If there’s a fire, you know what to look for—fire extinguisher, a hose and a fire hydrant, or maybe just call in the fire itself. You know to stop, drop, and roll. You are aware of what to do just in case of a fire. Presumably, you also know what to do in case of natural calamities such as earthquakes or tornados. There are drills and safety precautions in order to stop these events from harming you.
And while these are very good exercises to instill, there is something that lacks the general conception—what do you do when you’re in a situation that constitutes as personal injury?
First of all, what exactly is personal injury? Personal injury is the legal terminology used for circumstances for when an innocent person (or party) is then injured due to the negligent actions of someone else. The act of negligence need not be intentional for the wrongful party to be held accountable to it; even if the wrongful party did not mean to cause harm, the harm was still caused and they must be accountable for it.
According to the website of the Tennessee injury lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP, the injury does not also have to be purely physical as personal injury law also covers emotional and mental trauma as grounds enough to hold a case. For example, if the plaintiff develops Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, then that is grounds enough for personal injury.
Now, what do you do just in case of personal injury? Well, the most advisable course of action is to immediately contact a reputable and experienced legal team for consultation. The best way to go about something like this is to have someone who knows how to play the field on your team from the get go. After all, surviving the aftereffects of an accident can be difficult to handle emotionally and decisions are difficult to make when in a state of emotional distress.
The best thing to do is to ask for help from people who specifically specialize in this kind of situation.