Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for my case to settle?

The most accurate answer to this question is it depends. There are several factors to consider when determining a potential end point in your case. These factors include the injuries, the number of vehicles and parties involved, insurance coverage issues, evidence production, etc. Most lawsuits settle in approximately 2 to 3 years from the date of the accident. Your lawyer should keep you updated on all aspects of your case so that you are aware of where things stand in the litigation process. Remember that your right to compensation is based on law.

What is the difference between Accident Benefits and Tort?

The main difference is that accident benefits are available to you through your own insurance provider whereas damages in tort are recovered from the insurance provider of the at fault driver. In Ontario, you can recover compensation from both of these sources if you have been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Accident Benefits will assist you while you are recovering from your injuries. Accident Benefits include benefits such as Income Replacement, Medical Rehabilitation, Attendant Care, Caregiver, and other benefits depending on your specific injuries and insurance coverage. It is a good idea to notify your insurer of your injuries within 7 days of the accident.

Why should I hire a lawyer versus another type of representative?

Only a personal injury lawyer will be able to provide thorough and accurate advice about the steps to take when involved in a car accident, slip and fall, or workplace injury. It is best to consult with a lawyer before speaking with anyone else about the course of action you should take after experiencing an injury.

A friend of mine received a lot of money for their car accident; will I receive the same amount?

No two cases are ever the exact same. There are several factors to consider when determining an appropriate amount to settle you case. These factors include the specific injuries you sustained, the impact of these injuries on your normal life and the limitations in the future as a result of these injuries.

How much will it cost me to hire a lawyer?

Most personal injury lawyers in Ontario base their fees on a contingency of your total settlement funds. This is a specific percentage of the recovery that we obtain on your behalf. As a result, most Personal Injury lawyers are not paid until they obtain a recovery for the client. Be sure to review this fee in your retainer agreement with your legal representative so that you are aware of the contingency fee well in advance of settlement.

Important Things to Remember after you’ve been Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident

  • Record the names and addresses of the parties involved and any possible witnesses.
  • Visit with your Family Doctor to provide them with information on your injuries.
  • Inform your insurance company as soon as possible about the accident.
  • Inform your employer or school.
  • Record the names and contact information of your healthcare providers. Keep track of appointments and keep a record of any specialists you have seen.
  • Keep all receipts for any out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident.
  • If your family members are taking care of you, make sure they keep track of the dates and times for which they provided care.
  • Contact Hanson Duby Lawyers to know your rights.

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