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Claim Survival Kit

claim-survival-kitWe sincerely hope that you will choose the Taylor Law Firm to handle your claim. If you have been involved in an accident, we recommend the following:

1) Take pictures:

If a car accident, take photos of the final resting positions of all vehicles involved. Be sure to include any skid marks and debris fields. It is also important to take photos of the damage to your vehicle and other vehicles involved. In addition, it is important to take photographs of any visible injuries such as bruising, cuts and lacerations.

If a slip and fall accident, take a picture of what you slipped or tripped on as well as the area in the immediate vicinity. If you can not preserve the footwear you were wearing, please take a photo.

2) Obtain Witness Information:

If a car accident, exchange driver’s license and insurance information with all vehicles involved. If any witnesses are present at the scene, obtain their full name, address and telephone number. It may be difficult to determine who actually witnessed the accident so ask everyone who remains at the scene. Remember, events leading up to the accident are as or more important than the event itself.

3) Seek Medical Attention:

If an ambulance attends the scene of the accident, allow it to transport you to hospital to be assessed. Many symptoms are not readily apparent or their full magnitude are masked by the release of adrenaline immediately following a traumatic event such as an accident. People will commonly experience no symptoms until several hours after the accident.

If you are unable to attend a hospital on the day of the accident, please see your family physician or attend a walk-in-clinic as soon as possible afterwards. Be sure that you identify all of your injuries that you believe were caused by the accident to the doctor, regardless of how insignificant they may seem to you at the time. Your list of initial complaints will be carefully scrutinized by an insurance adjuster or their lawyer if you decide to pursue a claim.

4) Report the Accident:

If a car accident, be sure you tell your version of how the accident occurred to any police officer that may attend the scene and any other that will listen. If you have gathered any witness information, be sure to provide this to the officer.

Attend your nearest Collision Reporting Centre to file a report if the police do not attend the scene of the accident. Please note that preparation of a formal Motor Vehicle Accident Report is mandatory in accidents involving injury.

Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. This will allow you to apply for and receive Accident Benefits sooner. Be wary of speaking to any insurance adjuster other than ones from your insurance company, particularly an adjuster from the insurance company of the at-fault driver. They do not want to speak to you to help you. You are not under any obligation to speak with them and we recommend that you have no contact.

If a slip and fall accident, report the incident to the property owner as soon as possible. Please note that strict time limits may apply if the property is owned by a City or Municipality. Time is of the essence when providing notice.

Call us toll free at 1-800-257-6876 or contact us by E-Mail info@taylorlawfirm.ca for a free consultation and case assessment.