August 11, 2016
Here at Cuming & Gillespie, one of Calgary's premier personal injury law firms, we do our best to make sure everyone in Calgary has access to the information they need to protect their rights and interests when they've been injured. While we may not be able to provide everyone in Calgary specific answers to their unique personal injury questions, we can provide general information that can help when you or a family member has been seriously injured due to someone else's negligence.
The seven tips in this article will help you maintain a strong personal injury case that can get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. It's advice straight from some of Calgary's most dedicated personal injury lawyers to you—we hope you find it useful.
1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention for Any Serious Injury
Your first concern in any situation should be your health and safety. If you have been seriously injured in an accident, seek medical attention immediately. Do everything you can to prevent long-term negative impacts from your injuries, and follow the advice of the medical professionals you work with.
In the immediate aftermath of a collision or accident, this may mean contacting Calgary Emergency Services and being taken to a hospital for treatment and/or observation.
2. Contact the Calgary Police or Other Local Law Enforcement Agency
In the case of a traffic accident resulting in an injury requiring immediate emergency medical care, the Calgary Police or other relevant local law enforcement agency will be notified when emergency services are called for. In other instances, make sure that the accident is reported to the relevant authorities.
Though a police report isn't required for every incident and can be disputed in the Calgary Courts, it can be a valuable piece of evidence in your personal injury case, and will ensure that you have access to important information, including the identity of the other driver, owner, insurance company, etc.
3. Keep Communication to a Minimum
If there are other people directly involved in the incident that resulted in your injuries, you may need to exchange basic information—names and insurance details, for a traffic accident—but otherwise keep communication to a minimum. Even if you are positive the other party is at fault, the scene of the accident is a bad place to confront them with accusations.
At the same time, trying to be "polite" by minimizing or making light of your injuries or saying it wasn't their fault when it actually was could also hinder your ability to receive just compensation for your injuries. Your best bet is to limit communication to the bare necessities.
Contact a Calgary Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a family member has been seriously injured due to someone else's negligence, you need more than seven basic tips to help you win your case. For a free initial consultation with one of Calgary's most dedicated personal injury lawyers, please contact our office today and get the help you deserve.
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