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I was passenger in car crash in Florida. A horse crashed our rental Hertz car at passenger side.This was on a interstate crossing and state troopers witnessed the crash. I am suffering physical and psychological trauma. Back/neck pain, nightmares, fear of driving. Have laid a claim at hertz, now awaiting their reply. I was fully insured via Hertz at the time of the crash. Am I entitled to compensation and how much is acceptable ? Thank you.

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I am sorry to hear about situation. There is way too much information missing here to give any good advice. Best advice I can give you is to call a personal injury attorney so they can gather what's needed to give you proper advice. Many of my clients want to know about "pain and suffering" and the like, and in order to obtain non-economic damages in FL you must prove a permanent injury or severe disfigurement. Do yourself today a favor, call some attorneys or contact my office even to chat more about the specifics of your case.


Your question is way too complicated for a simple answer-a lawyer would need to look at the fault of the horse owner/adjacent land-owner,review the insurance you purchased,the accident facts,speak with the police and other witnesses,review your medical records and bills,coordinate insurance benifits,possibly conference with your doctor(s)-after that is done,then your question can be answered. If you were injured,hire counsel now-don't wait.


You did not say exactly what happened. Was the horse not properly fenced? There are more questions than answers based on the limited facts. Hire a local personal injury attorney. There are just too many variables, and factors that go into what is reasonable. That is why you need to retain counsel.


Short answer -- what you think is fair.

Long answer? You can't possibly know that without speaking with a respected and experienced personal injury attorney. Assuming that someone's negligence led to your injuries, you may have a claim against the blameworthy, negligent partiy(ies). An attorney will help you identify such potential claims and help you maximize your recovery.

Good luck. Don't delay in retaining counsel.


In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.


You need to follow the advice of these attorneys and hire a personal injury attorney.


You've got a lot of issues that need to be analyzed before any competent attorney can answer your questions. Besides your injuries, I would be curious to know what your claim is against Hertz. Normally a rental car company is not liable for the negligence of the driver of their vehicle. Again, there are a lot of facts that must be explored. You should discuss these issues with your attorney. If you don't have one, I recommend you get one immediately. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

Todd is a partner at the law firm of Stabinski & Funt, P.A., specializing in accident and insurance claims. Stabinski & Funt has been serving South Florida for over 42 years. Todd can be reached at or by phone toll free (877)48-CLAIM. This is not to be considered legal advice nor does an attorney-client relationship exist.


Why is Hertz responsible for the horse? You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on

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This ans. does not create an attorney/client relationship.


If you were injured in the crash, some compensation is warranted. But, from whom and how much depends on the details of your case. So, hire a lawyer and discuss those details with that lawyer.

This is a summary based on incomplete facts. You should not rely on it as legal advise. No attorney-client relationship is intended to be formed. You may call me 772-562-4570; email me, or visit my website


Don't know why you are trying to play lawyer. Best bet is to retain one.


There is no way to answer this question, especially with the limited information provided. Consult with a local personal injury lawyer.


Agreed -the issues as to who owned the horse-why was it in the street- all need to be investigated. Hire a personal injury attorney asap

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