Car Accident Injury
The law in Nova Scotia requires that the person or company responsible for your auto accident pay for your injuries. Many victims of car accidents try to handle their own personal injury cases, trusting that the insurance companies involved will settle promptly and fairly. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. Negotiating alone or waiting until the insurance company makes an offer can be frustrating and costly. One wrong move or one mistake can cost you money. Delaying or guessing about the value of your personal injury case can result in the loss of valuable rights and thousands of dollars. We will fight to recover the maximum compensation for you. Compensation can be sought for medical bills, lost wages, repairs, and any pain and suffering you’ve endured. We are highly experienced in the field of motor vehicle and personal injury law.
Our Personal Injury Team
Sinead Russell and Regan Murphy are experienced accident injury lawyers at Nickerson Jacquard Russell. We will look out for your best interests to ensure you receive the appropriate compensation. Our obligation is to you. We collaborate with our medical consultation team, who comprise of Dr. Karen Howlett and our medical researcher, Katherine Cox, to assist us with understanding your medical issues. This allows us to research the appropriate case law to support the quantum of your claim for pain and suffering, loss of time to carry out your regular daily activities and household chores, costs of future care, diminished earning capacity and lost wages. We will use every available resource to help you.
What To Do When Involved In An Auto Accident
- Do Not Leave the Accident Scene if you are involved in a car accident, you must stay at the accident scene until you exchange information with the other driver or you may be criminally prosecuted.
- Take steps to avoid additional collisions such as moving your car to the side of the road, turn on your flasher lights, lighting flares, and raising the hood of your car.
- Exchange Information with the operator of the other motor vehicle(s) including the name, address, date of birth, and driver’s license number of the operator and owner of the car (if different from the operator), registration number, and name of the insurance company. (Always keep a pen and pad of paper in your car.)
- Inform the Police – Contacting the police is very important because the police will prepare a detailed motor vehicle accident report. This report will contain important facts regarding your claim that will come in handy when you seek legal advice.
- Never Admit Liability – Never admit your liability before you seek legal advice from a personal injury lawyer. When you are speaking with other drivers, passengers, paramedics or police, just provide a truthful account of the incident – do not accept responsibility for the accident.
- Get Appropriate Information. If possible, you should attempt to obtain the following information: Names and addresses of witnesses; Note the damage to the motor vehicles; Note any skid marks and the approximate distance; Draw a diagram of the scene, noting the names of streets, intersections, traffic signals or signs, and location of the motor vehicles; and, if you happen to have a camera with you, take photos of the scene and motor vehicles.
Obtain Medical Treatment – If you are injured, seek appropriate medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders regarding any treatment (i.e. physical therapy), tests (i.e. x-ray and M.R.I.) and prescriptions.
- Seek Legal Advice - Contact us at Nickerson Jacquard Russell. A personal injury lawyer will help you deal with the various issues that arise following a car accident such as contacting insurance companies, claims for compensation for medical bills and lost wages, evaluating and settling claims, and, if necessary, litigating car accident claims.
Remember these helpful tips …
- As difficult as it may seem, it is important that you remain calm.
- Do not argue with other drivers and passengers. Save your story for the police.
- Do not voluntarily assume liability or take responsibility, sign statements regarding fault, or promise to pay for damage at the scene of the accident.
- Be careful of unauthorized tow truck operators pressuring you to have your vehicle towed, demanding immediate payment for the tow, or attempting to take your vehicle to a garage or body shop of their choice. They may try to use the confusion of the moment to intimidate you into allowing your vehicle to be towed.
- If you feel you are being pressured, ask the police for the name of an authorized tow truck operator and have your vehicle towed to a Collision Reporting Centre or a police compound until you can talk to your insurance company.
Do You Have a Case?
You’d love to turn back the hands of time, but you simply can’t.
You’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, and now on top of just trying to get well. If you’ve been hurt in an accident and it wasn’t your fault, we are here to help. Call us for a Free No Obligation Consultation. We’ll even come to you.
Now I Have a Case, How Much is it Worth?
Because there are so many factors to consider with personal injury cases, we can’t tell you how much your case is worth. But, because we don’t get paid until you do, you can be assured that the pressure is on us to prove your case and get you the money you deserve.
Our job is to secure all of the information surrounding your case including but not limited to all medical bills, lost wages, understanding possible long-term or short-term disability, pain & suffering and all losses associated with your claim. Then we will present the most comprehensive package to the insurance company and fight to protect your right to full and fair compensation.