Toronto Personal Injury FAQs | Questions about Personal Injury Cases

If you or someone you know was recently involved in an unfortunate accident in Toronto, and you’re looking for a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer to help with your case, then you may have some pressing questions as to how you should proceed. Here is a comprehensive list of questions that covers everything you need to know about what the right personal injury attorney can do for you.

1. Do I need a specialized lawyer to deal with my personal injury case?

Hiring a specialized personal injury lawyer will work hard to ensure that you receive all of the benefits and compensation to which you’re entitled. They have thorough knowledge of the laws and provisions involved in your case, and they’ll be able to use all of their legal resources to your advantage.

2. What types of cases do personal injury lawyers take on?

Personal injury lawyers handle all kinds of cases related to injuries, including car accident claims, slip-and-fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, injuries that take place on personal or commercial property, and much more.

3. It is worth it to hire a personal injury attorney?

Yes, it’s worth it to hire a personal injury attorney because they have a very detailed understanding of the laws surrounding your case, and they can help to ensure that you benefit from their knowledge and expertise.

4. How can I make a personal injury claim?

You should call your insurance company immediately to inform them you were recently involved in an accident so that they can start preparing the claim for you. If you were injured in the accident, then you should seek immediate medical attention and contact a personal injury law firm as soon as possible.

5. How long after an accident can I make a personal injury claim?

Since there is a statute of legal limitations and timelines depending on the nature of the case, you should start the process of filing a claim as soon as humanly possible.

6. How long does it take to settle a personal injury case?

All cases are different and have different circumstances. Therefore, there’s no standard time limit to settle a case. Some cases can take years to settle depending on various mitigating factors while others might take slightly less time.

7. Can I handle the claim on my own or should I hire a lawyer?

While you can technically represent yourself in a court of law or during legal mediation, it’s generally not recommended. There are numerous legal nuances, regulations, and tactics that you might be unaware of or lacking in your defense. A well-practiced lawyer is your best defense given the stressful circumstances, and they’ll make sure all your bases are covered.

8. If I’m at fault, can I still make a claim?

If the accident was your fault, you can only make a claim if the other person involved was injured or there were damages to their vehicle. Your insurance company will cover their medical expenses and cost of damage to their vehicle, but depending on your policy, the insurer might not be legally obligated to cover your medical expenses or cost of damages to your vehicle.

9. If I hire a personal injury lawyer, will I have to go to trial?

Not necessarily. This depends on the circumstances of your case.

10. What should I bring to my free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer?

Your prospective lawyer will need to collect as much relevant information about you and your case as possible. Here’s a list of what that may entail:

  • Detailed work history
  • Detailed family history
  • Background information and any existing criminal history
  • Pre-existing and new medical conditions

11. Will you help me fill out all necessary forms to make a claim?

Absolutely. During your free initial consultation, we’ll gladly go over all of the paperwork with you and make sure that you fully understand the overall process and everything that’s being asked of you.

12. What should I do if the insurance company calls me directly?

You can speak with them directly if you wish or you can have your lawyer speak to them for you. If you decide to speak with the insurance company representative or adjuster, refrain from saying anything incriminating and don’t ever admit fault in the accident. The main goal of an insurance adjuster is to find fault in your claim and reasons to lower your compensation amount or deny your claim entirely to save the insurance company money.

13. How much will my legal fees be?

Like most personal injury law firms, we operate on a contingency payment basis. That means that you only have to pay us if we’re able to recover compensation for you, and even then, it’s only a previously agreed upon percentage of whatever compensation you receive to cover our legal expenses throughout the trial.