When a loved one is injured, you naturally want to help. Many spouses, parents, and other family members really step up to the plate to assist by providing caretaking, companionship, nursing, childcare, and transportation. Many also contribute financially by, for example, taking time off work or quitting their employment to take care of their injured loved one, refurbishing their homes to make them accessible and provide accommodation, or perhaps even purchasing adequate accommodation to meet the enhanced needs of their injured loved one.
Giving up a job, expending money on home renovations or buying accessible housing each have a big financial impact. Continue reading
Many people suffering injuries in a motor vehicle accident are concerned that pre-existing injuries they may have had from previous motor vehicle accidents, for example, might reduce or perhaps negate any potential damage award that might be granted to them. This is a valid concern as many people suffer from pre-existing injuries such as disc degeneration problems and ongoing chronic pain. As the plaintiff in a personal injury action you can anticipate that the lawyers for the defendant will review your medical records looking for pre-existing injuries or medical conditions.
How will my pre-existing injury affect my personal injury case?
The bottom line is that the judge will, in assessing damages, only put you back in your “original position”, which will include an assessment of your pre—existing injuries. Continue reading
If you are in a personal injury lawsuit take a look at what is being shared on your social media accounts.
As we enjoy the winter holidays with friends and family, it is almost second nature for us to post our holiday adventures on social media. As experienced plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyers, we must caution you that if you are in a personal injury lawsuit it’s not always best to over-share on social media. The material you share can be “mined” by defence counsel in a personal injury lawsuit in a manner that might undermine your case for damages.
The value of the Facebook evidence regarding you credibility can be undermined in a personal injury case. Continue reading
The holidays are soon approaching, and for many of us, this will mean a welcome visit from our senior parents or grandparents. You may be concerned for their safety while driving long distances on the winter roads or in poor weather conditions. Statistics report that people 70 years of age and older have the second-highest accident rate per kilometer as compared to other age groups. Only young male drivers have a higher accident rate.
Driving concerns for seniors include:
- Delayed reaction time – this article indicates that a 65-year-old has a reaction time 22 times slower than a 30-year-old;
- Impaired eyesight – vision problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, can make it difficult to see clearly or drive at night, and may give rise to difficulties with depth perception;
- Age-related hearing loss – for example, reduced ability to hear a car honk or an approaching emergency vehicle or train can become issues;
- Growing forgetfulness;
- Range of motion issues such as shoulder checking and moving hands and feet.
Every personal injury claim has different issues that will have an impact on the outcome of a case. To represent you properly, the lawyer you hire must know which experts are helpful and necessary to prove the essential elements of your case and how to use them effectively to achieve the best outcome for you.
The following list identifies five types of experts frequently needed to address specific questions. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know when such an expert is required, and, equally import, will know who to call on your behalf.
How did the accident happen?
If there are questions about how the accident occurred, and who is at fault, your injury lawyer may need to hire a Reconstruction Expert. Continue reading
Not all lawyers are the same
After a motor vehicle accident, many injured accident victims may be tempted to call any lawyer they happen to know, regardless of what kind of law that lawyer practices, to see if they can get advice regarding their injuries and their rights. Most general lawyers are smart enough to know what they don’t know and, if they don’t practice personal injury law, they will refer their client to a lawyer who has expertise in the area of motor vehicle accident claims. However, some lawyers dabble in personal injury law and may decide to keep the claim for themselves. Continue reading