When you are injured, your gut reaction is to seek as much compensation as possible for those injuries. While it is vital that you at least speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case, a few key things are important to know before hiring a lawyer.
When you are pursuing a personal injury claim having a lawyer to guide the way to settling the claim successfully is necessary. Finding the right lawyer, however, is not an easy task. Luckily, many tactics are available to aid in finding the best lawyer for your personal injury claim. Before you begin to search for the right law firm, you will want to know some questions to ask when you get to the first consultation. Some things to look at include the lawyer’s record of accomplishments in and out of the courtroom and how he or she has dealt with cases that are similar to yours. These questions will help you to know if they can manage your case with ease and obtain a fair settlement. When you are looking for a lawyer, the best place to start is to talk to your friends and family for referrals or experience they may have had with any specific firm. Recommendations are also available from medical practitioners. Once you have a few names, then you can check their references with previous clients. If many of them are unsuccessful in getting compensation for their claim, or they are unsatisfied with the services, you will want to skip over the law firm they used.
When you are injured in an automobile accident, it is best to obtain legal counsel to help negotiate a fair settlement. Lawyers are not free and many people who are injured do not have the funds for legal counsel. That is why many offices work with contingency fee arrangements, which are a great option for those that do not have the funds available.
Winning a settlement may not be the end of the personal injury claim. You will have to decide how you would like to receive your settlement. With smaller claims, it may be best to get the money in one lump sum payment. However, as the compensation amount increases, a lawyer may urge you to look at a structured settlement that will benefit you for years to come. How do you decide which payment is best for your case? Allow your personal injury lawyer to walk you through the process.
Sadly, if you have received a disabling injury in an accident, you may need Tony Lafazanis to help you receive the benefits you deserve. Most insurance companies will still attempt to get the disabled person to accept less than they are entitled to. Thankfully, the court system does not agree with this practice. There are special standards set for disabilities. You need the services of Tony Lafazanis in Toronto.
Being involved in an automobile accident is tragic enough, but add in a brain trauma and life will forever be impacted. It does not matter if it has affected your brain, or if it is the brain of a loved one, hiring a personal injury lawyer that is knowledgeable in catastrophic injuries is something you will want to look into. They will at least be able to offer advice.
What every injured person wants, is to be treated fairly. They are hurt. How they are treated should respect that.
Part of being treated fairly is to receive fair compensation for their injuries. We bring to the table our more than 35 years of experience for every person we represent. That experience guides us while we gather evidence (documents, records, reports, statements, etc.) to better present an injury claim. Knowing what the other side needs to assess the injury fairly, is critical.
There is a two (2) year time limit from the date of your accident, or injury, to file a claim in Court. If no claim is filed in Court, after the two year mark the right to make a claim will likely be lost. It is very important that you contact us as soon as possible after your accident, or injury, to make sure that the time limit is not missed.
There are a few possible exceptions to the two year time limit that are best explained by us. For example, if the injured person was under the age of majority at the time of the accident, or injury, you have two years from their 18th birthday. In some cases the date the time limit starts is not on the day of the accident, but the day a person of sound mind should have known they have a claim.
If you are not 100% at fault, a claim can be made. Tort claims can be made for:
- general damages (pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of amenities)
- loss of income
- housekeeping costs
- future care expenses
- other out of pocket expenses.
To preserve your claim, the law requires that the at fault person be put on notice within 120 days from the date of the accident and a lawsuit be filed in court within 2 years.
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Each personal injury case is unique, and requires dedication, professionalism, expertise and a personal, hands-on approach. If you have suffered injury due to the negligence of others or are being denied disability benefits, Tony Lafazanis will guide you through every step of the legal process, and ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
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