How to File a Personal Injury Claim?
Getting injured in an accident can be an unpleasant incident. Furthermore, if the expense of the medical treatment is high, it can hurt you even more. According to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics, there were nearly 149,900 injuries caused in the year 2014 in Canada. This has led to a rise in the number of personal injury claims made every year. Filing a personal injury can be a tedious process and it's best to hire a lawyer to do the job.
The Canadian Personal Injury Law, which is also known as the Tort Law, states that "Tort refers to the body of law which allows an injured person to obtain compensation from the person who caused the injury. The primary aim of tort law is to provide relief for damages incurred and deter others from committing the same harms". When you are injured due to another person, you can either file a personal injury claim or file a lawsuit against that person. You need to figure out your course of action based on your situation.
If you decide to file a personal injury claim then you can consult one of our legal experts who is specialized in the area of Personal Injury Law. Your legal expert will then perform an assessment of the case and then suggest a suitable course of action. We usually represent cases of automobile and bike accidents, pedestrian-vehicle accidents and assaults. It is best to talk to a legal expert as soon as possible after the accident, so that we can make sure that important evidence is preserved and facts recorded. This would include details about your injury from your doctor, treatment bills, monetary value of the total damage caused and proof that the in-fault driver was responsible for the accident. You will then be told about the time limits for the commencing legal action and the parties involved in the case.
You can then send a claim to the in-fault driver asking to compensate for the damages caused. You can make claims for the following depending on your case:
- general damages for pain and suffering
- compensation for loss of income
- reasonable medical expenses, including future expenses
- compensation for family members (in the case of death)
- compensation for property damage
Claim assessments are done by our lawyers based on the severity of your injury and medical information from your healthcare providers. We then guide you through the process of court proceedings till your claim is settled.