Car Accident Lawyers
In 2018 alone, 152,847 Canadians were injured in motor vehicle accidents. Of those, 9,494 people were seriously injured, and 1,922 people died. In Nova Scotia, the numbers are equally grim: for every 100,000 people, 7.8 were killed and 747.8 people were injured in a car accident in 2018.
These statistics from Transport Canada are frightening. Despite significant advances in the safety of our vehicles and our roads, too many people across Canada and here in Nova Scotia are being hurt or even killed in car crashes each year. Whether the cause is texting and driving, running red lights, drunk driving, or simply inattention, if the other driver was to blame, you may be able to recover for your losses.
If you have been hurt in a car accident, McKiggan Hebert can help. With substantial experience in the field of personal injury law, our Halifax car accident lawyers are fierce advocates for each of our clients. We will fight for your right to compensation and will work to ensure that you get the money that you need to move forward with your life.
Why Choose McKiggan Hebert?
Legally, we cannot say that we are the best car accident lawyers in Halifax, Nova Scotia. No law firm is permitted to make that claim. Instead, we encourage you to do the research, learn more about our firm, and judge for yourself.
Since 2013, the lawyers of McKiggan Hebert have advocated for clients across Nova Scotia in a range of personal injury cases. With more than 80 years of combined legal experience, we have the skills and knowledge necessary to get results. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients so that you can learn more about your legal rights and options for pursuing a legal claim.
Beyond our work in the courtroom, we strongly believe in educating the public about car accident cases. If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, we encourage you to watch this video — before you call your insurance company, talk to an adjuster, sign any forms, or hire a lawyer. You can also order a free copy of our book, Crash Course: The Consumer’s Guide to Car Accident Claims in Nova Scotia.
These materials answer important questions that many people have about motor vehicle collision claims, such as:
- Should I sign the forms sent to me?
- What cases don’t need a lawyer?
- Should I give a statement to anyone?
- How do I find a car accident attorney?
- What do I have to prove to win my case?
- Is a quick settlement a good idea?
The insurance company won’t answer these questions or tell you about the mistakes that can wreck your car accident claim. We will. If you’re an accident victim or if your loved one has been hurt in an auto accident, watch our video, read our book, or give us a call at (902) 423-2050 to schedule a consultation with an auto accident lawyer.
Minor Injury Claims in Nova Scotia
According to the numbers from Transport Canada, the vast majority of car accident claims involve injuries that are not severe: 141,431 out of 152,847 injury crashes in 2018 did not involve fatal or serious injuries. The insurance company may tell you that you have only suffered a minor injury. Importantly, you can still recover for your losses — even if your injury is considered minor.
Under Nova Scotia law, compensation for “minor injuries” from auto accidents are capped at $7,5000, adjusted yearly for inflation. A minor injury is defined as a sprain, strain, or a “whiplash associated disorder” injury (WAD injury). If you have been diagnosed with one of these injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision, then your total recovery may be capped — but not necessarily.
As this infographic explains, minor injuries that result in a serious impairment are not subject to this limit. A person has a serious impairment when they have a substantial inability to perform the essential duties of their regular employment, the essential tasks of their training or education, and/or the normal activities of their daily living.
Insurance companies have a financial stake in telling you that your injury is “minor.” That classification means that your recovery will be limited. An experienced Halifax car accident lawyer can advocate for you, using the testimony of experts and other evidence, such as medical records, to demonstrate that your minor injury has resulted in a serious impairment — and that these limits don’t apply to your case.
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Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you have been hurt in a car accident, you may be overwhelmed by all that you are facing: lost wages, bills for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and uncertainty about your future. You may not want to go through the legal process, or even think about finding a lawyer to represent you. In some cases, you may not need a lawyer.
If you were in a minor car crash where the fault is clear, and there was no significant property damage or injuries, you may be able to handle the matter without hiring a lawyer. Our Crash Course video and/or book can help you make an informed decision about what to do. You may be able to use the police report given to you at the accident scene to establish your right to compensation through an insurance claim.
However, if you suffered serious injuries in a car accident or your vehicle sustained substantial damage, then it is a good idea to seek legal representation — particularly if the other driver was at fault. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and the related medical expenses, the damage to your car, and other out-of-pocket expenses, such as lost wages. The other driver’s insurance company doesn’t work for you, but a Nova Scotia car accident lawyer will.
A personal injury lawyer can evaluate your claim and offer an opinion on its potential value to help you make a decision about how to proceed. The insurance adjuster may have sent you a settlement offer — but that lowball amount may not be enough to cover your medical bills, car repairs, or your lost wages. By working with a lawyer, you can ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve for your auto accident.
Car accident injuries can run the gamut from relatively mild to very serious — such as a brain injury, broken bones, or internal injuries. No matter what type of injury you have, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses if the other motorist was negligent. Our team of experienced car accident lawyers will perform a full investigation to prove that the at-fault driver is liable for your injuries.
Importantly, all personal injury claims in Nova Scotia must be filed within a certain period of time, known as the statute of limitations. Under the Limitation of Actions Act, you have 2 years from the date of the car wreck to file a claim against the negligent driver, with some exceptions. A seasoned lawyer can help you file a personal injury lawsuit within this time frame.
We’re Here to Help.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you may not know where to turn. McKiggan Hebert is here for you. We will stand by your side throughout the process, fighting for your right to compensation.
Our law firm is dedicated to helping people who have been hurt in all types of accidents, from car crashes to pedestrian accidents to bike wrecks to motorcycle accidents and wrongful death claims. We offer free initial consultations so that you can understand your rights and options under Nova Scotia law. Contact us today at (902) 423-2050 or email us to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.