Fans and passing acquaintances of Gilligan’s Island, the popular 1960s television show, are familiar with how quickly things can go from a fun-filled adventure to a life-changing experience.
The plot of the show centered around seven people who set sail on what was scheduled to be a three-hour sightseeing tour. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas and whipped up a storm that left the group stranded on an uncharted island. Form then on, the entire show focuses on the group’s failed attempts at escaping the island and getting back to the lives they once knew.
What does Gilligan’s Island have to do with your life in New York City? More than you think.
Recent events in our city have demonstrated that whether you are hopping on an MTA bus to go to work or taking a walk in the park with your children, you are one moment away from having your life turned upside down. A joyous or mundane moment can be followed by a tragedy that leaves you hurt, unable to work, and facing a long and difficult recovery.
When the “three hour tour” you have scheduled for your day turns into a fight for your rights, your finances, and your physical wellbeing, what can you do to make sure things turn out in your favor?
1. Speak To An Attorney
The people who work for the insurance companies of those responsible for your injuries may be very friendly people. They may even have a sincere interest in seeing you recover and enjoy the rest of your life. Unfortunately, they are getting paid to limit the payments to you and your family. Their profits come at the expense of your recovery, making it important to have someone looking out for you and you only.
That’s where an experienced personal injury lawyer comes in to the picture. Whether you’re hurt at work, at play, or anywhere in between, you need someone fighting for the full compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages.
A lawyer can help you avoid the traps the insurance company lays out for you. That’s why it’s so important to speak with an attorney about your situation, your rights, and your legal options before you agree to anything with the insurance company.
2. Get The Care You Need
If it’s possible that you’ll need to pursue a personal injury claim, it is crucial to have a record of your accident-related injuries and efforts to treat them. In the immediate aftermath you are likely to be covered by your own health insurance or the no-fault portion of your auto insurance. If you lack coverage, your attorney may be able to arrange treatment for you that will ultimately be paid for out of a future settlement or jury award.
3. Don’t Wait