If your accident was recent, you’ll want to move quickly to preserve evidence. Here are a few tips to follow after an accident that injures you:
- Write down everything you can remember about how the injury occurred;
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the incident;
- Report the incident to the proper authorities;
- Take pictures of any visible injuries to yourself or others and any damages to your property or the location of your slip and fall;
- Contact a personal injury lawyer to see if you have a valid claim against the person who injured you before making any statements, written or verbal, to insurance company representatives;
Ontario personal injury laws regarding automobile accidents. Ontario is considered a no-fault state, which means each person’s own car insurance will pay for injuries and damages resulting from an accident, no matter who was at fault. Regardless of who is at fault, you are entitled to Accident Benefits under your insurance policy.
In Ontario, personal injury lawyers are permitted to take cases on contingency, which means that they do not ask for an up-front retainer fee but will take a percentage of any proceeds you collect. This means they will be financially motivated to take solid cases and will be frank with you about your ability to file a successful claim.
The statute of limitations, or deadline by which to file a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario, is two years from the date of the injury. If you do not file in this time, you give up your right to sue. There are situations where the standard limitations do not apply.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen and at DH Law, we endeavor to get the best settlement for our clients.
At our law firm, your matter will never be shuffled from lawyer to lawyer, it will stay with the same lawyer and law clerk from start to finish.