Personal Injury

When Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?

It is always recommended to speak to a personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries due to another party’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence. Even in instances where you believe you have not been injured, you may discover long-term effects from a car accident, slip and fall, or dog bite. A personal injury claim can be commenced for physical, mental, and/or property damages. However, compensation is not guaranteed, as each case varies. Speaking to a lawyer can help you understand the merits of your case and potentially recover damages on one or more of the following grounds, to name a few: pain and suffering, lost wages or earning capacity, housekeeping and home maintenance, medical and rehabilitation expenses, long-term care costs, loss of mental capacity, and disfigurement.

What Are My Legal Options? What If I Don’t Want To Go To Court?

The injuries resulting from an accident can vary from person to person and from incident to incident. As such, the severity of the injuries and their impact on your life can help determine whether it is worthwhile to commence a civil action. Seeking compensation through small claims court, or hiring a paralegal, are options available to injured parties with estimated damages of $35,000.00 or less, or for those willing to work within this limit. However, lawsuits can be settled at any time, through mediation at a settlement conference or an out of court settlement negotiated by your representative. Statistically, most personal injury cases settle before trial therefore it is not necessary to go through the court process.

How Long Can I Wait Before I Decide To Hire Representation?

At Empel Law P.C., we understand that recovery is your priority, however, time is not on your side in personal injury cases. In Ontario, there are specific time limits governed by statutes of limitations, and these time limits vary depending on the type of action or lawsuit. The Limitations Act sets out two-year basic and ultimate limitation periods. However, there are exceptions, and in some circumstances, you may only have a ten-day window to commence an action. It is key to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible because missing an important date can derail a claim before it begins, regardless of how solid the case is.

Should I Deal Directly With The Insurance Company?

Following an accident, the insurance company of an at-fault party may contact the injured party to obtain information regarding the incident. Although the insurance company’s correspondence may seem routine, it is recommended to speak with a personal injury lawyer before responding, if not immediately after the incident. It is important to remember that insurance companies are for-profit corporations and like any business, their shareholders are their priority. Meeting with them or giving a statement prematurely may work against your best interests whereas hiring a personal injury lawyer can potentially maximize your claim. However, even if you have already received an offer from the insurance company, it is not too late to get a lawyer’s opinion.

How Can I Afford To Pay A Personal Injury Lawyer? What Are Contingency Fees?

Personal injury lawyers usually work on a contingency fee basis, meaning the client only pays legal fees if their lawyer collects money in the resolution of the case. The legal fees are charged as a percentage of the client’s final settlement in a lawsuit, generally ranging between 20-33%, rather than an hourly or fixed rate. The lawyer’s payment is therefore “contingent” or dependent on recovering money for their client.

Can I Sue A Home Or Business Owner If I Slip And Fall On Their Property?

Slip (or trip) and fall accidents are very common, especially during the winter months, and usually revolve around poorly maintained property. Some common causes include, but are not limited to, icy walkways, wet floors without warning signs, cracked sidewalks or tiles, torn carpeting, broken floorboards, improper handrails, and improper lighting. Private property owners and commercial property managers are equally responsible for identifying hazards and must remove them from the premises, or alert others of their existence. Failure to do so can result in grounds for a personal injury claim.

What Is A Spinal Cord Injury? What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?

Some people might walk away from a slip and fall with minor injuries however, depending on where and how you fall, you can suffer major injuries to the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury occurs when cells within the spinal cord are damaged, due to bruising or pressure, or when the nerve tracts are severed, due to lacerations. Similarly, a person may suffer severe trauma, or damage to the brain from a slip and fall or a car accident. However, even mild or moderate brain injuries can have serious consequences. You may want to speak to a lawyer if your injuries have made it difficult to return to work or have significantly hindered your quality of life.

Can I Sue A Pet Owner For Injuries Caused By Their Pet(S)?

Whether the attack occurs on private property, while the victim is legally there as a guest or delivery person, or on public property, pet owners are typically responsible for their pets and any harm they cause to others. This is true as long as the victim was not intentionally and persistently antagonizing the animal. Some animal attacks may result in minor bites whereas scars and disfigurement can occur in more serious cases, or worst case, death. It is a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer to discuss potential compensation on resulting medical treatment.

How Can I Assist My Personal Injury Lawyer?

Some steps you can take to help build your case include, but are not limited to, regularly photographing your injuries; keeping track of all receipts and expenses related to your incident; documenting time away from work as well as changes to your lifestyle and hobbies; keeping notes about medical treatments including prescriptions, pain, therapy, rehabilitation, and doctor’s notes; pre-existing health conditions; and relevant dates, times, and witnesses. However, speaking to a personal injury lawyer can provide specific guidance.

Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury and wish to consult with a lawyer, call Empel Law Professional Corporation, call 416-500-1937 today.

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