Fellerman & Ciarimboli injury attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark answer a question about a woman who was hit by a vehicle while trying to get into her vehicle. The other driver left the scene while the woman was injured. Is there anything she can do?
Dave Kuharchik: It is time once again for “The Law & You,” getting you free legal advise while you sit in your living room. Doesn’t get any easier than that. Joining us tonight attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark, who’s here for Ed. Good to see you both.
Molly Clark: Good to see you.
Dave: Our question time tonight and let’s get to it. This is from Michelle in Clarks Summit. Michelle says, “My sister was leaving a restaurant the other night and was hit trying to get into her vehicle and the vehicle took off. She has a torn rotator cuff and may need surgery. What can she do?” Molly, given that she may not even know who hit her.
Molly: She, at least, wants to contact the police. See if there was a police report, if there were any witnesses -if anyone saw this incident happen. There could be some local businesses around that may have cameras. The restaurant you were at may have cameras. What you have to do is a little bit of homework first, do some investigation work and see what you could find out. Then from there you’re going to want to call your insurance company and make a claim and pursue like that. What do you think, Greg?
Greg: Well, obviously, if I think it’s a phantom vehicle Molly covered the two things. You have to give notice to your insurance company, notify the police. Then you need to do an investigation. How do you do that? You call a law firm and we send out our private investigator. He does a lot of that work for us. We get the cameras, we get witness statements, we try to get that information. Unfortunately, the burden becomes upon you when your presenting an uninsured motorist claim -that’s what a phantom vehicle is. You’ve really got to do the leg work up front. Obviously, you have significant injuries, you’re doing all the medical treatment, you’re doing all that right. You’ve got to prove your case. These phantom vehicle cases are, actually, pretty frequent. You’d be surprised.
Dave: And it really doesn’t seem like you’d be able to do this on your own. You need that help and support from the investigation, so how can people reach you?
Greg: Give us a call 570-714-HURT, you could see us on the web at 714hurt.com
Dave: Social media’s as well, Fellerman and Ciarimboli. Don’t forget, results matter attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark tonight. Good to see you both.
Molly: You to.
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