Compensation Misconceptions

By Daniel Roper

When you’re injured, your mind is suddenly filled with questions. Are you entitled to compensation for your injuries? Do you need a lawyer? How much will a lawyer cost? Where do you turn for help? Who can you trust?

“At Burchell MacDougall, we offer a free consultation, either in person or by phone,” explains Daniel Roper, personal injury lawyer with the firm’s Truro office, “That conversation will answer some of your questions and offer some clarity as to your options.”

In some cases, if you decide to retain a lawyer, their fee is not out of your pocket, but will be included as a percentage of your settlement. Once you have met with a lawyer about your case, they can assess whether this arrangement is appropriate.

“Clients usually feel immediate peace of mind, as they no longer have to worry about the details. They now have someone they can trust protecting their interests, answering their questions and managing their expectations.”

There are typically no upfront costs for a personal injury client, as the firm will usually cover the reasonable expenses involved with obtaining the necessary documents to support your claim such as medical records.

“We’ll interview you, and learn about your life and the impact your injury has had on you and your family,” Daniel goes on, “And we compile information from accident and police reports, and your medical records.”

A lawyer will manage the legal aspects of your claim and deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf, which will allow you to focus on your recovery.

“You need to follow the recommendations of your family doctor and treatment providers,” he explains, “If you don’t, and your recovery is slowed or otherwise stunted, that will be reflected in your settlement.”

The compensation you receive will depend on the complexity of your injury, as well as the long-term impact it has on your life. Your damages could range from temporary loss of income, to a diminished ability to do your job, to a complete inability to return to employment.

But damages can go beyond your job, and may also include compensation for a partner who took on the role of caregiver, as well as home management for daily tasks you are no longer able to do.

“When building a settlement offer, we also research rulings with similar circumstances to your case,” Daniel says, “Once we have properly assessed your case, and you have plateaued in your recovery, we will enter into negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf.” While many cases resolve through settlement, it may be necessary to take the dispute to court.

If you have been hurt by the fault of another, it is important that you understand what your options are. A free consultation with Burchell MacDougall can be the first step in that process.

This article is for information only and is not intended to be legal advice. If you have any questions or would like further information, you should consult a lawyer.