Donahoe Kearney: What was your position, and what were you doing for a living when you got hurt?
Mr. P: I was working as a building engineer. I was in charge of the maintenance of two residential apartment buildings. I managed repairs, service calls, contracting, etc.
Donahoe Kearney: What were you doing specifically, when you got hurt?
Mr. P: I was driving back to the building on my 50 cc motorcycle. I was driving on the left side and I heard an ambulance coming. As I was switching lanes I got cut off by a car and I was thrown to the ground. I went to the hospital and stayed there for a week, and then I was on bed-rest for 2 months.
My injuries included a shattered scapula and clavicle, as well as small scratches on my sides. Thankfully, no internal injuries.
Donahoe Kearney: What advice would you give to an injured worker at the start of their case?
Mr. P: Always look for Mr. Kearney; no one else.
I was hesitating about seeing a lawyer because I didn't know what to do. You are never prepared for anything like being seriously injured on the job. Workers' comp was extremely nice at the beginning and then they started changing their face after a few weeks. Another attorney recommended Mr. Kearney and I met with him.
Hiring Mr. Kearney was the best decision I have made in my life, by far.
Donahoe Kearney: How did having an attorney help you throughout the process?
Mr. P: To begin with: you don't know what to expect with workers' comp. Of course workers' comp is really nice at first but in reality they are trying to get rid of you as soon as they can. You need an expert by your side because you don't have any background in the field.
Donahoe Kearney: How is your life different now?
Mr. P: Everything changed since the accident. My arm doesn't move the way it should. I can't perform my daily activities the way I used to. I can't ride my motorcyle any more. I've done some training in interpreting; which is completely different from what I used to do. I had to change my whole life.
Donahoe Kearney: Anything else you'd like to tell us?
Mr. P: Don't hesitate to call Mr. Kearney. You have an accident and you don't know what to do and a million persons can give you the wrong advice. You can trust Mr. Kearney one hundred percent; literally with your life.
Donahoe Kearney: Thank you, Mr. P. Congratulations on your settlement!