. If you don't like your attorney, fire him or her and hire a new one.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 4/29/2014
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    Their representation is representing them, not you, and they are not in the business of satisfying you, so you have to get your own representation. I could have a lot to say about that particular insurance company, but if you want them to take you seriously, you need a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/29/2014
    Smith Law | Sharon K Smith
    You have the right to fire your attorney and seek new representation. You must request that they withdraw from your case.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 4/29/2014
    Penglase & Benson, Inc.
    Penglase & Benson, Inc. | John Benson
    If you are not being represented by an attorney you may call the claims adjuster personally to discuss your case. Remember, they will try to dispose of your case for as little as possible. They will make you believe that you have a weak case and that the money they are offering is all you will get. If you are being represented by an attorney the insurance company will likely only speak with you once your attorney tells them that it is ok to speak with you. More importantly, you will have hired an attorney for a reason. You will be hindering their work by going around them in the negotiation process. Furthermore, you may owe the attorney for their work should you brush them aside. Remember, if you hired an attorney, there is a fee agreement that may control how much you get in the event that you freeze them out of the process.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 4/29/2014
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates | Barry Rabovsky
    To fully answer your question, could you please tell me about your case.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/29/2014
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
    The medical bills are typically paid within 30 days by your own PIP insurance on your car but a reasonably prudent lawyer will (and cannot) settle your case until your treating doctor says you have reached MMI (maximum medical improvement) and you have suffered some type of permanent injury. It is not the least bit unusual for a case not to be settled until a year or more after an accident. Make an appointment with your lawyer, and go down and have a face-to-face meeting with your lawyer and let him (or her) explain to you what's going on.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 4/29/2014
    Geneva Yourse | Geneva Yourse
    If you are not happy with settlement offers, make one last offer and a deadline to accept. Then file a lawsuit against the person who hit you. The insurance company will hire an attorney and get involved with the lawsuit.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 4/29/2014
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