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I was involved in an auto accident in January 2017, I thought my auto insurance company resolved the claim but I recently received via mail a civil case summons from an attorney. Please assist me, I am so confused about what’s going on because my insurance company never shared with me the claim outcome.

Asked on November 17, 2017 under Accident Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Any attorney who does general civil litigation (appears in court on lawsuits generally, such as contractual cases, property damage cases, etc.) should be able to help you--this is not a particularly complex or specialized issue for a lawyer. If possible, retain an attorney before going to court; if you can't, definitely show up anyway--you don't want to lose a case against you by "default" (basically, by forfeiting by a nonappearance) if the insurer's lawyer does not appear. Show up and if you don't trust the insurer's lawyer or he/she does not appear, explain the situation to the judge and ask for an adjournment (delay) to allow you to retain your own attorney.


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