Attorney Frank Bailey discusses the first steps that you should take if you are injured due to someone’s recklessness or if you’ve been hurt at work.
People often ask me what they should do first when they’re injured because of someone’s negligence or recklessness or when they’re hurt at work. I tell them to first report the injury immediately. If it’s a car accident, call the police. If you’re hurt at work, you should tell your boss immediately. If you fall in a supermarket or a store, call the manager. Don’t leave the store.
If you’re hurt, you really need to seek medical attention. That could be going to the emergency room, going to a walk in medical center or going to your own personal physician. Even if you think your injuries are minor, the safe thing to do is to get checked out.
You should contact an attorney before you speak to an insurance company. You need to know your legal rights and whether you have a legal claim. If your insurer contacts you, simply get their contact information and tell them that you’ll have an attorney give them a call.
When your first meet us at Tremont & Sheldon, you should bring your own automobile insurance information if it’s a car accident case, your own health insurance information, a police report, any documentation you get from the hospital, photographs of the damage to the vehicle or the accident scene.
During that meeting we’ll meet with you, we’ll explain to you what your legal rights are and advise you whether there’s a situation that we can help you with, if you have a case. We’ll explain the process to you, so that you understand it and can make a decision on whether you want to proceed with the case or not.
What’s important about our work is that we give a person their day in court, they get to go to court and stand as equals and they’re treated equally as if they were a big company, an insurance company, or a corporation. Our work is to provide a remedy for people’s injuries, to provide a remedy to the extent that money can do so, and to give them justice.
If you were injured and wondering what you should do about it, I can help discuss your options and let you know what to expect if you decide to pursue a case. Please contact me to learn more about how to get started.