At Cuming & Gillespie LLP, one of Calgary’s most dedicated personal injury and medical malpractice law firms, we do our best to provide useful information to everyone in Calgary, not just our clients. Though we can’t answer specific questions regarding your unique personal injury case on this blog, we do try to provide general legal information that can be useful in almost any case.
In Part 1 of this article, we covered two tips. The first is that you should always seek medical attention from Calgary emergency responders and/or other medical professionals if you think you may have been injured in an accident. The second is that you should call the Calgary Police or other law enforcement agency after any car accident that involves injuries, and you can and often should call law enforcement following many other accidents, as well.
Here are three more tips to help protect your interests following an accident in Calgary.
3. Contact a Calgary Personal Injury Lawyer As Soon As Possible
After seeking necessary medical attention and/or contacting law enforcement, the next most important call you’ll make is to an experienced Calgary personal injury lawyer. The sooner your lawyer can begin gathering and preserving information about your accident and your injuries, the more easily and effectively your case will progress.
Having a compassionate and dedicated lawyer by your side can also make the aftermath of a serious accident less stressful. With a trusted professional handling the legal elements of your case, you can focus on getting healthy and getting back to your life.
4. Don’t Talk to Calgary Insurance Companies On Your Own
Following an accident caused by one of their policyholders, Calgary’s insurance companies are incentivized to pay as little as possible for medical care, lost income, and other expenses you may incur as a result of someone else’s negligence. Insurance representatives may contact you and try to pressure you into signing documents that can significantly limit your rights and are almost never in your best interests.
Let your personal injury lawyer talk to the insurance companies. If someone contacts you, give them your lawyer’s contact information and ask them not to contact you again. Under no circumstances should you sign anything without first consulting an experienced Calgary lawyer.
5. Listen to Your Calgary Medical and Legal Professionals
Just as you should trust your lawyer to talk to the insurance companies on your behalf, you should trust the legal professional you’ve partnered with—and the medical professionals working to get you better—when they offer advice and explanations. Both your lawyer and your doctor have your best interests at heart, and both have education and experience that the average Calgarian simply doesn’t possess.
Build your team, then listen to your team, and you’ll make your life and your family whole again as quickly as possible following a serious accident. You can start by reaching out to one of our dedicated personal injury lawyers today—please contact us for a free initial consultation.