Legal advice after being struck by a car while walking?

Asked over 1 year ago - Pittsburgh, PA

Three days ago a woman hit me with her car as I was crossing an intersection. I was in the crosswalk with the walk light on. She was trying to make a left turn before the traffic going straight started moving. I believe she was going around 15-20 mph. when I was struck. My body cracked her windshield and I was flung from the car when she stopped. I was taken to the hospital and checked out and thankfully I don't any broken bones. My backside is bruised and my neck and legs hurt. There were witnesses listed in the police report that saw the whole thing. Her insurance company called me yesterday but I was unable to answer the phone and they left a message. I am worried they will try to avoid paying for my hospital visit.

I'm clearly upset by her negligence as it could have been much worse.

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The doctor at the ER wrote me an excuse to miss a day of work but I just worked the next day. I have mild pain irritations and my neck has increasingly been getting more tender so I feel I need to have that looked at. I'll have to look into getting a lawyer I suppose. Thank you to everyone for answering.

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  1. Jeffrey Mark Adams

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    Answered . Do not speak with the woman's insurance company. Contact a local and qualified personal injury litigation attorney asap. Obtain necessary and appropriate medical attention. Report this to your insurance company. Good luck.

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  2. Michael Herschel Monheit

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    Answered . You should retain an attorney immediately. You should not talk with her insurance company. Let your lawyer communicate for you. They can be very tricky in what they will ask you to try to hurt you again by preventing you from making a claim. Don't let them do that to you. Get a lawyer. Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss.

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  3. Harold Semanoff

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    Answered . You should immediately contact a personal injury attorney to represent you and you should have your attorney return the call to the insurance company. You are entitled to be compensated for your injuries and medical bills. Best of luck with your claim.

  4. S. David Rosenthal Esquire

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    Answered . You have a claim for all past and future medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering caused by the incident. I always suggest consulting with a good local personal injury lawyer before before making any decisions on how to proceed. Do not under any circumstances provide a recorded statement to the insurance company. A good attorney will guide you through the process, do all of the little things that require experience and maximize your recovery.

    Good luck.

  5. Mark E. Milsop

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    Answered . Medical bills are first paid by "first party" coverage up to the limit stated int he policy. Which insurance policy will apply in your case will depend on some facts not addressed in your question.

    You also have a claim for your pain, suffering etc. as well as any unpaid medical under the driver's liability coverage. How significant that claim is will depend on how your injuries resolve.

    I would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.

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  6. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Don't make any statements to the insurance company. Retain a personal injury lawyer. The secret to retaining a personal injury lawyer in PA is finding one with a low fee agreement, less than 30%, so you are left with the lion's share of the settlement, not your lawyer. Also, make sure the lawyer doesn't deduct costs from your share of the settlement money. Good luck.

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  7. David Mark Landay

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    Answered . If you or a relative you live with have car insurance, your medical bills must first be submitted to your car insurance company. If not, then the driver's insurance company will be responsible for your bills. There are medical payment limits which will apply.

    My website has additional information which may be useful.

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  8. Scott Douglas Camassar

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    Answered . I agree with these attorneys. Your description suggests you have a strong case against the driver. Retain a qualified lawyer asap & good luck.

  9. Scott J. Corwin

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    Answered . I agree with the responding attorneys. You should contact a qualified personal injury attorney in your area. I would recommend that you consult with Mr. Lassen. From his consistent and thorough answers on Avvo, I can tell he is a quality lawyer. I hope you found my response helpful.

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