The Ultimate Guide to the First Steps in a Personal Injury Claim

Accidents can occur at any time and the injuries we sustain as a result can have an effect on our lives for the rest of our lives. If you have sustained a personal injury in Alberta, it is imperative that you are aware of the initial actions that need to be taken in order to safeguard your rights. We are committed attorneys in the field of personal injury in Alberta, this guide outlines the crucial steps that you should think about doing after an accident. Whether it is a car accident, slip and fall, or other accident this guide will help you with the initial steps that need to be taken after an accident.

1. Your Health and Safety are the Top Priority

Your health and well being are of the utmost importance. It is imperative that you get immediate medical assistance, even if your injuries appear to be relatively mild. This not only ensures that you receive the appropriate care, but it also creates a key link between your injuries and the circumstances in which they occurred.

2. Take Note of the Accident Scene

To the best of your ability, collect as much evidence at the scene of the accident as you can. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, write down the location of the accident, make note of any cameras in the area for possible video footage, and take note of any landmarks near the scene. These records can become crucial evidence when you are trying to prove your case.

3. Collect the Necessary Information

Gather the contact information from any witnesses who were present at the time of the accident. You will also want to get the names of those involved in the incident. If the incident occurred at a store, get the names of the employees who were present and witnessed the accident. In addition to this, make a note of the date, time, place, and circumstances that were present during the incident.

4. Immediately Report the Incident

Depending on the specifics of the accident, you may need to file a collision report with the Police if it is a car accident. If you are injured in a slip and fall you will want to file an incident report with the property owner or tenant occupying the property. If it is any other injury, you will want to consult with an injury lawyer to see what other evidence you may need to collect.

5. Contact Your Insurance Provider

Notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible if you are involved in a car accident. For all other types of injuries, you will want to consult with an injury lawyer to see if it is necessary to notify your insurance company

6. Keep the Evidence in a Safe Place

Keep all the physical evidence connected to the accident, such as damaged personal belongings or your shoes if you were involved in a slip and fall accident. The names of witnesses is especially important when you are trying to prove your case. The witnesses can be used to support your claim by presenting concrete evidence of how the accident occurred and the injuries that you sustained.

7. Seek the Advice of a Lawyer Specializing in Personal Injury

As soon as it is practical, seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney in order to protect your legal rights. They can examine the details of your situation, advise on your rights and obligations, and counsel you on the most effective way to proceed going ahead.

8. Keep Track of your Medical Providers

Keep track of your medical providers, the procedures, appointments, and the costs associated with them. These documents are extremely helpful in determining the extent of your injuries and figuring out how much compensation you are entitled to. It will also allow your lawyer to order the necessary documents from your medical treatment providers to prove your injuries.

9. Do Not Speak to the At Fault Party’s Insurance Company

Refrain from giving statements to the at fault insurance company’s adjusters or the liable party unless your attorney is present to guide you through the process. Their priority is to limit their legal exposure, and any statements you make could end up being used against you.

10. Be Aware of Your Time Constraints

When it comes to bringing claims for personal injuries, the time limit in Alberta is governed by the Limitation Act, RSA 2000. Talk to an attorney about the best way to go about observing these time limits so that you can protect your ability to file a claim for compensation.

You can safeguard your legal rights and lay the groundwork for a successful personal injury claim if you take the appropriate actions immediately upon the occurrence of an accident. We are here to support you throughout the process, ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Get in touch with us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation and take the initial step toward protecting your future after suffering an injury.