What can I do if I was struck as a pedestrian?

  1. Seek out medical care. This may seem obvious, but it is surprising the number of people who refuse to seek out medical care immediately and who think they are fine after being struck by a car. Often times, injuries can be internal and are not obvious to a layperson. Get yourself seen by experts as soon as possible to rule out more serious complications that can arise from internal bleeding and other internal injuries.

 

  1. Document Your Accident. This means carefully documenting relevant information to your claim, which may be useful later. Do get contact information from any witnesses to the accident. Do report the accident to the proper authorities. If you need help with this, please let us know. That's what we are here for.

 

  1. Speak to an attorney. This is critical so you can discuss with your attorney what kinds of problems you are having as a result of your injuries and your attorney can help you preserve your claim. Acting quickly may affect the type and amount of compensation you may be entitled to.

 

  1. Discuss Your Remedies. If you have been struck as a pedestrian and are not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries as well as compensation for various losses. Make sure you discuss with your attorney each of the following elements if they are applicable to your situation.
  • - Medical bills you have incurred
  • - Costs of presently needed medical treatment (physical therapy, chiropractic care or other forms of treatment)
  • - Future Medical Treatment
  • - Pain and suffering
  • - Death
  • - Loss of financial support
  • - Loss of consortium
  • - Mileage
  • - Lost Wages
  • - Out of Pocket Expenses

 

There are no hard and fast rules to determining if you have a case. Each case is unique and is dependent on the facts of the particular case. The law is a constantly changing entity and only by consulting an attorney directly, can you achieve the piece of mind that comes with knowing where you stand legally on the issues relevant to your particular case.

Justin P. Katz
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Justin Katz is a personal injury lawyer who represents injury victims in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC