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Pickup Truck Hit My Son…

Submitted By: Andrew (Worcester, MA)

My son was walking on a crosswalk when a pickup truck went flying over a corner and hit my son. He was thrown about five to ten feet. He has no broken bones but he can barely walk, he is all scratched up from the pavement, and his neck is stiff and hurts. His whole body is sore and he can barley move his right leg.

Do I have a case against the driver even though my son has no broken bones? What should I do?

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Answer

Dear Andrew,

Your son doesn’t have to have broken bones for there to exist a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim is based on several factors, but the two most important are:

– the liability of the driver, and

– the amount of medical bills.

It seems apparent the driver is liable. That’s the first hurdle. Your son’s injuries are not readily apparent. That’s the second hurdle.

Take your son to his pediatrician or your family doctor. Because your son was hit by a truck and is complaining of pain and discomfort the doctor may want to have him examined by the use of an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) device, or a CAT Scan (Computer Axial Tomography) device. Those examinations are able to determine the existence of fractures, ligament and tendon damage, and organ damage.

Hopefully your son’s injuries will be only contusions and abrasions. If they are it is probably not worth pursuing a case.

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: November 2, 2011

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