DRIVER BENEFIT: Legal Expenses Mount

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It has been a week since an accident on Interstate 80-35 pinned a car under a semi.

Now the family of the driver, Tara Leitzinger, is trying to figure out a way to pay for her hospital expenses but legal issues are standing in the way.

Tara Leitzinger’s family and friends never imagined something like this would happen, “With brain injuries it’s just waiting, there’s no bench mark,” said family friend Chris Lappe.

A car and semi crash left Tara in a coma and in critical condition at Iowa Methodist.

Doctors say, only time will tell how long it takes for the Johnston resident to recover. While the family waits, there are other things that need to be taken care of.

“There are a lot of legal proceedings that need to be done and it takes time. Court papers need to be filed to get the ball rolling so it does take some time.”

Everything is in Tara’s name; bank accounts, bills and insurance and since Tara can’t speak for herself, they have to hire an attorney and that costs money, “We’re looking for some donations to get the ball rolling on that.”

Lappe hopes to raise $4,000 to pay for an attorney. He began accepting donations less than 24 hours ago and has already raised more than $800.

“Her mom needs some help getting it done and that’s why we’re looking for some donations so we can get the ball rolling real quick and get it taken care of for Tara.”

Without the power of attorney, they can’t access anything of Tara’s, “There’s just all these steps you have to go through and think about that takes a lot of time and effort.”

Steps the police are also having to go through. Investigators are missing relevant information, such as the cause of crash. They can’t access that information because of Tara’s condition.

Lappe say the accident has him thinking differently as to what he would do if something happened to him, “Yeah,  it’s definitely not a bad idea to make sure you have a close family member who is able to give them access to your passwords, your bank accounts so they can at least go online. ”

One way to avoid this happening to you is planning ahead for unexpected situations with living wills to make things a little easier for family during difficult times.

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