If you’ve been injured in an accident then you need strong representation. The personal injury lawyers at Merchant Law will take care of you. We’ll work hard to create the strongest possible case on your behalf, while you focus on healing.
When another person’s negligence results in your getting injured, those rights do include recovering compensation for your injuries, damages, pain, and suffering. We handle car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall cases, product liability cases, and any other case where someone else’s negligence has resulted in an accident of any kind. If you’ve been hurt, give us a call. There’s no risk: we don’t get paid unless your case is successful.
If you’ve been injured in a car or motorcycle accident it’s vital to move quickly if you are going to protect your rights. And if you don’t take all the right steps early on you can end your case before it even begins. This is especially true of motorcycle accident cases, wherein victims often face special challenges. You will of course wish to speak to more than one lawyer and really look for the best Leduc Personal Injury Lawyer you can find.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our Leduc, AB personal injury team handles all of the following types of cases:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Car Accidents with bicycles
- Car Accidents with pedestrians
- Car Accidents with skateboarders
- Car accident victims of drunk drivers
- Hit and run accidents
- Accidents caused by debris or city negligence
- Accidents caused by highway construction
- SUV and ATV rollovers
- Out-of-province accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
WHAT KINDS OF INJURIES CAN YOU GET COMPENSATION FOR IN AN ALBERTA PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
You can get compensation for any injury you take, including broken bones, spinal injuries, injuries that cause disfigurement or paralysis, head injuries, brain damage injuries, and injuries which lead to a loss of mobility or lifelong chronic pain. You can even get compensation for mental health damages, such as PTSD as a result of the accident.
Common Car and Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Leduc, AB
Across Alberta, car and motorcycle accidents occur with alarming frequency. Alberta statistics show that there were 142,598 collisions in 2018, with 17,055 resulting in serious injuries. 289 of those cases resulted in deaths.
Plenty of those accidents took place right here in Leduc.
Some common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries or concussions
- Permanent disabilities
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Herniated discs
- Scars and disfigurement
- Joints and ligament injuries
- Whiplash or soft tissue injuries
- Fatalities and wrongful death injuries
Our Leduc car accident and injury lawyers help people just like you get fairly compensated for all your injuries and the pain and suffering that comes with them. We ensure that you can get compensation for all the providers you might need to aid you in your healing, including physical therapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors.
In addition, we understand that you may be facing painful psychological injuries as well. The law recognizes that severe car accidents can cause depression, PTSD, or anxiety. We can get you compensated for psychiatric bills and medications.
Your lawyer can help you get to the right treatment providers and specialists, individuals who will help you gather evidence to strengthen your case.
We also give full consideration to your economic and employment losses. If you had to take time off work to recover or your injuries have made it impossible for you to continue pursuing a career, we’ll get you compensation for these losses, too.
When you’ve been in an accident, dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company isn’t the smooth, seamless process most people hope it will be. Insurance companies have all sorts of tricks they can use to avoid paying you anything other than the bare minimum.
Yet you need compensation for your collision with a negligent driver. You’ve got medical bills that Medicare won’t cover, dental bills you don’t necessarily have coverage for, and a lot of missed time at work because you were trying to seek treatment or were unable to work because of doctor’s orders.
The best way to make sure you protect yourself is by reaching out to experienced car insurance claims lawyers who know how to navigate the process.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CAR ACCIDENT CASE AND A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASE?
The major difference is that motorcycle accident cases are harder to win. Winning requires a lawyer with a much greater degree of experience. You need tough litigators and skilled negotiators that can help you overcome a series of hurdles.
The first hurdle is that motorcycle accident victims often begin their cases at a disadvantage. Someone who is injured in a car accident case may be severely hurt, but is still often conscious enough, and coherent enough, to get the other driver’s name and insurance information, to get names and numbers of witnesses, and to take photos.
Motorcycle accident victims are often unconscious at the time of the accident and are thus often in no shape whatsoever to take any of these steps. This means the defendant has a head start. It’s important to get a lawyer who can reconstruct what happened from the available evidence and who is skilled enough to track down all available leads.
The second hurdle is that motorcycle accident injuries tend to be far more severe than they are in the average car accident. Traumatic brain injuries are common, as are severe spinal injuries.
These cases are, in short, often worth millions of dollars as they will include provisions for the victim’s lifetime care. They usually involve compensation for a loss of earning capacity as well.
The insurance company has many reasons to fight as hard as they can to avoid paying the claim.
Finally, there’s the stigma that many riders face. This stigma alone can cost some accident victims thousands of dollars. This is because Alberta is a comparative negligence province. Every percentage point of fault the defendant can assign back to your case is several thousands of dollars out of your pocket. Since there are many Albertans who believe that the very act of getting on a motorcycle is negligent, you face an uphill battle.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PAYOUT FOR A CAR OR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASE IN ALBERTA?
