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Asked 314 days ago by a user from Big Stone Gap, VA
I am a Virginian citizen. Three years ago, I was seventeen and emancipated. Uninsured, I crashed my car with a minor in the vehicle. She was uninjured besides a few bumps and bruises. Apparently, she just discovered to have an injured gallbladder and I have been contacted by her lawyer. I have no money whatsoever for an attorney. I need a defense! Is there any statue of limitation,etc. I can use if we find ourselves in court?
In most states the SOL will not start to run until the injury is discovered and I am not certain what the time line is in your state. So what is likely is that no immediate injuries were noted but she experienced some symptoms over time and later further tests discovered her problem.
That said, the first thing I would do is to respond to the lawyer and let him/her know your situiation. The fact that you are a youth, emancipated from your parents, I assume that owns nothing and has nothing may at the very least make them realize that this case may not be worth a great deal of effort and some attempt to settle might be the best thing.
There is not much you can do and if they win a judgement against you they will have a hard time getting anything if you don;t have anything. They may be able to garnish your wages assuming you have a steady regular job and the judgment will likely effect your credit, etc.
You may want to consider a cheap bankruptcy.
I advise you to consult a local lawyer asap.
All the best,