Frequently asked personal injury questions
Below is a list of some frequently asked questions about personal injury cases. Remember if you have been injured consult with a personal injury lawyer immediately. Any of the information on this website is not intended to be legal advice, it is only commentary.
What should I do if I am involved in a car accident?
Ensure you are safe, request medical assistance if necessary. Exchange information with the other driver and determine if there are any witnesses.
Do I have a personal injury case if I was on a public bus?
Depending on the factors you may be eligible to pursue a claim for benefits and pain and suffering.
What if I was a pedestrian at the time of the car accident?
If you are a pedestrian or a passenger in a car that is involved in a car accident, depending on the factors you may be eligible for benefits and pain and suffering.
I have been injured by a slip and fall what should I do?
Slip and falls are case specific, meaning each slip and fall is different. Ensure you document the accident accurately. Remember stores often have surveillance this means your version of events is important and will be challenged later. Of course, seek medical attention.
What if I don`t have insurance or the person that hit me doesn?t?
Only a qualified personal injury lawyer can provide advice to car accident victims who don`t have insurance. In Ontario you may still be eligible to pursue a claim for accident benefits and pain and suffering.
Why should I choose a lawyer versus another type of representative?
A lawyer is able to provide thorough and accurate advice about the steps to take when involved in a car accident, slip and fall, dog bite or any other type of injury case. Lawyers are able to represent you at all levels of court in any jurisdiction in their province. Always consult with a personal injury lawyer first, before anything else.
I know of someone who says they are not a lawyer but they can guarantee me lots of money?
Be cautious of people who are unlicensed and seem to offer false promises of large amounts of cash.
I know of someone who received lots of money for their car accident, will I receive the same amount?
This is a very tricky question, each personal injury case depends on the injuries you have sustained, your ability to return to your normal life and the severity of the impact. This is applicable in all personal injury cases. What someone else received might not necessarily be the same as you.
Why should I choose you versus another personal injury lawyer?
I have had a number of years of experience in the area of personal injury. I was also the lawyer for the insurance company and defended numerous injury claims for car accidents, slip and falls and product liability.
Why does it take so long to settle a personal injury case?
Be patient and remember this is not a lottery. Your right to compensation is based on law, you are responsible for ensuring you mitigate your damages. Injury cases take time, because lawyers want to assess the physical injuries and what possible future injuries could arise. There are many steps to satisfy in a personal injury action. Finally, if the matter proceeds to the court stage we are then obligated to follow the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure that govern how lawsuits are commenced in Ontario.