When filing a personal injury claim, you will realize that the rules and regulations differ from one province to the next. If you’re in Edmonton or Northern Alberta, and looking for an experienced team to help you protect your rights and secure fair compensation, read on below!
What To Do After An Accident
One of the very first steps you need to take after an accident is to contact your lawyer to assess your injuries. Avoid any calls from insurance companies as they will try to get a hold of you, pressure you into settling, and convince you that going through a lawyer will be a waste of your time and money. Unfortunately, insurance companies aim to settle the claim as quickly as possible to avoid any hassle, regardless of whether or not settling a claim is a beneficial option for you. To eliminate the possibility of feeling pressured, you should speak with an injury lawyer to get proper legal advice.
James H. Brown and Associates offer a free, no-obligation injury claim evaluation to help you determine whether you have a case, what type of evidence you will need to secure a settlement and if your case is worth retaining an injury lawyer. Our lawyers are then going to advise the following:
- Seek Medical Attention:
Before requesting any documentation or paperwork from your end, your lawyer will strongly advise you to seek medical attention immediately. At James H. Brown and Associates, we know what it’s like firsthand to experience a serious accident and suffer from life-changing injuries, so it’s imperative for us to make sure that your safety is our priority.
- Document Your Injuries and Damages:
When visiting your doctor, make sure that you or your loved one is documenting your injuries, symptoms and any other damages from the accident. Damages to your vehicle, medical expenses, and doctor’s visits are all essential documents that will help your lawyer prove the severity of your injury. No matter how minor your injury may seem to be, it can affect the outcome of your settlement.
- Provide a Police Report and Witness Information:
Providing your lawyer with a police report and information on witnesses that were present during the accident will help them with further investigations.
What to Expect Next
Unlike other personal injury firms, James H.Brown and Associates are prepared to exercise every possible option to ensure fair compensation, including:
1. Investigating Your Case
Once you have provided all the above documents, we will begin investigating your case. Our lawyers will work on gathering all the information necessary to prove that your injuries and damages were directly caused by the accident. This information will help us build a strong case against the responsible party and their insurance and prove that they owe you compensation for the damages and injuries you have suffered.
2. Negotiating with Insurance Companies
To ensure that you receive a just settlement, James H.Brown and Associates’ lawyers will initiate negotiation with the other party’s insurance company. The initial negotiation can be pretty lengthy and extremely challenging, but with our experts on your side, we will do our best to secure the compensation you deserve. During the negotiations, your lawyer will also be preparing to go to trial if necessary. If your case is not settled through the first set of negotiations, your lawyer will be ready to take the next steps immediately.
3. Taking Your Case To Trial
At James H. Brown and Associates, we are ready to go to trial when all other options have been exhausted. Your injury lawyer will be prepared to gather and present all the evidence necessary to prove to the judge and jury that you have suffered significant losses from the accident. Our team includes multiple lawyers with a proven record of success taking injury claims to trial.
Most clients shy away from contacting an injury lawyer as they are already dealing with multiple expenses and fear the financial commitment; however, at James H.Brown and Associates, we do not charge our clients with fees until their settlement has successfully been settled and even then, we only take a percentage of the settlement. Our primary goal as your injury lawyer is to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve first.