What to do if you’re in­jured

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One call may be all that’s re­quired for some per­sonal in­jury at­tor­neys, but Randy Fry makes it a pri­or­ity to go to trial for his clients.

“In my busi­ness, there are a lot of per­cep­tions of per­sonal in­jury at­tor­neys. Most peo­ple are only fa­mil­iar with the TV at­tor­neys,” Fry said. “My at­ti­tude is, there’s noth­ing wrong with be­ing a TV at­tor­ney, but we find the ma­jor­ity of the TV firms don’t try cases.”

His firm, how­ever, spe­cial­izes in tak­ing per­sonal in­jury cases to trial if the need arises.

“We do find con­sis­tently that when an in­sur­ance com­pany is against a firm that tries cases, they’re usu­ally more apt to re­solve cases for a bet­ter re­sult,” Fry said.

Fry knew early on that he wanted to be in the court­room, and chalks that up to a de­sire in­stilled in him by his par­ents to help peo­ple. The Fry Law Firm han­dles cases all over Ge­or­gia, and Fry said he ap­pre­ci­ates the sup­port of the LGBT com­mu­nity for the way the busi­ness has grown.

“We han­dle strictly per­sonal in­jury mat­ters here, which means we rep­re­sent peo­ple who are in­jured by oth­ers due to their neg­li­gence,” Fry said. “We’re con­stantly op­pos­ing the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies to make sure our clients are com­pen­sated.”

Th­ese cases in­clude things such as bik­ing or car ac­ci­dents, slip-and-falls and pedes­tri­ans be­ing struck by ve­hi­cles.

One of his most mem­o­rable tri­als was that of a woman in­jured by a de­fec­tive chair in a the­ater. The chair had a three-inch piece of metal pro­trud­ing from the side and when the woman went to sit down, it sliced part of her leg open and re­quired a lot of hos­pi­tal care. The the­ater’s at­tor­neys ar­gued she should have seen the metal, so the case went to trial. Fry and his co-coun­sel ar­gued that just be­cause an in­di­vid­ual isn’t from a white-col­lar back­ground doesn’t mean her in­juries are in­signif­i­cant.

Septem­ber 1, 2017

“The jury found it our way and they com­pen­sated her for a con­fi­den­tial amount which we were very, very proud of,” he said.

Fry is a mem­ber of the LGBT Stonewall Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, and said he finds it sur­pris­ing there are so few trial lawyers who are openly gay.

“There are of course a lot of at­tor­neys gen­er­ally that are openly out and in­volved in the Stonewall Bar As­so­ci­a­tion just like I am, but it’s al­ways been sur­pris­ing to me that I knew very few lawyers that try per­sonal in­jury cases that are out in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

For any­one who is in­jured in an ac­ci­dent, their first pri­or­ity should be their health — which means they’re likely to start get­ting med­i­cal bills, fol­lowed by calls from in­sur­ance com­pa­nies.

“Never talk to the in­sur­ance com­pany un­til they talk to an at­tor­ney,” he said. “Hope­fully us, but if not us, then any good trial at­tor­ney. That at­tor­ney can ad­vise them on how to pro­ceed.”

Fry said 15 or 20 years ago, most peo­ple were able to han­dle cases on their own, but so many per­sonal in­jury cases be­came con­tentious that many of th­ese com­pa­nies added hun­dreds of at­tor­neys on staff, some­thing no in­di­vid­ual should go up against alone.

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