Anyone know something about personal injury law?

amnesiac

Lifer
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A friend of mine got injured in a car crash a couple years ago and screwed up her back. She consulted a shitty attorney who told her to settle for a sum of cash and some medical treatment. However, now her back is as bad as ever and she's wondering if there's any further legal action she could take -- not to get money, but to pay for treatment, or is she screwed since she reached a settlement?

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Changed to represent the fact that she talked to an attorney who said they probably couldn't do much for her, so she ended up settling on her own.
 

Mill

Lifer
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It depends on how the settlement was stuctured. Most of them have a clause that prevents any other claims after the settlement. She could get another attorney to review the settlement but her chances are slim to none.
 

GasX

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Why don't you read the settlement. Chances are it has a f"final legal and binding" clause or something to that effect...

I am no lawyer, but you/she is probably screwed
 

Ylen13

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Originally posted by: amnesiac
A friend of mine got injured in a car crash a couple years ago and screwed up her back. She had a shitty attorney who managed to get her to settle for a sum of cash and some medical treatment. However, now her back is as bad as ever and she's wondering if there's any further legal action she could take -- not to get money, but to pay for treatment, or is she screwed since she reached a settlement?

I am not a lawyer in anyway, shape or form but her new attorney would probably have to prove that her old attorney really screed up. Ask her if she signed a paper that stated something to the affect that they will not be liable for anything after they pay her the settlement money.