Personal Injury Information Center

If you have been injured because of a car accident, medical malpractice, sexual abuse or through someone else’s negligence, you probably have a lot of questions:

  • Am I going to be okay?
  • How am I going to be able to pay my bills?
  • Should I sign the paperwork the insurance company has sent me?
  • How long can I wait before I make a claim?

At McKiggan Hebert Lawyers we want to provide you with peace of mind by answering your questions and removing the stress and worry of dealing with the insurance companies. Hiring a lawyer is an important decision and we want to make that decision as easy as possible for you. We know what it takes to win your personal injury lawsuit, and we won’t stop until the job is done right.

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We get many questions from clients asking what is the most important things to keep in mind while going through a personal injury claim. Here are the Top Ten Tips to keep in mind:


Car and Truck Accident Claims

When you have been injured in a car or truck accident and another person is at fault, determining the amount of compensation you are entitled to can be complex. Laws and regulations change from time to time and there are new decisions from the courts every day that can affect your legal rights.

Pecuniary losses are direct out of pocket losses, things like time lost from work, or money spent on medical bills or rehabilitation expenses. Non-pecuniary losses are damages to compensate for things that are not easy to put a precise dollar value on. The most common example of a non-pecuniary loss is compensation for “pain and suffering”.

As the victim of a car or truck accident, it is important to know what areas of compensation you are entitled to claim, what limits there are on the damages you can recover and what time limits apply to your claim.

When you prepare to meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your car accident claim, make sure you obtain all accident reports that were filed, and copies of any treatment records that you have. The more documentation you can provide to the lawyer, the easier it will be to provide you with advice about your legal rights and what options are available to you.

Car and Truck Accident Claims


Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice claims are among the most complicated types of personal injury claims. But there is a simple way to figure out if you may have a potential medical malpractice claim that is worth pursuing.

First, you must ask yourself what, specifically, you think your doctor or caregiver did wrong. If you can’t pinpoint a specific incident, proving negligence may be difficult.

Second, you need to ask yourself if you have sustained any measurable injuries as a result of the negligence. While you may be upset that a medical provider was in fact negligent, if this did not result in a direct injury to you, you probably do not want to go through the stress and expense of medical malpractice litigation.

Medical malpractice claims take time to assess appropriately. If you can identify the specific treatment that caused your injury, and you can show that you were directly injured by this mistreatment, you have the potential for a viable medical malpractice claim.

Medical Malpractice


General Personal Injury Claim Questions

You may have a number of questions when it comes to your personal injury claim. The two most common questions we are asked is how quickly they will be compensated, and how much money they will be able to recover. The honest answer, at least in the early stages of any personal injury claim, is “it depends.”

How long it takes to get paid depends on how it takes you to fully recover from your injuries. In the case of permanent injuries, how long it takes to establish that your recovery has plateaued and you are not going to improve any further.

How much compensation you are entitled to receive depends on how your injuries affect you ability to work, perform your normal daily activities and how long you are going to be in pain and what types of residual disability you are going to suffer from in the long term. You may receive money to cover medical bills, for time lost from work, for loss of future wages, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages against the person that injured you. While there may be limits on the amount of compensation you can receive for “pain and suffering” you may also be entitled to damages for actual lost income, the loss of future earnings, future medical care costs and any punitive damages awarded by the court.

Personal Injury


Sexual Abuse Compensation

John McKiggan has been representing survivors of sexual abuse for almost 25 years, so we understand the sensitive nature of sexual abuse cases. We work hard for our clients, and those that come to us with stories of sexual abuse at the hands of guilty perpetrators, are handled with dignity and respect. If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, you deserve compensation for your injuries.

Every province has different rules or time limits for how long survivors have to file a sexual abuse claim after the abuse occurred. If you are considering filing a claim for compensation for sexual abuse it is important that you speak with an experienced sexual abuse compensation lawyer to learn what your options are and to make sure you do not miss a deadline to file your claim with the court.

Compensation for sexual abuse cases varies greatly from case to case. The amount of compensation is determined like other personal injury lawsuits. The court has to determine what harm, the emotional and psychological pain, the victim has suffered as a result of the abuse and whether the abuse has impacted the victims education or caused income losses or expenses for counselling or medical treatment.

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims


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