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

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Moustarah and Company Personal Injury Lawyers Sponsor the Festival of Trees

Moustarah and Company personal injury lawyers are proud Gold Sponsors of the 2018 Festival of Trees.

On November 28, 2018, Moustarah & Company team members attended the Festival of Trees opening Gala, where funds were raised to support the University Hospital Foundation.

Over the last 34 years, the Festival of Trees has raised $20 million for critically important causes at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. This year, funds were raised to help the Brain Centre purchase state of the start CT imaging technology.

As the silent auction bidding software sponsors, Moustarah & Company directly contributed to the Festival of Trees’ efforts to raise vital funds for this important cause.

 

What You Need to Know When You’ve Been in a Collision

If you’ve been involved in motor vehicle collision, you probably have a lot on your mind. Your vehicle may be damaged. You or your passengers may be injured. You may be unable to work due to your injuries. You may have expenses piling up. Most of all, you may have a lot of questions. What are your legal rights? What are your options?

At Moustarah & Company, we understand the effects that a motor vehicle collision and injuries caused by a motor vehicle collision can have on your life. That is why we are committed to providing outstanding service that is tailored to your needs, to help you during this difficult time.

As part of our commitment to providing excellent service, we have created the brochure pictured below to provide you with some information on navigating a personal injury claim, and what you should know and expect when you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision.

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Introduction to Your Car Insurance Policy

Under the Traffic Safety Act, Albertans are required to carry car insurance. Many us of purchase and renew our car insurance policy, hoping that we will be fortunate and never have to actually claim against them. But what happens when you are unfortunately involved in an accident? Do you really know what your insurance covers?

There are many different car insurance providers and many different policy add-ons and features to consider. However, there are generally 3 main potential parts to your car insurance policy:

  1. Section A (liability insurance) – this is the part of your policy that would kick in when you are at fault to cover the damage or injuries that you cause (with some exceptions).
  2. Section B (accidents benefits) – this part must be included in your policy by law, and offers you some basic coverage for medical care and disability benefits when you are injured in a car accident regardless of whose fault the accident is (with some exceptions). Section B also covers passengers in your car at the time of the accident.
  3. Section C – this part is optional (and if you have it you have what is called comprehensive coverage), and it is the part of your policy that would pay for damages to your own car if you were involved in an accident (with some exceptions).

If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the main parts of your car insurance policy that your personal injury lawyer will be concerned with is your Section B and the other person’s Section A. Together, these two sections of insurance will ideally help to provide you with some coverage for immediate treatments and benefits if you have to take time away from work due to your injuries (your Section B), and ultimately provide you with compensation at the conclusion of your claim for your pain and suffering and other injuries (their Section A).

 

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What Happens when you open a Personal Injury file with a Lawyer?

You’ve been injured and you want to retain a lawyer to represent you in your claim for compensation for your injuries. But what happens now? What happens when you open a personal injury file with a lawyer?

We understand that this might be your first time at a lawyer’s office or the first time that you have been involved in an accident, and this entire process might be new to you. While every file is different and while depend on the particulars of the case, below is a general outline of what may happen when you open a personal injury file with our office.

Please note: The information provided on this website does not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. Moustarah & Company does not guarantee that this information is accurate or up to date. As a result, should you require legal advice, please contact a lawyer.

Free Initial Consultation

If you have been injured, contact Moustarah & Company to book a free consultation. At our office, you will be greeted by our valued support staff and you will meet our team of dedicated and client-focused lawyers. We’ll listen to you, assess the situation, help you to understand the law and your rights, and provide you with an outline of your options going forward.

Click here to learn more about what you can expect when you book an initial consultation with our office.

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