If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a car accident, we may be able to help you pursue the financial damages you may be eligible to receive. To get your case started, call our team at Preszler Injury Lawyers today at 1-800-JUSTICE for a free initial consultation regarding your case.
Our car accident lawyers can meet with you in Port Hope for a free initial consultation. Call (416) 364-2000
Do Not Wait to Call a Car Accident Lawyer Serving Port Hope
The aftermath of a serious car accident is trying, but it is critical that you do not wait to call us. The amount of time between the accident and the date you initiate legal action could impact your ability to obtain financial damages.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents in Port Hope
Canadian law puts a time limit on how long you can wait to bring a lawsuit against a liable party if you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle collision. Ontario’s Limitation Act imposes a basic limitation period that rules over most personal injury cases.
For those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of your accident. If a loved one was killed in a car accident and you are seeking compensation for a wrongful death, you also generally have two years, but this period may be more flexible.
If two years have passed since you or your loved one’s accident, you may still be eligible to receive financial damages. We may be able to explain your eligibility.
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You May Be Eligible to Receive Compensation for Damages
The amount of damages you could be eligible to receive varies on a case-by-case basis. Considerations include:
- The nature and extent of your injuries
- Who is determined to be at fault, and for what percentage of the accident
- The ultimate cost of treating your injuries
- Whether your injuries prevent you from maintaining regular employment
Your car accident lawyer serving Port Hope may be able to follow a four-step process for proving that the liable party is responsible for your injuries, and by extension, the cost that those injuries have imposed on you.
Any successful personal injury claim depends on a lawyer’s ability to prove liability. In order to do this, we may follow a four-step process to establish:
- The liable party owed you a duty of care.
Duty of care is defined as ‘the responsibility or legal obligation of a person or organization to avoid acts or omissions that could likely cause harm to others.’ When it comes to car accidents, the plaintiff must prove that the motorist who caused or contributed to the accident failed to act in a way that would keep other motorists reasonably safe.
- The liable party breached their duty of care.
There are many ways that a motorist can act in a reckless and/or negligent manner, and in doing so put fellow motorists at an unreasonable risk of danger. These behaviours include:
- Failing to maintain a safe distance
- Changing lanes carelessly and/or without signaling
- Driving impaired
- Engaging in distracted driving such as texting, calling, fiddling with the radio, etc.
- The liable party caused the accident and, by extension, your injuries.
We must also connect the liable party’s negligence to your accident, establishing causation.
- You suffered damages because of your accident and injuries.
You may be eligible to recover compensation for damages. The settlement or judgment you receive depends on several variables. Call our team at Preszler Injury Lawyers today at 1-800-JUSTICE for a free initial consultation regarding your case.
Common Damages Awarded in Motor Vehicle Collision Cases
No two motor vehicle collisions are the same, and the details of your accident affect the financial damages you could collect. However, damages may cover some combination of:
- Emergency transportation
- ER bills
- The cost of your hospital stay
- Ongoing rehabilitation stemming from injuries sustained in the accident
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Permanent disability and/or disfigurement
You may be eligible to receive additional damages for any other costs that result from the accident. We may be able to counsel you on what the details of your case mean with respect to the damages you may be eligible to receive.
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We Handle Wrongful Death Claims
If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you may qualify to file a wrongful death claim. Family members who lost a loved one in an accident may suffer in many ways, and if another’s negligence or carelessness caused the fatal accident, the family may be eligible to receive financial compensation.
Part V of Ontario’s Family Law Act details the process for dependents to obtain damages when their loved one has been killed due to the negligence of another party. A car accident lawyer serving Port Hope may be able to explain this Act to you, and what it means for your family’s ability to obtain damages covering:
- Mental anguish, pain and suffering
- Any expenses incurred by the accident
- Funeral costs
- The loss of companionship and guidance for spouse and child(ren) (“loss of consortium”)
- Loss of financial protection provided by the deceased
The details of your case may entitle you to further damages. Call our team at Preszler Injury Lawyers today at 1-800-JUSTICE for a free initial consultation regarding your case.