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While injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are the ones that most often come to mind, there are many other types of injury-causing accidents that befall people in Ottawa every day. In fact, here’s one statistic that may surprise you: of the “estimated 4.27 million Canadians who suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities,” falls were the leading cause of injuries. “About 63% of seniors and one-half of adolescents were injured in falls, as were 35% of working-age adults.”
Even if we are careful, and don’t text while driving, watch our steps, and take reasonable precautions, injuries can occur as a result of:
- Traffic accidents (including motorcycles, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles)
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Slip and Fall/Trip and Fall
- Work-related accidents
Getting Compensation by Filing an Accident Claim
If your accident was caused by the negligence or reckless behaviour of another, you may be able to file an accident claim to be compensated for the harm you have suffered. Drunk drivers, people who don’t have control of their dogs, and property owners who fail to take care of a sidewalk that they knew were in poor repair – these are all examples of people who have shown disregard for the safety and well-being of others.
You are the Priority. Getting you Full and Fair Compensation is the Goal.
Many people don’t know the full cost of an accident-related injury. It goes beyond medical bills and can include wages lost during the time one couldn’t work. It may also mean the need to get household help and help with yard work, an occupational therapist, and/or transportation services. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the compensation required may be far more than what the insurance company offers.
At Auger Hollingworth, we leave no stone unturned in fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve. When you work with us, you can count on getting our full attention, an honest assessment of your claim, the highest degree of service, and compassionate advocacy.
Assessing and Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
The first thing, if not the most important, is finding a lawyer who has relevant experience. So, if you have been injured in a car accident, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer who has dealt with motor vehicle accident victims in the past. Likewise, if you are facing criminal charges, make sure that you hire a lawyer who has at least ten years of experience working in the area of criminal law.
A lawyer who practices a variety of kinds of law and has not specialized in a particular area may not know as much about handling your particular case. Years of experience as a lawyer count for something, but if the experience is not relevant to your specific case, you need to consider who is the best lawyer for your specific legal problem.
In order to assess the lawyer, look for:
- Relevant experience: Specific experience in cases like yours makes a difference when it comes to getting maximum compensation
- Experience in court: Is the lawyer trial-tested? While negotiation with the insurance company might be the right solution, your lawyer should not be afraid to take a case to court if that is in your best interest
- Local knowledge: A lawyer who is thoroughly familiar with the courts in Ottawa and knows the judges, lawyers, prosecutors, police and other entities, has a greater understanding of what to expect. This can only benefit your case.
- Track record of success: Look for a lawyer who has prevailed in cases for his or her clients. While there is no guarantee that a case will work in your favour, it’s a good bet that your lawyer will work hard to get you the best possible outcome.
How we get paid for legal services: Understanding contingency fees and other forms of payment
While many legal services are fee-by-the-hour, personal injury cases are typically taken on a contingency basis. This means that the law firm takes a percentage of the settlement won, and your contract with the law firm is called a contingency fee agreement.
Starting July 1, 2021, the Law Society of Ontario has required all law firms offering contingency fees to use a standard form agreement. In compliance with this requirement, Auger Hollingsworth has adopted the Law Society’s contingency agreement:
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