Frequently Asked Questions
Accident & Injury FAQs
If you have suffered a physical injury or incurred a financial loss that is the fault of someone else, chances are you have a claim for compensation. Some typical cases are motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls on public or business premises, or you may have your property damaged. Professional services of many kinds can result in financial loss or personal injury. Or perhaps you have a loss and disability insurance or fire insurance will not respond. The simple solution: See a lawyer!
In Nova scotia, minor injuries that are the result of a motor vehicle accident are limited under the Insurance Act and Regulations. Do not assume that your injuries are limited by the Cap legislation, even if that is what you are being told. Even if you suffered a sprain, strain or whiplash associated disorder, you may be outside of the Cap.
Legal claims for compensation are rarely settled quickly unless there are minimal damages. A quick settlement is not always in the client’s best interest, especially for personal injuries. Recovery may be slow and suffering permanent. Still, most clients want a time estimate and Kimball Law recognizes this fact. Remember, your adversary will take advantage of every weakness, and time can be on the wrong side.
We provide a no cost initial consultation to discuss your personal injury claim or consider compensation for a financial loss caused by another person, corporation or institution. If you believe your circumstances fit this criteria, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form. You can call us by phone, write us via our site here. We have three locations to serve you and, if necessary, can arrange a house call or meet at another location.
The whole purpose of advancing a claim for personal injury or financial loss is to obtain compensation. So, if a reasonable and satisfactory settlement is possible, that is the answer. We recommend you obtain legal advice prior to agreeing to any settlement directly with an insurance company. Kimball Law believes in a two-track system in personal injury and financial loss cases. This means that we prepare for trial while pursuing all avenues of settlement. This way, no time is lost if the adversary refuses sensible offers.
It is never easy to determine the ultimate cost of a legal case, but that does not mean your financial obligation cannot be estimated. If we think your claim has legal merit, we will consider a “contingency fee” arrangement. This means there are not legal fees unless your case is successful. Then a percentage of the recover is paid to the lawyer. Disbursement (actual expenses) are a separate matter and are payable regardless of your success. We discuss any major expenses with you prior to incurring them.
At Kimball Law, we provide a In-The-Know approach. It is never easy to determine the ultimate cost of a legal case, but that does not mean your financial obligation cannot be estimated. If we think your claim has legal merit, we will consider a “contingency fee” arrangement. This means there are no legal fees unless your case is successful. Then a percentage of the recovery is paid to the lawyer. Disbursements (actual expenses) are a separate matter and are payable regardless of your success. We discuss any major expenses with you before you are charged.
All claims for compensation and litigation carry risks. There are three problem areas to consider.
- Out of pocket expense that must be spent to carry the claim.
- Legal fees
- Costs that can be awarded by the court against an unsuccessful claimant
We will review all of these items and let you know where you stand on the financial risks of suing before you make a decision.
- If there are any injuries, call 911 for an ambulance
- If traffic will be blocked by the accident vehicles or you believe a crime has been committed, call 911 for the police
- Stay at the scene of the accident
- Obtain the other driver’s insurance and contact information
- Obtain any witness’ contact information
- Report the accident to your insurance company
- Seek medical attention and follow the doctor’s advice
- Do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company
- And most importantly, see a lawyer!