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Car crash: confirm who the driver was.

04-01-2019

The definition of who was ultimately the driver in a car is not always clear. There are cases where the driver is ejected out of the vehicle and the co-driver...

€525,000 for work accident of 24 years’ old

14-10-2018

The court awarded an indemnity of €150,000 euros to each of his parents and €75,000 euros to each of his three siblings.  The unfortunate young man worked as a plumber...

Medical mistakes: the frequent case of Cauda Equina Syndrome

05-08-2018

The cauda equina is Latin for ‘horse’s tail’ which describes the collection of nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord. These nerves are particularly vulnerable to injury because they...

Traffic Police Autopsy Report and Accident Sketch.

11-06-2018

  The Accident Sketch is an essential element in the discovery of fault in a claim for traffic accident compensation.If the Accident Reconstruction Sketch is not accurate, this can have detrimental...

€ 348,800 for death at birth in a public maternity hospital.

11-03-2018

The verdict of the Athens Court of Appeal granted indemnity of € 205,050 to the newborn daughter of a 42-year-old mother who died of a medical mistake, for mental anguish...

€350,000 for tragic death of infant

16-01-2018

  The 1st Department of the Greek State Council ratified a decision by the Administrative Court of Ioannina and awarded an indemnity for medical mistake to both parents, siblings, the grandfather...

Accident Injury Claims: the multi-vehicle case

06-11-2017

  Almost one-third of car accidents in the US involve multi-vehicle accidents, otherwise referred as multi-vehicle collisions or pile-ups. This may involve cars, trucks, motorcycles, travel trailers all crashing into each other...

560.000 € compensation from Greek hospital for medical error

03-09-2017

The final decision of the Supreme Council in February 2017, ended the litigation involving the conviction of four doctors (imprisonment from 10-18 months) and compensation to the parents of a...

Millions for medical mistake compensation in Cyprus

25-06-2017

Millions for medical mistake compensation in Cyprus The amount of € 2.4 million plus interest, had to be paid by the two state hospitals of Limassol and Nicosia in reference to...

Accidents at work: when employee reimburses employer!

15-07-2016

Two Greek Supreme Court decisions create legal precedents and recognize shared responsibility to an employee and provided the option to compensate the employer for damages caused due to an accident...

Greek State Claim: 700,000 € to soldier

20-06-2016

After a long legal battle of 12 years, Division A of the State Council (COE) rejected the appeal of the Greek State and upheld the decision of the Court of...

572,000 € due to wrong cancer diagnosis

25-05-2016

The Higher First Instance Court of Thessaloniki, with its 16591/2015 decision, awarded to a 71 years old lady the amount of € 572,000 as compensation and imposed to the defendants...

1,6 million € for wrong diagnosis and errors of Greek public hospital.

03-04-2016

A final, historic decision-vindication for a series of errors and omissions of a Greek public hospital. One more claim case of medical negligence which with thorough medical documentation and combative...

Compensation for death due to wrong diagnosis of drug side effects

13-03-2016

Wrong diagnosis can be caused when doctors either are not aware or do not take into account drug side effects when prescribing a drug or examining a patient. Especially when...

€ 830.000 for death of soldier

30-01-2016

It concerns the relatives of a 20 years old soldier of armored vehicles from Thessaloniki who died in Alexandroupolis due to medical error. The military and administrative courts awarded the...

Deadly Car Accident

07-11-2015

Deadly Traffic Accidents Claims of deadly traffic accidents are the most demanding because they are unfortunately the most tragic. In cases where the victims are close friends or relatives who rode...

Non-material damage vs. Pain and suffering in Greece

30-10-2015

Non-material damage or Moral damage or Non material Harm and Pain and suffering or Mental anguish or Mental Distress or Pretium Doloris are concepts that are often confused.Although they have...

Landmark decision for Medical Negligence in Greece

10-10-2015

600.000 € compensation to be paid by Evangelismos hospital in Athens for patient death due to infection in the intensive care unit. The case is very important because 1,000 patients...

€ 660,000 plus monthly expenses, court costs and interest.

