Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyer
People’s lives change every day because of accidents. Many who suffer significant injuries and damages are unable to return to work. The sudden thrust into financial hardship fills their minds with a series of questions, such as: How will I pay for medical care? How will I support my family and myself? How will I make up for my lost wages?
Thankfully, a lawyer can help ease some of your burdens. Ontario offers injured parties legal protections after sustaining harm in accidents. A personal injury lawyer in Hamilton at the Preszler Law Firm can help you file a claim and seek compensation for your damages.
If you have questions about your case and whether or not you would benefit from our help, contact an attorney to schedule a free evaluation of your claim.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
When an individual proceeds with filing a personal injury claim, they are taking legal action against the person or entity responsible for causing their accident and injuries. Common accidents that lead to personal injury claims include:
- Car crashes
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Defective products and machines
If a doctor believes the injuries will lead to permanent disability and the damages are substantial, a lawyer will encourage an individual to discuss their case with an experienced Hamilton personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
An individual will want to have a skilled professional on their side before initiating communication with the insurance company. A lawyer can ensure an individual understands the claims process and know what to expect from the claims adjuster, so the individual is not taken advantage of.
It is an individual’s right to seek financial recovery to the full extent of your damages, and a Hamilton personal injury attorney is able to help that happen.
When to File
An individual has two years from the time of the accident to file a personal injury claim. However, an individual may want to avoid waiting until the last minute to take action because they will not give their personal injury lawyer enough time to build a strong case on their behalf. Additionally, important pieces of evidence may be impossible to obtain if a person waits too long. If a person tries to file a claim after the two-year period is over, it will be thrown out.
Things to Avoid
When dealing with the insurance company, never agree to give a recorded statement or signing any forms until meeting with a lawyer. An individual is under no obligation to comply with the other side’s insurance company’s requests, and doing so could seriously harm the claim. An individual may even say something damaging that can foil their chances of a successful personal injury claim.
Valuing a Claim
The value of a claim hinges on the particular facts and circumstances surrounding the accident. However, a “claim calculator” does not exist, neither does a formula. But an experienced personal injury lawyer in Hamilton can help an individual arrive at an accurate estimate of the claim’s worth.
Recoverable damages include but are not limited to the following:
- Medical expenses: The person responsible for causing the injuries may be required to pay for any current medical bills, medications, physical therapy, surgery, and even future medical expenses
- Lost Wages: If an individual must take time off of work or take a lower paying job while they are recovering, the party at fault may have to pay the person for their lost or decreased wages
- Pain and Suffering: In cases of extreme negligence or deliberate actions, the defendant may have to pay additional damages known as pain and suffering. These damages typically increase the overall amount of the compensation significantly
Hiring a Lawyer
It is free to meet with a Hamilton personal injury lawyer at the Preszler Law Firm. Whether you need help filing a personal injury claim or want to know if the settlement amount an insurance company is offering you is fair, we can help. If you feel we are not a suitable for your case, you are under no obligation to hire our firm.
Should you hire us to represent you, you will not be required to pay any upfront fees. Additionally, we do not collect payment for our legal services until we win an award on your behalf. Be sure to consult with a lawyer today.