My brother suffered a brain injury after a crash. I want to file a claim to recover for his injuries and damages. What can I do?
Haley: It’s that time for “The Law & You”. Joining us today, we have attorneys Molly Clark and Greg Fellerman with us. Great to see both of you!
Molly: Great to see you too!
Greg: Nice to be here.
Haley: You guys have been keeping busy, what were you up to, Greg?
Greg: Very busy. Uh, I think it was last week, we were at State Street Elementary School. We did Read Across America. Here’s a picture of us at the school, with Alex and myself. All the kids were great, they had shirts on. We talked about the law, they loved it. Thank you, hopefully, we can come back next year.
Haley: Such a great time with those kids. Well, thanks for doing that, being part of the community and for helping out our viewers with their questions. Let’s get today’s from Chris in Pittston. He says, “My brother suffered a brain injury after a crash. I want to file a claim to recover for his injuries and damages. What can I do?” Molly, you want to start us off?
Molly: Sure, I’d love to. Chris, uh, I’m sorry that you’re going through that, that your brother is going through that. It’s actually a pretty simple procedure. What you would need to do is open – become a guardian and do a guardianship petition. It’s fairly simple to do that, you go through the orphans’ court, I don’t know if it’s in Luzerne County. It’s probably where we would have to do it. And then once you become the guardian, then you can go ahead and proceed on your brother’s behalf. And open a claim and start a case and do what you can to, you know, collect on his injuries and damages.
Greg: It’s a fairly simple procedure, we do them all the time but it’s unfortunate when you have these brain injuries because what it’s basically saying is the victim does not have the ability to really help themselves, so you have to get the courts involved to get people to help them, so they can file the claim and have someone on their behalf to make sure everything is being done correctly. And it happens, unfortunately, these brain injuries are very, very tough cases. Because when you look at somebody with a brain injury, sometimes they look fairly normal and they’re broken on the inside so a lot of people forget about that. But they’re tough cases and I think, you know, with what you have going on, you definitely need to pick up the phone and give us a call.
Haley: Alright, so yes, pick up the phone, give them a call. Fellerman & Ciarimboli, Molly Clark in today, and Greg Fellerman. Thank you guys so much for your time!
Greg: No problem.
Molly: Thank you.
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