Car accidents often cause severe joint injuries. These accidents can cause the body to twist and bend in easy it wasn’t meant to, which can then result in tears, sprains, and strains to joints and tendons.
Some joint injuries will require surgery, and may result in the need for long-term recovery time and care.
Are joint injuries serious enough for a personal injury case?
Yes. If you have medical bills as a result of your car accident then it’s a good idea to explore the possibility of a personal injury case. While not all personal injury awards are headline-worthy, the truth is it’s not about getting the largest amount of money possible. Instead, it’s about making sure you have what you need to cover the obligations and complications generated by the accidents.
It’s never a good idea to try to guess whether the injury is “bad enough” to require a lawyer’s help. While in some cases the injury company will go ahead and offer a fair settlement for a minor claim, you always want to be sure you have the information you need to figure out what that fair settlement might look like.
Will you receive a pain and suffering award for joint injuries?
Yes, though the amount depends on the severity of the injury.
Many joint injuries are specifically named under Alberta’s “minor” or “soft tissue injury” cap. This caps pain and suffering awards for these injuries at $5296.
Yet there are exceptions. Some who receive joint injuries in a car accident can receive a higher amount. Alberta’s major injury pain and suffering awards are capped at $370,000, which means you could receive a significant amount of money.
Much will depend on the strength of your case, the facts of the case, and the severity of your injuries. Your lawyer’s negotiation skills will also play a major role in determining the value of your pain and suffering award.
When should you call a lawyer about joint injuries sustained in a car accident?
Your first concern should be securing medical care. You should do this immediately after the accident, even if you’re not sure whether you’ve been injured or not. Some joint injuries don’t present themselves until a few days after the accident. Getting medical care right away ensures that these injuries will be detected quickly, which means it’s easier to draw a legal line between the accident and the injury.
From there, you should call a lawyer as soon as it’s feasible to do so. Don’t hesitate to call on the day of the accident. We can file your claim for you, handle the insurance companies on your behalf, and will ensure you are treated fairly throughout the process.
Why Merchant Law?
When you choose a lawyer from Merchant Law you get an experienced personal injury lawyer who has handled hundreds of cases just like yours. We work hard to present the strongest possible case and to get you as much money as possible.
Contact us for a no-obligation free consultation. We’ll go over the facts of your case and discuss next steps. Call now: (403) 237-7777.