Imagine you are walking along a public sidewalk next to someone’s home and you happen to slip and fall on the ice and injure yourself. Who can you sue as a result of this slip and fall?
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Here are 5 things that you need to know in choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your case.
1. Finding the right personal injury lawyer for your case will depend on the specific facts of your case.
There is no one perfect personal injury lawyer for everyone, but there may be a lawyer or law firm out there who is right for you. Selecting a personal injury lawyer is an individualized process.
2. There are many factors to consider in choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your case.
There are many factors to consider, including:
- The reputation of the law firm
- Is the law firm well-respected in the community and before the courts? Have they received positive reviews and feedback? Have they received any awards or praise for their work?
The level of experience of the law firm when it comes to dealing with accidents and injuries like yours
- There are many types of personal injury cases and claims. Not every personal injury lawyer or law firm will deal with every type of personal injury case. For example, some law firms may not handle medical malpractice, product liability, or WCB cases.
How comfortable you feel with the lawyers at the firm and their support staff
- Do they make you feel respected and listened to? Do you feel that you can comfortably ask them questions and get the answers that you need?
3. Don’t be afraid to do your research.
This might be the first time that you have ever had to look for a lawyer and you might be uncertain about where to even start looking. Choosing a lawyer to represent you, advocate on your behalf, and stand up for your rights is a big decision. Don’t be afraid to do your homework and look into the different personal injury lawyers and law firms that are practicing near you.
A simple search engine query can be a good place to start to give yourself a sense of the different firm and personal injury lawyer options near you. You may also want to ask your friends and family, or even your doctor or physiotherapist, for referrals or personal recommendations. Others in your social circle may have had experience with personal injury matters in the past and may be able to provide you with the names of the lawyers they consulted or retained.
You can also visit the
Law Society of Alberta’s website
What are damages in personal injury?
Personal injury law falls under the broader category of “tort law”. In tort law, the Courts recognize that they cannot undo the wrongs and harms that have been done to a person. The Court cannot go back in time and stop you from getting whiplash or undo your broken bones. So, instead, a person who is injured as a result of another person’s negligence is awarded money as compensation. The idea is that the Court cannot place you back in the condition that you were in before the accident, but they can order the Defendant to pay you damages to try to compensate you for the injuries you have suffered.
The money is meant to be a different way to try to put you back into the place you would have been in had the accident not happened. So, the different types of damages in personal injury claims may include things like money to compensate you for the hours you could have worked and the income you could have earned had you not had to stop working or work less due to your injuries.
Common Types of Damages in Personal Injury Claims
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
Are you injured?
Whether you were involved in a car accident or you slipped and fell, if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer will be able to assess your situation, explain your options and the law to you, and assist you in navigating the negotiations and legal system going forward with your claim. But what can you expect from your initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer?
Booking an appointment
If you have been injured, contact Moustarah & Company to book your initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer. You can expect to be greeted by our professional staff over the phone. They will help you by setting up an appointment for you with one of our lawyers. Feel free to confirm our address and the location of nearby parking with them over the phone.
If you are bedridden or in the hospital due to your injuries, one of our lawyers may be able to make a “house call”. Speak to our staff if you require this option.
What to bring with you
On the day of your appointment, you will join us at our office for your FREE initial consultation. You should bring the following to your appointment:
- government-issued photo ID (eg your Driver’s License),
- your AB Health Card,
- your SIN number,
- your insurance information,
- any correspondence you have from the insurance company regarding the accident,
- the police report (for car accidents), and
- any photographs that you have of the accident location and your injuries.
Your initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer
At our office, you will be greeted by our valued support staff and you will meet