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Injured as a Passenger in a Vehicle: What Are Your Rights Regarding Compensation?

Injured as a Passenger in a Vehicle: What Are Your Rights Regarding Compensation?

What happens when a passenger becomes the victim of an accident? Can they sue the driver of the vehicle they’re in? What are their rights regarding compensation? Many injured passengers have a lot of questions and concerns after an accident.

They may not realize their options for seeking fair compensation and may not know who to turn to for help. Sometimes, injured victims need to seek help from an attorney so they can learn what steps are necessary to get started.

Passengers Are Never at Fault

Injured victims must understand that, as a passenger in a vehicle, they can never be held accountable for an accident. The driver of a vehicle has the sole responsibility of driving with due care. They must drive safely and according to the rules of the road. Hiring an attorney will help victims to understand all they need to know regarding abogado de accidente.

Because an injured victim can never be held at fault, it entitles them to full compensation for their measurable damages. When someone becomes an injured passenger in a vehicle accident, they may sue multiple parties, including the following:

·         The driver of the vehicle they were a passenger in

·         The driver of the other vehicle

·         Both drivers

·         Local authorities

·         The vehicle manufacturer

What Are the Rights of Injured Passengers?

Injured victims have certain rights afforded to them under the law. When a car accident occurs, it is imperative victims understand their rights and learn how they can be protected at all times.

One of the most important rights an injured victim holds is the option of getting legal counsel. In most cases, it is wise for injured victims to seek a consultation appointment with an attorney.

Injured passengers also have the right to pursue fair compensation for their measurable damages. Economic measurable damages may include the following:

·         Medical bills

·         Future medical bills

·         Lost wages

·         Disability

·         Household costs

·         Costs for canceled trips and changed plans

Non-economic measurable damages may include the following:

·         Loss of enjoyment of life

·         Pain and suffering

·         Mental anguish

Sometimes, injured victims can also seek punitive damages that are meant to punish the person who caused the accident. Not all states allow punitive damages.

Seeking Help from an Attorney Is Critical

It can be difficult navigating through the waters of personal injury claims. Although not all accidents require legal help, those with serious injuries or complicated liability issues usually need at least some degree of legal intervention.

Injured victims should at least seek a consultation with an attorney before making any major decisions in their case. Consulting with an attorney will offer help in understanding the options that are available and what steps should be taken.

An attorney offers many services to their injured clients. The peace of mind received from getting legal help is important for those who are dealing with mental anguish after an accident.

How Will the Attorney Help?

First, an injured person needs to schedule a consultation appointment. During this appointment, the victim will discuss their injuries, how the accident happened, and any other pertinent facts.

Injured victims will need to be prepared to answer any questions asked by the attorney. The attorney will need to know as many details as possible to be able to offer sound legal advice.

Attorneys take over all the steps involved in pursuing a personal injury claim. With car accident claims, the first pursuit is typically the at-fault driver and their insurance company. Negotiations between the attorney and insurance adjuster can sometimes be lengthy, but the goal is a fair settlement offer.

If the negotiations are proving unfruitful, there is the option of suing, but the victim must file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations has passed. The statute of limitation period varies, according to state laws, but is typically one to four years.

Injured Victims Need an Advocate

When an attorney is hired, he or she will become an advocate for the injured client. The attorney fights for the rights of their client and works towards obtaining the highest compensation available under the law.

The attorney will gather evidence and work towards proving liability in court. They will file all the paperwork necessary for the lawsuit and oversee their client’s case from start to finish.

Pursuing an injury case takes time. Although many personal injury claims are settled outside of court, this is not always possible. If the attorney feels a lawsuit will benefit their client, they will start the process as early as possible.

Do Not Wait to Seek Legal Help

It is wise for injured victims to seek legal help as soon as possible after their accident. Important evidence can sometimes become lost or forgotten when victims do not seek immediate legal assistance. A personal injury attorney will often work on contingency, which means the injured victim will not be forced to pay any fees or attorney’s costs unless they win their case.

Hiring an attorney early on in the process will help to ensure they secure all evidence. It will also prevent injured victims from making mistakes that could end up costing them a fair outcome. The attorney will take over all the steps involved in pursuing fair compensation, whether inside or outside of court.

Conclusion

Dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident can be stressful, especially when the victim is a passenger and had no control over the events. Injured victims need to make sure they do everything possible to protect their rights.

Getting help from an attorney may seem intimidating for those who have never sought legal help, but attorneys are there for their clients and offer emotional support along with their services. When an injured victim hires an attorney, they are more likely to experience a fairer outcome, with less stress, than they would by going through the process alone.

