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- We handle all types of injury cases.
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AFTER YOUR FREE, NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION YOU'LL KNOW...
The answers to your questions and concerns about your case.
If we think you have a case and how we recommend moving forward.
How long your case is likely to take and if it will be worth your while.
I had a very good experience with Preszler Law Firm…They always kept me updated on the status of my case and they always communicated effectively with me. I was satisfied with the outcome and would highly recommend this law firm to everyone.. KD
Preszler Law Firm is the best. They did all the work and kept me informed every step of the way. What they estimated for a settlement was on target and yet they were able at the last minute to add more money. I would recommend this firm… DK
They took all the stress of dealing with the insurance company away so I could focus on healing physically and emotionally. ..helped me get a fair settlement from the at fault driver. My only regret is that I should have called them sooner in my case …. JA
Commonly Asked Questions
What does a lawsuit look like?
A lawsuit has five main parts.
The first part is filing a Statement of Claim with the court. This is an official court document that describes who wronged you, how they wronged you, what your injuries and other losses are, and how much money you are asking for.
The second part of a lawsuit is an examination for discovery. This is often called a “deposition” on television and is a meeting where your lawyer asks the defendants questions about the case and the defendant’s lawyer asks you questions about your case. The meeting is recorded and typed into a transcript.
The third part of a lawsuit is gathering the evidence you need to prove your case. This includes gathering medical records, receipts, witness statements, and often reports created by medical and other experts who are hired by your lawyer to explain your injuries and losses.
The fourth part of your case is often a mediation, which is a settlement meeting with a mediator. The mediator helps both sides see each other’s point of view and brings settlement offers back and forth between the parties with the goal of settling the case.
The fifth part of your case is a trial. The trial is a formal court hearing that can take days or weeks. Both sides call witnesses and present their case to a judge or a judge and a jury who then renders a verdict.
Your case can settle any time. Many cases settle before needing to file a Statement of Claim, or before needing to attend an examination for discovery or a mediation. Very few cases go to trial.
What type of compensation can I expect to get?
1. Pain and suffering damages: these compensate you for the change in your quality of life, taking into account the change to your health, your pain levels, the activities you cannot do anymore, how your emotional health and relationships are impacted, etc.
2. Out of pocket expenses: this compensates you for money you have already spent due to the accident or your injuries (keep your receipts!), such as parking expenses to see your doctor, physiotherapy costs, pain medication, etc.
3. Loss of employment or business income: this is income you’ve lost or will lose because of the accident or your injuries. You are also entitled to all future income loss, or an amount to account for the real and substantial possibility of losses to your ability to earn income in the future or be competitive in an open job market.
4. Housekeeping losses: you are entitled to compensation for your inability to do your housekeeping chores or yard maintenance chores in the past and for the remainder of your life, including a reasonable amount to hire people to do these chores for you if your injuries prevent you from doing them.
5. Future medical care: you are entitled to compensation for all medical care you will need for the remainder of your life as a result of your injuries.
6. Legal costs: Ontario has a “loser pays” system, meaning that the loser pays a part of the winner’s legal costs. If you settle your case or are successful at trial then you have won your case. Legal costs generally cover 25% to 50% of your lawyer’s bill.
How long will the process take?
A lawyer’s goal is to get you fair compensation. You can only settle your case once, so it needs to be for the right number. The main concern is not how you will be doing two months from now, but how you will be doing ten years from now.
Generally, a lawyer will not settle your case until you have recovered or they know how your injuries will impact your future. If you recover quickly, your lawyer may be able to settle your case quickly. If you do not recover quickly, your case could take two to four years to resolve.
What does a lawyer do for me?
Lawyers give you peace of mind. They take care of your case so that you can focus on your recovery. Put simply: it is your job to try and get better and it is your lawyer’s job to do everything else.
Lawyers help you get treatment. Physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic treatment and counseling are expensive. Insurance companies often deny requests to fund your treatment. Lawyers fight these unfair denials to get you the physical and psychological treatment you need. Some treatment providers who will treat you upfront at no cost if you agree to pay them back when you settle your case, but only if you have a lawyer.
Lawyers know the value of your case. Knowledge is power. Never settle your case until you know what you are owed as a matter of law. If you have a long-term injury, it may cost you a significant amount of money over the remainder of your life. Lawyers give you advice on how much to settle your case for, though the decision to settle remains your own.
