Have you taken severe injuries in a Beaumont car or motorcycle accident? If the other driver was at-fault for the accident then you have legal justification to pursue compensation for your injuries.
This doesn’t mean that recovering compensation will be easy. The process is full of pitfalls. It’s easy to make a mistake that can prevent you from recovering any money at all. Making your claim with a personal injury lawyer from Merchant Law is one of the best ways to ensure you get the money you need to meet your post-accident expenses.
How long will it take to settle my car or motorcycle accident claim?
First, it depends on how quickly you file your claim. The earlier you file, the sooner you can claim your funds. Filing early also strengthens your case. It’s important to remember there’s a two-year statute of limitations on injury claims in Alberta, and waiting only benefits the other driver’s insurance company, not you.
Once you file the claim the process can take 18 to 24 months. First, you need to reach maximum medical improvement before your lawyer can start pursuing a settlement conference. Do not wait until MMI to call a lawyer for the first time. You want to leave your lawyers plenty of time to work on the case.
The case will take less time if your lawyers can successfully negotiate a settlement. 92% of the time this is exactly what happens. Most personal injury cases do not go to litigation. Cases that do take the longest. Litigation is complex and can take a great deal of time to complete.
How do I claim pain and suffering from an Alberta car accident?
Every personal injury settlement will include some amount for pain and suffering. The exact amount will depend on the extent of your injuries and the impact those injuries are likely to have on your life in the future. Someone who is paralyzed for life will receive a larger award than someone who breaks their leg.
In Alberta, all pain and suffering awards are capped at $370,000. A skilled lawyer will work hard to maximize this award on your behalf. Your lawyer’s negotiation skills will play a large role in the amount of pain and suffering monies you receive from your claim.
Motorcycle accident claims tend to have the highest pain and suffering awards, simply because they come with the most catastrophic injuries. The danger with motorcycle accident cases is the defendant, insurance company will successfully whittle away this award by attaching the rider with a significant percentage of fault, which would reduce the award by the same percentage.
How do I know whether I’m being offered a good settlement?
You might have to consider many settlement offers during the course of your case. Your lawyer should help you make your evaluation of whether the offer is too low or not. In general, a “good” settlement should pay for all the damages to your vehicle, should pay your outstanding medical bills, and should pay for continuing care as needed.
A good settlement will also compensate you for your lost wages. If you can no longer work, you should also receive some amount to help you support yourself for your loss of earning capacity. This amount may not cover every last day you’re alive, but should address your remaining earning years and the amount of money you would have made had the accident not interrupted matters. This amount is highly subjective and negotiable.
Finally the amount should include a pain and suffering award as already discussed.
How do I know if I have a winning personal injury case?
Only an in-depth case review by a qualified personal injury lawyer can tell you if you have a strong case or not. In general, you have a case as long as the other driver was at-fault for the accident and there were no extenuating circumstances. The waters get muddier if there were hazardous conditions on the road, or if you, too, were breaking traffic laws, driving distracted, or failing in your own duty of care to other drivers.
The extent of your injuries also should play a role in determining whether it’s worthwhile to pursue a lawsuit. The other driver’s insurance company often offers a settlement right away. The problem is the settlement is usually too low to meet the expenses that come with catastrophic injuries. If you have a more minor injury then taking the money might cost you less in the long run.
We offer each of our clients a no-obligation case evaluation so they can decide whether or not they wish to proceed. You don’t risk anything by calling a personal injury lawyer. We work on contingency, which means we don’t get paid until we bring your case to a successful conclusion. By the time you’re done meeting with us you’ll know whether you have a strong case or not.
The earlier you call, the better off you’ll be.
We have offices conveniently located in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Airdrie, and Cochrane. We also serve clients all across Alberta including Lethbridge, Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, Spruce Grove, Lloydminster, Leduc, Okotoks, Fort Saskatchewan, Chestermere, Camrose, Beaumont, Stony Plain, Sylvan Lake, Brooks, Strathmore, High River, Canmore, Morinville, Whitecourt, Hinton, Olds, and Blackfalds.
Don’t give the defendant, insurance company a head start by waiting too long. Calling a lawyer early is one of the best ways to ensure your case is successful. We can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf, keeping you from making a mistake. We can identify every responsible party, ensuring that you get every scrap of compensation you can get from your car or motorcycle case.
If you wait, evidence will dry up, the statute of limitations will start running out, and you may lose your ability to recover funds.
Our lawyers have decades of experience helping clients throughout Alberta. We’ve brought in millions of dollars for our clients. We’re tough negotiators, savvy litigators, and lawyers with a respected name throughout the nation. We’re also responsive, kind, and easy to work with.
Call (780) 474-4878 today to schedule your consultation. We’re ready to help you.