Frequently Asked Questions
You should expect that your lawyer will help you and work with you through this difficult time. Your lawyer should provide you with accurate and objective advice about your case in a timely and appropriate manner. You should also expect that your lawyer will protect your interests in the matter.
At the Accident and Injury Centre, we offer clients a free/no obligation initial half hour consultation. We know how difficult an accident can be and appreciate the physical, emotional and financial impact this can have on both you and your family. We work diligently to represent your interests and to secure a fair and timely resolution to your claim. In appropriate cases, no fees are payable by you until your claim is resolved. Our fees are based on a number of factors and include the value of your settlement and the time we devote to your case. These matters will be discussed with you at the outset so that you understand and feel completely comfortable with what you will be expected to pay and when.
It is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities and we believe that it is in your best interests to talk to a lawyer before you discuss your potential claim with the insurance company. Burchell MacDougall LLP’s Accident and Injury team of lawyers will explain your rights and let you know what to expect from the insurance company. Once retained, your Burchell MacDougall LLP lawyer will deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
A lawyer from the Accident and Injury Centre will explain your rights and outline any benefits you’re entitled to receive. Depending on your circumstances, there are benefits available to defray any loss of income and to reimburse you for medical and rehabilitation costs.
There is no definite answer to this question. Each case is unique and has its own time frame. Typically, we cannot quantify your case until you are either better or your doctor(s) has determined that you have reached a plateau and further improvement is not expected.
Injuries may not always be obvious immediately following an accident. You should consult with your doctor if you develop medical problems. The fact that you were not immediately aware of an injury does not mean it is not compensable. It is always in your best interests to contact your lawyer as soon following an accident as is practical.
Possibly, however, only a small percentage of cases actually go to trial. That said, each case must be advanced as though it is going to proceed to a trial. Most cases settle at some pre-trial stage in the proceeding. Our job is to prepare your case for trial in the event it is necessary to proceed to trial to obtain fair compensation for our injury. We will advise about the pros and cons of each step in the proceeding so you can provide us with informed instructions at the appropriate time.
The answer to this question will depend on a variety of factors such as the circumstances of the accident, the nature of the injuries you sustained, whether you have a relevant prior medical history, whether you have sustained or will sustain a loss of income and whether you have required or will requirement medical treatment. We will provide you with advice regarding the quantification of your claim as soon as it is feasible to do so.
Do’s and Don’ts
Report the accident to your own insurer immediately. Do not talk about the accident with anyone other than the insurance adjuster appointed on behalf of your own insurance company (or the insurance company of the vehicle in which you were a passenger.)
Do not sign any documents concerning the accident except for those requested by your own adjuster and then obtain a copy for your lawyer’s records.
If you have been injured consult with a lawyer immediately.
Keep your lawyer advised of any court proceedings concerning your accident.
Forward directly to your lawyer any correspondence you receive relating to the accident, your injuries or expenses.
Save all bills, however, modest, associated with your injuries.
Advise your lawyer of any new doctor you see and keep him/her advised of any new treatments you undergo or of any marked change in your condition.
Keep a written diary or calendar of your health and medical problems so that you will have a written record of your medical progress. Keep this record on a simple calendar and mark in the problems which you experience on a daily basis.