Abbotsford Car Accident Lawyer - Personal Injury Compensation Claim

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There are over 500,000 motor vehicle collisions in Canada every year which cause almost 250,000 people to be injured, over 20,000 of which are critical injuries of which about 3,000 are fatalities. There are about 8 deaths every day on Canadian roads and there is a serious injury every 2 minutes resulting in over 100,000 claims for compensation ever year in Canada. If you would like to talk to an Abbotsford car accident lawyer without further obligation then just use the helpline or send the contact form or email our offices and an Abbotsford car accident lawyer who deals exclusively in personal injury accident claims will speak to you with free advice and information on how best to preserve your legal rights to compensation for your injuries.

 

Abbotsford Car Accident Lawyer

 

Some accidents and injuries are purely accidental and the police investigators or industrial experts can find no one at fault. Other times, the injury was caused by the negligence of another person, a corporation or possibly even the federal or state government. If the issue of negligence and “fault” arises in an injury or death situation, the injured party needs to consult a lawyer to see if, in fact, the accident or injury was the result of negligence.

Negligence is defined simply by having performed an action or behavior that is one no reasonable person would do and the action or behavior caused harm to another person. In reality, negligence in its legal form is a bit more complicated than that and a keen legal eye is necessary to sort out the basics of what negligence really is.

The Abbotsford car accident lawyer investigating negligence must first demonstrate that a duty of care existed between the person(s) who caused the accident and the victim. This implies that the person causing the accident was somehow responsible for the health and welfare of the victim. For example, a bus company has a duty of care to see that nothing untoward or dangerous happens to its passengers. In addition, every driver on the road shares a duty of care to drive in such a way as not to endanger other drivers on the road.

The Abbotsford car accident lawyer must also show that there was a breach of the duty of care with respect to the injury or accident. The staff must show, for example, that a doctor exhibited substandard care that lead to a breach of duty and a patient suffered as a result. Similarly, it must be shown that a company’s policies were substandard or that they failed to follow their own policies and it resulted in injury to another party.

Once the two criteria above have been met, the Abbotsford car accident lawyer needs to show that the victim in the case sustained some kind of loss regarding the accident or injury. A victim can suffer many types of losses, such as financial losses, personal losses and other losses. A loss can include things like pain and suffering, lost wages and loss of ability to share in one’s preferred hobby. As you can see, losses may have an innate monetary value or they may not.

If losses have been incurred as a result of the accident or injury, the legal staff must look at the losses and establish a claim which can be filed before the court. A claim can consist of any combination of special damages, general damages and/or punitive damages.

Special damages result from losses that are simple to define in monetary terms because they have a specific monetary value in and of themselves. Lost wages, future loss of wages, hospital bills and the cost to repair or replace a vehicle are all included in special damages.

General damages are those losses that have no clear money value attached to them. Even so, the legal staff must demonstrate the value of such general damages as the losses related to an inability to advance in one’s career or losses related to being unable to do normal activities of daily living.

Finally, the claim can include punitive damages, which is a money amount intended to punish the person who caused the accident because their behavior was malicious or especially egregious.

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