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Front seat passenger injured when broadsided…

Submitted By: Anonymous (Florida)

I was a front seat passenger in a car that was broadsided. I suffered the following serious injuries: broken neck, 3 rib fractures, collapsed right lung (requiring insertion of a chest tube), broken sacrum, large abdominal wall hematoma and large skin tear to my right arm.

I was in the hospital for 5 days. This accident occurred in Florida. I had to wear a neck brace for 3 months and I’m now receiving physical therapy. What would be considered fair compensation for injuries like these?

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Dear Anonymous,

Because of the seriousness of your injuries you would be best served by speaking with a personal injury attorney. Most personal injury lawyers will not charge a fee for an initial office consultation.

Because the attorney will only be paid a contingency fee if she successfully settles your claim or wins the case at trial, you can be confident the attorney will do everything possible to settle your case or win it at trial.

You won’t be able to settle your claim for nearly the amount an attorney would. In the long run, even after paying the attorney’s fees you will probably still come out way ahead. If your injuries weren’t as serious you could probably handle your own claim.

You would also be prudent in not speaking with any insurance companies until you’ve spoken with an attorney. In the interim, collect all your medical bills, witness statements, photographs, and any other evidence of the accident. Because Florida has a 2 year statute of limitations period for the settling of a claim or the filing of a lawsuit, you must settle your claim or have the attorney file a lawsuit within that time.

You have a right to be compensated for your hospital, medical and therapy bills, your out of pocket expenses, and an amount for the pain and suffering you endured and may continue to endure.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: February 20, 2013

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