Looking for advice on pursuing insurance compensation after being doored

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thirdtermite
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My kid (age 21) was doored on Coral St 10/17/18 by a careless driver in a parked minivan, who flung her door open into traffic without checking to see if the road was clear. Driver is taking responsibility and filed a claim with her insurance company, Geico. My kid has a fractured clavicle due to clipping her shoulder on the edge of the door and flipping over her handlebars. Otherwise okay, 6 weeks of healing expected. Looking for advice on how to proceed with getting fairly compensated for injuries/damage to bike/lost wages….anyone been through this recently? My kid doesn’t drive and isn’t covered by our car insurance. Appreciate any help!


Eric
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Call her insurance company. They’re usually willing to settle to avoid a suit. If the settlement seems low then contact a lawyer. Since this is personal injury the consultation will be free. They get paid on the other end taking a cut of the money received.


Eric
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Also, you daughter should call her health insurance company and notify them that it was part of a car crash. When I broke my foot (running…) I got a call from the insurance company asking me if I was involved in a car crash. I think they randomly audit bone breaks. I’m not sure it changes anything, but maybe her insurance can recoup their losses on this from the woman and/or her car insurance. If they can, I’m not sure what that means for your daughter’s out of pocket expenses. But it is definitely worth the 5 minute phone call to the health insurance company to find out.


Eric
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Fwiw one of bike Pittsburgh’s sponsors/advertisers is a law firm that does bike crashes.
http://www.gelmanreisman.com/bikelawyer

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