How Long Should I Wait to File a Personal Injury Claim?
In Ontario, injured accident victims have up to two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury claim against the responsible parties. But while injured victims focus on their recovery, and make major lifestyle adjustments to cope with their accident’s consequences, the short twenty-four months following an accident can pass by quickly.
By contacting a law firm immediately after your accident, you may be able to ensure that appropriate legal action is taken within the required timeframe, so you can focus on your recovery.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer May Be Able to Help
A personal injury lawyer hired immediately after an accident caused by another party’s negligence may be able to help manage your pursuit of accountability and financial restitution so that you can prioritize recovering from your injuries. A personal injury lawyer may be able to collect evidence to support your claim for damages resulting from your injuries by:
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Obtaining photographs of the scene of the accident
- Obtaining and examining video surveillance footage of the accident
- Consulting with medical experts or accident reconstruction experts
- And possibly more
Visiting a Doctor Immediately After the Accident
Following a serious accident, like a slip and fall or a vehicle collision, even if you don’t believe you’ve sustained a significant injury as a result, seeking immediate medical attention may be crucial.
The adrenaline resulting from symptoms of shock after an accident may temporarily delay or diminish the pain a victim experiences. It could take several hours, or even several days, to begin to feel the full extent of an injury’s severity. By receiving an accurate medical diagnosis immediately after your accident, you may be able to avoid potential complications in your recovery process.
The Costs of Medical Care
Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may be required to undergo extensive rehabilitation treatments or work with medical specialists whose services may not be covered by your insurance policy. Catastrophic injuries could result in a victim’s inability to live independently and may require in-home assistance. The costs of care can cause a victim and their families to undergo substantial financial hardships.
The financial costs of preventable injuries in Canada are responsible for a $27 billion loss to the economy each year. Incurring financial losses while recovering from an injury, especially one that prevents victims from returning to work, can cause accident survivors undue anxiety and uncertainty during a difficult period of their lives.
If you were involved in a car accident and the accident benefits you’ve received from your insurance company do not sufficiently compensate you for losses you’ve incurred as the result of your accident, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you recover damages directly from the responsible parties through a tort claim.
Contact Preszler Injury Lawyers Today
Deciding whether to take legal action against the parties responsible for causing your injuries can be difficult. Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to help you decide which legal option best suits your situation. The sooner you begin the process, the sooner a lawyer can take action on your behalf, so you can focus on your recovery. Call Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE for a free, initial consultation.