Posted on November 27, 2011 by Fast Lawsuit Team
You are riding on a bus when, crash and boom, your bus gets into an accident and you are injured. Or, take the case of the Colorado man who rode in a car driven by someone who felt like racing, lost control of the car. The passenger suffered from severe injuries to his hand that needed several surgeries.
The thing about being a passenger is that you have very little control over what happens since you don’t hold the steering wheel. However, the results of the accident may be just as serious, just as painful. Injuries incurred by passengers include broken or fractured bones, soft tissue injuries, a broken shoulder, broken ribs, head injuries and so on.
As a passenger, you have the right to demand for compensation for the injuries you have sustained, as well as the emotional trauma and stress that you may suffer.
If the driver at fault is the driver of the vehicle where the passenger is riding, then the passenger can file a claim against that driver and his insurance carrier. If the driver of the other car caused the accident, then the passenger can file a claim against the erring driver and also against is insurance carrier.
The Passenger Accident Claim
What can you claim for?
- Medical expenses. This does not only include your doctor’s professional fees and the bills in the hospital. This includes the cost of medicine, physical therapy, laboratory fees and other fees related to your recovery and treatment. Medical expenses also pertain not just to expenses now but to future medical expenses.
- Related expenses. This includes expenses that arise out of your injury. For instance, if your caregiver needs to take time off from work to tend to you at the hospital, this should be included in your claim. This also includes the need to pay for childcare or housekeeping services, the expenses for traveling to and from your doctor’s clinic or the therapy center, recovery costs for counseling and so on.
- Loss of income. Even if you have filed sick leave for the days you are in the hospital or for the days you are recovering, you are entitled to compensation for loss of income. If, eventually, you lose your job as a result of your injury, this should also be compensated.
- Pain and suffering. Although it is hard to place a price tag on the trauma and pain you will endure due to your injuries, a judge or a jury will try to set a certain amount to compensate you for your suffering.
As you can see, it is important for you to carefully consider how much you stand to receive as fair and just compensation. Do not be attracted to a settlement offer that seems big at the onset. It is highly possible that when you sit down and take a careful look at what the personal injury has caused you, the offer may not actually fully compensate you.
However, when you do decide to file a lawsuit for your claim, you must have resources backing you up. This is what the other side may be counting on. When you see your medical bills, household expenses and debt piling up, you may be forced to settle for a lesser amount than what the lawsuit is actually worth. And, once you sign off on the claim, you do not have any right to pursue your claim further if you discover that you need additional compensation down the line.
This is where lawsuit funding can be helpful. This allows you more “rope” to continue with your passenger accident lawsuit while still keeping free from financial pressure. This way, you can see your lawsuit through to the end. Or, you can negotiate with the insurance company for the compensation you deserve.
When you apply for a lawsuit settlement advance, you do not need to present your employment or credit records. You will need to present the details of your case to help the lawsuit funding company to evaluate whether you are eligible for funding or not. For some companies like FastLawsuitMoney.com, once your application is approved, you can have your cash in as quickly as 24 hours!
The good thing about lawsuit settlement funding is that it is non-recourse funding, meaning, the funds are only payable if your lawsuit is successful. You don’t have to pay the lawsuit funding company back if your lawsuit fails to settle.