With Alberta returning to normal and more vehicles on the road, accidents and collisions are bound to happen. While most motor vehicle accidents will be minor, some will result in serious injury. If you or a loved one are involved in a car accident, it’s crucial to take the right steps to protect yourself and your right to fair compensation for your injuries.
With over 200 years’ of combined injury law experience helping car accident victims secure compensation, James H. Brown and Associates are proud to stand up for Albertans’ rights and support them through every step of attaining justice. Read on to learn more about how to protect your rights after a car accident, as well as how James H. Brown and Associates helps Albertans attain justice and navigate the road to recovery.
1. Seek Medical Attention (Right Away!)
Nothing will ever be as important as your health. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, seek medical attention immediately. Even if you can walk away from the accident (or if injuries appear relatively “minor”), it’s still essential to see a doctor or other healthcare provider as soon as possible.
There are numerous reasons to see a doctor after a car accident, even if you’re feeling fine. First and foremost, it’s possible to sustain a serious injury that doesn’t cause severe pain right away. For example, some symptoms of whiplash may take more than 24 hours to appear.
Secondly, when the time comes to negotiate a settlement, many insurance companies will try to argue that your injuries can’t be that severe if you didn’t seek treatment. By seeing a doctor first, you can take that argument away and get one step closer to fair compensation for your injuries.
While you’re receiving treatment, describe your injuries in as much detail as possible. Your medical provider’s records will be used later to evaluate your injury claims; the more information you provide, the easier it will be to prove the accident caused your injuries.
2. Document Everything
Just like your doctor will document your physical injuries, you should also keep track of any other damages caused by your car accident.
“Damages” can include vehicle repairs, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and more. Some car accident settlements can take a long time to be resolved, leading to a long list of expenses for victims. Be sure to save all receipts and keep a detailed journal including any changes or expenses caused by the accident. Remember, no detail is too minor; the more information you have, the stronger your case will be.
3. Seek Legal Counsel (Before Talking to Insurance Companies)
As soon as the other party’s insurance company finds out about your accident, their agents will come calling, trying to obtain a statement from you. While you can let them know that the accident occurred, never give an insurance company (even your own) a statement without obtaining legal advice first. Insurance companies will carefully review all of the information you provide them, trying to find any excuse they can to pay you less for your injuries.
Before giving any statements, contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. While insurance companies have an obligation to their shareholders to make money (and payout as little as possible), injury lawyers have a professional responsibility to you and your family to provide sound, accurate advice. Contacting a team of experienced attorneys is the best way to ensure you receive complete, fair compensation after a severe car accident.
James H. Brown and Associates: Alberta’s Car Accident Injury Lawyers
Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates have worked with car accident victims and their families to help them attain closure and complete compensation. Our team of experienced injury lawyers understand firsthand the toll a serious accident can take, are ready to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.
With over 200 years of combined injury law experience, we’ve learned that no two accidents are the same. That’s why we proudly provide a complete range of services and support for our clients, including:
- An experienced team of injury lawyers with a proven record of success.
- Investigation and evidence preservation services, including accident reconstruction.
- Strong relationships with organizations ready to assist with rehabilitation and recovery.
- And much more!
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Car Accident?
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