Q: Why do I need a lawyer?
A: When an accident occurs or you are denied benefits, it is always a good idea to speak to a lawyer to know your rights and to discuss your options.As well, it is a good idea to speak with a lawyer before speaking with a representative of the insurer and giving evidence to them. Once you retain a lawyer, your lawyer will speak to the insurer and advocate on your behalf.
Q: Why your firm?
A: Experience. Compassion. Results. These are not simply words.
My experience as a lawyer has been exclusively in the personal injury field since my call to the bar in 2000.I worked for an insurance defense firm until 2008. Thereafter, I started working exclusively for injured people.During my career,I have conducted numerous hearings and trials (both jury and non-jury). As a result, I am well prepared for any issues, which may arise during the course of your litigation.
When you are in an accident, you and your family will face many challenges.I understand the financial, physical and emotional stress can be overwhelming.I am always available to help and assist in resolving these issues.
The most important consideration is that you obtain the results you deserve and as soon as is possible given your claim. Each claim is unique so time can vary when your file resolves. That said, you want someone that will move your claim along and not let it get just sit.
Q: What should I do after an accident?
A: Following an accident, I often recommend you do the following:
- If no police attend the scene, go to the nearest collision reporting centre to report the accident.
- Make sure that you exchange information with the other driver and include the name of the driver, his or herdriver’s license number, the plate number of the vehicle and insurance particulars.
- If police arrive at the scene, make sure you obtain the name of the officer, his or her badge number and a copy ofthe accident report or the accident number.
- Take photos of the area where the accident occurred in cases involving a trip/slip and fall. With respect to caraccidents, it is a good idea to take photos of the damage to all cars involved in the accident.
- Depending on the extent of the injury, it is usually a good idea to go to the hospital, your family doctor or awalk-in-clinic to get checked out if you have any injuries either at the scene or if the pain develops in thehours or days following the accident.
Q: How much will it cost me to meet at an initial consultation?
A: Nothing. Your initial consultation is always free.
Q: I can’t afford a lawyer.Do I have to pay anything during the litigation?
A: For the most part, there are no costs to you during the life of your litigation. The firm will carry the costs of litigation and any disbursements (those are upfront out of pocket expenses). Upon resolution of the claim, the firm will take a portion of the settlement for fees based on a percentage and the disbursements incurred. The fee arrangement is always discussed upfront so that you are clear on the cost to you.
Q: What is my claim worth?
A: Determining the value of your claim takes time. There are many issues that must be considered when valuing your claim. Issues such as who is responsible for the accident, the extant of your injuries, the length of treatment, the impact the disability has upon your ability to carry on a normal life, the impact on your ability to work and if you have returned to work are some of the issues considered in assessing your claim. This process does take time but it is important to speak with a lawyer who will move quickly to address these issues.