19-09-2015

For this medical negligence case of sleeve gastrectomy, compensation was awarded to parents of an obese student of the Athens National Technical University who suffered a serious brain damage after...

326.150 € to nurse for accident at work

06-09-2015

The Greek Council of State confirmed the decision of Court of Appeals awarding compensation amounting to EUR 60.150 and monthly payment of EUR 500 up to 266,000 euros to a...

Compensation from Insurance Guarantee Fund

03-08-2015

It seems that the plenum of the Supreme Court will eventually determine the amount of damages granted to the relatives of victims of uninsured cars. This compensation is provided by...

Τραγωδία στη Ρόδο: Ταχύπλοο διαμέλισε 37χρονη Ρωσίδα

02-08-2015

Ο 42χρονος Ελβετός, χειριστής του σκάφους, υποστήριξε ότι σταμάτησε όταν άκουσε το ισχυρό χτύπημα - Ωστόσο ένας από τους έξι σκιέρ είπε ότι έκαναν έρευνα στην περιοχή, δεν βρήκαν τίποτε...

Work Accidents in Greece: statistics and claimed damages

08-06-2015

Although the number of accidents is decreasing in recent years in Greece, in 2013 and 2014 they increased! While in 2010 we had the highest number of accidents with 5.721cases...

Lack of helmet. Contributory negligence?

09-05-2015

In several decisions the Greek courts have refused to attribute co liability ( therefore reducing the compensation to be paid) to the motorcycle passenger who rode without wearing a helmet...

Taxation of compensation from car accident

27-04-2015

The compensation stipulated by a court or agreed out-of-court consists of many different amounts associated with different causes. There are frequently asked questions about what really applies and in this...

Work Accident in Rhodes: 25.000 € compensation

24-04-2015

Rhodes First Instance Court with its the decision of 135/2010 awarded € 25,000 total compensation, of which 13,000 € is immediately enforceable, to the employee who suffered an accident in...

Motorcycle accident and co-liability

19-04-2015

A main theme in claiming damages from a traffic accident is the attribution of co-liability to another part. The "ideal" case where it is totally clear whose fault it is...

Tires: Burst – Vehicle Diversion

09-04-2015

The jurisprudence of the Greek Courts has held that the burst of a tyre which results in a car getting out of of its normal course does not constitute a...

800.000€ compensation for AIDS infection

05-04-2015

The Administrative Thessaloniki Court of Appeals with its decision of 2013 adjudicated the sum of 800.000€ in damages to a 25-year-old woman who had been infected by the AIDS virus...

133.415 € for two fingers mutilated by firecracker

22-03-2015

During clashes between rivals that took place in basketball match The Council of State adopted the first instance verdict which awarded compensation due to improper exercise of police duties for the...

Doctor forced to pay 584.400 € for the death of a 32 years old pregnant.

09-03-2015

The Supreme Court forced an obstetrician-gynecologist to pay the amount of € 584.400 to the relatives of the woman who died shortly before the birth of third child due to...

Claim for labor accident against the Greek State.

07-03-2015

A worker died while performing the work of window cleaner in the hospital "Metaxa" in Piraeus. Due to non-compliance with the statutory safety measures, the worker fell from a great...

Traffic accident with vehicle not clearly uninsured.

04-03-2015

There are traffic accidents involving a vehicle for which there is documented disagreement between the insurance and the owner whether there is valid insurance coverage or not. The insurance could...

Co-responsible the co-driver if aware that the driver is drunk.

05-02-2015

By 30% in the case of a traffic accident The co-driver who knows that a driver is drunk and nevertheless accepts to board, shares the responsibility by 30% in the case...

Sea Diamond, αποζημιώσεις

18-01-2015

Το κρουαζιερόπλοιο βυθίστηκε στις 5 Απριλίου 2007στον όρμο του Αθηνιου στην Σαντορίνη μετά απο πρόσκρουση σε ύφαλο στον όρμο των Φηρών. Μετέφερε 1163 επιβάτες και 391 μέλη του πληρώματος. Ολοι...

Costa Concordia: Settling the victims' claims

12-01-2015

Introduction On January 13 2012 the Costa Concordia capsized while carrying around 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members; 32 people were killed in the accident. The disaster is one of the...

