Personal injury law can be complex for those with no prior experience with the legal system. However, filing a personal injury claim can be an important step in recovering from an injury and resuming a regular life.
What Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law covers instances where a person suffers an injury, disability, or even death, typically due to an individual or organization’s negligence. An injury can cause a person to incur many costs, including medical expenses, loss of income, and rehabilitative expenses. By filing a personal injury claim, the victim can seek compensation for their injury.
Personal injury law covers all types of injuries. These can be injuries that cause harm or disability to the body, such as with paralysis or head trauma, or they can cause emotional trauma, such as with pain and suffering.
Personal injury cases begin when the victim, who is referred to as a plaintiff, sues an individual or organization (e.g. a business, government agency, etc.), who is referred to as the defendant. With a personal injury case, the plaintiff is claiming that the defendant caused their injury through negligence and is responsible for compensating them.
Personal injury law can also involve disputes with insurance companies, which may deny benefits and coverage following accidents or injuries. In these cases, the victim would file a claim against their insurance company for the benefits they believe they are entitled to.
Types of Personal Injury Claims/Cases
There are many different types of personal injury cases. In theory, personal injury law can cover any type of injury; however, most commonly personal injury law includes:
These can include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, public transit accidents, cyclist accidents, and pedestrian accidents. These are one of the most common types of cases seen in personal injury law.
Slip and Falls
These include instances where people slip and fall due to a property owner’s negligence. These are another very common type of personal injury.
Injuries caused by dangerous property conditions, structurally compromised buildings, and falling objects can fall under this category.
Injuries sustained from dog bites are quite common.
Personal injuries can also be classified according to the specific type of injury. These can include:
Handling Personal Injury Claims
When filing a claim, it is usually in an injured person’s best interest to hire a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury attorneys represent their clients, ensuring that they recover the compensation they are entitled to.
In some situations, an injured person may be able to handle their own claim. For non-serious injuries, situations where liability has been admitted, or if a lawyer won’t accept your case, then an injured person may handle a claim on their own. In personal injury law, there may be a timeline within which a claim has to be filed after an injury, depending on the specifics of the case. If this is the case, the injured person should contact a lawyer sooner rather than later.
Personal injury claims have a greater chance of success if they have documentation and other forms of proof, such as medical bills, receipts, photos, doctors’ notes, and other things that can help prove that the injury was sustained and what expenses were incurred as a result.
Why Choose Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Toronto?
At Taverniti | Vashishth LLP, we understand how devastating personal injuries can be. An injury can completely change your life, and often compensation is needed to help with recovering from your injury and putting it behind you. That is why we always seek the maximum compensation for our clients, working with them to help them navigate the legal system and seek the compensation they are entitled to.
Our experience with personal injury claims, from dog bites to road accidents to wrongful death, can help you with your case. We have successfully represented personal injury claims of all types, negotiating the best possible settlements and outcomes for our clients. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686.