In a perfect world, a pedestrian who gets hit by a 1,000+ kg vehicle would be compensated every time, without fail and without a fight. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.
Alberta insurance companies will do everything in their power to avoid paying a pedestrian who gets severely injured by a passenger vehicle. Those injuries are all-too-often expensive and life-altering. Sometimes they’re deadly.
These accidents are usually the fault of the driver, but that won’t stop the insurance company from trying to claim otherwise. They’re going to investigate the accident with the goal of ensuring they don’t have to pay you a cent.
Meanwhile that driver probably didn’t suffer from any harm. Even their car is likely to be undamaged.
When you turn to Merchant Law, you get help getting justice. Our team handles thousands of Medicine Hat, AB pedestrian accident claims every single day. We can help you get compensation for your injuries. Many of our clients receive three to ten times more compensation than they would have received on their own, even after our fees are accounted for. Call us early to ensure the strongest possible claim.
How Much is a Pedestrian Accident Claim Worth?
Every case is different, so it’s difficult to name an amount. But a fair settlement will include the following:
- Compensation for all medical bills.
- Compensation for future medical care.
- Compensation for lost wages.
- Compensation for loss of income and earning capacity.
- Compensation for other expenses related directly to the accident.
- Compensation for pain and suffering (capped at $370,000 in Alberta).
The eventual size of the settlement will depend both on the strength of your case and on your lawyer’s negotiation skills.
For example, there is no hard and fast rule for how much pedestrian accident pain and suffering awards should be. There’s no chart that names a dollar figure for each injury.
Instead your lawyer must make a passionate case for all the ways the accident has impacted your life. We can show which activities you can no longer do, for example, or how many medications you must now take, or what assistive equipment you now need. Then we will negotiate out how much all that impact is worth.
Pedestrian Claims Can Get Complicated
When a driver gets into an accident with another driver, there are a series of steps we tell them to take.
We tell them to get the other driver’s insurance information. To talk to witnesses and get their contact information. To call the police so the police can take a report. To take pictures of the accident scene. To seek medical attention.
Pedestrians often can do none of these things, or just one: getting medical attention. Often they are unconscious after enduring a collision with a passenger vehicle. They may be rushed to the ER in an ambulance and awaken days later with absolutely no memory of the incident whatsoever.
The truly unlucky ones die after their accidents.
It is vital for you to move quickly if you were involved in a pedestrian accident in Medicine Hat. Contact a lawyer before you contact anyone else.
We can file the claim on your behalf. We can also move quickly to help ensure that the insurance adjuster doesn’t take advantage of you. We can secure the evidence and employ accident reconstructionists to help you figure out what happened.
We can help you refute the claims that the injury was your own fault.
The insurance company is going to try to undermine your case by claiming you broke traffic laws, or by claiming that the driver had no reasonable way to see that you were coming. If they’re successful, they can reduce your award or eliminate it altogether.
A percentage of blame gets assigned to all parties in an accident. That split could be 100%/0%, 90%/10%, 70%/30%, or whatever both parties agree on. Your award is reduced by the percentage of blame that is assigned to you. Even one percentage point can mean losing tens of thousands of dollars.
We fight hard to ensure that insurance companies blame you as little as possible.
Wrongful Death Claims
If you are the parent, child, or spouse of a pedestrian or cyclist who was injured in an accident then you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death claim pays funeral expenses. It also pays accident-related medical expenses incurred prior to the loved one’s death. If your loved one was a wage earner or provided home making services then you can get compensation for their lost income and services, too. Finally, you might be entitled to a pre-set bereavement benefit.
While we know this money cannot replace your loved one, we also know that it might be necessary to help you get back on your feet again. Reach out to get help from our team today.
Why Merchant Law?
“They work hard and do all of the essential work preparation for injury case maximum monetary settlement? The work ethics are pretty strong, and the results are consistently excellent and quick, making injury settlements fair and without problems, easy settlement.” -Zack Bailey
When you trust our team you’re trusting a team with over 30 years of experience handling personal injury claims just like yours. We’ve helped our clients recover billions of dollars. Insurance companies know our name, and they know you mean business when you hire one of our lawyers.
Our team is known for being some of the toughest litigators and savviest negotiators in Alberta, and we put all that dedication to work on your behalf.
In addition, you’ll find us responsive, empathic, and ready to listen. We answer your calls and emails promptly, and make sure you have a thorough understanding of everything that is going on with your case.
Call us to schedule a no-obligation case review today. Our team is ready to help you win compensation for your pedestrian accident claim.