As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that the people of Calgary have the best possible information regarding personal injury law at their disposal, giving them the best chance at protecting their rights and their interests, the dedicated personal injury lawyers at the Calgary firm of Cuming & Gillespie LLP are publishing this series of articles detailing the basic progression of a typical personal injury case. Every personal injury lawsuit is unique, and this information is meant for general educational purposes only—the information here may or may not be pertinent to any specific case.
First Steps Following an Injury-Causing Accident in Calgary
If you’ve read the previous two installments of this article series, you know that the very first thing you need to do following any serious accident is to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries, and then to contact a Calgary personal injury lawyer once you are able to do so. You’ll have an initial meeting with your lawyer, and your lawyer will begin to prepare your case while you focus on recovering as quickly and completely as possible.
These steps are essential, as they lay the foundation for your case in court, should your case eventually go to a trial. Seeking medical treatment, following doctor’s orders for your recovery, and letting your lawyer handle all dealings with insurance companies and the other legal wranglings will put you in the best position to collect what you are fairly owed for your injuries.
What to Expect as Your Personal Injury Case Progresses
As your personal injury case progresses, you will likely have to attend a Questioning. A Questioning is where you sit down with your personal injury lawyer and often a lawyer or lawyers representing the defendant’s insurance company(ies). It is your chance to provide your version of the events surrounding the accident that caused your injury. You will also likely need to describe the extent of your injuries, including how those injuries have impacted your day-to-day life.
As with every step in your personal injury case, it is very important that you are completely honest at your Questioning, providing full and comprehensive details regarding your injury but without embellishing them to make them sound worse than they truly are. Any omissions or stretching of the truth is likely to hurt your eventual settlement or award.
The defendant in your case may also have to attend a Questioning and describe their version of events; you have the right to be present at their Questioning and they could potentially attend yours. You will typically conduct your deposition at your Calgary personal injury lawyer’s office, unless you are medically unable to do so, in which case other arrangements will be made at your convenience.
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