If you’ve received an injury as a result of another party’s recklessness or negligence, it is important to seek legal help immediately. Time is of the essence in a personal injury case, and seeking the advice of an experience personal injury lawyer early on will help you achieve a quicker, more lucrative settlement.
So how does the personal injury process play typically play out in Toronto?
Generally, the insurance company for the at fault party will actually start to build a case first. This may go contrary to what you’d expect, but in the case of companies that are at fault, their insurance companies will want to minimize the amount of cost they have to pay as much as possible. Therefore, they will begin their investigation as early as possible to get a good assessment of the situation. Once they’ve gather information, they will generally contact you (or the injured party) to seek a settlement.
Usually, their first offer is quite low as they are trying to bait you into settling for a low price.
Given the above, you should see why it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You will quickly lose the upper hand if you wait too long to seek legal advice which could hamper your ability to receive a fair compensation down the road.
Once you’ve found a lawyer (or a few lawyers) that handle personal injury cases, it is important to conduct a thorough interview. In your interview, be sure to ask about a lawyer’s track record and process in achieving high compensations for their clients. The good thing about personal injury lawyers, is that are usually paid on a contingency basis – that is they don’t get paid until you get paid. This is good, as it means that you don’t have to put down expensive money for a lawyer until you actually achieve a settlement.
Once you have determined which lawyer to go with, you lawyer will get to work right away collecting the requisite information and providing the necessary legal foundation for your case. They may ask you for any medical or financial records, so it is important to keep any documentation pertinent to the case on hand.
Often times it is possible to settle a personal injury claim outside of court. This can be the preferred option as court settlements can take a long time and end up costing both parties more money in the end. This type of settlement can be carried out in mediation, which is a meeting that includes both parties and their lawyers and a mediator. Just because you decide to attend a mediation does not mean that you have to agree to a settlement. However, keep in mind that typically 90 to 95% of all personal injury cases are settled out of court.
The time frame for a personal injury course really depends on a number of factors. In particular, it depends on how complex the case is, what parties are involved, and the extent of the injury. More complicated cases will take longer to settle.
It is also important to consider that there is a Statute of Limitations in place which outlines the maximize amount of time you can wait before seeking a settlement for an injury. If you wait too long, then you can undermine the amount of money you receive in compensation. This is why it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.