I have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, what should I do?Answer
- Obtain the names and address of all the vehicle owners and drivers involved.
- Obtain the license plate details of the other vehicles involved.
- Obtain the name and policy number of the other driver’s insurance.
- Obtain the names and phone numbers of all witnesses.
- Make notes about how the accident (injury) happened.
- Take photographs of the accident scene, vehicle damage and your injuries.
- Contact the police and your own insurance company.
- Obtain a copy of the motor vehicle accident report.
- Tell your family doctor and/or specialists about any and all injuries sustained.
- Keep a detailed listing of all out of pocket expenses incurred because of your accident (with receipts, if available).
- Contact a lawyer for an initial consultation.
- Communicate with any insurance adjusters that represent the people responsible for your injuries before first speaking to a lawyer.
- Sign any documents or authorizations for anyone other than your own insurance company.
- Ignore any symptoms of injury or pain. See your family doctor or Emergency physicians immediately.
Is there a limitation period for personal injury claims?Answer
Yes. For the majority of claims in the province of Ontario, there is a two year limitation period that begins on the date of your injury. However, every case is different and there could be a much shorter limitation period that applies to your claim.
In some instances there are very short time frames (for giving notice of an injury or filing an application for a claim) that could expire within days of your injury.
Don’t give up your rights to compensation by waiting. Contact a lawyer right away to discuss what time frames and limitation periods apply to your claim.
How long will it take to resolve my personal injury case?Answer
Every case, every injury and every client is unique and there are various factors that impact how long it will take for your claim to resolve.
A quick settlement is often not in your best interests. It will be very important to know how an injury will affect you and your family for the rest of your life. This can only be determined after your doctors conclude that you have reached maximum medical recovery and the right health care professionals are consulted to determine your future needs.
How much compensation will I get?Answer
The compensation that you are entitled to receive depends on the type of claim, the type of injury sustained and your current life circumstances. When we represent clients on personal injury claims, we look at all facets of your life to direct us in the prosecution of your claim.
I hired an out of town lawyer that made a lot of promises but now he won’t return my calls, what can I do?Answer
Many out of town lawyers may not respond to your day-to-day needs as originally expected or you may not be able to speak with the lawyer that you thought you hired. This can be frustrating.
We will review your existing case and provide you a fresh perspective on your claim. It may be that your best option is to stick with the law firm your originally hired. If not, and if we can help, we would be pleased to represent you going forward.
What do you charge for personal injury cases?Answer
In most cases, our legal fees will be charged on a contingency basis. In other words, there are no fees unless you receive compensation. These fees are typically a percentage of your final recovery.
There is no “standard rate” and the fees we charge can vary based on a number of factors. Fees can be discussed further with a lawyer during your initial consultation and the consultation is at no cost to you.
What do you charge for criminal law, family law and general civil litigation?Answer
Our fees for services depend on a number of factors. Each case is very different and so it is very difficult to estimate legal fees. Some considerations are the type of case, the seriousness of the case, whether or not the matter proceeds to trial and the level of success obtained on your behalf.
In certain cases, we do accept cash payment plans that are reflective of your ability to pay. As well, we do accept legal aid for some cases, depending on the nature of the case and the allegations.
My spouse and I have been talking about separation and/or divorce. What information should I bring with me to my appointment?Answer
Before coming to speak with us about your family law matter, you should take some time to review your financial situation. You should collect your tax returns for the last three years, you should make a list of all property owned and you should know about any family debts. When we meet to discuss the case, this information will assist us in providing you with preliminary advice.
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