If I’ve been injured in an automobile accident, what am I entitled to as a victim?
Car accidents are the most common cause of personal injury complaints on record today. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Be aware that insurance companies will want to close the file quickly with the least possible cost and not advocate for you. This may leave you exposed to compensation that is not nearly enough to take care of your losses. That’s why a quick call to A M Injury Law is good practice to learn what financial compensation you could be entitled to.
What is my case worth?
Often, the first question a victim asks when considering their legal rights after a car accident is “What do you think my case is worth?” Most personal injury awards are considered compensatory, meaning they compensate the plaintiff for what was damaged or lost. Assessment of damages can be difficult to determine until proper medical treatment is sought and there has been a chance for the body to heal and rehabilitate. That is why it is crucial to seek legal representation. At A M Injury Law, we have the resources to point you in the right direction.
Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering is that figure that represents the physical pain you have endured, the emotional toll the accident has created and the loss of enjoyment of life you are left with. This would be considered a non-pecuniary damage since it can’t be quantified monetarily. The actual dollar amounts awarded for pain and suffering vary greatly from accident to accident based on the severity of the injuries and the extent of time you have endured the suffering. In Canada, we have a cap on the amount a victim can be awarded for non-pecuniary damages. This was determined by the Supreme Court in 1978 and is adjusted annually due to inflation and cost of living.
Wage loss and special damages
Pecuniary damages are ones that can be measured monetarily, such as medical costs and loss of wages. If you have been unable to work due to the accident and find it will impact your ability to work in the future, you are entitled to reimbursement. You are also entitled to any out of pocket expenses incurred such as medical expenses, medications and therapy. The cost of future care is also reimbursable providing there is ample proof of such a circumstance. .
This is by no means a comprehensive assessment of all the particulars of what an automobile accident case involves. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and assessment of your particular case to ensure that you receive all the compensation that you deserve.. A member of our team will recommend your course of action based on your own specific case. A M Injury Law continues to protect the rights of our citizens throughout the communities of Cornwall, Huntsville and Leamington and the surrounding area. We look forward to protecting your rights too.