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What You Need to Know About U.S.-Canadian Cross-Border Laws

Published on Oct 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm in Cross-Border Law.

If you’re injured in a car accident, truck accident, or any other type of accident that results in personal injury in a country other than your country of residence, both the laws of the country the accident occurred in and the laws of your residential country will come into play. This is because any insurance coverage you have will be based in your country of residence, including medical insurance, work insurance, and auto insurance coverage.

When a legal case is filed that involves laws and policies from two separate countries, a concept known as cross-border law comes into play. Any laws that affect the claim and its settlement outcome must be taken into consideration during every step of the case. Oftentimes this requires multiple lawyers, attorneys, and law firms to work together while their companies are based in separate countries.

As you can begin to imagine, cross-border laws can be complex, especially when it comes to personal injury cases. There’s also the fact that if a case is settled in one country without the victim and/or the victim’s attorney checking to make sure that all other laws and policies from the victim’s country of residence have been considered, that victim may find themselves in another legal battle later—or worse yet, short-changed regarding a final settlement amount.

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