If you suffer injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence in a car or slip and fall accident, you are entitled to claim for compensation. To best understand your options in moving forward with a possible claim, you should consider consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Your lawyer will take care of most important aspects of the claims process. There are several things you should do to make sure your lawyer has the best information to work with to maximize your claim while you focus on your recovery.
Keep Your Personal Injury Lawyer Updated
Personal injury claims in Nova Scotia take time to resolve. The cardinal rule for these types of claims is to only agree to a settlement once you know how your injuries are likely to impact your life into the future. Your recovery process may contain many “peaks and valleys”. Physical pain or psychological issues that seemed like they were resolved or close to resolving may flare up. Make sure to keep your lawyer informed of how your recovery is going. This is very important in making sure your personal injury claim goes forward smoothly.
Follow up Regularly with your Doctors and Therapists
Make sure to get appropriate medical treatment during a personal injury claim. Be sure to get regular input from your treatment team to make sure things are on the right track. Sometimes people can “plateau” with certain types of treatment. Seeking out alternate treatment or further medical investigations (CT scans, MRI’s, or specialist referrals) ensures that you stay on the right path to recovery. You will have to demonstrate that you did everything possible to get yourself back to health after sustaining injuries.
Keep Records of Out of Pocket Expenses or Time Missed from Work
Many Nova Scotians have insurance coverage to pay for their medical treatment following a car accident or slip and fall. However, many will often have to incur some out of pocket expenses during the course of their recovery. For instance – did you have to pay someone to shovel your driveway? Mow your lawn? Clean your house? Did you have to take time off work due to pain or other functional limitations? These are important aspects of a personal injury claim. As a claimant, you must prove these losses by producing support documents.
Be Aware of Surveillance
There are times when the insurance company for the at-fault party (i.e. the other driver in a car accident; the property owner in a slip and fall claim), will hire a private investigator to watch your daily activities. They may also keep tabs on your social media accounts. For this reason, it is important to keep details about your claim or injuries off of your social media accounts. Insurance companies may try to manipulate this content to their advantage. Be sure to ask your personal injury lawyer in Nova Scotia who you should and should not be speaking to about your claim.
Following these steps will make sure your claim goes as smoothly as possible while you focus on recovery following an accident. If you have been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or other type of accident in Nova Scotia, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.