Even When Injured by a “Phantom” Party, You Still Have Legal Options

SiebenCareyJanuary 20, 2021

Not long ago, a SiebenCarey client was driving on I-35, when suddenly a 29-inch metal stake crashed through the windshield of his van and struck him in the head. He crashed into a ditch and slammed to a stop in the median.
 
Our client suffered major head injuries, including a fractured skull. He incurred major medical expenses and was unable to return to work. With the support of Jeffrey Sieben and Michael Scully, he received an Uninsured Motorist settlement and a workers’ compensation award that was initially denied.
 
Typically, a lawsuit occurs when an injured person (the “plaintiff”) sues the person or entity that is allegedly responsible for the injury (the "defendant"). However, in a case when the defendant is unknown, like this one, circumstances become complicated.
 
In this instance, a motorist was at fault for operating a vehicle containing materials that were improperly and negligently secured. But this motorist was never identified. Do legal actions exist if an incident occurs that involves someone you can’t identify? Who can be held accountable for injuries and medical expenses?
 
“It’s important to understand the law in every case, but this particular case involves a ‘phantom’ driver of a car carrying a load of unsecured materials,” said Jeffrey Sieben a partner and attorney at SiebenCarey. “Legal precedent has been established allowing us to turn to the Uninsured Motorist portion of our client’s car insurance and request a settlement from the insurance company. In addition, we turned to our client’s employer to receive workers’ compensation, which helped offset his wage loss due to his injuries.” Many law firms are not equipped to assist injury victims with both the personal injury claims as well as workers’ compensation benefits. SiebenCarey is.
 
Personal injury cases often allow plaintiffs to recover economic and noneconomic compensatory damages, (past and future medical expenses, for example), as well as lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, household help, out-of-pocket costs, and losses associated with pain and suffering. In addition, plaintiffs may be eligible for economic damages – damages connected with tangible losses like medical expenses or lost income.

The key in any personal injury case is working with an attorney who understand the law and the many options that exist to recover damages. For more information about your legal rights following an accident or injury, contact Jeffrey.Sieben@knowyourrights.com or 612-333-9713.

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Deb Colombe

I was involved in a car accident that was complicated at best. God blessed with me Eric Beyer as my attorney. Although it was a long drawn out process between the two insurance companies, Eric was not only my attorney, he was my rock.

Eric is one of the most ethical people I have ever met in my lifetime. He was a constant source of not only information, but of comfort throughout the whole process. I never doubted for one moment that Eric did not have my best interest at heart. He took every word I said seriously and did what he had to do. If I ever have the misfortune of another injury like this, I would go to no one other than Eric Beyer. I will never in my lifetime be able to thank Eric enough or let him know how much I respect him and what a comfort he was and has continued to be for me. God Bless you Eric Beyer.

Daunne Schaller

I was seriously injured in a car accident on my wedding night and went to SiebenCarey. Being involved in an accident is never fun. The folks at SiebenCarey got us thru the event helping us get on with our lives. They were up front and honest. We knew we could trust them. It’s clear to me why Art has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America and Super Lawyer for 12 years running. Now anytime I know someone who was involved in an accident I refer them to SiebenCarey.

Jeanne Tondryk

Eric W. Beyer helped me through a very difficult time and his professionalism, advice and results from an injury were highly respected. Amidst the personal part of getting myself back to health, his guidance when life was blurry was so appreciated. He listened and then put forth my options honestly and directly which I totally appreciated!

 Was totally satisfied with his hard work and dedication to help me. I'd highly recommend him. Thank you Eric!

Jesse Bukal

In need of a personal injury attorney? Well you're if you're reading this you're in the right place. You'd be hard pressed to find more competent attorneys than the ones here at SiebenCarey.

They took my case to trial and an amazing job presenting the facts and fighting for my best interests! Three years ago I was unsure of what my future would bring; now that it's over I can rest a bit easier. With SiebenCarey as my counsel, I believe I had the absolute BEST representation a person could've asked for. I knew that I wanted the absolute best representation when searching for an attorney to handle my case and I most definitely received it.

If you need a personal injury attorney, look no further. Can't recommend highly enough.

Chris and Amy Boys

We worked with Art and his team on a personal injury case. We could not have been more pleased with the result. Art and his team were both professional and personable, and were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Art and his team if you find yourself in this type of situation.

Laurian Reiners

Mark Olive did an absolutely fantastic job helping Jim during his ordeal with the company he worked for.  The outcome made it so that Jim could retire after the settlement.  We could not asked for a better representative for him.

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I have been working with Jeff Sieben since the year 2003 and I find he does excellent work.

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Art and his staff were fantastic. After being involved in a car accident they made the process so easy and effortless. The end result exceeded anything I ever expected. The right lawyer really makes a difference and Art and his staff were definitely the right choice. I would highly recommend giving them a call if you are unfortunate to get in an accident.

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