Trucking or bus accidents in Greece

08-01-2015

Accidents with trucks and buses are different from traditional automobile accidents for a number of reasons. A wide range of evidence The wide range of evidence available in a trucking or bus...

165,000 € for death of a patient at Erithros Stavros Hospital of Athens

05-01-2015

Korgialeneio-Benakio's conviction for the death of a patientCompensation of 165,000 € to the relatives of an injured man who died. The doctors did not diagnose brain injury. He was transferred...

Neck injury, "whiplash" injury in Greece

04-01-2015

This neck injury is also known as acceleration - deceleration injury or injury of sudden hyperextension. This term is used when the neck is injured from a sudden movement due to...

Plastic Surgery and Medical Malpractice in Greece.

02-01-2015

The aim of plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, or cosmetic surgery is to make you look and feel better. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. There are cases where the...

Surgical Errors in Greece and Medical Malpractice

02-01-2015

Α surgical procedure is supposed to make one feel better; the last thing on one's mind was that the surgery was going to leave him/her worse instead of better. Unfortunately...

Greece Medical Negligence: pregnancy, labor and birth.

02-01-2015

During pregnancy, labor, birth and the period immediately after birth, the mother and baby should be continuously monitored for hazardous conditions, such as hypoxia (inadequate oxygen intake and inadequate tissue...

Hospital or Clinic Negligence in Greece

02-01-2015

The word "malpractice", is usually linked with a physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, pharmacist or other healthcare provider that was responsible for a mistake, act of negligence, injury, or death. However...

Medical error in Greece due to wrong diagnosis

02-01-2015

Irreparable damage in the hands of professionals who you trust. Imagine the irreparable harm that arises when a patient goes to the Emergency Department with symptoms such as chest pain and...

Medical Malpractice in Greece: Delayed Cancer Diagnosis

02-01-2015

The Medical code of conduct imposes the thorough examination of the patient and requires taking all measures to clarify any suspicions of a serious illness. Cancer is the disease with the...

Traffic Accidents in Greece with Uninsured, Stolen or Hit & Run drivers.

26-12-2014

It can be traumatic enough to be involved in a Road Accident but if the person at fault for the accident turns out not to be insured to drive the...

Every medical error in Greece “costs” 305,000 euros

13-12-2014

At 30 billion Dollars annually is estimated the cost of medical errors in America, in Britain the equivalent amount reaches 400 million Pounds, while in Greece an up to date...

Reconstructing a Pedestrian-Car Accident

03-12-2014

The July 2014 issue of Plaintiff Magazine discussed the usual evidence and injury issues related to pedestrian-car accidents. The article brings to light the litigation stages at which an expert...

Fewer deaths from traffic accidents in 2014.

03-12-2014

Greece has the highest percentage of traffic accidents in Europe. Although fewer than 600 people are estimated to have lost their lives in traffic accidents in Greece in 2014, a...

Compensation 550,000 for accident due to illegal outdoor advertising sign

27-11-2014

Fine of 550,000 euro to be paid by the Greek StateSupreme Court did justice to the relatives of a 18 year old who died in a car which crashed due...

Supreme Court: Solatium of 100,000 € for work accident

24-11-2014

Milestone decision of the Supreme Court for work related accidents (decision No 703/2013)This decision clarifies that the conditions for compensation for damages suffered by the victim are different than those...

Compensation for medical negligence keep on increasing

23-11-2014

Accelerating increasing trends are recorded, especially in the last two to three years, in the damages awarded by the courts in patients who have suffered damage to their health or...

Compensation of 1.303.000€ for medical error includes father and mother in law

21-11-2014

Court decision: father in law and mother in law are entitled to compensation for damages in the event of death of the groom or the bride. Department Α of the State...

EUR 400.000 compensation for medical error

16-11-2014

EUR 400.00 compensation for medical mistake leading to death of 27years oldAfter a 10 years court battle Greece's Supreme Court awarded EUR 400,000 as compensation to the parents of a...

Guild in crash during overtaking.

