There is no legal requirement to hire a lawyer in order to commence a legal action. You are entitled to file and negotiate your personal injury claim on your own without legal counsel or representation. But choosing to hire a Toronto injury lawyer may have several important benefits.
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Relieve the Burden of Filing a Claim
Filing a personal injury claim takes a lot of time and effort. For many, the process is stressful, especially when they are already recovering from serious injuries. A lawyer knows how to efficiently navigate the legal system. A lawyer handles several complex tasks for clients, including:
- Filling out and filing accident forms
- Collecting and submitting evidence
- Negotiating with the insurance company
- Going to court, if necessary
With these burdens lifted, an individual can focus on recovering from their injuries.
Provide Legal Guidance
A lawyer will use their knowledge of and experience with Ontario’s personal injury laws to build a claim and negotiate with insurers. They will work with expert witnesses, compile medical documentation, gather evidence of earnings and how the injuries will affect an individual’s earning potential, and more. A lawyer will then use all this evidence to strategically negotiate for a fair resolution to the claim.
Obtaining Fair Resolution
Insurance companies and their representatives may make various allegations that could have the effect of reducing settlement amounts available or denying an individual’s claim altogether. Such allegations may include:
- Claiming the injuries are not as severe as alleged
- Claiming the injuries are preexisting
- Disputing the prognosis
If this is an individual’s first major accident, they may not even be familiar with what a fair settlement would be under circumstances. Insurance companies may try to offer a settlement that amounts to less than the individual deserves.
A lawyer will make sure the insurance company negotiates fairly and builds a case to establish not only fault, but the full and fair value of the claim. A lawyer will use extensive empirical evidence to support an individual’s claim for damages.
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Contact a Lawyer
In some cases, making fair, commonsense arguments to an insurance company is not enough to get you a fair, commonsense settlement. The insurance company may deny your claim or offer an inadequate settlement amount that does not account for all your short and long-term damages. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve to fully cover all your damages.