Injury Lawyer Discusses: Do I need an Ontario Car Accident Lawyer?
One of the most frequent questions that I hear from people that have recently been injured in a car accident, is "Do I need an Ontario car accident lawyer?" The answer depends on the circumstances of your accident and the nature of your injuries.
Although anyone can handle there own case without a lawyer, in most instances it is advisable to consult with an experienced lawyer, especially when trying to navigate complex areas of law, such as insurance claims. Also, injury victims who attempt to recover compensation on their own typically receive smaller settlements than those who obtain the services of experienced personal injury lawyers. By consulting with and retaining a personal injury lawyer immediately, you and your family can focus on your medical care and recovery. Your personal injury lawyer and his team will take care of investigating your claim and dealing with the insurance company in order to obtain a fair settlement for your claim.
One reason that some people are reluctant to hire a lawyer following an Ontario car accident, is because lawyers are expensive. Following a serious car accident in Ontario, you may be off work and facing financial hardship. The last thing you can afford is to pay a lawyer to help you with your Ontario car accident claim. Some personal injury lawyers, like our law firm, will take on your case on a contingency fee basis, so that you will not have to pay any legal bill until your case is settled. A contingency fee retainer in one in which the lawyer typically charges a percentage of the amount recovered from the insurance company. At our office, we don't charge any fees unless we are able to recover money for our clients. With such an arrangement, even the most vulnerable have access to justice.
Another common reason why some people may delay in speaking to an Ontario car accident lawyer is because they "trust" that the insurance company will be "fair." While most insurance adjusters and insurance representatives are polite, friendly and overall good people, they still have a job to do for their employer. Insurance companies are big businesses that seek to make profits. To make profits, they need to limit and minimize their exposure to claims, such as your car accident claim. Before you put your faith in the insurance company to do the right thing, it is probably a good idea to speak with an injury lawyer. Most of the time, we find that the insurance company has offered far less than the value of the claim. Knowledge is power, and you will be in a better position to recognize a fair settlement only if you know what compensation is available under your particular circumstances. We can help you make an informed decision.
Finally, and maybe the most important reason to speak with an Ontario car accident lawyer, there are time limits to filing claims for Ontario car accident injuries. You must file a claim before the time limit expires. Also, before these time limits expire, your Ontario personal injury lawyer will need to gather information and prepare documents to advance your claim. Delay can be harmful to your claim, and you may simply run out of time. When the time limits expire in your case, you may be barred from making any claim for money damages, no matter how strong your case was. If you contact a lawyer at the last possible moment, the lawyer may not be able to take on your case even if it has merit.
If you have questions about your Ontario car accident claim, call me and request and free consultation. We offer prospective clients a consultation that is absolutely free. There is no obligation to hire our law firm, and any information you share with us will remain confidential. To start your free case review, call us at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here.
Iacobelli Law Firm represents serious injury victims throughout the province of Ontario, and we can arrange to have a lawyer travel to your home or hospital if you are unable to come to us.
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Following a serious accident, you and your family may find that you need an Ontario personal injury lawyer. It is natural to want to hire the best lawyer for your particular case. A search of the internet, will likely yield many results of lawyers and law firms that proclaim to the "best Toronto lawyer" or "top Toronto lawyer." Most of these are self-proclaimed honours. Some of these sites are merely intake companies that refer cases to lawyers.
The following are some of the attributes that you should look for when selecting the best personal injury lawyer for your Ontario car accident claim.
1. Personal injury litigation is a complex area of law, so your lawyer should have experience with your type of claim.
If you need a personal injury lawyer to help you with an auto accident, find a lawyer who handles Ontario auto accidents.
2. Does the lawyer restrict his or her practice to representing personal injury victims, or does this lawyer have more a general practice. This will tell you something about the lawyers experience with your type of case.
3. Does the lawyer regularly appear in the court house where your case is likely to be filed and heard.
4. Is the lawyer a member of personal injury trial lawyers' associations, such as the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association?
5. Does the lawyer and staff treat you professionally and courteously? This is important because you will likely be dealing with the lawyer and the law firm for several months or even years. You should feel comfortable with your lawyer, and there needs to be mutual trust and respect.
6. Is the Ontatio lawyer willing to represent you on a contingency fee basis? This means that the lawyer will not be paid unless your case is settled.
If you would like a free consultation with an Ontario personal injury lawyer, call us today.