June 10, 2015
Every case before the Calgary courts—-both criminal cases and civil cases—is about determining the truth. Criminal trials are all about presenting the available evidence in order to determine if the accused is guilty or if they should be acquitted of charges, and both Crown prosecutors and defence lawyers work with the same set of facts to make their case.
Civil trials, including personal injury trials, involve a plaintiff and a defendant who are also supposed to be working with the same set of facts to make their case, and to determine if the defendant caused injuries to the plaintiff that entitle the plaintiff to compensation. It would seem like a simple presentation of the facts to a judge and/or jury would be enough to come to a determination in these cases, but not only can the complexity of personal injury laws make some cases unclear, but there's another complicating factor that makes civil cases far more adversarial: Calgary area insurance companies.
Insurance Companies Lose Money to Effective Personal Injury Lawyers
In the majority of Calgary's personal injury cases, plaintiffs aren't actually squaring off directly against the defendant, but rather have to contend with the defendant's insurance company. This is true of personal injury cases arising out of car accidents, workplace injuries, medical malpractice, and most other civil suits seeking compensation for bodily harm or wrongful death. People have insurance to protect themselves from the financial effects of accidents they cause, which is fine, but it means when accidents happen those insurance companies are expected to pay out to victims who have suffered injuries.
That's where the problems start.
Insurance companies are in business to make money, and every personal injury settlement they pay to a Calgary plaintiff eats into their profits. They're willing to go to great lengths to save a bit more cash for their shareholders, and that includes trying to twist facts and circumstances during litigation in an attempt to pay personal injury victims less, or even to get away with paying nothing at all when they can.
Calgary personal injury lawyers are here to hold insurance companies accountable, and to make sure the victims of accidents are able to get the compensation they deserve and that they're entitled to under the law. It's the insurance company's job to pay out on their clients' policies; it's our job to make sure they live up to that duty, especially when they employ lawyers and other experts of their own in an attempt to get out of that responsibility.
Call Cuming & Gillespie for Your Calgary Personal Injury Case
You don't have to face the insurance companies alone—you'll experience less stress and a far more successful outcome when you partner with an experienced and dedicated personal injury law firm. At Cuming & Gillespie, helping personal injury plaintiffs is all we do, and we take great pride in serving each of our clients to the absolute best of our ability. We know how Calgary insurance companies work, and we know how to make them treat you fairly. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your Calgary personal injury case.
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