The last thing that anyone would think about when enjoying a local parade with friends and family is someone getting hurt. However, it is an all too common tale for parade-goers all over the world to be seriously injured by a parade float. If this has happened to you or a loved one, there are legal remedies that should be explored to ensure you and your family are taken care of.
If possible, call the police to respond to the scene of the accident. The police will create a police report to provide a third-party determination of what occurred at the accident. They can gather statements from witnesses who can substantiate the fact that the parade float caused the injury, and they will speak to the operator of the float to determine if they are under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
Go to the hospital so that your injuries can be evaluated and documented. Do not assume that you are not seriously injured just because you are not in massive pain. Even a whiplash injury can cause years of pain and require ongoing medical treatment for years.
Once you obtain a copy of the police report and have been evaluated by a doctor, you will need to seek the advice of an attorney. Most floats entered in a parade are done so to advertise a particular business. That business and the driver of the float are going to be very worried about potential lawsuits from you and could offer a financial settlement to keep your case out of court. You should never accept such an offer without the consultation of an attorney. You could settle for an amount that will not be enough to financially indemnify you for the accident.
The task of the attorney will be to determine what you will need to recover financially from the accident. They will speak with your doctor to determine the cost of current medical care for your injury as well as compensation to pay for future medical care if needed. They will fight for lost wages at work and monetary damages for the pain and suffering caused by the accident. The attorney will know how to deal with the insurance companies of the business and driver in order to make sure you get everything you deserve after the accident.
Don't trust your family's financial future to anyone else. Contact Berkshire & Ginsberg today for a consultation.