What can I expect during the free consultation with your firm?

You will meet with one of our lawyers who will listen to you describe how you were injured, the treatment you have received as well as the problems you are experiencing as a result of your injury. The lawyer will outline the possible insurance benefits available to you as well as describe the components of a successful lawsuit and whether those are present in your case. We will provide you with an initial assessment about any strengths and weaknesses in your claims for insurance benefits as well as the pros and cons of proceeding with a lawsuit. We will answer your questions. Our goal is to ensure that you leave the meeting with the information you need to decide whether to hire a lawyer. There is no time limit on this meeting. We take the time required to ensure that your questions are answered.

How much compensation can I expect to receive?

This depends on the severity of your injuries and the impact they have on your life. There is no set amount of compensation for a particular type of injury. Injuries affect different people in different ways. Our job is to learn about the impact of the injury in your life. That investigation will determine the extent of compensation for pain and suffering. We also consider whether there is a loss of income claim. Even if you have been able to continue working and have not lost income, perhaps you are not able to work the same hours and are losing overtime pay. Perhaps you are able to work but are not able to put in the time required to be considered for promotion. Those details may give rise to compensation for a loss of competitive advantage or loss of earning capacity. You are able to recover out-of-pocket expenses, past and future cost of treatment and care, and the cost of having someone assist you in your home. Finally, the law in Ontario recognizes that family members are also affected by your injury.

You may have claims for all or some of the above types of compensation. Our job is to work with you and your treatment providers to understand which apply in your case.

Can I afford to hire a lawyer?

Yes. We are paid by contingency fee. That means that at the end of your case we are paid a percentage based on the amount of compensation we obtain for you. If you are not compensated for your loss then we are not paid.

How do I know that your firm is the right one for my case?

Injury law is the only type of law we practice. We can help you assess whether you have a potential lawsuit. We ask the right questions and thoroughly investigate your claim to ensure that those persons or groups responsible for the accident are identified.

We offer something that many personal injury law firms do not provide their clients: we deal with the paperwork for insurance policies to ensure that dental, health, short and long term disability benefits are coordinated with accident benefits coverage. We assist you with other applications such as EI and CPP disability benefits. We take your instructions and represent you in all of these matters so you can focus on your rehabilitation.

We ensure that insurance companies receive only that information which is required to evaluate your claim and nothing more. We assess the reasonableness of insurer requested medical examinations so that you are assessed by the proper specialists.

We provide sound legal advice and listen to your instructions.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

There are many factors which determine the length of a lawsuit but it largely depends on you and how long it takes you to reach your maximum recovery or the point where your treatment providers can provide a clear prognosis. Our work, however, begins from the moment you hire us and continues until the end of the case. Our goal is to maximize your recovery but minimize the length of time you are involved in a lawsuit.

Are there any time limits to hiring a lawyer?

Yes. In most cases, the law in Ontario requires you to start a lawsuit within two years of the date of the incident which is the basis for your claim. If you were injured in a car accident then it is two years from the date of the accident. This is known as a “limitation period”. If you were denied long term disability insurance as a result of illness then it is two years from the date you were first denied the benefit. If you were injured on city or municipal property then you have 10 days to provide notice of a potential claim.  If you do not start a lawsuit before the limitation period expires then you may lose the right to sue. The limitation period can vary in certain circumstances. If you are considering whether to pursue a lawsuit then contact a lawyer to avoid the expiration of the limitation period in your case.