Personal injury claims can be made due to a car accident, professional malpractice, slip and fall accidents. Often the injuries resulting from these types of incidents can be both not immediately noticeable and long-term. The true cost of your injury may not be revealed until you’ve had medical treatment, therapy, rehabilitation and time to see the impact of the injury on your life.
Many personal injury cases are settled prior to the requirement of a trial through an agreed amount of damages that is determined through a negotiation known as a settlement. It is important to have a skilled personal injury lawyer represent you during settlement proceedings.
Personal Injury Compensation
To ensure you get the personal injury compensation you’re entitled to, the following should be factored in:
- Nature of the injury
- The cause of the injury
- The effect the injury has on your ability to work or find work
- The effect the injury has on your daily life, including household activities
Your personal injury lawyer will review your medical assessments from health care providers or specialists, including the need for physiotherapy or rehabilitation. Your lawyer will use similar past cases to help determine the cost of your injuries in the near future and going forward.
What do you require compensation for?
In order to assist your lawyer, consider if you’ll need compensation for the following:
- Medical treatment
- Pain and suffering (for example, permanent disfigurement or impairment)
- Income loss due to missed work or loss of employment
- Home maintenance help, including housekeeping
- Property loss (such as items in your trunk damaged in a car accident)
- Family member financial losses due to your care, your loss of income or travel expenses
As the injured party, you have responsibilities as well. A personal injury lawyer can guide you through these responsibilities so that you do not risk losing out on compensation. For example, you must seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You should also disclose any mitigating factors to the injury, for example, if, in a car accident, you were not wearing a seatbelt. While these factors may reduce your total compensation, a failure to disclose them may jeopardize your compensation entirely.
Personal injury claims can be a complicated process with very strict requirements on the part of the injured. If you have been injured due to a car accident, slip and fall accident or otherwise, contact an experienced Niagara personal injury lawyer at Chown Cairns to start helping you immediately. Click below to find a lawyer and set up a consultation.