17-10-2014

Each case is unique and the experts that will called upon to express their opinion on the events will play a major role. In a case of a motorcycle that was...

Ποιοί από την οικογένεια δικαιούνται αποζημίωση.

14-10-2014

Σε περιπτωση θανάτου ο νόμος ορίζει μέσω του άρθρου 932, εδάφιο 3 του Αστικού Κώδικα ότι η οικογένεια του θύματος μπορεί να λάβει χρηματική ικανοποίηση λόγω ψυχικής οδύνης. Τι ισχύει όμως...

Monetary limit of liability of the insurance.

14-10-2014

Many victims of accidents wonder what is the monetary limit of liability of the insurance of the vehicle that caused their injury. In principle the responsibility of the insurance is...

Traffic accident abroad. In which court will you turn to?

14-10-2014

Increasingly many Greeks are traveling abroad with their cars. It is not unlikely for a traffic accident to happen in these trips. Amicable settlement covers several cases of damage. But in...

Τροχαίο από οδηγό με δίπλωμα που έληξε.

14-10-2014

Τι συμβαίνει στην περίπτωση που σας χτυπήσει όχημα του οποίου ο οδηγός δεν έχει ανανεώσει την ισχύ του διπλώματος του; Η κάθε περίπτωση είναι διαφορετική και κάποιος ειδικός θα πρέπει να...

Oil on the road. Responsibility of the Greek State?

13-10-2014

The State and its institutions are indeed responsible for warning of oils on the road as well as undertaking the necessary steps to regulate traffic and cleaning. If necessary, they...

Τροχαίο ατύχημα σε περιοχή έργων.

13-10-2014

Η σήμανση των οδών κατα την διάρκεια των έργων ειναι πολύ σημαντική. Ειδικά κατά τη διάρκεια της νύχτας που η ορατότητα ειναι περιορισμένη. Η υπεύθυνη εταιρεία για τη εκτέλεση των...

Συνυπαιτιότητα αν σας χτυπήσουν και έχετε πιεί;

12-10-2014

Η μέθη ειναι μια ουσιαστική παράβαση του Κώδικα Οδικης Κυκλοφοριας και είναι η αιτία για πολλές άδικες απώλειες ζωής και τραυματισμούς. Για τον λόγο αυτό θα πρέπει με κάθε τρόπο...

Ατύχημα απο οδηγό με διεθνές δίπλωμα;

11-10-2014

Ενα γενικότερο θέμα που απασχολεί κάποια θύματα τροχαίων είναι η περίπτωση που ο οδηγός δεν έχει άδεια οδήγησης της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης αλλά κάποιο Διεθνές Δίπλωμα Οδήγησης. Στην προκειμένη περίπτωση η ασφαλιστική...

Συνυπαιτιότητα αν ο οδηγός δεν προσπαθήσει να αποφύγει τροχαιο;

11-10-2014

Συχνά οι ασφαλιστικές εταιρείες υποστηρίζουν οτι ένα όχημα στο οποίο προσέκρουσε ο πελάτης τους είχε την υποχρέωση να κάνει ελιγμό για να αποφύγει την σύγκρουση και για αυτό πρέπει το...

Τροχαίο λόγω ελιγμών αποφυγής ζώου.

11-10-2014

Υπάρχουν περιπτώσεις που ατυχήματα συμβαίνουν λόγω απώλειας ελέγχου του οχήματος η παρέκλησης της πορείας στην προσπάθεια του οδηγού να αποφύγει κινούμενο ζώο που βρίσκεται στο οδόστρωμα. Καταρχήν ειναι συχνά αδύνατο να...

Ατύχημα απο κλαρκ: τροχαίο η εργατικό ατυχημα;

28-09-2014

Το ατύχημα έλαβε χώρα στην Πρέβεζα με αποτέλεσμα τον θάνατο ενος λιμενεργάτη. Το κλαρκ μετέφερε σε παρακείμενο χώρο δέματα ξυλείας που απέθετε ένας γερανός εκφορτωνοντας τα απο ενα πλοίο. Προσπαθώντας...

Αποζημίωση θανάτου πεζού με καρκίνο.