There really is no average payout. Every case is different.
The base amount will be determined by your economic damages. These are the sum total of your medical bills, lost wages, and damages. They can also include compensation for a loss of earning capacity, or compensation for projected future care needs. These damages are usually quite straightforward and indisputable.
There will also be pain and suffering damages. In Alberta these are capped at $370,000, even if your injuries are severe. These damages are often negotiable and can vary a great deal based on your lawyer’s skill level and the facts of your case.
HOW IS THE SETTLEMENT PAID OUT IN A CAR AND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM?
Statistically speaking: 92% of the cases we work with settle out of court. Once the defendant’s insurance company agrees to settle, they’ll pay the claim to our law firm. We will then distribute the monies to everyone who has a claim, including your medical providers. We will take our percentage at that time, and then write you a check for the rest.
You will know our legal fee percentage before we begin working on your behalf. As personal injury lawyers we do work on contingency. That means we don’t get paid until we bring your case to a successful conclusion. When you hire us we’ll go over the fee schedule so you have no surprises.
In most cases, you will receive far more funds with a personal injury lawyer’s help than you will on your own. This is true even after our fees are accounted for.
WHEN SHOULD YOU GET A LAWYER FOR A CAR OR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM IN ALBERTA?
If you want the absolute best results then you’ll do it as soon as you’re medically capable of picking up a phone. You can ask us to file your claim on your behalf, which means you won’t make any major mistakes with the insurance company.
Rest assured that any insurance company that you deal with, both your own and the other driver’s, want you to make a mistake. Adjusters will even deliberately try to lead you into saying or doing things which can bring your case to a close prematurely.
We deal with these people every single day, and we know how to avoid their traps. By allowing us to deal with the entire process on your behalf you give yourself your best chance of walking away with compensation for your injuries.
How do I know whether I’ve got a strong personal injury case?
The only way to know for sure is to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer. We’ll go over all the facts of your case. We’ll then help you decide whether the case is worth pursuing. Bring to your lawyer all the facts of your case and make sure there aren’t any surprises.
Do your best to secure a lawyer early, before you deal with any insurance company. This will strengthen your case considerably.
Minor injuries can often be handled with the insurance company. Those cases don’t always require a lawyer, and so we might just tell you that and send you on your way. We might also decline a case where it’s clear that your own degree of contributory negligence is likely to wipe out most of your settlement.
If you’re not sure, just call! We offer a free, no-obligation consultation. You don’t have to worry about coming up with a retainer or an hourly rate. We work on contingency, which means you don’t pay until we’ve successfully negotiated a settlement on your behalf, or have won your case in court.
What is the definition of pain and suffering in an Alberta motor vehicle accident case?
Pain and suffering damages are the part of your settlement that compensates you for the agony you go through as a result of your accidents. It considers the amount of pain you were in after your accident as well as the negative impact on your quality of life.
In Alberta, there are some limits on pain and suffering damages. For soft-tissue or minor injuries they are capped at $5,488. For major injuries they are capped at $370,000.
These amounts are highly negotiable. Your lawyer’s skill at presenting your case and working out a settlement will have a big impact on the actual amount of pain and suffering damages that you receive.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident in Leduc, AB
The actions you take directly after a car accident can have a big impact on your case.
First, be careful what you say. Avoid statements like “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see them coming.” These can be used to prove that you were at-fault for the accident, rather than the other driver.
Second, get the other driver’s contact and insurance information. Alberta law requires you to do everything in your power to get this information, and you’ll need it to make your claim.
You should also get the names and numbers of any witnesses who may be on the scene.
Next, get medical attention, even if you don’t think you’re terribly hurt. Avoid saying things like, “I’m fine,” or “I’m okay.” These statements can be used against you later. The defence will try to say that you’re malingering or exaggerating the extent of your injuries.
Never turn down medical coverage, even if you feel fine. Adrenaline can mask a lot of injuries directly after a crash.
Choose and call a car accident lawyer the moment you are physically capable of doing so.
How “Fault” Impacts Your Alberta Injury Claim
The driver’s insurance company wants to prove either that you were at-fault, or that you were nearly 50% at fault for the accident. That’s because Alberta is a comparative negligence province. This means your settlement can be reduced by the percentage of fault that you are assigned.
Both insurance companies, yours and the other driver’s, would absolutely love it if they could get away with paying their Section B benefits to their own insured, and nothing more.
Having a lawyer stand up for you while presenting the facts of the case can put thousands of dollars into your pocket. You need tough litigators capable of poking holes in the defence’s case.
How to find the Best Leduc Car and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for You?
