Limiting Your Treatments after Injury

Is it true that you are entitled to certain insurance benefits from your own insurer, regardless of who was at fault? It’s true, in Canada these benefits are often called ‘Section B benefits’. However, insurers like to erroneously inform injured clients that they will only ‘authorize’ 21 treatments (of various kinds). This is not true. Continue reading Limiting Your Treatments after Injury

Keeping an Injury Diary

If you’ve ever been injured in an accident such as a motor vehicle, then you may be seeking compensation for damages. Damages to your car is one thing, but to your body is quite another. Soft tissue damage is unseen (another blog post) and can be a prolonged injury.

Some believe keeping an injury diary is a good way to keep track of the increasing severity of their injury overtime. This may sound like a good idea at the outset, but it turns out to work against the injured. Here’s why. Continue reading Keeping an Injury Diary

Pain Free Today – Painful Tomorrow

If you sign papers because you feel just fine today, what happens if your health deteriorates tomorrow? I know of some people who’ve been in car accidents, and 10 years later their body starts to break down. What recourse do they have?

The Minor Injury Regulations (“MIR”) provide a framework to determine what injures are ‘minor’ by the courts and therefore have damages ‘capped’ at a certain value. Continue reading Pain Free Today – Painful Tomorrow

Protect Yourself Hire and Attorney when Injured

When you’re involved in a car accident, or really any incident where you’ve been injured, it’s important to protect yourself.

You may find yourself faced off against another’s insurance company. You may also think that your insurance company is on your side. That’s partially not true. The insurance companies see you as profit–as a number. That means they may not always be looking out for your best interests 100% of the time. That’s why it’s prudent to hire an attorney who has the responsibility of thinking about you over the bottom line of the insurance companies. Continue reading Protect Yourself Hire and Attorney when Injured

Pictures of Your Slip & Fall

What’s perhaps the greatest asset when seeking adequate compensation for a slip or fall injury? Quite simply it’s pictures. A picture in this case would be worth a 1000 words. Pictures from multiple angles, with measurement tools or comparison objects, close ups, even a landscape shot, there’s no shortage of how many pictures you can take of a scene.

Help yourself build a case by ensuring your ‘evidence’ is substantial. Continue reading Pictures of Your Slip & Fall

Just a Number with Insurance Companies

We all have to get insurance if we do certain things like drive. Other forms of insurance are ways of mitigating risk, like life insurance or home insurance.

To complicate matters there are a variety of forms of insurance one can purchase to protect the same thing. Life insurance has ‘term insurance’ or the much maligned ‘universal life‘, but there thousands of iterations.

But what happens if you need to make a claim?

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The Symptoms of Whiplash and Possible Side Effects

Most people have heard of whiplash, but few actually know exactly what it is and how severe it can be. Essentially, whiplash is the stretching of the ligaments in the head, neck and shoulders. In medical terms, this is called “hyperextension” or is often referred to as a “sprain”. The most common cause of whiplash is after a road traffic collision, when the seatbelt keeps your body still, but your head is thrown forward.
In most cases, whiplash only lasts for a few weeks or months. However, around 15% to 20% of people who suffer whiplash go on to experience long-term chronic pain. In addition, even if symptoms of whiplash do stop, it doesn’t mean the head or neck ligaments are fully repaired and even a small jolt could bring on the symptoms again.

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What if the xray ‘says’ there’s nothing wrong?

xray Post courtesy of Calgary injury lawyer Brian Conway.

When your involved in a collision you may discover that your injuries aren’t necessarily obvious in the first wave of diagnostics. You should be aware that certain tools, such as x-rays, may not tell the whole story about your your injuries.

You want to ensure that your injuries have been properly diagnosed so you are aware of the level of compensation you should be entitled to.

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How Much Should You Pay for an Injury Attorney?

Most injury lawyers will work on an agreement that they’ll be paid out of the settlement you receive. That means they’ll work for free. Kind of. Sometimes payments, especially those that go on for a long period of time, will amount to 40-50% of your settlement. The total value is dependent on how complex and long your case is.

It can amount to a lot of cash tomorrow, but generally this is the only way one can afford representation.

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What are the statute of limitations on injury claims?

You slipped on city property and will be bringing a claim against the city.

You’ve been hit from behind by an automobile and you feel fine for a couple of weeks but then you’re starting to get pain in your neck.

No matter your story, if you’re injured and plan on filing a claim you should be aware of your limitations. Continue reading What are the statute of limitations on injury claims?