If you’ve sustained a severe soft tissue injury in an accident, it is critical to be fairly compensated for your injuries. Not only is it only fair to hold the responsible parties accountable, but you and your family may also be reliant on your compensation to cover lost days of work, medical expenses, and other consequences of your accident.
For nearly 30 years, James H. Brown and Associates has built its reputation as Alberta’s leading injury law firm by helping our clients secure fair settlements for soft tissue injuries and more. Read on to learn more about things you can do to help ensure that you and your family receive just compensation for your injuries.
Get Checked Out ASAP
If you’ve been involved in a serious accident, nothing is more important than your health. The first and most important step to securing fair compensation is seeking immediate care for your injuries.
It doesn’t matter if your injuries look and feel “minor.” Even if you’re not in severe pain, you may still require immediate treatment to prevent your injuries from worsening or becoming life-threatening. Second, many insurance companies claim that individuals who didn’t seek care may be exaggerating their injuries. It’s a flimsy argument, but it’s one we’ve seen often when pursuing settlements. Get checked out right away and prevent insurance companies from making it.
While in care, describe your injuries in detail and ensure you receive any applicable diagnostic tests (like x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans) during your treatment. If you file a claim or pursue legal action, these records will be part of determining the amount of compensation you can receive. No detail is too minor. Even minor injuries can affect your claim, especially if they get worse over time—there’s no such thing as “too much information” when it comes time to file a claim.
Keep Track of Any Changes You Experience
Although your healthcare provider (and the police, depending on the nature of the accident) will document most damages incurred immediately after your accident, it’s still wise to maintain a journal of damages over your recovery period.
What qualifies as “damage?” Damage to your vehicle, lost days of work, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and more can all qualify as damages and may make you eligible for appropriate compensation. Unfortunately, many soft tissue injury settlements can take a long time to complete. That’s why it’s essential to save receipts and keep a journal detailing any changes or expenses resulting from the accident. Once again, no detail is too small; the more information you can provide to your legal team, the stronger your case will be, and the more likely you are to receive fair compensation.
Speak With an Accident Injury Lawyer (First!)
As soon as an insurance company (either yours or the other party’s) finds out about your accident, they will likely try to obtain a statement from you.
With your insurance company, it may be prudent to report the accident as soon as possible. While you don’t have to give them all of the information right away, informing them that you have been injured may be necessary to qualify for certain interim benefits.
However, when the at-fault party’s insurance contacts you, be very wary of giving them any information, including a formal statement. Remember: you don’t have to give a statement to an insurance company before seeking legal advice. When you seek compensation for your injuries, some insurance companies may use information in these statements to attempt to hold back the payment you and your family need. In order to avoid this, speak with an experienced team of injury lawyers first to determine the best course of action.
Soft Tissue Injury Settlement with James H. Brown & Associates
When pursuing legal action after a serious injury, only one thing matters: recovering compensation for victims and their long-term needs.
Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates has helped clients across Western Canada secure complete, fair soft tissue injury settlements, including numerous precedent-setting cases that continue to set standards in Alberta courts. Our team is committed to standing up for your rights, continually raising the bar for injury settlements and ensuring you get what you deserve after your accident.
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