How Our Team Handles Rapid Response to Catastrophic Injury or Death

Posted in Legal Alerts on December 15, 2020

The time immediately following a catastrophic injury or death is critical, as is quickly choosing the right legal representation. Here at Conroy Simberg, we are prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to take immediate steps to protect our clients. We have extensive experience representing insurance companies, their insureds, and self-insured companies in all types of general liability and casualty matters, ranging from slip and fall claims and negligent security actions to school and playground accident cases. Our Rapid Response Team is ready to provide informed legal counsel to our clients who are in the unfortunate position of being involved in accidents resulting in catastrophic injury or death.

Accidents involving catastrophic injury or death can be common, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 2018, an average of 14 workers each day died on the job. Over two million work injuries were reported to OSHA that same year. An injury is considered catastrophic when it causes irreparable damage to major areas of the body, which include the spine, spinal cord, or brain, as well as other vital parts of the body.

A wide variety of events can cause a catastrophic injury or death. Each incident is unique and there are no specific types of accidents that dictate whether an injury is classified as catastrophic. Some examples of accidents that can cause catastrophic injuries include trucking accidents, accidents in the workplace, working with toxic substances, and injuries due to fire or other disasters.

The first step in handling a catastrophic incident is to investigate the cause of the accident thoroughly and without bias. The Conroy Simberg Rapid Response Team provides clients with thorough accident investigation and evaluation of potential risk and exposure within hours of a catastrophic event. We will mobilize a team of attorneys and outside experts, including experts in your industry, investigators, and independent adjusters, who can be relied upon to arrive at a moment’s notice to gather the facts and necessary data to prepare for possible future litigation and/or investigation while representing our clients’ best interests. Our legal team thoroughly reviews and investigates any claims filed in order to determine the cause of the accident, the parties at fault, the extent of any injuries sustained, and potential damage amounts.

Our attorneys work closely with clients to handle communication with law enforcement, ensure preservation of all evidence, and provide accurate reporting to guide the steps toward a favorable outcome. We will also carefully analyze the complex contractual relationships between the parties to identify any indemnification provisions which may shift liability away from our clients.

Once the investigation is underway, we focus on preparation for legal action to protect our client. The attorneys on our Rapid Response Team developed strategies and solutions that resolve cases as rapidly and economically as possible. Our attorneys have successfully defended against general liability and casualty claims involving a wide range of businesses, organizations, and individuals, including:

  • Commercial property owners
  • National hotel chains
  • Municipalities
  • Retail establishments, including large supermarkets and automobile retailers
  • Service establishments, including restaurants and bars
  • Hospitals and healthcare institutions
  • Landlords and tenants
  • Amusement park and carnival liability

Conroy Simberg provides personalized service and attention to each of our clients. Communication with our clients and keeping our clients informed at all stages of a claim is paramount. Our attorneys prioritize promptly responding to client questions and take the time to learn about unique concerns, needs, and objectives. We also provide clients with timely reports and the information they need to make well-founded business and legal decisions.

We strive to keep our services cost-effective. Lengthy trials and courtroom battles not only impact our clients’ finances and operations, but can also damage their reputation within the community. Our Rapid Response Team will work to avoid litigation when appropriate by resolving liability claims through negotiation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

When a catastrophic injury or death case cannot be settled in this manner and litigation becomes necessary, we are prepared to aggressively defend our clients at all stages of the litigation process. Our general liability and casualty attorneys are skilled trial lawyers with decades of experience defending clients before federal and state courts, including all levels of appeals. Our attorneys work side by side with our clients to develop tactics and strategies aimed at limiting exposure while resolving claims in the quickest and most cost-effective manner possible.

If your company has been involved in an accident that requires the immediate assistance of successful insurance defense lawyers, please contact us right away. We are ready to assist 24 hours a day, seven days a week.