I was recently injured in a car accident as a passenger of the negligent driver, is it possible to claim for an ear laceration?
Provided that you suffered an injury in an accident for which you were not primarily to blame, you may be entitled to make a claim for ear laceration. Making a claim to compensation for ear laceration should be possible even if you were a passenger in the car of the negligent driver. You are owed a duty of care by road users, including from the driver of the car in which you sustained your ear laceration injury. If you have sustained an injury for which you are not entirely to blame in an ear laceration accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, the details of which should be discussed with a lawyer.
A claim for ear laceration may be possible if you were a passenger. With such claims, it should be remembered that passengers are rarely responsible for an accident and it is even possible that your ear laceration injury was made worse because of the fact that passengers often do not have the same split-second opportunity to brace themselves for the impact of an accident as a driver would. For this reason you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for ear laceration against the driver of the car. You may find this difficult, particularly if the driver is a family member or friend – however it should be kept in mind that such claims for an ear laceration accident are made against the insurance policy of the driver, and is not a personal claim against the driver.
Following your accident, your immediate priority should be to seek medical attention for your injuries – not only for the sake of your health, but also to ensure that your claim for ear laceration is not affected by allegations of contributory negligence. Once you have received treatment for your ear laceration injury, a report should be made to the police, although this may have already been made by the negligent driver of the car in which you were travelling. At this point you may be offered compensation for ear laceration by the insurance company of the negligent driver – however there is a danger that this compensation will not reflect the compensation which you may be entitled to claim. For this reason you are advised to first consult a lawyer before accepting any such offer of compensation for your ear laceration accident.
It should be noted that if you are considered to be partially liable for your ear laceration injury, your compensation can be reduced to reflect your own carelessness. For instance – if the driver of the car was drunk or uninsured and you were aware of this fact, your compensation for ear laceration can be reduced if you knowingly took a risk upon entering the car. This is also possible if your ear laceration accident was made worse if you did not have a seatbelt on. For this reason, a personal injury lawyer should always be consulted when making a claim for ear laceration not only to help determine liability but also to ensure that you receive professional legal representation for your claim.