FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAR ACCIDENTS

WHAT TO DO IF INJURED IN A CAR WRECK? FOLLOW THESE EIGHT EASY STEPS

Call 911. Check for injuries and report the collision.

Stay at the scene. Remain at the scene until the police arrive.

Request that an accident report be written. Request this, even if the collision was minor.

Seek medical attention. Seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not think your injuries are serious.

Record the scene. Take pictures of the scene, vehicles, and injuries. Have a friend or family member do this if you are not physically able to do so because of your injuries.

Gather information. Obtain the contact information for the people involved in the collision, as well as any witnesses. Also obtain license plate information, insurance information, and the name and badge number of the investigating officer.

Notify your insurance company. Your insurance policy requires that you notify them as soon as possible after the collision.

Call me to discuss your rights prior to talking to the insurance company(s). It costs you nothing to discuss your legal rights with me, but not calling me or consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney could cost you your injury claim. The insurance company has highly skilled and trained employees to help it reduce or deny your claim. Call me to protect your rights. The consultation is free.

RECOMMENDATIONS AFTER A DOG BITE

IDENTIFY THE DOG

The most important first step you can take after a dog bite is to identify the dog. Find out who owns the dog or where the animal lives. If the dog is a stray and you cannot identify it, you may be forced to undergo a series of rabies shots, which are expensive and painful.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE

Depending upon the severity of the bite, contact first responders (9-1-1) for medical attention or have someone drive you to emergency care. Always seek medical care after a dog bite. The risk of infection from a dog bite is far too great to ignore.

FILE BITE REPORT

After you’ve been medically treated — even if the injury was minor — file a bite report with your city or county animal control or Sheriff’s department. This legally documents your case and provides help to the next victim who may be harmed by the same dog. Without a paper trail, authorities cannot enforce effectively.

GATHER INFORMATION

To protect your future rights as a victim, obtain the name and address of the dog owner, in addition to the dog license information. Find out if the dog has a record as well. Has the dog bitten a person or dog prior to biting you? Has the dog been labeled “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous?”

PHOTOGRAPH INJURIES

Take photos of your injury, even if you need to unwrap gauze. Confer with a doctor or nurse as needed. They will tell you a safe manner in which to do so. It is recommended that you photograph all of your wounds, including bruises, as well as torn, bloody clothing and the location of the attack.

CONTACT ATTORNEY

Contact a dog bite attorney now — not later. The issues surrounding dog bites are complex and difficult to navigate through. Your dog bite lawyer (or personal injury lawyer) is the only person besides the doctor that treats your wounds who will look after your best interest from this point forward.

TIPS FOR WHAT TO DO AFTER A BAD CASE OF FOOD POISONING

GET MEDICAL ATTENTION

If you suspect food poisoning, it’s probably wise to see a doctor. Some types of food poisoning are apparent immediately, while others may take a day or two before symptoms emerge. Either way, a doctor’s diagnosis — confirmed by stool samples or other tests — can help prove that foodborne contamination made you sick. Also, hang on to your bills for possible reimbursement of medical expenses.

FIGURE OUT WHICH FOOD MADE YOU SICK

In addition to proving that foodborne contamination made you sick, you must generally also prove the food you ate was actually contaminated. This can be simple: Perhaps a public health official found a link between your illness and something specific you ate. Or it can be more complicated: You may need to submit leftover food scraps for scientific testing.
If the likely source of contamination has been consumed or discarded, try to find the bag, can, or container that the food came in. You may also want to dig up a receipt to show you purchased the item in question.

CONSULT A LAWYER

An experienced attorney at Jonathan R. Brockman P.C. can consider all aspects of your case, and advise you on what you need to do to win a food poisoning claim. We will also know how much time you have to file your claim, and whether a class action may be appropriate in your particular food-poisoning case.

FOREIGN OBJECTS

WHAT CAN HELP IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED BY A FOREIGN OBJECT?

  • If you have been injured by a foreign object in your food there are certain things you can do to help your lawsuit:• If possible, keep the object that actually caused you injury.

    • Proof or witnesses that can verify that the food was prepared by the other party, such as a restaurant, caterer or manufacturer, and was not tampered with by anyone else.

    • Medical and dental records that show the injury was not present before the incident.

    If you’ve suffered food poisoning or been injured due a foreign object in food, make the best choice you can and call our office now or request a free case consultation.

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