There are many benefits to working with a Toronto injury lawyer after a serious car accident. A lawyer with years of experience in personal injury law understands how to protect a client’s rights to fair and sufficient compensation. Working with a lawyer also may increase the odds of securing a fair financial settlement or award.
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Below are five of the key benefits of hiring an injury lawyer after an auto accident:
1. An Injury Lawyer Will Understand Ontario’s Insurance Laws
In September 2010, significant changes were made to Ontario’s standard motor vehicle insurance policy. The changes place new limits on what an accident victim can collect through an Accident Benefits claim. An injury lawyer will understand the ins and outs of these insurance laws and what a victim must do to pursue compensation.
Accident Benefits are under strict deadlines and other restrictions. In fact, a victim has just seven days in which to notify an insurance company of an accident and just 30 days to file for Accident Benefits following receipt of the application. A lawyer can ensure a victim hits all of these deadlines, obtains what they are legally entitled to and can determine whether or not a settlement is fair.
2. An Injury Lawyer Can Prosecute a Tort Claim
An auto accident victim may have the right to pursue additional compensation in a tort claim. These actions are available only in cases where there is proof someone else’s negligence caused the accident.
A lawyer can investigate the details of an accident case to determine if there are grounds for a tort claim (or lawsuit). The lawyer then can initiate the action on the victim’s behalf.
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3. An Injury Lawyer Can Conduct Investigations
A tort action will necessitate substantial evidence to prove negligence on behalf of another driver. This may include accident reports, witness testimony, photographs of the accident scene and articles taken from the crash site. A lawyer can collect and organize these materials and pursue other evidentiary resources, such as testimony from expert witnesses.
4. An Injury Lawyer Understands How to Calculate Damages
An injury lawyer can calculate a victim’s past accident-related expenses and take a comprehensive look at all future costs associated with the accident related injury. This may include consulting economics experts, forensic accountants or life care planners to make calculations on lost wages, home care and long-term medical care. This protects a victim’s rights to a fair and full financial recovery.
5. An Injury Lawyer Can Represent a Victim Every Step of the Way
An injury lawyer can help a victim file for Accident Benefits, negotiate for fair insurance benefits and prosecute a tort action. The lawyer can handle all negotiations and communications with liable parties and insurers to allow the victim time to focus on recovery.
Recently injured in an automotive crash in Toronto? The injury lawyers at Preszler Law firm have been helping car accident victims for more than five decades. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call 1-800-JUSTICE® or complete this confidential online form to learn more about compensation available after an auto accident. We do not charge a fee unless we recover for you.