There is no such thing as a minor spinal injury. Many of our clients have had life-changing accidents resulting in quadriplegia or paraplegia. Those who can still walk continue to suffer from other impairments, including chronic pain.
Spinal injuries are expensive. Treating them requires years of follow-up care that Medicare doesn’t always cover. These injuries can make it impossible to work, and can generate a lifetime of financial problems unless you can get compensated.
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, Alberta law demands that the liable party make you whole again. While nobody can give you back your pre-injury body, we can get you the money you need to pay your bills.
Of course, the negligent party’s insurance company isn’t going to make it easy. They will look for every excuse to reduce your payment, or to avoid paying you altogether.
At-Fault vs. Not-at-Fault
If you are at-fault for the accident then your own insurance policy gives you limited medical and property damage coverage under your “Section B” benefits. Every legal Alberta insurance policy includes these benefits. They are rarely enough to cover any major spinal injury.
If the other driver was at-fault you can be compensated for pain and suffering, for loss of earning capacity, and the full extent of your medical costs.
That’s why the defendant typically works so hard to pin the blame on plaintiffs. It’s less expensive for them. Alberta runs on a comparative negligence system, which means if they can prove you were even a little at-fault then they can reduce your settlement.
It takes tough litigators and savvy negotiators to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
The Complexities of Spinal Injury Cases
One of the major issues complicating spinal injury cases is that plaintiffs are rarely in a position to help themselves directly after their accidents. If the accident was severe enough to cause a spinal problem, then plaintiffs may well have been unconscious after the accident, or in too much pain to act.
Spinal injury patients rarely get contact information from witnesses or insurance information from the other driver. They’re in no shape to get photographs. They’re being shipped off to the ER while the other driver gets a head start on preparing their case.
Here at Merchant Law, we’re experienced at working around these limitations. We have experts on-staff who can investigate and reconstruct the facts of an accident event for you. This allows us to fight hard and to negotiate hard so that you get a fair settlement.
We look for every witness and every responsible party. We hire expert witnesses on your behalf. We fight to make sure the defendant’s narrative isn’t the only one out there.
If you call us early enough you won’t even have to worry about making mistakes that might weaken your case. We’ll deal with the other party’s insurance company for you, and will notify your own if you ask us to. Talk to us before they talk to you. It could mean putting hundreds of thousands of dollars back in your pocket.
Why Merchant Law?
We have a long track record of success. Most of our lawyers have worked in the field of personal injury law for two to three decades and have multiple wins to show for this time.
We’re tough litigators and hard-nosed negotiators with a reputation for getting the job done right. Hiring us tells any defendant that you mean business, because Merchant Law is known across Canada for getting justice for clients.
Like all personal injury lawyers, our team works on contingency. This means we don’t get paid unless we negotiate a suitable settlement or help you prevail in court. Calling us is absolutely risk-free. Our clients typically receive far more money with our help then they ever would have gotten on their own, even after our fees are accounted for.
Schedule your case review today. Call (780) 799-7777, or visit our office at 425 Gregoire Drive.