Many of our clients have come to us looking for help after suffering injuries from a motor vehicle accident in Ontario. Motor vehicle accidents include car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, recreational vehicle accidents such as ATVs, pedestrian or bike accidents, and accidents involving public transit or transportation vehicles.
What are my rights after a car accident?
Because accident victims naturally have many questions surrounding their rights, we have put together a collection of blog posts which offer responses to many of the concerns our clients have voiced. Ontario’s injury lawyers, Ferguson Barristers, offer free, no obligation consultations for victims seeking more information about pursuing accident claims. Please contact us if you would like to set up an appointment to meet with a personal injury lawyer.
How to pursue a car accident claim in Ontario
Many clients have already given a written or verbal statement to either their own auto insurance company or a defendant auto insurance company by the time they contact a lawyer about pursuing a car accident claim in Ontario. In many cases, the contents of that statement can affect your future lawsuit.
If requested, you will be required to give a statement to the insurance company that you are claiming accident benefits from. It is usually a good idea to have an Ontario injury lawyer present for this because a lawyer can make sure that you only answer questions that are relevant to your claims for accident benefits and that you are not answering questions that could be detrimental to a lawsuit you intend to bring. Read more about Car Accident Claims In Ontario
Tips on compensation for on-the-job car accidents
This article written by Lisa D. Belcourt originally appeared in the February 4, 2011, issue of The Lawyers Weekly.
Personal injury lawyers are regularly asked to provide advice on the compensation rights of clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents while on the job.
Clients are often surprised to learn that a worker injured in a motor vehicle accident in Ontario may be barred from claiming both statutory accident benefits from their own insurer and bringing a claim for tort damages, because the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) governs entitlement to benefits for workers. Even when a worker is able to elect benefits under the Statutory Accident Benefits Scedule (SABS), there are restrictions to those benefits. Advising clients on the best course of action has been further complicated with the introduction of the new SABS regime on Sept.1,2010. More about Statutory Accident Benefits
Claiming long term disability benefits may require the help of an Ontario injury lawyer
Many people carry long-term disability insurance coverage to protect themselves in the event that serious injuries prevent them from being able to return to work and earn an income on their own. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or by a defective product, you may be entitled to claim benefits from your long-term disability insurer.
It is important to know that your long-term disability insurance policy can contain limitations you may not be aware of until you have already been injured. Under certain circumstances, your claim may be denied for not being fully compliant with the terms of your policy, or the type of injury you suffer may not be covered in your policy. More about Long term Disability Benefits in Ontario.
How much does it cost to hire an Ontario injury lawyer to resolve your personal injury or civil litigation case?
If you are considering taking legal action to seek compensation for injuries from a car accident, a slip, trip or fall, or other civil wrong, a big part of the process is deciding whether taking action will be “worth it” relative to what it will cost to hire a personal injury or civil litigation lawyer to act on your behalf.
You may also be concerned that the length of time required to settle the claim will increase the expenses involved. Living on a fixed income because of age, long term disabilities or because of an inability to earn own income due to your injuries should not prevent you from seeking benefits or damages you may be entitled to. Learn more about Hiring an Ontario Injury Lawyer