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Questions to consider when trying to find a personal injury lawyer to handle your disability claim

What qualities should I be looking for in a personal injury lawyer?

Because many personal injury claims require you to share personal and sometimes very emotional details, you need to be sure you trust your lawyer’s expertise and their ability to handle your claim.

Asking your lawyer to share details of their previous experience with claims like yours, their approach to providing service and their general philosophy towards personal injury law, will help establish if they are the right person to represent you.

 

How long after my car accident should I wait to contact a personal injury lawyer?

The province of Ontario has established strict time lines for reporting and filing a claim. Getting in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident means you will reduce the risk of forfeiting your right to a claim for compensation.

Your personal injury lawyer will be familiar with the time frames and guidelines for reporting and filing a claim.

How do you bill for fees, and can you work with me on payment arrangements if my situation is financially challenging?

 

Being clear about how you can expect to be billed will allow you to prepare financially for the expenses related to your claim. Living on a fixed income because of your age or disabilities should not prevent you from seeking benefits you may be entitled to.

Many personal injury claims will be accepted on a contingency fee basis, which means that legal fees will be recovered as a percentage of any settlement.

For payment of ongoing disbursements and any legal fees billed on an hourly basis, we are generally willing to work out a regular payment schedule that fits within our client’s budget.

What should I bring to my first consultation?

Our lawyers will dedicate enough time during your first consultation to understand the details of your claim, and to get to know you as a client.

Arriving with the following information will help your lawyer to better understand your case:

the details of your insurance coverage, including the name of your insurance company, your policy number and the name of your insurance agent or adjuster;

the names and contact information of your doctors and other health care providers, and a list of hospitals where you have received treatment for your injury;

photo identification.

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