How Do I Get Started On a Personal Injury Claim?
Over 400,000 residents of BC suffer an injury each year. The majority of these injuries are avoidable. Should you be the victim of one of these injuries, you do not have to suffer on your own.
You can hold the responsible party liable for their negligence. This is called a personal injury claim.
This guide will show you how to get started with your personal injury claim.
What Is Considered Personal Injury?
People often associate personal injuries with auto accidents, but they aren't the only type of accidents covered under this type of law. If you experience injuries from any of these types of accidents, you may have a qualifying injury for a claim.
- Slip and fall injuries
- Bicycles accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bus accidents
- ATV/Quad accidents
- Defective products
- Dog or other animal bites
What Is a Personal Injury Claim?
Experiencing an accident that results in physical injury can be life-changing, affecting your ability to work and the quality of life. A personal injury claim holds another party responsible for their role in your injuries.
The goal is to compensate you for your injuries and hopefully restore some of the quality of life that may have been lost as are the result of your injury. There are several types of damages that you can receive.
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future care
- Loss of potential future earnings
In many cases, the other party will make an offer to settle your claim. It's best not to accept this settlement until your medical condition is stable and you have an accurate view of your medical treatment needs.
How Do I Get Started on a Personal Injury Claim?
The first step in filing a personal injury claim is to report the accident to the owner of the premises or to the person whose negligence resulted in your injury. If you get hurt on commercial or industrial property, you should report the incident to the highest-ranking person available at the time. If your injury occurs on public lands and emergency services were not required, then you should still consider filing a report to the city or town where it occurred. If there were witnesses present, make sure you get their contact information and if possible, take pictures of the scene where your accident occurred. Don't wait to seek medical attention! Your health is more important than legal matters. By seeking medical care, it creates a verifiable record of your injuries, treatment, and prognosis.
For all personal injury claims, you may be able to file a claim against the responsible party. Often the responsible party's insurance provider is the one who pays for these damages following your successful settlement or verdict.
Speak with a Lawyer
Hiring top-quality legal representation is key to achieving a favourable judgment and securing financial compensation for your injuries. At Dick Byl Law Corporation, our experienced lawyer can explain what your claim might be worth, help you build a case, and guide you through the complex legal system. This will help you secure the compensation that you deserve.
The lawyer will deal with the insurance company on your behalf. This levels the playing field and ensures you have appropriate negotiating power.
File a Personal Injury Claim
If you've experienced an injury in an accident, from someone else's negligence, or from a product, then you may have a personal injury claim. Always prioritize your health first by seeking out medical care. Then speak with your lawyer about your possible claims and pursuit of damages. Hire an experienced counsel by contacting the Dick Byl Law Corporation for a consultation.