Your daughter really should consult with and hire a local personal injury attorney (who will then deal with the other driver's insurance company). It is very difficult for anyone, really, to address your questions based on the limited facts that you have provided.
The driver is liable for running a stop sign. His/her insurance will have to pay for all of your daughter's past and future medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering caused by the collision. The insurance will also be responsible for the dog, vet bills and the value of the dog. There is substantial controversy in California law as to whether you can get emotion distress damages for loss of a dog. I've been doing this in Sacramento for over 20 years, so if you want additional information, please call.
S. David Rosenthal
2251 Douglas Blvd., Ste. 120
Roseville, CA 95661
How unfortunate for your family. Based on what you have said, you probably have a claim against the other driver's insurance. You really should consult an injury attorney to ensure you get what you're entitled to.
A personal injury lawyer can investigate pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver for pain and suffering. Best bet is to contact one of the lawyers in your state who answered above to evaluate the case.
Mr. Rosenthal gives you a good road map. Why don't you meet with him for a free consultation. You will be doing your daughter a dis-service if you try to handle it yourself because you will never obtain the amount of compensation an attorney would or could.
You are entitled to have all of the medical bills paid for your daughter plus additional damages for her pain and suffering. You are entitled to also have the vet bills paid. Retaining an attorney would be the best way to maximize the recovery on all of the above. Hope this helps. If you would like to speak further, please feel free to contact me at my toll free # 866-229-0101.
Nothing in this communication should be construed as creating an attorney client relationship. This is for informational purposes only. Attorney will take no action on your behalf unless and until a written retainer agreement is signed. There are strict time deadlines on filing claims and, as such, you are advised to consult with and retain an attorney immediately to file such claims timely or you will lose any right to recovery. Any testimonials or endorsements should not be construed as a guarantee, warranty or prediction of the outcome of your case.
You should consult a lawyer ASAP for help with this. I know in some states the dog death is compensated under the property damage policy. I have cases where this is the case, so hire a lawyer for the best results.
No one should handle any claim (involving a motor vehicle accident with bodily injury) against any insurance company without a lawyer. Claims should be handled by a lawyer - one who will be able to understand and explain the physical damages and injuries from accident. The victim of a car accident really needs to worry about one thing - getting better. That means attending doctor's appointments, attending physical therapy (if appropriate), and taking his or her medication. All of the rest can be handled by a personal injury attorney. We earn our fees (contingent by the way) by taking on the stress and hassle of fighting for money - I dare say some of us actually enjoy the fight, but I realize that most people do not enjoy conflict.
As for getting recovery – the attorney will be the one to know how to go after anyone and everyone plus their insurance companies who has even a hint of liability... while making absolutely sure not to cross the line into frivolous lawsuits or extortion, we will use all legal means to recover for our injured client(s). In a motor vehicle accident, most personal injuries immediately target the driver, the owner, and the employer of the driver as potential defendants. If the defendants want to argue among themselves, so be it, but if the accident is the fault of the driver, at least one of them will be found liable when the jury gives the verdict.
Fortunately, most of us personal injury types offer free consultations and take such cases on contingency, so there is nothing to fear in calling us.
Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D.
Attorney at Law, Physician, Broker
Fransen & Molinaro, LLP
980 Montecito Drive, Suite 206
Corona, CA 92879
www.fransenandmolinaro.com / www.888MDJDLAW.com
"When you need a lawyer, call the Doctor... Call Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D... Call (888)MDJDLAW."
* This post and all others I make on Internet are for informational purposes only. None of the information or materials I post are legal advice. Nothing I post as comments, answers, or other communications should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. While I try to be accurate, I do not guarantee accuracy.
** Fransen & Molinaro, LLP practices in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, and real estate law.
Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. ... Attorney at Law, Physician, Broker... Fransen & Molinaro, LLP... 980 Montecito Drive, Suite 206... Corona, CA 92879... (951)520-9684... www.fransenandmolinaro.com / www.888MDJDLAW.com... "When you need a lawyer, call the Doctor... Call Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D... Call (888)MDJDLAW." ... * This post and all others I make on Internet are for informational purposes only. None of the information or materials I post are legal advice. Nothing I post as comments, answers, or other communications should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. While I try to be accurate, I do not guarantee accuracy... ** Fransen & Molinaro, LLP practices in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, and real estate law.
Medical malpractice Medical expenses for personal injury Pain and suffering Premises liability for personal injuries Personal injury Personal injury lawsuits Types of personal injuries Personal injury and animal attacks Personal injury and car accidents Property liability Real estate Criminal defense Lawsuits and disputes Animal law
Sign up to receive a 3-part series of useful information and advice about personal injury law.