CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
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No one ever anticipates getting into an accident. The aftermath is often overwhelming and the insurance company will do everything it can to pay out as little as possible. When you’re taking care of your injuries and focusing on your recovery, you shouldn’t be worried about getting a fair settlement.
Usually the insurance adjuster will try to contact you and offer a quick settlement before you have had time to fully assess the impact your injuries. If you choose to handle your claim without help from a car accident lawyer, be very cautious when speaking with the insurance company.
We encourage you to contact a car accident injury lawyer before speaking to an insurance company. A good lawyer will inform you of the important legal impact of seemingly routine discussions with your insurance company, for example:
1. Should you give a statement?
2. Should you comment on your injuries?
3. Do you have a “minor injury”?
4. What treatment you need?
The answers to these questions, and many others, have a direct impact on your injury claim.
If you have already spoken to the insurance company or provided an accident adjuster with a statement, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
NOVA is dedicated to our trade – Injury Law. We know the opportunities and pitfalls at play with car accident claims. Put our experience on your side to safeguard your claim and maximize your recovery.
If you aren’t ready to contact a lawyer yet, please do ensure that you are taking care of your medical recovery. Too often do we see clients who have serious injuries but have not sought out medical treatment.
Many car accident victims may be able to walk away from an accident, but some experience considerable effects from the accident, including whiplash, bruising, concussion, internal bleeding, and broken bones. In addition to physical injuries, many accident victims suffer psychological effects from the accident; generalized anxiety, driving anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a change from their regular self.
Be sure to speak to your family doctor about your injuries. Seek out a walk-in clinic if your doctor isn’t available.
Why not take advantage of our no-risk free case assessment? At worst, you’ll understand the law related to your claim and have a good understanding of your injury claim. At best, you’ll have an experienced injury lawyer working directly on your case from start to finish.
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What To Do After a Car Accident
Check yourself for injuries and seek emergency medical attention if needed.
You need to report the accident to the police if anyone is hurt or if there has been significant property damage. If you don’t require emergency medical care, you can start collecting insurance and contact information.
Within a few days, report what happened to your own insurance company and see your family doctor. If treatment is recommended, your own insurance policy will cover the associated costs. Remember, you’re not obligated to speak to the other driver’s insurance company, and it’s best to get professional advice from a car accident lawyer before you do.
How to File a Car Accident Injury Claim
Filing your claim can be difficult. A lawyer can help you:
1. Review the accident
2. Gather evidence
3. Draft the initial documents
4. Calculate a fair settlement amount
5. Ensure proper filing
Your lawyer will discuss options to take your claim to trial. Settlement may take place at any time during this process, or the case will go to full trial where your lawyer will present the evidence and testimony, as well as examine the defense’s claims in court.
Fair Settlements For Car Accident Injuries
To get an idea of the compensation that might be available, it’s best to consider all the ways your injury has affected you and those around you.
Factors to consider include; the nature and severity of the injury, who was at fault in the car accident, treatment received and required in the future, the impact the injury has on your ability to work, the impact the injury has on your daily activities, and the ways friends and family support you in your injury.
It’s always a good idea to consult with a lawyer on the strength and value of your claim.
Nova Scotia Minor Injury Cap
Minor Injury Cap set by Nova Scotia for 2020 is $8,911. Each year the Nova Scotia Government sets the Minor Injury Cap that applies to accidents that happen in that corresponding year (regardless of settlement date). The It should be noted that this cap does not limit other losses that may become part of your injury claim, including wage loss or out of pocket expenses.
There are many questions that you need to ask before accepting that you have a minor injury. People often think they have a minor injury, when in fact their injuries are more severe and command higher levels of compensation.
Speak to a car accident lawyer if questions arise regarding the Minor Injury Cap and whether it applies to your claim.
Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
Most often, a car accident lawyer will help you to increase the value of your claim. However, not every claim requires a lawyer.
To add value, a lawyer must be able to increase your total take-home amount, after all fees are paid, to greater than you would have settled for independently.
So, for example, if you would have been able to independently negotiate a settlement of $5,000, a lawyer who charges a 25% contingency fee will need to be able to achieve a settlement greater than $7,000 to ensure you take home more than $5000 after all fees are paid.
If the lawyer doesn’t believe they will be able to add value, then it may be worth considering pursuing a settlement on your own.
Time Limits for Car Accident Claims
Generally, a two-year limitation period applies to most claims, beginning from the date of the accident. If the clock runs over the two-year mark, you risk losing your right to claim compensation. The only way to protect your claim is to file a legal action with the court – speaking with a car accident lawyer or the insurance company isn’t enough.
Of course, if you settle before the two-year deadline you don’t need to worry, but don’t leave things to the last minute! We suggest contacting a car accident lawyer at least three months before the expiry of your claim.
Important note: the two-year limitation period does not apply to all cases. If your accident was one where the at-fault driver is unknown, or if your lawsuit is against a municipality, you only have one year to file your claim.