Mistakes And Misconceptions In Cases Involving Personal Injury.

Generally speaking, the biggest mistake people tend to make in a personal injury case is not regularly attending their family doctor.

It is very important to see your doctor regularly while you are having problems, even if you are being treated by somebody else. Be sure to discuss all the problems you are having, whether or not you think they are medically significant and whether or not you thing they are related to the accident. It is your doctor’s job to determine those issues. Probably the most important document in many personal injury claims is the family doctor’s medical report. Although chiropractic or physiotherapy reports are sometimes useful as well, insurance adjusters generally want to look at a medical legal report from a doctor.

Another mistake is waiting before obtaining legal advice and assistance. Although a claimant in B.C. has 2 years from the date of the injury within which to either settle a claim or start legal action to enforce the claim, if someone is going to hire a lawyer it is better to do so as soon as possible. It costs no more to hire a lawyer on a contingency fee basis the day after the accident than it would 2 years after the accident. All else being equal, the lawyer can do a better job for the client the sooner the lawyer is hired.

Clients sometimes have misconceptions concerning a personal injury claim. They may think that it doesn’t matter if their claim is good or bad; they may think that as long as they have a lawyer, they are going to get some money. In other words, they believe the lawyer can make up for deficiencies in the claim, and that is just not true. Sometimes a lawyer can’t take a case because there are too many problems with the claim, problems that just can’t be fixed. Potential clients need to understand that this sometimes happens.

Part of the lawyer’s job is to explain to people, at appropriate times, the weaknesses in their claim and what may happen if they proceed on to court. Of course, people don’t like to hear about such weaknesses. They need to remember that it doesn’t mean that their lawyer doesn’t believe them or is not on their side. In fact, we are just trying to help them make the best decisions about their claim, and that is what a good lawyer should be doing.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Personal injury law issues in the Vancouver, British Columbia Region, contact Stephens & Holman.

This article is taken from a October 3rd, 2007 interview with Simon Holman, LL.B., Personal Injury Lawyer with Stephens & Holman in Vancouver , a Personal Injury Law Firm.

Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.