Car Accidents Lawyers in Halifax
Car accidents happen too often and the effects can be devastating. Injuries can impact not only your ability to work but also your daily life and relationships. All motorists are expected to drive responsibly and to share the road safely with others. Failing to drive responsibly can lead to negligence that causes a serious accident. When someone causes injury in an accident, the injured victim has a right to compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
At Wagners, we have a team of lawyers who exclusively represent people who have been injured in car accidents. Our lawyers and paralegals are knowledgeable and will work diligently with you to get you the compensation you deserve. Our car accident lawyers in Halifax are available to provide support, guidance and advocacy.
The consequences of an accident can be overwhelming, but you are not on your own. Our team of experienced accident lawyers have the necessary knowledge and skill to help guide you through the entire process. We take pride in serving individuals from our community and welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your claim.
Comprehensive Representation for Auto Accident Claims
The lawyers at Wagners represent people who have suffered catastrophic and/or noncatastrophic injuries from automobile accidents, including car, motorcycle, truck, bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
Our lawyers have achieved great success handling all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those resulting from:
- Speeding or road rage
- Distracted driving — texting and cellphone use
- Dangerous road conditions — snow, ice, heavy rain, thick fog, animals and other hazardous conditions
- Medication use
- Failure to use proper eye wear
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Inexperienced drivers failing to pay attention
Our Halifax based accident lawyers will work tirelessly to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. Following a car accident, it is important to speak with an accident lawyer as soon as possible to be advised of your rights. By doing so, we are able to work with you to preserve important evidence and craft the best legal strategy for your claim. We will also ensure your claim is compliant with all provincial filing limitations and deadlines. At a time when you should be focused on recovering from your injuries, let us handle the rest. Our lawyers will answer any questions or concerns you may have throughout the process.
What To Do Following a Car Accident
Immediately following an accident, the health and safety of you and your family will of course be your number one priority. Following that, there are certain steps you should take to preserve your interests:
- Seek medical attention for your injuries.
- If possible, record the information of the other motorists, passengers, and any witnesses.
- Notify the police about the accident.
- Notify your employer and track any time missed from work due to your injuries.
- Contact your insurance company to inform them of the accident.
- Make an appointment to see your family doctor regarding your injuries.
- Keep records of any expenses incurred as a result of your accident.
- Keep a daily journal tracking your recovery. Make sure to note any restrictions in your daily life due to your injuries.
- Contact an experienced accident lawyer who can advise you on how to proceed with your claim.
Recognizing the Challenges Faced
The experienced lawyers at Wagners recognize how overwhelming it can be to deal with painful injuries from a car crash. Not only are injuries difficult to deal with, but so are the lengthy treatments that often accompany your injuries. A motor vehicle accident lawyer in Digby or Halifax will proactively handle you case to achieve favourable results for you. We can answer any questions you have and will make it a priority to keep you updated about your case as it progresses.
Injuries from car accidents can often create financial hardship for victims through lost income, cost of care, loss of earning capacity and other special damages. The prospect of taking on an insurance company can be daunting. We will aggressively pursue your interests and seek the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.
When dealing with a large insurance company it can feel as if no one is looking out for your interests. At Wagners, we have spent decades protecting the rights of individuals. Our Halifax based team of lawyers is ready to stand beside you.
Schedule a Free Consultation for Your Case
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should speak with a lawyer. One of our motor vehicle accident lawyers would be happy to speak with you if you have any questions free of charge. Contact us for your free consultation. You can reach our team by calling 902-425-7330 or 1-800-465-8794, or by completing a short online contact form.
Motor vehicle accidents can happen in a split second and can change your life forever.
When involved in any accident the most important thing to do first is establish funding for the treatment you need to recover as well as wage indemnity to pay your bills in the interim.
There are certain benefits everyone is entitled to in Nova Scotia when injured in a car accident called Mandatory Accident Benefits. These benefits entitle you to treatment coverage for your injuries as well as a partial wage indemnity. Additionally, if you are not at fault for an accident, you are entitled to bring a third-party claim.
No Fault Mandatory Benefits/Section B of Insurance
If you are involved in a motorcycle or car accident in Nova Scotia, you are entitled to certain medical and wage benefits through your insurance provider. These benefits include medical benefits for services such as physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, osteopathy, assistive devices and medication; a wage loss component for time missed from employment; and travel expenses. There is coverage for these benefits regardless of who is at fault for the collision and your insurance premiums will not increase if you access these benefits. As of 2018, the maximum amount of coverage everyone is entitled to under this portion of the insurance policy is $50,000.00 or four years of coverage from the date of the accident. Although this sounds like a significant sum of money, accidents involving orthopedic injuries, or extensive dental damage can reach these maximums quite quickly.
One of the most stressful parts to being injured is your inability to work which will impact your ability to pay for rent, food, or other bills. Accident Benefits provides a partial wage indemnity benefit payment if you are placed off work for 7 days in the first 30 days after the collision by a physician. This wage indemnity pays to a maximum of $250 per week and is often paid in conjunction with Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits or a short-term/long-term disability policy. You are entitled to these benefits for the first two years after the accident if you are unable to do the essential duties of your occupation. Two-years post collision, you are only entitled to wage indemnity benefit if you are unable to return to any occupation which you a reasonably suited by education, training, and experience.
Short-Term/Long-Term Disability Policy
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident and placed off work, you should contact your short-term/long-term disability insurer as soon as possible to access these benefits. Often your car insurer will not issue wage indemnity benefit until they first can assess how much you will be receiving from a short-term/long-term disability policy. The amount paid by these policies and the terms differ from policy to policy.
Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident and placed off work and you are not eligible or do not have short-term/long-term disability you should apply for Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits (EISB) as soon as possible. Often your car insurer will not issue wage indemnity benefit until they first can assess how much you will be receiving from EISB.
EISB provides 55% of your average insurable weekly earnings up to a maximum of $547 per week. These benefits last to a maximum of 15 weeks.
Third Party Action
If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages against the other driver and need the best representation possible to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
The claim against the third-party driver for damages will include compensation for the following losses: medical treatment the Section B of insurance does not cover, General Damages for the pain and suffering you endured, loss of wages not covered by any other source (Such as: Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Unemployment Insurance, Section B Weekly Indemnity, or Sick Benefits), Future Losses you will suffer, Out of Pocket Expenses, and an award for Loss of Valuable Services. The Loss of Valuable Services Award, also known as Loss of Housekeeping Capacity, is an award recognizing that injuries often result in inability to perform housekeeping tasks and other family members, or friends, need to step in and help.
The amount of compensation you will be entitled to will depend on several factors including: the severity of injuries you suffered, your age, the time you missed from work, the impact your injuries have had on your personal life, and the care needs you will require into the future. If you are offered a settlement and not sure if the amount is fair, it is advisable to contact a personal injury lawyer before signing any paperwork accepting the settlement. Once you accept an offer in writing, it is very difficult to go back on accepting the settlement.
If you have been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, it is important to speak with a lawyer. One of our motor vehicle accident lawyers would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options. Contact us for your free consultation