Fatal & Serious Injury Lawyers in Halifax, NS
Has a loved one suffered fatal injuries at the fault of someone else? This can be a very upsetting and stressful time which is why it is very important to get legal advice as early as possible. The time for starting a claim in court for a fatal injury is less than it is in a regular motor vehicle accident or other type of accident case. There are certain classes of relatives that can bring a claim as a result of a loved one’s fatal injury.
What is a serious injury claim?
A serious or catastrophic injury differs from a minor injury in the sense that it usually results in broken bones, long term or chronic pain, surgery or even having to leave work duties and apply for disability. Given that this type of injury involves a radical change in the victim’s ability to work and provide for him or herself, many times it is advised to look for a personal injury lawyer to check if there is a possibility of obtaining more compensation than what the insurance company has offered. In other cases, the insurance company may deny a claim entirely.
What is considered a fatal or serious injury?
As mentioned above, a catastrophic injury interferes with the victim’s ability to earn a living or in the worst case, may result in the death of a family member or loved one.
- Severe spinal injury. It includes paraplegia or quadriplegia.
- Loss in the ability to walk independently, which may result from amputation, burns or crushing of a limb.
- Blindness or a loss of vision in both eyes.
- Extreme impairment due to a mental or behavioral disorder, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Physical injuries resulting in 55% whole person impairment. Symptoms may include chronic pain syndrome, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.
Symptoms of injuries
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentration
- Anxiety or depression
- Numbness or weakness in certain areas
Accidents that cause catastrophic injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian-motorist collisions
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Cyclist Accidents
- Premises Liability
What are the compensations and the benefits I can get from it?
There are 2 main paths to compensation and benefits for your injuries.
- Insurance benefits
- Tort action against the negligent part
How do I know if I have a case?
The first thing to look at is liability. This means finding out who is responsible for the accident that caused the injury. This involves determining the party responsible for the unsafe circumstances that lead to the accident, whether through negligence, violation of regulations or unsafe practices resulting in the accident. Because this can be confusing to understand how to go about determining blame, having a lawyer that focuses or has experience with personal injury and insurance matters can make a significant difference in pursuing a claim. After that, you or your lawyer will need to identify the level of damage you suffered and the time required for your full recovery.
But before getting that point, the best way for you to know if you have a injury case is answering the following questions:
- Did someone else cause or contribute to my injuries?
- Are my injuries serious?
- Did my accident happen at work?
- Was someone reckless or intentionally harmful?
- Am I within the time limit for filing a claim?
- Have I lost income or the ability to earn it?
- Did I spend a lot of money on medical expenses?
- Am I in pain or injured after the accident?
Make sure that you have proofs for your claim such as medical evidence of your injuries and receipts.
It’s hard to know how long your serious injury claim will take because each case is different. Usually, the process tends to be long. After all, negotiations take time, and it may be necessary to work through the Court process and taking your case to trial. To learn more information about what you should do next after an accident, determining whether you have a claim or on whether or not you can make a settlement, visit our page on Personal Injury and Insurance claims.
How do personal injury lawyers work and get paid?
Many personal injury lawyers mention that they don’t take a fee unless they win. These are known as contingency fees.Generally, Kimball Law works on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no legal fees unless your case is resolved successfully and then the legal fees are limited to a fixed percentage of the settlement or winnings. Regardless of the type of injury you have suffered, we have experienced lawyers who can assist you in getting the compensation that you deserve. We have access to many medical and other expert witnesses to help diagnose and quantify your claim. If you suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s fault, contact us to set up a free, no-obligation consultation at any of our three locations, or we can come to you if your injuries prevent you from coming to us.