07-09-2014

Η κυρία, ετών 83, παρασύρθηκε από μοτοποδήλατο ενώ διέσχιζε ένα βράδυ τον δρόμο χωρίς να χρησιμοποιήσει διάβαση πεζών. Για τον λόγο αυτό της αποδόθηκε συνυπευθυνότητα 30%. Ο τραυματισμός ήταν σοβαρός...

387.000€ για ανήλικο θύμα τροχαίου

02-09-2014

Το παιδί ήταν μόλις 4,5 ετών όταν έχασε το κατω δεξί άκρο του ενώ παράλληλα είχε και άλλες συνέπειες στην υγεία του που όρισαν την μόνιμη αναπηρία του στο 80%...

211.000 € αποζημίωση σε τραυματισμένο μοτοσυκλετιστή

23-08-2014

Ο οδηγός της μοτοσυκλετας τραυματίστηκε στα δύο του πόδια μετά από σύγκρουση με αυτοκίνητο το οποίο είχε πλήρη υπαιτιότητα. Υποβλήθηκε σε πολλαπλές εγχειρήσεις, είχε μερική αναπηρία κάτω απο 10%, χρειάστηκε...

141.000€ σε οικογένεια συνυπεύθυνου τροχαίου

16-08-2014

Το ατύχημα έλαβε χώρα στην Ημαθεία ενα χειμωνιάτικο βράδυ όταν αυτοκίνητο έπεσε σε τρακτέρ που ρυμουλκούσε γεωργικό μηχάνημα και το οποίο είχε ακινητοποιηθεί στον δρόμο, με αποτέλεσμα να τραυματιστεί θανάσιμα...

280.000 € αποζημίωση τροχαίου όπου δεν άνοιξε ο αερόσακος

29-07-2014

Ο Άρειος Πάγος με την υπ' αριθμ. 500/2010 απόφασή του επιδίκασε ως αποζημίωση για ψυχική οδύνη το ποσό των 200.000 ευρώ στους γονείς και 80.000 ευρώ στην αδελφή 22χρόνου, ο...

50.000 € σε εργαζόμενο σε τσιμεντοβιομηχανία

27-07-2014

Βιομηχανίες και επιχειρήσεις έχουν την υποχρέωση να παίρνουν όλα τα απαραίτητα προληπτικά μέτρα ώστε να διασφαλίζουν υγιεινές συνθήκες εργασίας. Σε αντίθετη περίπτωση, έχουν ευθύνη για τις βλάβες που μπορεί να...

100.000€ σε συγγενείς οδηγού ΙΧ που έπεσε σε ακάλυπτο φρεάτιο

25-07-2014

Το ποσό των 100.000 ευρώ επιδίκασε ο Άρειος Πάγος σε συγγενείς οδηγού, που έχασε τη ζωή της σε τροχαίο μετά την πτώση του ΙΧ της σε ακάλυπτο φρεάτιο.Το ποσό των...

50.000€ σε μαθητευόμενο που έχασε δύο δάχτυλα

13-07-2014

«Βαριά καμπάνα» του Αρείου Πάγου σε αρτοποιό. Ο Αρειος Πάγος άνοιξε με απόφασή του το δρόμο για να εισπράξει αποζημίωση 50.000 ευρώ ένας 18χρονος μαθητευόμενος αρτοποιός,ο οποίος έχασε τα δύο...

Αποζημίωση 2.000 ευρώ για δάγκωμα σκύλου

03-07-2014

Αποζημίωση 2.000 ευρώ θα δώσει ο Δήμος Βόλου σε δικηγόρο που έπεσε θύμα επίθεσης από αδέσποτο σκυλί. Το Τριμελές Διοικητικό Πρωτοδικείο Βόλου δικαίωσε τον πολίτη, ο οποίος αρχικά ζητούσε να...

Awards for claims for incredible medical errors in surgery at Greek hospitals

03-07-2014

These are medical mistakes that took place during surgery at Greek hospitals. Five examples are described at Greek daily Ethnos, including lack of prompt response to the change of medical condition...

