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Hi Richard,

Another car hit mine while I was driving.  It hit my drivers side right where my back was.  Fortunately a police officer saw the whole thing and fault is not an issue.  I did suffer severe soft tissue injuries to my back and neck.  I was under a chiropractor's care.  I continued to work and this resulted in one exacerbation of the injuries.  I also had another medical condition that caused a set back.  So I was not deemed to be at full medical improvement for 6 months.  I wrote a demand letter and started at 3x my medical bills and lost wages.  The insurance company is claiming that this is excessive and offered me a settlement that is less than my medical bills + lost wages.  I wrote a letter explaining the length of treatment and their offer is still about $1000 below my medical bills + lost wages. I am not sure where to go from here.  Thank you for your time.

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Hi Kate,

The insurance company is trying to take advantage of you. Based on your statements, I would say it is time to hire an attorney. The insurance company will continue to put you off and make low ball offers. An attorney will help you get all you can get.

I hope this helps
Richard Hixenbaugh

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Richard Hixenbaugh

Expertise

Auto insurance claims procedure, auto coverage, liability issues, auto damage questions, how to deal with the insurance company, loss of use and diminished value.

Experience

I have been involved in the insurance industry for over 25 years. I have experience in underwriting, sales, claims adjusting, auto damage estimating, auto value appraising and diminished value appraising. I have testified as an expert witness over 35 times.

Organizations
Society of Certified Auto Appraisers

Education/Credentials
Completed all required courses for the Florida Property-Casualty agents license and the Florida claims adjusters license. I have attended various courses on auto damage estmating, vehicle appraising and am ASE certified in collision damage analysis.

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My company has done work for consumers nationwide.

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