Those who have been injured because of a driver’s recklessness or negligent actions should seek a consultation appointment right away. Getting started now will offer direction and peace of mind.

car accident, health, wellbeing, working parents

Returning Back To Work

Back To Work

I’m feeling rather excited as normality will be commencing from next week. I was in a car accident back in June leaving me in rather a bad way, I had suffered nerve damage and had a loss of feeling down the left side of my body. I was in a wheelchair for months, I was having intense Physio every week for months and I was needing carer’s to come in and help me, I was also under a specialist being kept a close eye on.

Trying My Best

With all of this going on I done my best to not let it get on top of me or get me down, I won’t lie there was the odd days where it did get to me and I did find it extremely hard not being able to do day-to-day things that I was once doing before my accident, but I soon found the fight in me and I turned that emotion into determination and I done all the exercises set for me to do by my Physio and I done it for my kids and husband.

I am feeling so excited and extremely lucky to be getting back to how life was before my accident, It has been a very long road of recovery for me and a mix of emotions all round for us all but we have been building my strength back up for me to be able to walk again un-aided and it has taken a lot for me to get back behind the wheel of a car again but I have done it, I am here I want my life back to how it was before, I want to be able to get in the car and go to work and help provide again for my family.

Back To Work I Go

So from next week our life should start getting back to normal and words can’t describe how excited I am, I am feeling so lucky to go through what I have been through and to walk away with what is looking like an injured shoulder and nothing more serious, all I will be needing worst ways is Physio on my shoulder, but that isn’t going to effect my life, I am just feeling thankful that’s all I have walked away with and it’s nothing more serious.

My return to work will be built upon gradually, I will be returning back to work on a part-time basis to start off with and building back up from there over time as Ian don’t want me taking on too much to soon so we had a meeting with my manager who agreed so that is what will be happening.

So Lucky

I have been so lucky to have the support that I have had from my amazing friends and family, I couldn’t have got through it all without them there keeping me going and help keep my spirits up, especially Ian and my kid’s. What I am looking forward to the most is taking the pressure of Ian, he has been absolutely fantastic, he has been my rock through it all, the up’s and the down’s. Last year was a rollercoaster year for us so we have our fingers crossed that this year has something much nicer in store for us.

car accident, General post, health, hospital, injury, nerve damage, spine trauma

My Hospital Stay

My Hospital Stay

My Hospital Stay

I have recently come out of hospital following my car accident, the post of my accident can be found here.

I did not plan on being kept in when I arrived at hospital let alone being kept in for so long. My hospital was awful, I missed Ian and the boy’s so much. I had my car accident on the Thursday I was taken straight to hospital from there, I was sent home being told I had whiplash of the lower back and my neck following a x-ray of my hip, I was back home in a matter of 3 hours following my accident.

Here is what happened next

When home I was still having the same trouble with walking, I could not grip with my left hand or move my left arm or my leg, I was having trouble with sleeping, I was having flashbacks of the accident every time I closed my eyes, Ian said come Monday morning he was going to ring my GP to see if he can get me some help with sleeping.

My GP Wasn’t Happy

Monday morning came and he had managed to get us an appointment for 10am so off we went to attend our appointment. My GP asked what tests had been carried out so far at the hospital, he was not happy that I was taken off the spinal board at the hospital without having scans/X-ray’s of my spine.

He wrote a letter instantly and sent me straight off to hospital wanting spine tests done ASAP, I was so sore tired and weak by that point so off we went with the GP letter and headed off for these tests, the GP phoned ahead to say we was being sent in.

Things Took An Unexpected Turn

My hospital stay
I was like this for eight hours, I hate being restricted but I knew it was for my own good.

We was just expecting to be there for that day so arranged childcare with family for when the kids came out of school, we went to the A+E department to say we had arrived waited our turn to be called in. When we did go in I was checked over and was instantly strapped back down to protect my spine. This is a big fear of mine so I got tearful again as I hate being restricted. I was taken into the EAU where I had x-ray’s of my spine, neck and shoulder, these all come back to say there was nothing broken but they was still not happy and was admitting me for further tests.

I Was Admitted To Hospital

I told Ian as I was being admitted he may as well go home and get some sleep as by this point it was rather late in the evening, we was both very tired, Ian didn’t want to leave me as the staff did offer him a bed for the night but we had Buddy at home who needed feeding and letting out so he had to get back for him.