Αποζημιώσεις 1 εκ. για δύο εργατικά ατυχήματα

02-07-2014

Αποζημιώσεις 1 εκ. για δύο εργατικά ατυχήματαΤο δικαστήριο τιμώρησε αστικά τους επιβλέποντες μηχανικούς και εργολάβους που κατά την ανέγερση δύο οικοδομών δεν πήραν τα απαραίτητα μέτρα ασφαλείαςΣτην περίπτωση του οικοδόμου...

Αποζημίωση σε μοτοσικλετιστή για τραυματισμό λόγω καθίζησης οδοστρώματος

01-07-2014

Αποζημίωση σε μοτοσυκλετιστή για τραυματισμό λόγω καθίζησης οδοστρώματος

Aποζημίωση μετά από συμβιβασμό σε τροχαίο

30-06-2014

Όταν ένα οδηγός αυτοκινήτου ευθύνεται για την πρόκληση τροχαίου ατυχήματος, με συνέπεια τραυματισμό ή θάνατο, υλικές ζημίες κλπ., η ασφαλιστική εταιρεία του ζημιογόνου οχήματος υποχρεούται σε αποζημίωση των θυμάτων ή...

Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο Γερμανίας: το κράνος παραμένει προαιρετικό

29-06-2014

Απόφαση του Ανώτατου Δικαστηρίου της Γερμανίας για ζημιά από ατύχημα: Οι ποδηλάτες χωρίς κράνος θα έχουν πλήρη αξίωση αποζημίωσης.Εάν ένας ποδηλάτης εμπλακεί χωρίς υπαιτιότητα του σε ένα ατύχημα, έχει πλήρες...

30.000 € for loss of one eye due to dentist's tragic error.

29-06-2014

Greece's Supreme Court awarded one 37-year old woman who lost sight in one eye because of the tragic mistake of a dentist. The social worker was compensated with 30,000 euros...

146.000 € from doctor to patient who died.

28-06-2014

Greece's Supreme Court upheld the verdict of Thessaloniki Court of Appeal which obliges a surgeon doctor to pay 146,735 euros as compensation to relatives of the patient who died from...

270.000 € σε συγγενείς θύματος τροχαίου

25-06-2014

Το Διοικητικό Πρωτοδικείο Αθηνών έκανε δεκτή αγωγή συγγενών 18χρονου, ο οποίος είχε σκοτωθεί σε τροχαίο στη Λεωφόρο Κηφισίας και τους επιδίκασε αποζημίωση 270.000 ευρώ, λόγω παραλείψεων οργάνων του ΕΚΑΒ.Σύμφωνα με...

ΚΑΤ: €400.000 για ιατρική αμέλεια

24-06-2014

Αποζημίωση-μαμούθ ύψους 400.000 ευρώ θα πληρώσει το νοσοκομείο ΚΑΤ στην οικογένεια νεαρού θύματος τροχαίου, λόγω ιατρικής αμέλειας με αποτέλεσμα το θάνατό του. Το ποσό επιδίκασε ως αποζημίωση στους οικείους του...

Αποζημίωση 6.000 € για μία... σοκολάτα

22-06-2014

Αποζημίωση δικαιούνται οι καταναλωτές για τα ελαττωματικά προϊόντα, όχι μόνο γιατί ένα χαλασμένο τρόφιμο μπορεί να προκαλέσει βλάβη στην υγεία τους, αλλά γιατί η παραγωγός ή προμηθεύτρια εταιρεία του προϊόντος...

6.000 € αποζημίωση από πτώση σε φρεάτιο

22-06-2014

Σε αποζημίωση 6.000 ευρώ καταδίκασε στον Δήμο Βόλου το Διοικητικό Πρωτοδικείο για βαρύτατες κακώσεις, που υπέστη 86χρονη από την πτώση της μέσα σε φρεάτιο, εξαιτίας κακοτεχνιών σε κεντρικό πεζόδρομο.Το ατύχημα...

