Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Car accidents can be intense and frightening experiences. After a car accident, you may be in a state of shock that leaves you uncertain about what to do next. Learn more about the steps you need to take to secure your insurance, legal, and medical needs for claiming after a car accident.
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Call the Police
Seek Medical Help
Seek Legal Help
After your injuries have been treated, contact a car accident lawyer for a free consultation. Your lawyer is an invaluable resource for helping you fully understand your rights under the law. A lawyer can also advise you as to whether you have a strong case and what kind of settlement or medical treatment the law entitles you to. Speaking to a lawyer soon after your accident will also give you a sense of whether outside medical or other experts will be needed to support your case.
Once you begin working with a lawyer in an official capacity, your lawyer can alleviate your stress by filing claim forms with your insurance company, gathering police and witness information, and making sure your case receives the support it needs.
Should You Sue?
Know How Much Your Claim is Worth
There are often many forms of compensation you can seek after an accident including compensation for loss of income, Family Law Act claims, and any other injuries or losses you have sustained.
You may also be entitled to compensation for general damages of up to $360,000, including pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. However, claiming after a car accident must typically meet a threshold in order to qualify for general damage compensation. A threshold means you have experienced serious and permanent physical, mental or psychological disfigurement or impairment. You should also be aware that your general damages compensation may be affected by specific legal deductibles under the Insurance Act.
Additionally, if you suffer a loss of income due to an accident, it can be legally recovered. The compensation may include any future income loss, or losses you incur because of reduced income or an inability to find work due to your injuries.
Another type of compensation available to you includes compensation for pecuniary losses that have resulted from your injury. These losses include current and future travel, housekeeping, care, and home maintenance costs. It is even possible that you can be compensated for medical expenses not covered by your own insurance policy or OHIP.
Finally, if your family members suffer because of your accident, they may claim compensation for any of the expenses they have paid due to your injuries, as well as compensation for a loss of companionship, care or guidance.
After an accident, don’t forget to follow these steps to ensure that you are properly compensated for your losses.
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