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Available Legal Options for Injured Passengers

If you are a passenger that was injured in a car accident, you may be wondering what legal options are available to you to cover your medical costs. Depending on the severity of the accident, treatment may be needed right away. Some injuries may not fully develop until several days after the accident and should be treated medically at that time. To make sure you are covered, make sure to obtain all the information of the parties involved. If possible, try and take photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage and your own injuries for your own record.


Legal Options for Injured Passengers


Discovering the Legal Liable Party

Determining who is at fault in certain cases can be tricky. If the driver of the vehicle you were in was at fault, they would be held liable. Other cases may not be so cut and dry. If the other driver was at fault and was on the job at the time, they or their company could be held liable. If the vehicle had a defect, the manufacturer could be liable. Once the liable party is discovered, an attorney can imitate the steps to seek a settlement from those parties.

Examination of the Damage

In order for the insurance companies to determine compensation and for litigation, an examination of the vehicle damage as well as the cause of the accident could be required. An adjuster will be assigned to the claim to determine how the accident occurred and which party is responsible. Some things taken into account are the weather, speed of collision, traffic conditions, and other third party factors. The adjustor may also request to see medical records or receive a recorded statement from the passenger. Retaining legal representation before signing or saying anything is wise to ensure you get treated fairly.

Medical Injuries

Depending on the severity of the injuries obtained during the accident and any long-term effects could mean hefty medical bills. Compensation is usually necessary to pay for all medical bills and future treatments.

Contact an attorney and File an Insurance Claim

Reaching out to a personal injury attorney will help you sort out the details of your accident and claim. Your attorney can also help you handle communication between the insurance companies on your behalf. Attorneys can also help dispute any claims from the insurance companies trying to negate your injuries and handle negotiations between the insurance companies to ensure you receive an equitable settlement.

If you were injured as a passenger in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. Attorney Charles V. Contrada will explain your legal options, guide you through the process.

To speak to attorney Charles V. Contrada about a car accident in Ohio or Michigan, call 419.841.4400. Charles has helped thousands of individuals with car accident claims and will explain the legal options that are available to you. Call Contrada & Associates for comprehensive legal guidance that will help you to receive the most favorable outcome.


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Attorney Charlie Contrada has been practicing law since 1979, focusing his career on personal injury, car accident, and mesothelioma cases. Over the years, Charlie has helped thousands of clients throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan to receive the settlements that they deserve.