If you have been injured, recovery is usually your primary
focus. That said, there are a number of things you can do to
benefit BOTH your physical recovery AND your legal recovery of
Follow your doctor's orders
Seek medical advice regarding your accident injuries, and then
be sure to follow it. Keep your doctor up to date regarding the
treatment you have received, what has worked, and what has been
ineffective. It is your responsibility to take reasonable steps to
get better; failing to do so is viewed negatively by the courts. Be
sure to let your doctor know how your injuries are impacting your
daily activities, including your job and your work around home. Do
not try to do any activities that go against your doctor's
Keep a diary
Personal injury claims often take a few years to conclude, and
it is surprisingly easy to lose track of dates, activities, and
expenses. Make it a habit to keep a simple diary that chronicles
information related to your symptoms, treatment, and the daily
impact your injuries have had on your life, including your lost
income and household work or personal care tasks that others have
done for you. Keep your receipts and other accident related
paperwork together with your diary.
Honesty is the best policy
It is critical that you be truthful in all aspects of your
claim, from relating the circumstances of the accident to the
police, to explaining your injuries to your treating physicians,
and talking to your lawyer about your history and plans for the
future. It is also important to know that many insurance companies
hire private investigators to conduct surveillance on injured
plaintiffs. This may include video evidence of you working around
your home, engaging in recreational activities, or even interviews
with neighbors, family members and acquaintances.
Involve us sooner rather than later
Our personal injury lawyers are paid based on a percentage of
your compensation at the end of your claim. Since we do not bill
hourly, there is no extra cost to involve us early in your accident
injury claim. We can help you avoid many common mistakes that
well-intentioned victims often make, and can assist you with
accessing your no-fault benefits if necessary. In addition, claims
in Alberta are subject to limitation periods that your lawyer can
plan for, as failing to sue on time will extinguish your
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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