by Michael Burman
No two cases are ever the same, but every winning case shares the same six steps. Please contact me if you have questions or need help.
When an injury occurs, step one is to document the date of injury by reporting the injury. The best way to document and report an injury is to call an ambulance and go to the Emergency Room. If you don't think an ambulance is required, then go to the Emergency Room to document and report your injury.
Calling an ambulance followed by an Emergency Room visit is the surest way to document and report an injury. Contact Mike if you have questions.
Here are some other ways to document and report your injury in a variety of situations:
Motor Vehicle Collisions. Call 911 and summon the police. The police will prepare a report that will include your injuries. 911 operators will record your call. BE AWARE that police officers are not medical professionals and are trying to handle an accident scene while making a report about what happened. Police reports may not accurately document an injury.
Semi-Truck Collisions. Call 911 and summon the police and describe your injuries to the police. Ask the police officer to contact the Department of Transportation (DOT) to come and investigate whether the semi-tractor and trailer, or semi-truck driver, complied with all regulations. Usually, the police officer has discretion to contact the DOT officer or not.
Store or Premises Injury. Report the injury to store management and ask that an “incident report” be prepared. Ask for a copy of the document prepared by the store and address any inaccuracies immediately.
Work Injury. Report your injury to your supervisor and ask for a copy of the “Report of Injury” that documents what the supervisor wrote about your injury. If it is not accurate, address the inaccuracy immediately.
Defective Products. Seek out a doctor you trust and secure treatment. The doctor's record will document your injury.
After reporting the injury, investigate by:
Treat your injury with a doctor you trust. Find a doctor competent for your type of injury. Do what the doctor tells you. Keep your appointments, and at a new appointment, explain to the doctor what has changed since the last time you saw the doctor.
Because doctors are usually very busy, I advise you to write down what you want to ask your doctor about your injury:
Keep your lawyer informed of your progress. At Burman Law, our clients call, text or email us after a visit to the doctor so we can learn more about how your treatment is progressing in “real time.” The staff at Burman Law work up a “progress note” which is placed in your file and forwarded to me, Mike Burman. Often times, I will take this “progress report” and contact you for more information, or use it to visit with your doctor about your injury.
This is the best part of my work – helping you find real solutions to difficult problems. For example, what if treatment is denied or delayed by your insurance company? You can fight back. What if you grow frustrated that the doctor is “not listening” or “not helping.” There are tried and true ways to help your doctor focus on your injury and treatment. Obviously, I am not your doctor, but if you are having problems or concerns with your case, then ask questions. I do this every day. I'm always happy to advise you – from a lawyer's point of you – about what is needed to secure treatment for your injury and maximize your insurance so you can reach maximum medical healing.
It takes hard work to win a case. But, if you consistently take these six steps then you are set for a winning case. Please contact me, Mike Burman, if I can assist you with any step.