Q: What are my legal rights?
A: YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. You have a right to be put back in the same condition you were in before the accident occurred--physically, mentally and economically. You have a right to have your automobile repaired to its original pre-accident condition or, if it is totalled, to its reasonable and equitable market replacement. You have a right to the repair or replacement of other personal property which was damaged or destroyed by the accident. You have a right to the use of a rental car, at no cost to you, while your automobile is being repaired. You have a right to reimbursement for any earnings you lost while you were unable to work due to injuries received in the accident. You have a right to recover for any future loss of earnings or lessening of earning capacity caused by the injuries you sustained in the accident. You have a right to be reimbursed for the medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses you incur for treatment of the injuries suffered in the accident. You have a right to be reimbursed for transportation costs to and from medical facilities. You have a right to a fair and just compensation if you are permanently disabled as a result of the accident. You have a right to receive payment if the trauma and shock of your injuries lessen the quality of your social and personal life. You have a right to choose the repair shop to fix your car--and to choose which health care professionals will care for your personal physical and mental injuries. You have a right to be compensated for any physical pain and mental anguish suffered as a result of the accident. You have a right to be represented by a professional personal injury lawyer of your choice to make sure that all of your rights are protected--and that you have competent representation in dealing with the person who caused your injuries and his insurance company. You have a right to receive a fair and just payment from the involved insurance companies to pay for all medical bills, repair services and compensations.