Finding the right legal support when and where you need it most is essential for ensuring that your rights are protected. When choosing your Injury lawyer, there are inevitable mistakes you need to avoid. Here are the top 7 you should know about.
1. Failure to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
An injury that comes as a result of an accident is a far more complex issue than what most people expect. If you do not hire a Personal Injury Lawyer, you may miss the most important details that will spell the difference between receiving just compensation and benefits, and making do with what is offered to you. A personal injury lawyer understands your needs and can help determine what you are legally entitled to.
For example, the injury you have suffered may require you to receive expensive treatment. An attorney can help you accept this, especially if you cannot afford the expense. It is also possible that you may not understand your rights and as such, may be unaware of the benefits you should receive. If you are worried about the expense, many personal injury attorneys provide free consultations and “contingency fee agreements” which is essentially a “no-win, no-fee” arrangement. That is, if they fail to win your case, you do not even have to pay them. It is also important to inquire about fees, so these concerns are addressed before you commit to a legal agreement.
2. Failure to Ask For Referral
The ability of a professional is often promoted through word-of-mouth reviews and referrals by satisfied clients. If you are looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer, who can help you, ask family members and friends for recommendations. Most of the time, lawyers in this field charge at a nearly similar level, so they often compete on the services they offer. It is often difficult to know exactly what services an attorney provides based on their advertisement, so more detailed information is usually made available by former clients.
Ask around, making sure that the people you talk to have first-hand information and experience from the lawyer they are recommending. Ask your source how their experience with the lawyer went, and whether or not they are satisfied with the lawyer’s service and the outcome of their case. Make sure that the lawyer has an established practice in your community. If you live in Alberta, the Law Society prohibits lawyers in this area to advertise claims as the “best” or “top” lawyers. They are also prohibited from claiming they are “experts,” “specialists,” or that they are “aggressive.” If a lawyer uses this tactic, talk to someone else.
3. Putting All Your Trust in Your Insurance Company
Your insurance company exists to provide you with some form of protection, but they are also a business. Their focus is to ensure that they pay you as little amount as is legally possible, which is not beneficial to you. If you happen to be involved in an accident that caused personal injury, consider calling a Personal Injury Lawyer. He/She will then help you negotiate with your insurance company.
4. Putting All Your Trust in the Other Person’s Insurance Company
It is likely that you will speak to the insurance representative of the person who caused your injuries. This representative is the adjuster. His job is to take a statement from you, capture evidence through photography, and gather other supporting documents such as your employment and medical information.
The other person’s adjuster may seem helpful, but again, they are a representative of the insurance company. Canada’s courts ruled that they are not obliged to be fair to complainants. In fact, they do not have to offer information that could be beneficial to you unless you ask. In their reports, they could even understate the condition of your injuries and give you a compensation figure that is lower than what you are entitled to. To protect your rights, do not talk to the other person’s adjuster. Call a Personal Injury Lawyer right away.
5. Failure to Claim Accident Benefits
People who suffer from an injury as a result of an accident may be entitled to accident benefits, but they are unaware of it. A Personal Injury Lawyer, like Tim Louis ICBC Lawyer Vancouver, will examine your condition, then inform you whether or not you are entitled, then help you claim what is rightfully yours.
6. Failure to Keep Track of Accident-Related Expenses
There are certain expenses you may be entitled some reimbursement to if you incurred them due to an accident. If you spent for treatment and medications yourself, such as in the purchase of a medical device, or having a prescription filled, or even buying gas for your car to see a doctor, your Personal Injury Lawyer can ensure that those expenses are tracked and paid.
7. Failure to Get Medical Treatment
If you have been injured in an accident, you must receive correct medical treatment immediately. Very often, people brush off a personal injury thinking that it is not severe enough to warrant medical attention. This could be a mistake. Just because you are busy does not mean you should ignore your health. You might be paying a higher price for that neglect later on.
You may also require psychological assistance or counseling but fail to go, simply because you believe that people should not seek medical help for mental illness. You might also be one of those individuals who have a negative perspective on getting psychological and mental treatment. Trauma in an accident victim may not always be diagnosed correctly, and doctors often fail to provide help to an injured person, especially if yours is a soft-tissue injury. Other factors contribute to this failure, but what is essential is that you receive the treatment you require.
Timely medical attention will ensure that you avoid other injuries and preserve your health, and any potential risks that could worsen your condition are prevented or treated. If you do not get medical treatment right away, you may not receive the compensation you are legally entitled to and may spend more out of your pocket for injuries that someone else caused.