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5 Things You Should Know About Personal Injury Cases

What rights and protection do we have when you come to face the unexpected?
Modern Times May 6, 2019
Accidents happen, and they occur more often than you might think. In 2018, around 4.27 million Canadians ‘aged 12 or older suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities’.

So, what does it really mean to be injured, legally? Let’s look at 5 important things to remember about personal injury cases.

An injury might not be physical

While bodily injuries are easily identifiable, damages can also be psychological. Psychological injuries could affect someone’s ability to function emotionally or socially.

This could result from the injurious slander of another person’s character or being denied equal opportunities as a person with a disability.

You might not have to go to court

Many choose to settle personal injury cases directly with the other party. While this can result in a successful settlement, a visit to your local personal injury lawyer in Vancouver might be worth the extra trip.

Not all cases incur court costs, and the expertise of a personal injury lawyer may result in greater compensation.

Context matters

It’s easy to write off a slip on that rusty ladder your boss won’t get fixed – but it’s important to recognize what is and isn’t just “part of the job”.

Where an injury occurs in the premises of another person, or corporate enterprise, there is the potential for a personal injury claim to be actioned against them.

“Damages” may not mean what you think

Broken bones and bruised muscles are damages, but so too is any personal pain or suffering.

Personal injury law deals with compensation for “damages” against another party. These could also be financial, like a huge hospital bill, or loss of earnings.

Legal specializations covering different injuries

Cases that involve slander, libel and defamation, professional malpractice and negligence, or toxic substances all have their own branch of law – or ‘tort’ – that deals specifically with the intricacies of these cases.
Everyone has the right to an injury-free existence, but accidents do occur. And when they do, it’s important to remember you are not alone.

Your local legal representative could provide the closure you need to get back to doing what you do best.