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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.

In Canada, for example, British Columbia residents who have a valid BC driver’s license are covered for up to a certain amount of compensation if they are injured in a car or truck accident in the United States. This extra coverage can be up to $1,000,000.00 and can open many options for the victim’s recovery.

If you were involved in an accident and sought help from a U.S. law firm, that law firm may not know about this coverage or how to help you access it. This is where cross-border laws and law firms that assist with cross-border laws come in. A law firm that specializes in interactive laws between the U.S. and Canada will know about this extra compensation and how you can access it depending on the severity and type of your accident.

At Wishart Brain & Spine Law, our US-Canada cross-border lawyers understand both U.S. and Canadian laws inside and out and how they interact. We understand how to help get you access to the abovementioned compensation if you have not yet settled a claim in the U.S. If you have already chosen to settle, it may unfortunately be too late.

In addition, we’re more than happy to work with any other firm you may be currently working with, including legal firms in the United States. Our attorneys have experience settling major cases in both countries—including cases that involve cross-border personal injury laws.

To learn more about our legal services in Canada and in the U.S., don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. We can help you recover the compensation you need to recover from your injuries as well as provide for your loved ones and receive peace of mind.

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