said 1 year, 1 month ago:
I hope you didn’t know any of the people you were referring to personally, but if you did, I’m sorry.
I’d say the mistake was not in calling their lawyers, but in listening to their lawyers advice.
The simple fact that someone lost their life as a result of an on-the-job accident, although tragic, is not criminal.
My Dad lost 3 employees due to accidents at various times, and several others (including myself) were severely injured in accidents on-the-job. However, some jobs are just dangerous work, and tragedies can/will occur.
Usually, criminal charges aren’t filed unless negligence is proven, and that’s a completely different issue. If the lawyers felt that the deaths were a result of negligence or unsafe business practices or work environments, then certainly their instructions could have been viewed as an effort to cover-up the infractions, and that would be illegal.
As she says, ‘You need counsel that understands perception management and will try to solve the problem instead of just issuing “no comment” statements.”
However, I don’t know that she is saying that this is the order of importance of the 5 people to have on your list, but just 5 that need to be on your list.
Myself, if it were not a life or death situation, I’d probably go to the “unflappable” person first for counsel and advice.
But, if there is a death involved, whether or not it is your fault, you can almost bet that there will be a lawsuit filed and you will need that lawyer’s phone number.
Remember McDonalds and the lady that sued because she spilled hot coffee on herself in her own car?
Doesn’t seem as though that should have been McDonalds’ fault, but she won….