Having represented so many injured people, as well as those that lost close family members due to other’s negligence or fault, I know the shock, grief, anger and pain felt by them. It does not cease to amaze me how often I get a call from someone that has been injured in an accident (or someone that lost a loved one) asking questions about the viability of a claim months or years after the accident from which it originates took place. Experience tells me that the best course of action for someone in that situation is to hire an attorney as soon as possible so that the necessary experts can be retained, evidence can be preserved and witnesses can be interviewed so that if there is a case, it can be filed with all the evidence necessary to obtain the best result possible.
Assisting The Daughters Of A Man Killed In An Explosion
In 2010 we were hired by the two young daughters of a man hospitalized in the intensive care/burn unit at the Orlando Regional Medical Center as a result of getting severely burned in a gas explosion. Friends of his daughters had advised them to help their dad by hiring a lawyer who could start working on the claim as soon as possible. The daughters reluctantly called and hired us.
We immediately hired a renowned expert who met us at the scene of the explosion and searched through the rubble to find the cause of the explosion. We arranged to meet with all the parties involved (Fire Marshall, adjusters and experts from the condominium association, a unit owner and the LP gas company) within 48 hours of being hired.
Collecting Evidence Soon After The Event
Everything was comprehensively examined by ALL PARTIES PRESENT. This was very important because it avoided later having issues of evidence tampering or the chain of custody of such evidence. In this case, the whole scene was inspected and photographed by each party at the same time. This proved specially important because within 2 days of this inspection, someone tampered with the evidence at the scene. Had we not inspected the scene earlier, we might not have been able to settle this case for a very substantial sum within a couple of months of the explosion.
Insurance companies and those responsible for harming others (or taking their lives) start collecting evidence and testimony, often immediately after the incident happens. Insurance companies like those that represent large trucking companies and the airlines, have special teams that are sent immediately to the scene, while the vehicles are still present to document the accident scene, interview witnesses and collect the evidence. The victims of the accident should be well represented from the start also.
Don’t Hesitate To Hire An Attorney Immediately
People are usually concerned with what their friends, neighbors and other family members may think: that they are “in it just for the money.” This is exactly how insurance companies and big business want you to feel: “guilty”. They say that you should be worrying about your recovery or the death of your loved one, instead of seeking out counsel.
The insurance industry and big business promote these feelings because they don’t want an “even playing field”. They want to conduct and finish their investigations before the victims of their wrongdoings get started with their own investigations. Don’t let them get away with that. As hard as it is for you after a tragedy, contact a qualified trial attorney. Check the attorney’s experience with the kind of case you have. Talk to them: preferably in person, but if not possible, over the phone. Don’t think you should wait to retain them because of what others may think. Hire an attorney as soon as possible so that you and your family can get the compensation that the law allows. Insurance companies and big business will not give you such compensation unless they are forced to do so.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of others, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. The Miami Dade County Wrongful Death Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients involved in serious personal injuries and wrongful death cases. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.