Indian Shores Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrians are being run down in greater numbers year after year. The tragic phenomenon seems to be caused by an increase in road rage drivers, texting, and other forms of distracted driving. One major uptick in pedestrian deaths and catastrophic injuries is a reduction in law enforcement, which has emboldened drivers to behave in ever more dangerous and erratic driving behaviors. The most vulnerable road users group—pedestrians—are paying the price. If you are such a victim, the Indian Shores pedestrian accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff may be able to help. By filing a personal injury claim, you stand a good chance at receiving compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.
What is a Personal Injury Claim And How Can it Help Me as an Injured Pedestrian?
A personal injury claim is simply a demand for compensation following the at-fault party’s negligent and injury-inducing act. The claim is generally filed against the negligent driver’s insurance company. The other party has the opportunity to deny the claim, negotiate, or or accept the terms and pay. Typically, there is a long, drawn-out process of negotiation that takes months or years before a settlement is achieved. During this process, the plaintiff’s attorney (the injured party’s attorney) may file a lawsuit, which starts the clock ticking down to a court hearing, further increasing pressure for the other party to settle. If no settlement can be reached through negotiation and mediation, the case will be tried in the courtroom. As you can see, the personal injury claim process is long, complex, and often arduous, yet it is the only way to secure fair and full compensation following a serious pedestrian injury accident.
Damages in a Pedestrian Claim
Pedestrians usually suffer serious to extreme injuries when struck by motor vehicles. Concussion, multiple bone fractures, deep lacerations, and soft tissue injuries like whiplash are not uncommon. More serious injuries such as internal organ damage and spinal cord injuries are also, tragically, common. Damages, which are compensable, stemming from a moderate to serious pedestrian collision may include the following:
- Medical costs
- Projected medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning ability and lost wages
- Loss of joy of life
- Emotional turmoil
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Property damage
- And more
Call an Indian Shores Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
As lawyers, we are fully aware of the fact that a personal injury claim does not solve all of your problems. No amount of money can erase the physical and emotional scarring that this incident caused, but compensation does enable you to pay for the finest medical care, trauma therapy counseling, physical rehabilitation, time away from work to heal, and other support structures that might not be possible to cover without going into deep debt. We can help you achieve the outcome you are looking for by holding the negligent driver fully accountable for your damages. For a free consultation with an experienced Indian Shores pedestrian accident attorney, contact Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502.