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Personal Injury Sufferers Can Turn to a Lawyer for a Free Consultation

 

A personal injury can be sustained in a myriad of scenarios, from a motor vehicle collision or a workplace accident; from a defective product or slipping and falling due to the negligence of others. If the injured person becomes incapacitated, seeking compensation may be physically or cognitively difficult.

 

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, you should obtain a free consultation from a personal injury lawyer. This offers you an opportunity to investigate whether the lawyer is the right fit for you and the chance to find out what legal ground you stand on and what claims could be pursued.

 

Considerations When Choosing a Lawyer

  • Location. While the location of a lawyer has no bearing on the quality of representation, you might have to rely on taxis or the difficult navigation of public transportation as the result of your injury. Accessibility of location within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is something to keep in mind.
  • Language. If English is not the main language spoken, inquire if there is a lawyer in-house who speaks it or if the firm has access to translators. It is important for the lawyer to understand how the accident has affected the injured party and for the injured party to comprehend what the lawyer is able to do.
  • Knowledge of Claims and Benefits. Different injuries may mean different claims. A motor vehicle accident could involve dealing with insurers. A workplace accident could involve the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB). A personal injury lawyer will know the timelines and strict cutoff periods involved. 
  • Contingency Fee. Most personal injury lawyers do not receive payment for their time and services until a financial settlement is obtained. However, disbursements for expenses incurred might not be deferred. During your free consultation, inquire about this as well as what percentage the contingency fee would comprise.

Fatality or Wrongful Death


No financial benefit will ever compensate for the devastating loss of a loved one. To add to the stress, if the deceased was a primary bread earner, seeking financial support may have to be considered. For example, if the scope is beyond the Statutory Benefits Schedule outlined in the Ontario Insurance Act, a tort claim or lawsuit to the court may need to be made. During your free consultation, ask your lawyer what trial experience he/she has.

 

For Expert Advice, Seek an Expert’s Opinion

 

When it comes to a personal injury claim, there is often hesitation to use a lawyer, due to the mistaken assumption that (1) Money can be saved by avoiding legal fees; and (2) It’s a matter of just filling out the right forms. However, you may not be aware of other entitlements, the type of information about which won’t necessarily be forthcoming from an insurance claims adjuster. In addition, the jargon in forms can be intimidating to a layperson. A mistake can be costly. Seek a personal injury lawyer’s advice. Even if your claim has previously been denied, a consultation can still be productive.

 

Whether you have been injured or know someone who has been affected by a personal injury, a free consultation with a reputable and experienced lawyer is the first and necessary step towards wrestling for control of a life-altering event.