Protecting the rights of a loved one incapacitated in a crash

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | personal injury |

Car accidents can result in devastating consequences, sometimes leaving a cherished loved one in a coma or otherwise incapacitated. If your family is weathering this situation, you know that the emotional toll is immense, and you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of seeking compensation on behalf of your family member.

However, coma care and long-term treatment costs for incapacitating injuries can be massive. Securing compensation for your relative from at-fault parties can help you to benefit from justice and resources with which you can provide necessary medical care.

Establish legal authority

Since your loved one cannot act for themself, you must obtain the legal right to pursue their claim. Typically, this involves a guardianship or power of attorney authorizing you to make financial and medical decisions.

Gather evidence

Collect as much accident-related evidence as possible to ensure a fair award. Examples include the police report, witness statements and video or photos of the involved vehicles and accident scene.

Show damages

A critical aspect of the claim is establishing the extent of your loved one’s damages. Medical records documenting their injuries, including potential long-term effects, in detail, can help you prove damages. Pad your claim with medical bills, estimated future injury costs and lost wages, including evidence pointing to the potential loss of future earning capacity.

Work with insurers

Some insurance companies are known to make unfairly low offers when dealing with an incapacitated victim’s claim. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for most people to recognize these tactics or fight for a fair outcome without guidance.

From dealing with insurers to conducting a thorough investigation, a personal injury representative can act on your and your loved one’s behalf during the pursuit for fair and appropriate injury compensation. Since North Carolina has no caps on car accident damages, a fair award can help to ensure long-term care for your family member.

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