Cuts and lacerations are common after a car accident. These vary in severity, but should be taken seriously. Lacerations are severe and will require stitches, and can sever nerves and tendons. Cuts can result in blood loss and scarring. These injuries can be intensely painful and can result in long-term complications.
If a negligent driver caused these injuries then you deserve compensation for them. We can help you get money to pay your hospital bills and long-term rehabilitation costs.
Are lacerations and cuts serious enough to pursue a personal injury case?
Absolutely. Deep cuts are dangerous and can result in scarring, disfigurement, infections, and nerve damage. These injuries are life-threatening and dangerous. They’re also intensely painful. You may require months of healing time before you’ll be able to resume your normal life activities.
This means you’ll have medical bills and lost wages. You may have long-term care bills as well. These economic damages are the kinds of things that personal injury cases are made to address.
Can you receive a pain and suffering award for cuts and lacerations?
Yes. Because these are severe injuries you can expect to receive a pain and suffering award up to Alberta’s $370,000 cap. The exact amount will depend on the facts of your case, the severity of your injuries, and your personal injury lawyer’s negotiation skills.
In the event that your case goes to court, the exact amount of your personal injury award will depend on whether or not your personal injury lawyer is successful at convincing a jury that you deserve a higher award. 92% of cases do settle out of court, so this doesn’t happen as often. Still, if you find yourself in this situation you’ll want a fierce litigator by your side.
When do you need a lawyer for car accident cuts and lacerations?
We recommend getting a lawyer as soon as you’re medically capable of doing so. If you try to speak to the insurance companies first you might make mistakes that harm your case. If you try to wait until you’ve reached maximum medical improvement the statute of limitations may run out.
While you do need to heal fully before we can start talking about a settlement, we can file a claim, handle the insurance companies for you, and start gathering evidence if you come to us early. Waiting can mean losing witnesses and eroding evidence, all while giving the defendant a head start. You can literally call a lawyer the day of your accident and it’s unlikely to be too soon.
Why Merchant Law?
When you turn to Merchant Law you partner with lawyers who have decades of personal injury experience. We’re known as some of Calgary’s toughest litigators and savviest negotiators. We can help you guide your case to its best outcome.
Contact us for a free no-obligation consultation. We’ll go over the facts of your case and discuss next steps. Call now: (403) 237-7777.