When you’ve suffered an injury—particularly when it wasn’t your fault—it can seem like the entire world has been turned against you; courts can be confusing, insurance companies will fight to deny you the money you’re owed, and those responsible for your injuries may refuse to acknowledge your pain. If you’ve suffered due to vehicle accident, or any other instance of harm caused by another, a personal injury lawyer—like the team at Pipella Law—can help you navigate the legal system to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
Ultimately, it is up to you; however, the primary objective for insurance companies is to process claims as quickly as possible while minimizing payouts. If you are in pain or otherwise preoccupied dealing with the aftermath of an accident, you may not have the energy, the time, the ability, or the capacity to fight for what you deserve. A personal injury lawyer can:
- ensure that you know your rights and have sound legal advice for any decisions relating to your case;
- cut through the red tape of complex legal proceedings;
- help you settle your case out of court; and
- leverage their subject matter expertise to navigate insurance company obstacles and tactics.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Alberta law dictates that you have two years from the day of your injury to file a claim. Unfortunately, the longer you wait, the more difficult it may become to gather important material, like medical reports, witness statements, or records of expenses.
What sort of compensation can I expect?
It depends. A number of factors can influence the amount of an actual settlement, including (but not limited to):
- the severity of your injuries;
- the cost of any medical care and related expenses (e.g., medication, transportation, medical devices, etc.); and
- the long-term physical, financial, and even emotional impacts of your injuries.
Because Canadian courts in general (and Alberta courts in particular) tend to be more conservative, there are upper limits for certain types of compensation:
- the Supreme Court of Canada has set approximately $330,000 as the maximum compensation for pain and suffering; and
- Alberta has set the maximum compensation for certain types of soft tissue damage at $5,202.
Although the caps are strict, they are not extensive; certain types of injuries fall outside the scope of the Alberta soft tissue injury cap, and additional compensation can be awarded for lost income, cost of future care, and loss of opportunity. Injury law is complex, and a personal injury lawyer can help you negotiate a settlement on your terms to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Can I Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Yes. Because Pipella Law is dedicated to representing innocent accident victims, we operate strictly on a contingency-fee basis. This means that the law firm takes a percentage of the final settlement amount without requiring any upfront funding from you—and the percentage is determined on a case-by-case basis.
If a case is not successful, we are not paid.
If you have suffered a personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers at Pipella Law today to learn how they can help you recover from this traumatic experience.