When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?
It’s reasonable to assume that hundreds of people incur some form of injury every day in Ontario. Most are minor – scrapes and bruises from falls, twisted ankles in pickup basketball games, burns and cuts in the kitchen – but some can have devastating, lifelong impacts.
When a person suffers a serious injury, their first instinct will likely not be to call a personal injury lawyer. There are other priorities at hand: gauging the severity of their injuries; accessing medical help; ensuring their family is safe and looked after. Once these immediate concerns have been addressed, though, seriously injured accident victims should consider consulting with an experienced personal injury law firm. A personal injury lawyer can help accident victims access compensation to fund their recoveries and ensure that their families are provided for.
In this article, we will look at some of the situations in which an accident victim should consult a personal injury lawyer.
When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The simple answer to the question ‘When should I contact a personal injury lawyer?’ is, ‘as soon as possible after your injury.’ Personal injury lawsuits can be complex, time consuming, and time sensitive. Depending on the nature of your accident and injuries, you may have a limited window in which to file your claim. Contacting a personal injury lawyer promptly after your accident also helps to ensure that evidence is available and accurate.
Time Has Passed Since My Accident. Can I Still Contact a Lawyer?
There are many reasons why an injury victim may not contact a lawyer directly after their accident. In car accident cases, for example, many injury victims assume that their insurance company will provide all the compensation necessary. In other cases, the victim’s injuries may be too severe to promptly seek out legal representation. Other prospective clients may not be aware that they have a right to pursue compensation. Still others may not experience the full brunt of their injuries until weeks or months after their accident.
In all of these cases, it remains advisable to contact a personal injury lawyer. While it is beneficial to reach out directly after your injuries have occurred, doing so is not mandatory; an experienced lawyer may still be able to help you access compensation, even many months after your accident.
For Which Sorts of Accidents or Injuries Should I Contact a Lawyer?
Most personal injury law firms in Ontario, including Will Davidson LLP, have experience representing clients with a broad range of injuries incurred in a variety of accidents. Our areas of expertise include the following:
Car accidents: Car accidents are the most common source of catastrophic injuries in Ontario, and our team has deep experience helping the victims of motor vehicle accidents access the compensation they and their families need during their recoveries. A personal injury lawyer with expertise in car accident claims can help you secure fair and reasonable accident benefits through your insurance provider. In cases where you have been injured by an at-fault driver, a car accident lawyer may also be able to help you pursue additional compensation through a civil claim.
Medical malpractice: Every medical patient in Ontario is owed a certain ‘duty of care’ by their care providers. When a breach of this duty of care leads to serious injuries, the victim may be able to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice claims are notoriously difficult to litigate in Canada – contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer today to learn more.
Slip and fall accidents: Although most slip and fall accidents result in only minor bumps and bruises, some can cause devastating injuries. In these cases, the injury victim may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. New laws in Ontario have significantly narrowed the window during which a slip and fall victim can file a claim, so contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible is particularly important for this kind of accident.
Brain or spinal injuries: A brain injury, spinal injury, or any other form of catastrophic injury can fundamentally transform a person’s ability to enjoy their life. If another party was at-fault for your catastrophic injury, you may be able to secure compensation to help cover medical costs, rehabilitation costs, and other costs associated with your new reality.
The personal injury lawyers at Will Davidson LLP have significant experience addressing these and other forms of personal injury lawsuits. To learn more about how we can help, contact us as soon as possible to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.