Teenager hit me while I was waiting to make a left turn...

by Eric
(Booneville, MS)

I was driving my dad's van and was stopped with my left blinker on. I was waiting on cars to clear from coming in the opposite direction so I could make my left turn. While I was waiting a teenage girl rear ended me.

My cell phone got busted in the crash, but I didn't go to the ER right then. I had to go to the ER later, but still less than 12 hours after it happened. Will I get compensated for the ER bills, my injuries, and my property damage? What do I do to file a case? Thank you.

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ANSWER for "Teenager hit me while I was waiting to make a left turn...":

Eric (Booneville, MS):

You certainly have a right to be reimbursed not only for your ER bills, but also for any wages you may have lost while at the emergency room and during your subsequent recovery. You also have a right to reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses for things like medications, neck braces, etc., and for your pain and suffering.

Hopefully, at or about the time of the collision you secured the driver’s insurance and contact information. Simply contact the driver’s insurance company and report the collision. It’s possible the driver may have already reported the collision, especially if she sustained property damage to her car.

After reporting the collision to the insurance company, you will likely be contacted by two (2) insurance claims adjusters. In most cases, one adjuster will handle your property damage, and the other your injury claim.

The adjuster handling your injury claim will ask you for copies of your medical bills, receipts for out of pocket expenses, and if you missed work, a letter from your employer verifying your lost wages.

If your injuries were “soft tissue,” such as muscle or tendon sprains, minor bumps and bruises, or similar minor injuries, a reasonable settlement would be about two to three times the amount of your ER bills.

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

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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