Should I Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer Before Getting Discharged From Hospital?
If you or a loved one sustained serious injuries in an accident, your immediate concern is healthcare. As a patient at a trauma hospital or other hospital in Ontario, you will likely receive excellent treatment to help you make the best possible recovery from your injuries. In addition to your immediate healthcare, however, there may be other concerns weighing on your mind. Common concerns after a serious accident often surround finances related to lost income, and the expenses that will be incurred to support you and your recovery. You may also be wondering if there is compensation for the pain and suffering that is being endured through no fault of your own.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, it is essential that you consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. In fact, we find that the majority of people who are seriously injured do consult and retain a lawyer before they are discharged from hospital. We are often asked to meet with injury victims and their families at hospitals throughout Ontario, and particularly at St. Michael's Hospital and Sunnybrook. There are important reasons why you should consider meeting with a lawyer before you return home.
First and foremost, consulting with a personal injury lawyer while you are still in the hospital can help you understand your legal rights and options. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide you with information about the legal process and what you can expect in terms of compensation for your injuries. They can also advise you on what steps you should take to protect your legal rights.
In addition, consulting with a personal injury lawyer early on can help you avoid making mistakes that could harm your case. For example, you may be contacted by insurance adjusters who are looking for information, or asking you to make decisions. If you are not familiar with the legal process, your interactions with the insurance company may negatively impact on the value of your case. A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate these situations and ensure that you are not taken advantage of.
Another reason to consult with a personal injury lawyer while you are still in the hospital is that they can help you gather important evidence to support your case. This can include medical records, witness statements, and photographs of the accident scene. By starting the process early, you can ensure that you have all the necessary evidence to build a strong case.
Consulting with a personal injury lawyer can help you focus on your recovery. Dealing with the legal system can be overwhelming, especially when you are trying to heal from your injuries. By having a lawyer handle the legal aspects of your case, you can focus on your physical and emotional well-being.
A personal injury lawyer and their team can also help with discharge planning after a hospital stay, so that you have a smooth transition when you leave the hospital. Discharge planning is the process of coordinating the patient's transition from the hospital to their home or a rehabilitation facility, ensuring that they receive the appropriate medical care and support to aid in their recovery. Here are some ways a lawyer and their team can assist with discharge planning:
Affording a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Serious Injury
After a serious injury, it is understandable that many people may be concerned about how they will afford a personal injury lawyer. Fortunately, there are options available that can make legal representation accessible and affordable.
Our firm offers a contingency fee agreement, which is a common arrangement in personal injury cases. In a contingency fee agreement, the lawyer agrees to represent the client without requiring payment up front. Instead, the lawyer's fee is contingent on the outcome of the case. If the case is successful, the lawyer receives a percentage of the settlement or award as their fee. If the case is not successful, the client does not owe the lawyer anything.
Contingency fee agreements can make legal representation accessible to people who might not otherwise be able to afford it. They also incentivize the lawyer to work hard to achieve a successful outcome for the client, as the lawyer's fee is directly tied to the outcome of the case.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, we can visit with you in the hospital for a free consultation. There is no obligation, so you can meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer that has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injury victims just like you. To get started, call us anytime, our phone lines are open 24 hours 7 days per week, or complete our online contact form here.
Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada and Florida, U.S.A. Andrew restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries, Catastrophic Injuries, and wrongful death in Canada and the United States. Andrew is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the author of "Are You a Canadian Injured in the United States? Claim the Damages and Insurance Coverage the Right Way". Andrew also hosts a popular podcast and YouTube channel on the subject of personal injury law and the rights of injury victims.
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