Bedbound

I was told I was not allowed to get out of bed and I was like this for 3 days of my stay in hospital, I was on morphine every 2 hours because of the pain, and I was having loads of other tests done while I was there.

By the time I had all the tests done that was needed I had been in hospital for an unexpected 11 days in total, I found it very hard being away from Ian and my boys, coming up to the end of my stay I was getting very teary as I just wanted to be at home.

I Did Not See My Children

I did not see my boys while I was bed bound as I did not see it was fair for them to see me like that, they came up once I had been told I can move again, not seeing my kids was the worst part.


I started swelling up whilst in there, my arm, leg and foot on my left side got really swollen and I had to have my wedding ring cut off, that made me feel awful but I knew it had to come off as it was dangerous.

While in hospital I saw a physiotherapist who worked with me while I was in hospital, I then saw an occupational therapist who went through my safety at home, we talked about walking, getting in and out of bed, washing/dressing, food/drink, stairs and so on.

Results Time

I have been told I have spine trauma and nerve damage, I have been told that it is not going to be a quick recovery, I am under the spine specialist attending their clinic being kept a close eye on and I am also still receiving physio and attending their clinic.

I am now back home and I now have equipment in place to help me have as much independence as possible and I also have carers come in to me throughout the day to help me.

I Am Finding Things Very Hard

I am finding all this very hard to adjust to as before this happened I was a very independent person, I was a full-time working mum who was on her way home from work when this happened, I am extremely happy that I was on my own in the car when it happened and that no one else was injured except me, but what I am mostly happy for is that I am still here today.

I am now adjusting to everything and trying to stay as positive and as independent as possible, I have good days and I have bad days, I get bored very easily so I am just finding things to keep me occupied.
car accident, car journey, health, wellbeing

I Am Feeling Very Lucky

I Am Feeling Very Lucky

I Am One Lucky Lady

I set off to attend a training day at work, I had to head off to Hemel Hempstead, my journey there was fine I didn’t get stuck in any traffic, my journey home was completely different.

I was going along the M25 motorway heading home after my course and my car suddenly started to feel funny I knew something was wrong so I was going to pull onto the hard shoulder just after I had cleared the junction that had just started to filter off, I did not make it my car spun spinning across two lanes of the motorway and all I saw was a lorry coming towards me, I am feeling very lucky.

How I Done It I Don’t Know

How I done it I don’t know but I avoided all other cars but then crashed into the barrier, I was extremely shaken, I could not get my breath, there was two lovely people who stopped to help me, the lovely lady that got in my car she helped me by calling and alerted my husband of what had just happened as she witnessed it all, the man who stopped to help was a fireman from Essex fire station who was off duty but was kind enough to stop and help, he alerted the emergency services, they both done a fantastic job in all their help, I would love a way to find them and personally thank them for all they did.

Emergency Services Arrived

Before I knew it there was police, firemen, and paramedics, the paramedics was in the car, the firemen was running around everywhere making everything safe, the police was slowing the traffic down on the motorway, all I could hear was this man’s voice behind me telling me everything that was going on and talking to me to keep me talking and calm whilst holding my head still to prevent any further injury to myself.

So Much Pain

The man who was behind me told me there was 12 firemen, four police, and 3 paramedics all on hand to help, I had pain all down my left side and lower back pain along with neck pain, before I knew it the fire crew was cutting the roof off my car, they put a shield in front of me to stop anything hitting me and they also put a film around my windscreen to catch any falling glass.

Health Checks Was Being Done

The paramedics put a neck support collar on me and was checking my blood pressure and pulse, I then had a spine board behind me, they laid my car seat back and I was then lifted out the back of the car onto the ambulance bed and strapped in ready to be taken to Watford hospital.
I was in so much pain and taken straight through I was seen to straight away, before I knew it my husband was with me and the Dr’s and nurses, they all rolled me to do a check of my spine and neck before removing the collar and spine board, I had my reflexes checked and blood sugar they also done a X-ray and they had to keep an eye on my blood pressure as it was very high, I think after all this is was to be expected.

Home and now In Recovery

I am now home and on medication, I do not have full feeling in my left arm and leg, I have crutches to help me but I am very unsteady on them due to limited use of my left arm but I am pleased to be home around my own home comforts.
The doctor said I have whiplash of the neck and lower back and I have torn muscles, I am currently awaiting physio treatment.

A Massive Thank You

I would like to say a BIG thank you to all that helped me in my horrible accident, you all done a fantastic job and I can’t thank you enough.
I am feeling very lucky

 That sadly wasn’t the end of it. Read here at what happened next.