A personal injury lawyer, also known as an accident lawyer or injury lawyer, ensures that their injured client receives a full and fair compensation for the injuries incurred. A fair award adequately compensates the injured client for their new circumstances. But, because no two injuries are the same, the amount of an award is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Some factors that determine the amount of compensation an injured person is entitled to often include:
Pain and suffering – how bad was the injury? Is the injury temporary or permanent?
Medical costs – was there a special treatment required, which was not covered by your insurance?
Special costs – did you have to travel for treatment?
Loss of income – did you miss work? Are you going to miss work?
Out of pocket expenses – did you have to buy extra medicine or purchase anything to alleviate the pain?
Loss of housekeeping – is somebody else now required to maintain your home?
Loss of enjoyment in life – does your injury prevent you from participating in several activities you once enjoyed?
The amount of an award will also depend on the extent and severity of the damage incurred (including physical, emotional, and financial). This damage that the injured person suffered will include past, present, and future pain. The damage must be proved to have occurred as a direct result of the accident. The amount of fault is another factor that determines the amount of compensation one is entitled to. If the injured party, for example, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of accident, that injured party would be held partially at fault, and would receive a lesser amount of compensation. Fault, or negligence, is always a main consideration when determining a fair amount of damages. Common fault-related questions include:
I was parked and rear-ended; am I partially responsible?
I slipped on a small patch of ice during the winter; was that my fault?
A product I purchased reacted in an unforeseen way; was I negligent in using it the way I did?
My family member was involved in a fatal accident; do I have a claim for bereavement?
If you are unsure if you have a strong claim, or if you have any claim, or you simply want to get an estimate of the amount you may be able to receive, then please set up a consultation with our personal injury lawyers today. Consultations are private, free of charge, and risk free. You may request a consultation by filling out the free consultation form.
Be aware that your right to sue after an injury expires after a certain amount of time. Depending on your circumstances, these timelines vary from one month since the injury, to two years. Our lawyers, located in Medicine Hat, can help you navigate your claim. They will make sure you do not miss any important deadlines. Contact our lawyers today before your claim expires.
We have over 25 years of experience with injury-related matters. Our lawyer, Bruce Hill, is rated as the best personal injury lawyer in Medicine Hat. Our office has an extensive history of reaching favourable results for our clients. For that reason, we have received several high ratings on Google. We have dealt with a wide variety of accidents, including car accidents, bike crashes, product liability, slipping and falling on ice, and even trampoline accidents. If you live in Medicine Hat, Brooks, Redcliff, Dunmore, or any of its surrounding areas, and have been the victim of an accident, then please contact us today. If you are unsure that we offer legal services to your specific injury, we suggest you call our office and take advantage of our free consultation.
No. But the lawyers would appreciate information related to the accident itself. For example, if you were involved in a car accident, there is often a collision report with statements. If you lost your collision report, or are unsure if one was made, then your lawyer can request it from the local police station. Also, a list of the names of any doctor, surgeon, massage therapist, chiropractor, physiotherapist, or any other medical professional would be beneficial. If the other party’s insurance has contacted you, then the lawyer may also want to know how to contact the insurance company. Lastly, any pictures of the accident are very helpful. If you took a picture of the patch of ice you slipped and fell on, or you took a few pictures of your damaged vehicle, these pictures can be used to maximize your claim. If you are unsure, please contact our office.
Battery / Assault
An assault or battery is termed as an event where one person tries to physically strike another. It also encompasses all behaviours that are of a threatening nature and instil a fear of physical harm. To be precise, an assault is an intentional attempt or threat to harm someone. Battery, on the other hand, is to make contact with someone in an offensive manner. The contact is usually illegal in nature.
The chances of being bitten by a dog are high if you live in an area with a high population of street dogs or have neighbours who own dogs. While children are at a higher risk of sustaining injuries due to dog bites, adults fall prey as well to such incidents. Dog bites injuries range from minor infections to life-threatening ones.
When the question of liability pertaining to the injuries arises, we can come to your rescue. Feel free to reach out to us.