Αποζημίωση-«μαμούθ» για παιδικό ατύχημα

20-06-2014

Αποζημίωση-«μαμούθ», που με τους νόμιμους τόκους μπορεί να ξεπεράσει τα 700.000 ευρώ, οφείλει να καταβάλει δήμος στην οικογένεια ενός τετράχρονου παιδιού που πριν από 13 χρόνια έχασε με τραγικό τρόπο...

Aποζημίωση 753.470 € για 19χρονο

16-06-2014

Το Συμβούλιο της Επικρατείας επικύρωσε αποζημίωση 753.470 ευρώ, σε πατέρα 19χρονου, που έχασε τη ζωή του όταν μοτοσυκλέτα στην οποία ήταν συνεπιβάτης προσέκρουσε σε μπάζα που είχε εγκαταλείψει εργολάβος πάνω...

500.000 € σε 51χρονο οικοδόμο

12-06-2014

Το ποσό των 500.000 ευρώ θα αναγκαστεί να καταβάλει κατασκευαστική εταιρεία σε 51χρονο οικοδόμο, ο οποίος έμεινε ανάπηρος κατά 80%, ύστερα από εργατικό ατύχημα.

Ψυχική Οδύνη 580.000 €

18-05-2014

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Accident Injury Claims: the multi-vehicle case

 multi vehicle accident

Almost one-third of car accidents in the US involve multi-vehicle accidents, otherwise referred as multi-vehicle collisions or pile-ups.

This may involve cars, trucks, motorcycles, travel trailers all crashing into each other. With thousands of pounds of glass and metal flying about, the probability of serious injuries and death from multi-vehicle accidents is high.

Multi-vehicle collisions are notoriously more deadly than two-car collisions. Several vehicles can hit one car several times from several different directions. Each vehicle involved means a greater and greater amount of broken glass, bent steel, and leaking gasoline. A fire on top is always possible and if passengers can't get out of their vehicles, there's a chance they be burnt or suffocate from lack of oxygen.

Those passengers who can get out of their vehicles are often in shock. They may be oblivious to other cars driving by in speed just a few meters away from them. Moreover, if indeed many vehicles are involved, often that results in blocked roadways making it difficult, therefore late, for fire and rescue crews to get to the accident site.

Selected, most common causes of Multi-Vehicle Collisions

Speeding
Airbags, heavy insulation, loud stereo systems, and engines that propel cars weighting almost a ton from 0 to 100 km in few seconds give drivers a false sense of security. At high speed, one wrong move can set off a chain reaction with catastrophic consequences in material and serious injuries for the passengers or pedestrians.

Intoxicated drivers
Drivers under the influence of alcohol are unfortunately common in Greece. They also include drivers with altered perception under the influence of legal and illegal drugs. The side effects of many prescription drugs include drowsiness and altered time and depth perception.

Cell phones
Cell phones have increasingly become the common reason of car accidents. Talking, texting, taking photographs, and checking email are associated with cell phone accidents. Unfortunately, the majority of those cell phones distract young people. Many feel invincible and immune to the terrible destruction their distraction may cause.

Weather
Bad weather conditions often result in low visibility and slippery roads. Snow, ice, rain, fog, and smog are just some of the conditions that can quickly turn an otherwise safe road into a hazardous one. This is especially true on highways with high speed limits.

Falling asleep
When a driver falls asleep, even for a split second his or her foot may still press the gas pedal and it only takes a second to drift into another lane, careen off the road, or plow into the car in front.

Other causes
Car stereo systems turned up very high, conversations with passengers, reading maps, eating, putting on makeup, and general boredom/inattention can also lead to accidents.

Determining Fault in a Multi-vehicle Pile-up

Multi-vehicle accidents often involve extremely high insurance payouts. This is especially true when accidents occur on high-speed roadways and involve four, five, or more vehicles. In these types of cases, the amount of insurance money at stake climbs quite high.

As a result, insurance companies normally assign trained accident investigators to the claim. Because at-fault drivers will seldom freely admit responsibility, it's necessary for the investigators to find the underlying cause and the responsible driver.

Determining fault in a multi-car collision is a complex process. Each driver has a duty of care (responsibility) to the other drivers. That duty of care is to drive reasonably and prudently (carefully) under the circumstances. Not exercising this duty of care is sometimes a willful or negligent act.

