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10 Things You Should Know About Calgary Personal Injury Law: Part 3

Posted in: Blog // Written on behalf of Cuming & Gillespie
September 20, 2016

Part 1 of this article introduced the concepts of negligence and duty of care, and made it clear that a true “cause of action” in the form of injury is a fundamental part of any Calgary personal injury case.

In Part 2, you saw that establishing negligence through the facts of the case and through the law can be more complex than it initially sounds. You also read that insurance companies may use delays to try to push you into a fast settlement for an amount less than you deserve, and that you are entitled to speak to a Calgary personal injury lawyer to make sure your rights are protected.

In this third and final installment of this article, we’re sharing four more tips that everyone should know about personal injury law and personal injury cases here in Calgary, and that many have some serious misconceptions about.

7. Calgary Personal Injury Cases are About Justice, Not a Payday
Personal injury law doesn’t exist to “reward” people for being harmed in an accident. The law exists to “make people whole,” insofar as a monetary award can, when they have been harmed by someone else. Medical expenses, lost wages, lost capabilities, and pain and suffering all warrant compensation, but if you think an injury is a good way to “get rich quick”, you need to think again. Calgary judges and juries are not going to be your allies to that end, and neither will any credible personal injury lawyer.

8. The Outcome of Your Personal Injury Case Will Impact Your Life
Though a personal injury case isn’t about scoring a major payday, you do want to make sure you receive compensation commensurate with your injuries. The ability to pay for ongoing medical care and assistance if needed, the ability to meet your other financial obligations when your work life may have been cut short and/or altered, and the ability for you to enjoy your life as you did before your accident can all be significantly impacted by the outcome of your personal injury case. Don’t take it lightly, and get legal help so you can get what you deserve.

9. Not All Calgary Lawyers Focus on Personal Injury
There are many different areas of the law, and most lawyers in Calgary choose one or two to focus on. A lawyer with a focus on personal injury will tend to have more experience handling personal injury cases and may have a deeper and more nuanced understanding of personal injury law than a lawyer with a different focus. When your future is on the line, you might be better served by choosing a lawyer with a track record of success in handling cases similar to yours.

10. A Free Consultation with a Calgary Personal Injury Lawyer is Your Best Bet
A free consultation with an experienced Calgary personal injury lawyer will help you explore your options and develop a better understanding of the potential outcomes of your personal injury case. If you’ve been hurt, don’t wait—contact our office today to make an appointment and get the help you deserve.

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