I have been Arrested – What are my Rights?

Police in Canada have broad powers to arrest individuals whom they encounter.  An arrest is a powerful tool that has serious legal implications for the arrested person.  Importantly, an arrested person is not free to leave police custody and can no longer freely go about their business.  Attempting to escape a lawful arrest can result in criminal charges, not to mention an unpleasant encounter with police.  Continue Reading

Moustarah & Company Raise Funds for Hope Mission

As continued supporters of Hope Mission, Moustarah & Company has been invited to participate in this year’s Cold Hands Warm Hearts 5 km walk to raise funds for Hope Mission.

At Moustarah & Company we believe in the value of community. It is one of the core and guiding values of our firm and our practice of law. We are eager to raise funds and take part in the 5 km walk on March 2, 2019.

Please consider contributing to our fundraising goals and sponsoring us as we complete this walk. Our current fundraising goal is $5,000 for this very worthy cause. We hope that you will help us to raise funds for some of the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of our community. To sponsor our team, click here to donate!

Family Doctors and the Role They Have in a Personal Injury Claim

In this fast-paced day and age, where many traditional business and service models are changing, it is not uncommon for people to be without a family doctor or regular doctor who they see on a consistent basis.

As personal injury lawyers, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of a family doctor, or seeing the same physician on a consistent basis, to a personal injury claim. This blog post outlines the important role that a family doctor has in a personal injury claim.

Please note: The information provided on this website does not constitute medical or legal advice and should not be construed as such. The lawyers and staff and Moustarah & Company are not trained medical professionals and do not hold themselves out to be such. If you are suffering from an injury, please contact your doctor or medical care provider. 

The role of the family doctor

A doctor plays an important role in a personal injury claim by doing such things as:

  • charting and making note of a person’s injuries after an accident;
  • investigating and diagnosing injuries and conditions after an accident;
  • prescribing medications and treatments, as appropriate, to treat injuries arising from the accident;
  • ordering tests and other diagnostic procedures, as appropriate, to assist in the discovery, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries arising from an accident;
  • providing appropriate treatment recommendations to aid in a person’s recovery from their injuries;
  • providing appropriate referrals to specialist or other medical service providers to aid in a person’s recovery from their injuries;
  • assisting a person in navigating the health care system more broadly;
  • keeping a record of the person’s pre-accident and post-accident health and overall physical and mental condition and medical history;
  • testifying in court about a person’s medical condition and injuries, if the matter goes to trial;
  • and potentially more.

At the same time, the doctor’s notes will act as an important source of evidence when a lawyer goes to prove their client’s injuries during the settlement or trial process.

Why it is important to speak with a family doctor on a regular basis

As we have detailed before, when someone has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, their injuries and their recovery will direct how their claim proceeds. Because a doctor plays such an important role in:

  • recording injuries,
  • charting injuries,
  • diagnosing injuries,
  • providing and prescribing treatment and medication, and
  • recommending other avenues to assist in a person’s recovery,

it is very important to regularly speak with the same doctor or clinic about a personal injury on a regular basis so that they can provide an accurate picture of a person’s medical history, pre-accident health, post-accident health, the nature and duration of accident injuries, and the effect that the accident has had.

When speaking with a family doctor about a personal injury, it is important to be open and honest. A doctor cannot properly treat an injury that they do not know about. Injured people should feel empowered to:

  • tell their doctor about all of the symptoms, differences, or injuries that they are noticing or experiencing, even if they seem minor;
  • tell their doctor about the effect that the symptoms, differences, or injuries that they are noticing or experiencing are having on their life, even if they seem minor;
  • seek and follow their doctor’s advise on how to treat and recover from their injuries;
  • ask questions and seek their doctor’s advise about their symptoms and injuries;
  • ask questions and seek their doctor’s advise about their treatment plan;
  • ask questions and seek their doctor’s advise about referrals; and
  • follow up with their doctor regularly throughout the recovery process.

What if someone does not have a family doctor

There are many resources out there to help a person find a family doctor. Some resources include:

  • The Alberta Primary Care Network website
    • their “find a doctor” option can help to locate doctors within a given primary care network who are accepting new patients
    • the search can be refined to find doctors who speak particular languages, are of certain genders, have certain areas of specialty, or are located in a given geographic location

      The Alberta Health Link website and phone line

      • Albertans can dial 811 to call Alberta Health Link 24 hours/day

      To learn more about what to look for in a family doctor, check out

      this post from MyHealth.Alberta.ca Continue Reading

Giving Back During the Holidays: Moustarah & Company Volunteer at Hope Mission

In the spirit of giving back and of the holiday season, members of the Moustarah & Company team, including articling students, lawyers, and staff, recently volunteered at Hope Mission. Our team assisted in preparing and serving a meal for those less fortunate.

At Moustarah & Company we believe in the value of community. It is one of the core and guiding values of our firm and our practice of law. During the holiday season, we are particularly aware of the less fortunate members of our community and the ways in which we can give our time and efforts to help them.

If you are interested in giving back to your community, there are a number of local organizations that could use help during the holiday season and year-round. The Hope Mission is just one of those organizations. To learn more about Hope Mission and how you can help, click here.

 

Seeking Personal Injury Legal Assistant With 4+ Years Experience

We are looking to hire a personal injury legal assistant with at least 4 years of relevant experience. Does this sound like you? Apply today! Join our team!

About:

Moustarah & Company is a downtown based law firm in Edmonton. Our experienced trial lawyers represent clients in Alberta and throughout Canada. We provide legal services in the areas of personal injury, and criminal law. A number of our lawyers are fluent in Arabic, French, and Persian (Farsi). Our lawyers are committed to providing exceptional service that is tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Extensive knowledge and unwavering dedication are the cornerstones of our firm and the reason for our success.

Position:

Seeking a legal assistant with at least 4 years prior experience working in personal injury.

Qualifications:

  • Experience: 4+ years
  • Must have strong work ethic and be able to work well in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must to be able to prioritize work and work under pressure.
  • Must be well organized and detail oriented.
  • Must have exceptional communication and written skills.
  • Must have computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook.
  • Experience with ESILAW is an asset.
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