HOW CAN A LAWYER HELP IN A PERSONAL INJURY VICTIM?
The client comes first. I know that the court system and litigation can be daunting for anyone who has not been through the process before, and so I want to take on that burden for my clients. It is important that I have a good relationship with my clients and that I understand their ordeal. I see the person behind the injury. I want justice for my clients and that is achieved through spending time with my clients and giving them qualified and skilled legal representation.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY?
There are varying degrees of injuries, from ones that are short term, others that are long term, and unfortunately some injuries are permanent. All injuries are treated seriously by me as they have impacted my clients’ lives. Injuries include: work injuries, whiplash, broken bones, soft tissue damage, neck and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and paralysis and burn injuries.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER SUFFERING A PERSONAL INJURY?
Proper medical attention must be your first priority, and then you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. I can assess your case and explain your legal options. You must be aware that there is often a time limit set by law when it comes to filing personal injury cases. Only a few special circumstances will extend the time limit on when to file a suit.
I will walk you through the whole process. Keep all documentation that you are provided in connection with your injury including police reports and statements from witnesses, photos from the scene and any other evidence you can collect. This will be the start of building your file to build your case.
I AM STILL BEING TREATED BY A DOCTOR, SHOULD I WAIT TO CONTACT A LAWYER?
No. You must contact a lawyer immediately even if treatment is ongoing. In some cases treatment may last forever. As your lawyer I can investigate your case, negotiate medical bills, and argue for payment of costs that have and will be incurred. From the time of injury the clock is ticking on when to file a lawsuit and if you wait until treatment is over we may be time barred from filing suit. Contact a lawyer immediately after an injury.
THE INSURANCE COMPANY SAID I DON'T NEED A LAWYER, IS THIS TRUE?
It is important to remember that your interests and the interests of the insurance company are not the same. While it is illegal for a non-attorney, such as an insurance adjuster, to provide legal advice, they often do, and it usually is not very sound. You should always seek an opinion from a personal injury lawyer to get an unbiased legal opinion regarding your case and your rights. In my practice I provide free, no risk case consultations to injured persons and their families.
WHAT DAMAGES AM I ENTITLED TO COVER?
This will depend largely on the type of case and the damages sustained. My clients have suffered an injury and require medical treatment. Thus, past and future medical treatment is recoverable. As are all past and future lost wages. Also recoverable are ‘general damages’, which include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and inconvenience associated with the injury. In some cases, clients are entitled to ‘punitive damages’, these are damages which are intended to punish the wrongdoer, when that wrongdoer’s actions were intentional or reckless. In auto collision cases, my clients are also entitled to recover the damage to their vehicle, as well as the ‘loss of use’ of that vehicle for the time the client was without the use of the vehicle because it was damaged.
WILL THE INFORMATION I SHARE WITH YOU BE CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes. The information you share with me is protected by the attorney-client privilege and will remain confidential. This protection will apply even when my legal representation terminates or if you do not retain me. Because your communications are privileged, it is important that you make full disclosure of all pertinent facts with respect to your personal injury claim (such as prior injuries) so that I can fully access your case. This is further important so the defense does not catch us by surprise in the middle of representation, which could be detrimental to your case.