Ten Steps to Follow After an Auto Accident

HELP! I Was In An Auto Accident, What Do I Do?

This is a question we hear quite often from new clients who recently experienced a car accident. Being involved in an automobile accident can be a very scary experience. In addition to facing personal injuries and property damage, there are often legal authorities, insurance companies, and at-fault drivers to deal with as well. Below are a few things to keep in mind if you are ever involved in an auto accident.Auto Accident Infographic

  1. Be sure to stop if you are involved in an accident. No matter how minor, do not drive away from the scene of an accident without stopping to address the matter appropriately first.
  2. Call the police. It is important to involve the authorities. The police will evaluate the accident, take statements, and write a police report that will later be available to you and others involved.
  3. Be honest and accurate. The police may have questions for you about what happened. It is important to make an accurate record by being honest and accurate to the best of your ability. If there is something you don’t know, indicate that rather than trying to guess.
  4. Be visible. If it is nighttime or visibility to other drivers is a concern, do all you can to make your location and presence known to passing traffic to avoid anyone else hitting your vehicle. Turn on your vehicle lights, place flares if you have them, or use a flashlight.
  5. Take photos. If you or someone you trust is able to do so, take photos of your vehicle and the other vehicles involved, specifically focusing on any vehicle damage and license plates. If it is possible given the circumstances, take photos of your injuries as well.
  6. Exchange auto insurance information with the other driver.
  7. Seek medical attention. If you feel you may need medical attention, get it, right away. Then follow your doctor’s orders.
  8. Call your auto insurance carrier to report this incident. They will likely have several questions for you about what happened. They may at some point ask to take a recorded statement. In many states, you are allowed to decline having your statement recorded.
  9. Keep documents related to the incident in one place. Create a file or an electronic record to keep track of documents related to the accident.
  10. Consider your legal rights. Consult an attorney as soon as possible if you are injured. An attorney could assist in helping you understand your rights.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a car accident, contact the auto accident attorneys at GoldenbergLaw for a free consultation. We will deliver the Gold standard advocacy you deserve.

My Auto Accident: A Client’s Experience

We recently spoke with a former client who was gracious enough to share her experience from the day of her car accident and the difficult months that followed. It was our privilege to represent her on this case and to help with her recovery. We are in awe of her bravery for being willing to share her experience in the hopes it can help others.  Below is her story….

Walk us through the day of your accident. What happened?

My husband was driving, and I was the passenger. We went through an intersection on a green light. The car to our right was a little bit ahead of us, and suddenly, another car blasted through the intersection running a red light. They hit the car next to us with enough force that it hit the right front bender of our car almost taking the front end of the car clear off. Right after the accident, I got out of the car and tried to call 9-1-1, but I was shaking so hard that I wasn’t able to. I was taken to the hospital because I knew my ribs, neck, and back were injured, but I didn’t know to what degree. I was in so much pain. I compare it to childbirth because it was very intense pain.

What were your injuries? What treatments did you receive?

At the hospital, I got an X-ray done of my ribs, but nothing was broken. Even months after the accident, I was still in so much pain. I had to see an Osteopath for my injured ribs and went to physical therapy for my back. I found out that I had a pinched nerve in my left arm, and I wasn’t able to use my arm at all. I had a surgical spine surgery to release the nerve. The surgery revealed that I had osteoperosis, and so I had to get a cervical discectomy and fusion. After the surgery, I was able to use my arm again, but I was still in so much pain.

What are the lasting effects of your injuries?

There are things I can’t do anymore. I can only lift two- and three-pound weights at the gym. I don’t carry groceries, lift laundry baskets, can’t do yardwork or housework. It’s been difficult because I’ve always been such an active person, and these injuries have affected me for the rest of my life.

When did you decide to call GoldenbergLaw?

About six months after the surgery, I was still in so much pain and I thought, ‘this is ridiculous. I’m in so much pain, and this is not going to go away. I need money to help pay for all of the treatments I’m receiving.’ So I decided to call GoldenbergLaw to represent me. They had represented me before, and I had such a great experience with them both times. What really impressed me about Stuart was how he was so gentle and never made me feel stupid for being upset about the accident and my injuries. Marlene was also marvelous. They all worked so hard on my case to get me the compensation I needed.

What would you tell someone after being injured in an auto accident?

If you’re hurt and suffering, know that these injuries don’t always go away. And they kind of add up in your psyche. Don’t hesitate to call a lawyer. Don’t feel stupid. I will always be glad that I called GoldenbergLaw to represent me in my auto case. That money has been a lifesaver with all of the treatments I’ve had.

 

If you or a loved recently suffered an injury in an automobile accident, please contact the Minnesota Auto Accident Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw. We have over 30 years of experience litigating complex personal injury cases and will deliver the Gold standard advocacy and compassion you deserve. Leave the sleepless nights to us. 

Are You Safe Getting a Massage?

When an individual goes in for a massage, there are a number of expectations they may have.  Some may expect to be relaxed.  Some may expect to be healed.  Some may expect to be rejuvenated.  But all expect to be safe.  Sadly, recent lawsuits against Massage Envy and its employees have demonstrated that expectation is frequently not met.

Claims Against Massage Envy

Hundreds of women have recently come forward reporting they were sexually assaulted by masseuses at Massage Envy locations across the country. In a disturbing number of these cases, women reported the assaults to Massage Envy but were met with inaction and a lack of support.  In those instances, the company did nothing to investigate, take remedial action, or prevent assaults from happening again.  This inaction often followed earlier failings by Massage Envy to conduct proper background screening that may very well have prevented the perpetrators from ever interacting with their clients in the first place.  Such reckless disregard by the company for the safety of its clients is especially stark in light of the fact that, in many of the reported situations, multiple women were sexually assaulted by the same massage therapist.  Given Massage Envy’s conduct, many of these survivors have brought civil lawsuits against the company, as well as the massage therapists who committed the assaults, in order to obtain some measure of justice.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

Sexual assault is devastating and can, among other things, create feelings of guilt, shame, and hopelessness, cause withdrawal from loved ones, and impact education and employment.  While no amount of compensation can make you whole after experiencing a traumatic sexual assault, the ability to put some aspects of your life back together through an award of compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured as well as the actual expenses incurred, such as medical and mental health treatment, moving costs, lost wages, or tuition, could be a positive step in your healing process. Plus, pursuing lawsuits against entities such as Massage Envy for enabling sexual assault perpetrators can help change corporate behavior and prevent future sexual assaults in similar contexts.

GoldenbergLaw also understands that pursuing a civil lawsuit on the basis of sexual assault can be difficult and traumatic.  And it is for just that reason that GoldenbergLaw wants to work with survivors of sexual assault to understand their civil litigation options and the impact of whatever choice feels right to each individual survivor.  If you’ve suffered a sexual assault at a Massage Envy or similar business entity, please reach out to us to discuss your options and their potential impact on your life.  Should you decide to pursue a civil lawsuit on the basis of your sexual assault, we have the experience and compassion to deliver the Gold standard advocacy you deserve. We strive to prepare sexual assault survivors for the realities of civil litigation. And if you decide that bringing a lawsuit is not the right choice for you, we understand and respect that decision as well.  Whatever your eventual decision may be regarding whether to bring a lawsuit against Massage Envy or a similar entity on the basis of your sexual assault, we would be honored to speak with you and advise you of your options.  We look forward to hearing from you.