When someone else’s wrongful conduct leads to an injury-causing accident, knowing exactly what to do next can feel overwhelming. What actions should be taken at the accident scene? Who is responsible for ensuing medical expenses? What happens if injuries make it impossible for the accident victim to return to work? How long will it take the at-fault party to be held accountable for their negligence?
These, and many other questions, run through the minds of injured accident victims in Guelph each day. No one anticipates being injured because of someone else’s wrongful behaviour, and few people have enough savings in the bank to weather the financial storm that often goes hand-in-hand with serious injuries.
However, our personal injury lawyers serving Guelph have combined decades of experience helping injured accident victims navigate the process of pursuing justice and restitution. Our Guelph personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. If you are unsure of which steps to take next or have questions about legal options for financial recovery that might be available to you, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today to discuss your case for free.
Are You Eligible to Pursue a Claim?
No matter the circumstances of the accident or their resulting injuries’ degrees of severity, most accident survivors have one pressing question: are they entitled to financial compensation?
The answer to that question depends on a number of factors. During a free initial consultation, our personal injury lawyers serving Guelph will be able to review the details of your case and provide you with personalized, case-specific, legal advice about options that might be open to you. To take advantage of a free initial consultation and learn how our personal injury lawyers serving Guelph may be able to provide you with assistance, call 1-800-JUSTICE today.
In most cases, an injured accident survivor’s eligibility to pursue a claim for damages rests in the other party’s negligence. If it can be proven that were it not for the at-fault party’s wrongful behaviour you would not have sustained compensable injuries, our Guelph personal injury lawyers may be able to help you recover financial compensation for injury-related costs you have incurred. Oftentimes, these costs include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mobility aids, assistive medical equipment
- Home modifications to accommodate newly acquired disabilities
- Ambulance services
- Mileage expenses to and from medical appointments
- Housekeeping services
- Psychological counselling
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Reduced future earning capability
- And possibly more
How Can Negligence Be Determined?
As citizens of the province, many of us have legal responsibilities to other community members. Many of us may not have even considered that our daily behaviours are subject to laws put in place specifically to protect the safety and well-being of others, even total strangers.
If a person is subject to the rules of certain provincial legislations but fails to conduct themselves in a lawful manner, depending on the situation, their wrongful actions could have disastrous consequences for someone else. People or organizations whose wrongful actions caused others to sustain injuries may be considered negligent.
Essentially, negligence refers to a party or entity’s failure to fulfill a duty of care that they owed to the injured accident victim. For instance, in accordance with the province’s Motor Vehicle Act, anyone who operates a motor vehicle is required to do so in a safe, considerate, and lawful manner. Traffic laws exist to protect all road-users from the wrongful conduct of negligent motorists. If a driver shirks their duty of care by flouting local traffic laws, they could seriously injure another road-user. Their wrongful conduct could even lead to their untimely and violent death.
Examples of driver negligence that often result in fatal or injurious collisions include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring traffic signs/signals
- And more
Drivers are not the only people in the province with a legal responsibility to provide a duty of care to others. Similarly, the owners/occupiers of commercial or residential properties are required to take preventative precautions to adequately address any potentially hazardous maintenance issues on their premises. Failure to prioritize the safety of visitors to the property could lead to injurious accidents. If an injury-causing accident was the result of a property owner/occupier’s failure to repair, remove, or warn guests about a dangerous issue onsite, the at-fault property owner might be considered negligent. Therefore, they could be responsible for providing the injured accident victim with compensation.
These are only two examples of how someone else’s negligence could seriously impact the physical, emotional, and financial well-being of an injured accident survivor. Our personal injury lawyers serving Guelph have experience working with the injured victims of many kinds of accidents resulting from the negligence of another party, including:
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- E-bike and e-scooter accidents
- Boating accidents
- Snowmobile accidents
- ATV accidents
- And more
What Kind of Evidence is Required?
If you are eligible to pursue a claim against the at-fault party whose negligence caused your injuries, our Guelph personal injury lawyers may be able to help you prove that:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
- By engaging in negligent conduct, the at-fault party failed to fulfill that duty of care
- As a result of their negligence, you sustained injuries
- Because of the injuries you sustained, you incurred financial losses.
To substantiate this claim, our personal injury lawyers serving Guelph might work with medical experts, forensic specialists, and other professionals to help assemble compelling, irrefutable evidence. Examples of evidence that may be presented to substantiate your personal injury claim might include:
- Eyewitness testimonies
- Video surveillance footage
- Photos of the accident scene
- Medical reports
- Evaluations from medical experts
- Police reports
- And more
How Much Will it Cost to Pursue Justice?
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we appreciate how overwhelming it can be to all of a sudden face the difficult, expensive reality of recovering from serious injuries. That is why we do our best to remove financial barriers to accessing our legal services.
In addition to providing a free initial consultation to all prospective clients, our personal injury lawyers serving Guelph operate on a contingency-fee basis. That means, if you are eligible to pursue a civil claim, you will not need to pay us a cent unless we win your case.
To learn more about how our Guelph personal injury lawyers might be able to assist you and to receive the benefit of personalized legal advice, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today.