This process gets directed at achievement of a settlement. The actions of a lawyer and client can move it along.
First needed actions of the lawyer-client team:
Collecting the relevant evidence. This action proves useful if the accident-victim has taken lots of pictures and that same victim/client has saved all the significant documents. That collection of documents should include receipts, police reports and other papers obtained from a facility that provided treatment for the victim’s injuries.
Most of those documents should come into the client’s possession early in the settlement process. An accident victim ought to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
How the hiring of a personal injury lawyer fits into the process?
The insurance company that has been asked to satisfy a given claim will be paying a number of different lawyers, during an investigation of the submitted claim. In light of that fact, it makes sense for the claimant to hire an attorney.
Constraints on process that are established by law:
According to statute of limitations, the victim has 2 years in which to file a claim. Filing early can aid with attainment of an early settlement. Still, all the symptoms of a sustained injury may not become apparent in the weeks that follow immediately upon the accident’s occurrence.
What losses can a victim claim?
Economic losses: This is usually the wages lost while the victim recovered from the accident-caused injury. It can also relate to the profits lost by a victim that makes money by running a business.
Losses caused by pain and suffering: In Alberta, a victim must prove that the injury caused serious and permanent problems, in order for the court to acknowledge a claim for pain and suffering.
Money paid to health care experts, in order to obtain a diagnosis or a treatment. Also the money paid for rehabilitation, for medication, for medical equipment, for medical care at home, and money to cover the cost of changes in the home, if the victim/claimant is confined to a wheelchair.
If a loved one died as the result of an accident-caused injury, a designated family member can claim loss of guardianship or loss of companionship, depending on the nature of the earlier relationship between the claimant and the decedent. The government rewards those family members that had formed a companionship with a spouse/partner, a parent, or a son or daughter.
Accident victims get compensated for damage to a motor vehicle by means of a specific payment, one that does not get delivered at the same time as the compensation for all the other losses. The government offers no form of compensation to a former spouse or to a stepson or step daughter. However, it is best to talk with a personal injury lawyer in Calgary, before filing a claim.