Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Commonly Asked Questions... and Answers.

Most of our clients have never been injured in an auto accident and they have never had to deal with the legal system before getting hurt. We've collected some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents, personal injury, and what to do after your accident. If you have any unanswered questions, give us a call at (403) 874-5409 for a free consultation of your rights.

If you have been involved in an accident, you should:

– Seek medical assistance immediately.
– Try to obtain details of the parties involved in the accident including their name, address, phone number and insurance policy. If any witnesses are present, get their details as well.
– Report your accident to the police within 24 hours of the accident. Inform your insurer that you have been injured in an accident within 7 days of your accident.
– Get legal Representation as soon as possible and speak to one of our lawyers
Without an experienced Motor Vehicle Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer on your side, there’s a high chance of you not getting the settlement you deserve for your injuries. Insurance companies will try to deal with you directly, but their goal is to process claims quickly with the smallest payout possible. 
 
The best course of action is to talk with one of our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible after an accident, and avoid direct discussions with the insurance company. 
 
If you’ve been dealing directly with an insurance company and they have made an offer, it’s highly recommended to speak with a lawyer to get a professional opinion on whether it’s a fair offer or not. 
 
We’re happy to provide a free, no-cost evaluation of what your claim is worth.

In addition, Alberta legislation mandates certain timelines and limitations which need to be met in order to advance a claim. A failure to comply with these limits may be damaging or prejudicial to your claim and in some circumstances may bar you from bringing any action.

 
 
In these circumstances, you will need trustworthy and reliable legal representation. 
 
At Szakacs Law, we will provide professional and expert legal advice and representation for every step of your claim, so that you can focus on your recovery.

Legal fees can be very costly and some law firms may require a retainer of hundreds, or even thousands of dollars to work on your file. At Szakacs Law, we operate on a “no-win, no-fee” arrangement. This means that you only pay us, when you get paid.

It is difficult to approximate exact timelines as to when your case will resolve. A number of different factors will be relevant if we are to appreciate the length of time it will take. 

 

These include the following:

 
– The cause of injury, if it is a (MVA) motor vehicle accident
– The nature of your injury – whether it is minor or complex injury and whether it is temporary or permanent and ongoing
– How long you take to obtain legal advice
– The applicability of legal time limitations
 
If your injuries are minor and they heal quickly, a claim could be settled within a few months. If your injuries are more serious and take more time to heal, the time frame for making a claim and reaching settlement is extended. 
 
We advise our personal injury clients that in nearly all situations, making a quick settlement is not likely to be in your best interest. 
 
No matter how long it takes to settle your claim, you won’t be required to pay us any fees, and we will cover any necessary expert, medical, or investigation fees relevant to your case. The majority of litigation costs and out of pocket expenses will be billed to and paid by the at-fault insurance company, in most cases.

For the most part, a third party claim must be commenced within 2 years of your accident. There are a few exceptions to this rule. One of our lawyers can tell you if one of the exceptions applies to you.

The insurer will be made aware that you are being represented for your claim. Although we are copied on every correspondence sent to our clients, it is important that you review these letters to keep up to date on the status of your file. Ensure that you are not responding directly to the insurer when receiving these letters. Any requests made by the insurer will be handled by our firm. If we require additional information from you, you will be contacted by your legal representative directly.

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Dale Szakacs

“I have formerly represented insurance companies in defending personal injury claims. I know how to deal with insurance companies to get you the best settlement possible.”

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Finding a personal injury lawyer in Alberta can be overwhelming. You can trust the Calgary personal injury team at Szakacs Law to handle your case with the compassion and respect you deserve. We’re a highly reputed firm with credentials you may be familiar with.

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Andy M.
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To my legal advisor Mr. Dale Szakacs and staff, I'm very very pleased with my experience with the Szakacs Law Firm. My Lawyer Mr. Dale Szakacs has been very attentive and thorough in his communication with me throughout the entire legal process. I would definitely recommend your firm to any of my friends and or family members, that would be in need of your services. Special thanks also go out to Dale's staff for the input and team effort to complete my settlement successfully. Your firm is superb in client services, I cannot thank you enough!!! Well done to you Dale and staff, thank you very very much!!! I"ll always retain your services again should the need arise, thanks.
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I can highly recommend Dale and his legal team. Dale dealt with my personal injury claim in a very professional, efficient, thorough and timely manner. He was at all times happy to answer any questions or queries I had and kept me informed of the status and progress of my claim. I had an altogether positive experience and would not hesitate to recommend Dale's services to my family and friends.
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I couldn't be happier about the outcome of my personal injury claim. Dale and his team were diligent and effective in producing the best possible outcome. They were able to answer all of my questions, and direct me to be as successful as possible. I have no complaints, and would instantly choose Szakacs Law in the future if I required any legal council.
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All positive reviews I had read before about Dale from SL came out to be true. Dale's long term service dealing with injured people and transacting with insurance companies has put him in the category of the best experienced lawyers in our society. After my car accident l suffered quite a bit including financial setbacks. I couldn't do my physical challenging jobs, and that meant bills pilling up on my bed side table. Then Dale got me a good settlement which paid all my bills, plus compensation for my prior injuries. I will, when given a chance, recommend Dale to my family and relatives including my friends.
Rick S.
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Dale looked after all the ins and outs of getting maximum value for my issues from the auto accident. He and his staff took the burden of all the organization, medical request and evaluation off my plate, so that I could focus on rehabilitation.
Tesfaye L.
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Dale and his team have done a very good job and diligently on my file. I couldn't be happier about the outcome of my claim. I can highly recommend Dale and his legal team. Thank you very much.
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I have never been disappointed with advice and counsel from Dale. He is straight forward and honest, always professional and even humorous. He has integrity and makes you a priority. I have recommended him to my friends many times.
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Dale is very knowledgeable, experienced and provides practical advice. I found him trustworthy and a true advocate for my situation.
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