Do I Have To Be A US Citizen To Pursue A Claim For Injuries Suffered In An Auto Accident?
Often times, undocumented residents who are victims in an auto accident are too scared to pursue a personal injury claim out of fear that they may be deported. Florida car accident attorneys Dell and Schaefer has handled numerous cases where the victim lacked legal status in the United States. Undocumented Aliens have the right to pursue a claim for injuries sustained in an auto accident. You do not need to be a U.S. Citizen nor a Permanent Resident in order to receive compensation for your injuries.
Defendant Side Swiped Our Client While Changing Lanes Causing Our Client to Sustain Minor Injuries
Our client, who was an undocumented alien living in West Palm Beach, Florida, was driving his car to work. While driving on Interstate 95 near the exit for Palm Beach International Airport, suddenly and without warning, the defendant switched lanes and crashed into our client’s vehicle. The police came to the scene of the accident and cited the defendant with “Improper Change of Lane.” Two days after the accident, our client began to feel pain in his neck and lower back. He sought the care and medical treatment of a local chiropractor who prescribed an intense physical therapy regimen. After 3 weeks of treatment, our client began to feel relief from his pain. However he still had some residual pain in his lower back which radiated down his legs.
As a result, the chiropractor prescribed an MRI of the lumbar spine. The MRI showed a herniation at L5-S1. Due to the positive findings in the MRI, our client was referred to an orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedist examined the client and determined that the injuries sustained were not serious and that proper physical therapy would alleviate our client’s pain. He referred our client to continue with physical therapy for 2 months. After the physical therapy was complete, our client stated his pain had subsided and he was living pain free.
Attorneys Dell and Schaefer Recover Policy Limits of $10,000
After the accident, our client hired the West Palm Beach Auto Accident Attorneys Dell and Schaefer. The defendant did not purchase bodily injury coverage with his insurance company. Fortunately, our client purchased the single most important coverage in Florida—Uninsured Motorist Coverage, which covers victims when the person who caused an accident does not have bodily injury coverage on his auto policy.
We filed an extensive claim against the Uninsured Motorist carrier for bodily injury, pain and suffering, and lost wages. After a lengthy negotiation process the insurance company tendered out their policy limits of $10,000!
Our client was absolutely thrilled that he was able to recover $10,000 despite the defendant not having any insurance coverage for bodily injury. Contact us for a free consultation if we can assist you with your claim.