Know Your Rights When You Can’t Speak for Yourself


The unthinkable happens… you get in a car accident, rendering you speechless, putting you in a coma, or otherwise rendering you unable to argue for yourself. What are your legal rights? This is a situation none of us particularly want to think about, but it is necessary be aware of for yourself or your loved ones. If there are documents that need to be filed or written, this preparation can be life changing and save you a lot of heartache if the worst does happen.

You will never regret preparing for the worst situation; such preparation will only result in better outcomes for you and your family.

Personal Injury lawyers know the ins and outs of such laws. Before you or a loved one ends up speechless from a tragic accident, learn your rights and make sure your wishes are clear.

We’re turning to our Legal Network members to learn more:

How do personal injury lawyers proceed when victims cannot speak for themselves after an accident?

Which laws are in place to protect their rights?

How should people prepare for such an accident?

We look forward to learning more about personal injury law this week.

Please post your answers in the comment field below!


  1. Every husband and wife should have a durable power of attorney on file and recorded in the county where they reside. A durable power of attorney that survives disability is enough to get a case started. If the disability lasts long enough a court supervised guardianship may become needed. If the injured person recovers, no guardianship will be needed. Durable powers of attorney are useful tools, but can’t be created after the disability occurs, so it pays to think ahead, and have one ready just in case it is ever needed.

  2. Each person must prepare a Health Directive. The Directive will identify the person who will speak for you when you are unable to do so. The Directive should be placed with the person you designate with a copy to other responsible persons.

  3. Most people don’t think about hiring a lawyer until they desperately need one. Go ahead and have the name of a personal injury lawyer and a connection with him or her. I know many clients who had little time to find a lawyer, so go ahead and have a lawyer you respect and trust on speed dial.

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