In the aftermath of a serious injury, a lot of things may feel unsettled and uncertain. You may not know what to expect in the coming days, weeks, and months. The prognosis for your recovery may be unclear, leaving you wondering when you’ll be able to return to work and your normal life (if ever). You may also be feeling unsure about how to deal with insurance companies and other parties involved in your injury, and wondering about your legal rights and options. You need answers that you can rely on. Here, we have provided some general answers to common questions we receive about personal injury; talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your unique case.

Am I entitled to compensation?

You may be. It will depend on many factors, including whether it can be proven that your injury was the result of someone else’s actions, negligence, or carelessness. Compensation may also be available through insurance (yours or another party’s). In the days immediately following an injury, it may not be readily apparent who is responsible and what options are available; a personal injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible, to help you evaluate your situation.

What kinds of expenses can I seek compensation for?

For many people who have suffered an accident or injury, their first concern is medical bills; depending on your case, you may be able to recover some or all of the costs of your treatment and recovery, including hospital bills and rehabilitative therapies. In addition, many people fail to realize that they may also be entitled to compensation for other costs related to the injury, such as pain and suffering, loss of income (due to time away from work or due to diminished earning capacity), and even future medical or rehabilitative expenses related to the initial injury. You may also be entitled to “Section B benefits,” which are claimed through your primary insurer and may be available to provide death benefits, funeral expenses, total disability, dental and chiropractic expenses, medical and personal care, housekeeping, and other treatments that may be recommended by your doctor.

Do I need a lawyer to handle my personal injury case?

In most personal injury cases, it’s best to seek professional legal advice. Not all accidents and injuries result in legal action, but many do; it is worth your time to consult a lawyer to find out about your options and what your next steps should be. Even if you don’t intend to pursue legal action in court, your lawyer can help you deal with insurance companies and insurance policies—your own and those of any other parties involved. Benefits and compensation may be available to help you and your family recover from this ordeal; don’t leave those benefits unclaimed.

What if the accident was partly my fault?

Some personal injury cases may require a court to determine which party was responsible for your injury; if the accident was partially your fault, then the judgment (and any compensation awarded) may be adjusted to reflect that. Personal injury cases are often not as simple as they seem, however; don’t give up on seeking compensation without first talking to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case; they will have the legal knowledge to help you assess your case and advise you about how to proceed in a way that will maximize your chances of a successful outcome.

Is there a time limit on my personal injury claim?

Yes. Whether you want to seek compensation through an insurance claim, through negotiations with another party, through the court system, or some combination of those avenues, you will need to act promptly. Time limitations will vary based on many factors, including the province where you live and the details of your situation. For this reason alone, you should speak to a lawyer following your injury, to make sure that you take the necessary steps to protect your rights before those time limits expire.

Lawyers are expensive. What will this cost me?

Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that your lawyer gets paid only when you recover compensation in your case. At Chadi & Company, we usually charge 33% of the amount recovered; we can explain our fee structure in more detail when you choose to retain the firm.

What are my responsibilities during my recovery?

Your first priority should be proper medical treatment. Listen to your doctor and follow through with all treatments, medications, and therapy prescribed to you. This is vital to your well-being; quality medical care now can improve your quality of life for years to come. Moreover, your medical care matters when it comes to the legal aspects of your case; your medical records and the testimony of your caregivers may provide important evidence about the causes and extent of your injuries, and may be relevant in determining how much compensation you should receive. As your personal injury case progresses, you also have a responsibility to maintain open lines of communication with your personal injury lawyers, keeping them apprised of any changes in your condition or your situation, and making yourself available to discuss and make decisions about your case as it unfolds.

For over 15 years, the law firm of Chadi & Company has been providing clients throughout the greater Calgary area with legal representation in all types of personal injury cases. Led by experienced personal injury lawyer Tara Cassidy, the firm is committed to the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, and legal excellence—and they have the track record of success to prove it. They have the expertise to handle all types of personal injury matters, from car and motorcycle accidents to spinal cord and brain injuries. Tara Cassidy and her team are ready to see your case through to a positive outcome; they’ll be accessible to answer your questions, help you make informed decisions, and provide sound legal advice every step of the way. Call today for an initial consultation.

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