If one driver suffers injuries due to the willful or negligent act of another driver, the injured driver has a legal right to compensation from the at-fault driver.

The more vehicles in the accident the greater the degree of difficulty the authorities have in identifying the negligent act. Who was speeding? Who was following too closely? Who was on a cell phone? Were there explanatory circumstances? Was there more than one negligent driver? And the list goes on.

To determine fault, investigators will:

1. Review police reports and speak with investigating officers. The accident investigators are especially interested in knowing whether the police arrested or ticketed any driver for:
• Outstanding warrants
• Intoxication (alcohol or drugs)
• Open alcohol container
• Possession of narcotics
• Suspended license or unlicensed driver
• Speeding
• No insurance
• Failure to yield right of way
• Following too closely
• Reckless driving

2. Interview the drivers, their passengers, and other witnesses

3. Take photographs of the vehicles and the accident scene, including skid marks, damaged trees, guardrails, fences, etc.

4. Review the drivers' driving records looking for prior arrests, tickets, accidents, etc.

Local Multi-Vehicle Accidents at Intersections
Many multi-vehicle collisions occur locally at slower speeds. Intersections especially are hot spots for low speed multi-car accidents. One driver may stop at a red light only to have the driver behind him skid on an ice patch right into him. The second driver may push the first into the intersection, and then a car going through the intersection sideswipes it.

Comparative Negligence
Fault can spread among several vehicles, including yours. Per Greek law, each driver can receive compensation according to his or her percentage of fault.

Mitigation or Elimination of Fault
In some cases, the authorities recognize mitigating or eliminating circumstances. Although most multi-car collisions are a result of someone's negligence, there are those few occasions when no one is to blame.

For example, on a snowy day, each car is driving cautiously and safely when one hits an ice patch and slams into another car, which, in turn, crashes into another and so on. Or, a driver may have struck another car after losing consciousness from a heart attack or other serious malady. In these cases, it's difficult or impossible to assess fault.

If you're in a multi-vehicle accident, experts are essential to collect and evaluate evidence of fault especially if fault isn't easily apparent. As a rule, insurance companies involved, to protect themselves, may produce evidence of lack of fault for their insured.

Unfortunately, many multi-vehicle collisions end up in litigation (court or other legal processes). Because this kind of collision normally results in multiple claims for compensation, without clear evidence of fault, most insurance companies refuse to settle.

The technical side of identifying who was at fault and the exact percentage of each participant must be combined with the medical dimension of the exact, short as well as long term, impact of the injury and the consequences on someone’s life. All Accidents if the only company in Greece which combines both fields. 

Why entrust All Accidents with your case:

Our philosophy is to offer more and claim more.

Our expert partners have extensive experience in accident cases, having participated in hundreds of claims and recoveries.

An additional asset of our medical partners is the fact that they have checked in practice and identified those external experts who apart from specialized support in a court, are able to advise or undertake the restoration of the damage. Part of the cooperation with us is the continuous advisory/monitoring of the medical evolution of the person hurt, in direct contact with the relevant physicians.

Do not agree to anything before talking to us.

Insurance companies, in their effort to minimize the compensation you deserve may try various ways of approaching you through "very friendly" intermediaries like lawyers, claim managers or social workers.

Your interests are, however, in complete contrast with theirs. Do not agree to anything unless you receive an advice from us. Our specialist will examine and propose without any commitment from your side how to support you best to maximize your satisfaction. Even if you agree formally on something and your medical condition worsens, there may be ways to re-negotiate but it will be more difficult.

In case that, due to the accident you cannot move, a partner of All Accidents can meet you on the location you will indicate, at home or at a medical or rehabilitation facility.

Whatever the cause of the accident may be, resulting in injury or even in death, you can call today at +30 210 7212175 or at +30 6983 077459 for a professional advice.

We operate under the principle of payNOfee® : there is no fee or expenses to be paid during our initial examination of your case. Actually, you can even pay us at the final settlement of your claim!! Find out morehere.

All Accidents will immediately begin investigating the circumstances surrounding your accident and build a strong base for the satisfaction of your claim.

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