If you are injured in an automobile accident, hurt on the job or receive any kind of personal injury as a result of the action of someone else, you need to consult with an attorney in order to find out your legal rights are and to evaluate you claim.
Your consultation should take place soon after you are injured so you can become aware of the do's and dont's of what action you need to take.
If it is an automobile accident, you may have to return an accident report to the Department or Motor Vehicles within 15 days of your accident. This is if you are a driver of a vehicle involved in the accident.
You will have to work with your insurance company as the circumstances require but even then you need to be aware of problems that may arise with communications with your own company. As a general rule, you should not give any statements, written or recorded, to the opposing insurance carrier. Your attorney can advise you how to handle this situation.
Be careful in dealing with insurance companies. If they are writing the check, most likely they do not have your best interest in mind. You need someone to take care of your interest.
One other caution. Be careful and do not settle your case too quickly. Before you settle, you need to make sure you do not have any injuries or claims that may not yet be evident to you. Once you settle your case, it will most probably prevent any additional recovery should other injuries or claims arise.
Much of the things I have already said applies to injuries incurred on the job. If you are injured on the job, you need to report it immediately. Thereafter, consult an attorney to advise you and assist you with your claim. Worker's Compensation is available to help you through the time you are out of work, provide medical care, and also provide an award for permanent injuries.
In the event you receive personal injuries, or a member of your family is injured or deceased from any other actions, or in some instances inactions, or another, you may have a claim for your injuries or the death of your family member. Each case must be evaluated in order to see what your rights are and what remedies are available to you.
Be careful as to any statements you make. Remember, as my general rule, do not place anything on social media of any type about your case. Do not discuss your case with anyone but your attorney or those whom he instructs or directs you to discuss your case.
If you or a family member has suffered injury, contact me and I will meet with you so we can evaluate your claim.