Normal Heights crash victim struggles to replace wheelchair

Posted at 5:57 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 21:11:25-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A woman who was hit by a car in Normal Heights says she’s been left stranded for six months after her wheelchair was damaged in the crash. Now, replacing it is a challenge. 

Pet photographer Tamandra Michaels’ love for the camera came to a pause after she was hit from behind while crossing the street.

“It sent me flying," Michaels said. 

The wreck damaged her custom wheelchair, which cost more than $7,000.

“It slightly bent the frame to where one of the front wheels don’t quite hit the ground.” 

Michaels says Geico, the insurance company of the woman who hit her, won’t replace the wheelchair after giving them proof the chair must be replaced.

“Months went by, they said they did some research and that the chair should only cost between $1,500 to $3,100," said Michaels. 

Michaels says without being able to work, she can’t afford to pay the difference.

“It's incredibly frustrating. They’re treating it like its a car or maybe even a bike. This is like my legs; this is my life. I don’t understand why they don’t get that."

Michaels says she is now seeking help from an attorney. 10News reached out to Geico’s claim department, but they said they could not release any details about the claim.