Lawyers even the power imbalance. Insurance companies are a business not a charity; they are not your friend. They hire insurance lawyers whose goal is to dismiss or settle your case for less than it is worth. A lawyer evens this power imbalance and is generally able to secure you a better settlement than you would on your own even after the lawyer’s fees are deducted.
What will I be required to do?
Try and get better. Follow your doctor and other medical practitioners’ treatment advice.
Keep your receipts, no matter how small. You should receive every penny you are owed and this may not happen without receipts.
Talk to your lawyer about your case. Keep them updated on your recovery. Ask them questions when you do not understand something about your case.
If your lawyer cannot settle your case before starting a lawsuit, then you may need to attend an interview with the insurance company’s lawyer (called an “examination for discovery”) or a mediation, which is a meeting with the insurance company where we try and settle your case. In very rare cases, you may be required to attend a trial.
What will the lawyer want to know?
Your lawyer will want to know about the accident. When did it happen? Where did it happen? How did it happen? Whose fault was the accident?
Your lawyer will want to know how the accident impacted your life. What are your injuries? What are all of your symptoms? How they impact your personal life? Your work life? Your home life?
What if I don’t win my case? Will this end up costing me money?
It is extraordinarily rare for a personal injury case to go to trial, let alone for the injured person to lose at trial.
Regardless, lawyers can generally arrange litigation insurance that pays the winner’s legal bill for you if you lose your case.
Why do some cases take as long as they do?
Your lawyer may need doctors to write reports on how your injuries will impact your future before they settle your case. Your future is often the most important part of your case, after all.
It can take two years or more to reach the point of maximum medical recovery where doctors are able to know with any certainty what your future holds. This means you may need to wait two years before your lawyer can secure the medical reports needed for your case.
Ontario courts are severely backlogged. It takes one to two years to set a trial date and you must complete a number of other steps before you can set a trial date.
Why does the insurance company treat me like this?
Insurance companies are used to working in our legal system, which is an adversarial system. This means that insurance companies are accustomed to fighting against injured people in court. They are naturally suspicious and trained to look for weaknesses in someone’s case to try and defeat them in court. This kind of mindset does not make for healthy relationships.
People make mistakes and people operate insurance companies. The insurance adjuster may not understand your case. They may falsely believe you’re lying or exaggerating your case. Unfortunately, when an insurance company makes a mistake it can cause incredible harm to an injured person.
PRACTICE AREAS WE CAN HELP YOU WITH
Below is a list of our comprehensive practice areas. Contact us today and let us help you with any of the types of claims below.
We handle all types of insurer disability benefits.
We’ve helped recover compensation for bicycle accident victims across Ontario.
When wrongful death occurs – we may be able to recover compensation for you.
There is legal recourse available for sexual abuse victims if you have been injured. Contact us today.
Contact us if you have sustained injuries on someone else’s property.
We help accident victims recover compensation from insurers.
We help recover compensation for victims of serious dog bites.
Motorcycle accident injuries can be very severe and fatal. We can help.
Our medical malpractice lawyers can help with most types of medical malpractice cases.
If your newborn has sustained injuries during delivery or labour – contact us today.
If you’ve sustained injuries on someone else’s property we can help.
Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable accident victims. We can help
If you’ve sustained injuries from a slip and fall – we can help pursue compensation.
If you have suffered from a hip implant recall – contact us today to discuss your legal options.
Contact us to see what types of accident benefits you may be eligible for.
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident – contact us today.
We’ve helped victims of truck accident recover compensation since 1959.
Snowmobile accidents can result in fatal injuries. Let us help you recover compensation.
You may be eligible for compensation if you sustained injuries in an ATV accident.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a defective product – contact us.
WHY CHOOSE US
We have been handling personal injury claims for victims across Ontario since 1959.
We strive to provide high quality legal services in our client’s best interest.
Injury lawyers since 1959
We are highly experienced in all types of injury matters.
We treat clients like our family
Every client is treated as if they were our first client.
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You don’t pay anything unless we win
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We don’t tell you what you want to hear; you get straightforward advice and opinions from us.
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We have offices in multiple provinces.
Our lawyers are known to be highly responsive and accessible.
No Upfront Fees
WE do not require any upfront money or retainer fees.
We Have Helped Thousands
We have made a difference in thousand’s of people’s lives.
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