Getting injured in a car accident is traumatic, difficult, and expensive. If you’re going to get the compensation you’ll need to move past this event, then you need a lawyer who will protect your interests.
Insurance companies do not want to help you. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will be looking for every excuse they can find to pay you as little as possible.
Meanwhile, you may have medical bills that exceed your accident coverage. You may not be able to return to work. You may have to contend with a lifetime of pain and suffering, all because another driver was negligence.
We can help.
How Can Comparative Negligence Impact Your Car Accident Case
In most car accidents, both drivers make mistakes that lead to an accident. It’s very rare for one driver to be 100% at fault.
Cognizant of this reality, Alberta courts have chosen to create comparative negligence laws. Each driver is assigned a percentage of fault. The driver who was 51% at-fault or more is considered to be the at-fault driver.
Any settlement you receive will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are assigned. This could be any amount from 50% all the way down to 1%. It is in your best interests to choose a lawyer who knows how to minimize your fault assignment so you can recover more money.
Avoid costly mistakes!
Both your insurance company and the driver’s insurance company will try to contact you after the accident. They are going to try to trick you into making statements that serve them. They might ask you to sign documents. They may try to end the case quickly by offering a low-ball settlement that won’t cover all of your expenses.
Don’t listen to them. If you can avoid doing so, it’s best to avoid talking to them at all.
Instead, retain a personal injury lawyer as soon as you are medically capable of doing so. This will help protect you. Your dedicated lawyer will file your claim and talk to insurance companies on your behalf.
We do this all day every day, which means there’s not a single trick that the insurance companies could play that we aren’t already quite familiar with.
Meanwhile, we’ll be giving you all the advice you need to help you win your car accident case. We’ll negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf and fight for you in court if we have to. We’ll tell you what documents to gather, ask you questions about the accident, and work with you to give you your best chance of achieving maximum compensation.
How to find the Best Leduc, AB Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle accidents cause major injuries that can be life-altering. If your accident was the result of a driver’s negligence, then you could have a right to compensation. While money can’t make your body whole again, it can help you pay expenses and bills associated with the accident.
You’ll need help getting compensation. The driver’s insurance company isn’t going to pay more than they have to. You’ll also find motorcycle cases get complicated fast. That means you don’t just need a lawyer. You need a lawyer who knows these cases inside and out.
Fault is the Crux of the Issue
If the insurance company can prove you were the cause of the accident then they have only to pay accident benefits. These are limited benefits that rarely cover a motorcycle rider’s financial needs after a crash.
If fault lies with the driver then you can be compensated for future wage loss and loss of earning capacity, medical expenses in excess of the accident benefit limits, and pain and suffering.
The difference between these amounts is significant enough to make insurance companies fight hard to pin the blame on motorcycle riders.
If the motorcycle rider died in the accident then the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased can make a wrongful death claim. This means they can be compensated for medical expenses related to the crash, loss of care, guidance and companionship, and funeral benefits. A wrongful death claim will also include compensation for loss of income and inheritance.
You’ll need expert guidance to make sure you get the money you need to rebuild your life after this tragic event.
Why Are Motorcycle Cases Harder To Win?
It’s unfair, but true: there’s a stigma against motorcycle riders. Many of the stakeholders in the case will automatically assume the accident was the motorcycle rider’s fault. This means police, judges, juries, and insurance adjusters are all arrayed against the plaintiff.
It doesn’t help that the rider is usually far too injured to take helpful action after the accident. It’s hard to take photographs, for example, when you are unconscious. This gives the defence a head start on crafting their narrative and means the plaintiff’s lawyer will have to reconstruct the facts of the case.
GET HELP TODAY
We have the experience and expertise to navigate all the complications of a car or motorcycle accident case. We also have a long track record of success. We’ve typically helped our clients get ten times as much money as they’d have gotten on their own, even after lawyer’s fees.
We work on contingency, which means you don’t have to pay us anything out-of-pocket. We don’t get paid unless we settle your case fairly or prevail in court.
Why Choose Merchant Law?
When you work with Merchant Law you’re working with litigators who have a proven track record of success. Our most senior Alberta injury lawyers have decades of experience helping personal injury claimants throughout Alberta bring their cases to a successful conclusion. We’re responsive, caring, and dedicated to fighting for your rights. We’re known for our toughness and our skill alike. If you want to tell the insurance companies you mean business, we’re the team to call.
Remember, we work on contingency, so we don’t get paid until you do. We typically help our clients take home up to ten times as much money as they would have received on their own, even after our fees are accounted for.
Get started today. Claim your no-obligation case evaluation by calling (780) 474-4878 today. Or visit our office at: 4810 50th Ave Suite 113, Leduc, AB, T9E 6X9. It is always advisable to book the meeting time in advance so that our lawyers are ready to meet you on arrival.