While there are things we can do to protect our health and prevent certain medical conditions, there is just not a lot we can do when it comes to preventing accidents. We can follow the rules of the road while driving, stay alert at all times, reduce clutter and avoid intoxication, but accidents can still happen even to the safest people.
A personal injury can happen to anyone at any time. Canadians young and old can be injured in various ways. They can trip or slip on something in their home. They can fall off a bike or be involved in a car crash. Some are bitten by dogs. Many are injured by defective products. Some are even harmed by doctors.
Most personal injury claims involve motor vehicle accidents, even though crashes are on the decline. In 2017, there were 112,479 car crashes causing injury in Canada. This was a decrease from the 116,473 car crashes the previous year. In 2017, 154,886 people were injured in car crashes. Of those, 9,960 suffered serious injuries.
If you were injured through no fault of your own, you have the right to file a claim against the liable party. The Stirling personal injury lawyers at Preszler Law Firm have helped many personal injury victims recover compensation for their damages. We can help you, as well. Do not suffer in silence. We can uncover the evidence you need to prove your case. To learn more, call our office at 1-800-JUSTICE.
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Common Causes of Personal Injury
Besides car accidents, there are other ways in which a person can be injured due to someone else’s negligence. Premises liability is a common category. This area involves accidents such as dog bites and slips and falls, as well as intentional acts such as assaults. Slips and falls are common in workplaces, but often occur in stores and restaurants, as well. They can also happen on sidewalks and in other people’s homes.
Bicycling and boating are two popular activities in Canada. While these activities can be fun, they can cause serious injuries. Bicycles are much smaller than cars and are prone to accidents. Since bicyclists have no protection in the event of a crash, they can suffer serious injuries. Powerboats are common in Canada, and many accidents are caused by intoxication and not wearing a life jacket.
Product liability claims are also common. A defective product such as an appliance, toy, motor vehicle, medication, food, or chemical can cause serious injuries or medical conditions. These claims often result in high settlement awards because the injuries are often so severe and affect multiple people. The average settlement amount is more than $5 million for claims in Canada.
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How Much Is My Case Worth?
A common question that personal injury victims ask their lawyers is about the value of their case. How much can they expect to receive? Arriving at a certain dollar amount can be complicated at the beginning of a case. You may have not yet fully recovered from your injuries, so it is not known how much your medical expenses will be. You may need rehabilitation. You may need to miss work in the future. All of these costs have to be added up to ensure that you are getting fully reimbursed for your damages.
Some cases are more serious than others. How has the accident impacted your daily life? Some injuries heal within months; others are lifelong. Depending on the injury, you may have little pain or maybe you are suffering from chronic pain. You can receive compensation for pain and suffering under Canada law. However, this amount is capped at approximately $340,000.
The amount you can expect to receive in a personal injury case will also depend on whether you decide to settle your case or go to court. If you go to court, there is the potential to get more money, but there is also the risk that you could not get anything at all. With a settlement, money is guaranteed. There are pros and cons to consider, so get advice from your lawyer before proceeding.
No two cases are the same, so determining the value of your case is no easy task. The Stirling personal injury lawyers at Preszler Law Firm can assess your case and determine the damages that apply to your case. We can compare your case to similar cases and arrive at a dollar amount. The severity of your injuries and your role in the damages will be the biggest factors. For example, if it is discovered that you contribute to your injuries in any way—such as intoxication or reckless behavior—your financial recovery could be reduced by a significant amount. Keep in mind that failure to wear seat belts or helmets can also negatively impact your case. This is because it is commonly believed that wearing these items can keep you safer and less likely to be injured.
It is also important to seek medical treatment for your injuries. By waiting too long to see a doctor, you can damage your case. The insurance company can claim that you were not injured enough to seek medical help right away. Once you start medical treatment, always follow your doctor’s orders and keep all your appointments. If you stop treatment despite not reaching your maximum medical recovery, your financial compensation can be reduced or denied altogether.
Speak with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
A person can become injured in a variety of ways. Car accidents, slips and falls, medical malpractice and defective products are just a few. It is important to hold the other party liable for their negligent or reckless actions.
A personal injury can cause a wide range of injuries, ranging from minor to lifelong to even fatal. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, the personal injury lawyers at Preszler Law Firm can assess your case and help you understand your rights to compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at 1-800-JUSTICE or fill out the online form.