Finding the right lawyer when you have just been involved in a car accident or any other incident causing personal injury can be difficult, particularly if this is the first time you have had to seek legal help. While relying on the advice of your family and friends about their experiences with various legal professionals may be a place to start, there are a few key qualities a good personal injury lawyer should possess in order to help you successfully gain compensation for your injuries.
Below is a list of criteria that you should consider when seeking out a law firm or lawyer in Ontario to advise you on your personal injury claim.
Your lawyer should be both knowledgeable and skilled in the area of expertise concerning your case. Personal injury and civil litigation cases require in depth research and a thorough understanding of the various benefits and timelines applicable to personal injury cases. With car accident claims, familiarity and experience with the relevant Accident Benefit scheme is critical.
Your lawyer should be able to provide you with helpful answers to your questions based on their knowledge and experience as well as provide you with a clear picture of how the process will work in your particular case.
To be effective and to make the process as stress free as possible, your personal injury lawyer should be accessible. This means your lawyer should return your calls and answer your concerns in a timely manner. It also means that a good personal injury lawyer should be willing to meet with you at a location that is convenient for you. In personal injury cases, clients may have just been in a serious car accident or slip, trip or fall accident, leaving them unable to leave their home or travel great distances. A lawyer who will make the trip to your hometown or even directly to your home is an important consideration.
As with most specialized professions, a large amount of knowledge comes from the experience of doing the work. Be sure to review the lawyer’s experience before hiring them. You should feel comfortable asking if they have handled matters like yours before, and confident that they are prepared to work with you through the process. Not all lawyers have the same approach or philosophy, so you should be sure your lawyer is the right person to represent your interests.
Often, traumatic incidents leave accident victims feeling vulnerable and confused about what to do next. You may or may not have experienced the loss of a loved one, lost the ability to function as you did before the accident or be experiencing psychological symptoms. A personal injury lawyer who is sensitive to your overall situation will be able to help you feel comfortable and offer you resources to access the support you need.
Lastly, be sure your personal injury or civil litigation lawyer is persistent in maintaining or seeking the required documentation, assessments and other information necessary to help advance and ultimately conclude your case. Legal matters often take many months, if not years, to conclude which means you need a lawyer who is willing to push your matter forward as well as see your matter through to the end.
At Ferguson Barristers LLP, we specialize in personal injury and civil litigation law. We have the hands-on litigation experience, training and knowledge you need to make sure your rights are protected and to help ensure your claim is resolved in a timely, fair and respectful manner. Furthermore, through our lawyer referral network, we are usually able to meet with you in the comfort of your hometown For a free initial consultation or to obtain more information, please contact us at 1-800-563-6348.