Toronto Personal Injury Lawyer FAQs
The complexity of the legal process can leave many citizens afraid to utilize its true potential. At Mazin & Associates, PC, our job is to ensure that our clients are informed about their legal case so that they can make the best decisions possible. Many people who have never been a victim of a personal injury do not know what to expect from their legal proceeding and have many pressing questions. We compiled a list of frequently asked questions to better assist everyone who has wrongfully suffered from someone else’s actions. Contact our office at (416) 250-1234 if you have any further questions about your legal options.
Our thoughtful attitude will make the experience of pursuing fair compensation as pleasant as possible for you and your family. We handle all the paperwork and shield you from the legal and insurance claim process. We strongly believe in fairness and clear communication. We want you to know your rights and risks to be able to make informed decisions
When should I see a lawyer?
You should see a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. In many situations, there are very strict timelines. A notice letter may have to be sent within days of an accident in order to preserve legal rights–otherwise, you may lose all of your rights to claim compensation.
Do I need a lawyer to deal with an insurance company?
Although you do not have to hire a lawyer to deal with an insurance company, you would be at an extremely large disadvantage if you did not. Insurance companies pay large sums of money to professional adjusters who are hired to save insurance companies money. Without retaining a lawyer, you would not know how much your case is truly worth, and may end up settling for what the insurance company tells you is fair. At Mazin & Associates, PC, we put all our energy to maximize your compensation.
Why should I choose Mazin & Associates, PC?
Mazin & Associates, PC is a experienced personal injury law firm. By focusing all of our energies on personal injury law, we have developed an expertise that is difficult for other firms to match. Moreover, we show compassion towards our clients, treating them with the respect that they deserve.
After the accident, I have been unable to work. How can I pay for a lawyer?
At Mazin & Associates, PC, you pay no legal fees until your case has been won or settled. By waiting until the end of the case before you are charged legal fees, you can focus on what is important to you–getting better.
My first language is not English. Will Mazin & Associates, PC be able to represent me?
At Mazin & Associates, PC we have staff members that are fluent in many different languages. In addition, we use interpreters so that we can provide excellent service to clients in their native tongues.
Will the insurance company hire detectives to follow and record me?
There are many times when insurance companies hire detectives to obtain surveillance of people who claim they have been injured in an accident. We advise our clients that there is always a high possibility that they are under observation. We recommend to our clients not to engage in tasks that cause them pain or aggravate their injuries.
What constitutes negligence?
Every person has the responsibility to treat every other person they encounter with reasonable care. Negligence occurs when a person fails to take this reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as acting with a degree of caution that a rational person would exercise under the same circumstance. For instance, a restaurant owner who mops a wet floor and fails to place a wet floor sign can be found guilty of negligence if someone slips and falls. An ordinary, prudent person would know well enough to place the sign to prevent an accident.
How long will my case take?
While many cases are settled within weeks after legal notice, sometimes it takes years for the court system to fully process the case. Every case presents its own unique challenges for gathering evidence, attending trial hearings, and meeting deadlines. Strong, reliable legal representation is rarely fast because good lawyers will take the appropriate amount of time to conduct their due diligence. Rough time lines are difficult to give without first analyzing your case. For more specific information, contact our office at (416) 250-1234.
What is the statute of limitations on an automobile accident?
The Ontario Limitations Act states that a victim has two years from the date of the automobile accident to file a legal claim. After two years, it is often too late to make a claim with your insurance provider or pursue legal action against the other party. However, the law does allow for exceptions to this two-year limitation in very few cases. It is often best to make a claim on an automobile accident as soon as possible, because legal proceedings can sometimes take years to complete.
What can I get compensated for?
Compensation, otherwise known as damages, is awarded to those who suffered from another’s actions in a civil case. Damages are not usually punitive in nature, but they are meant to restore the victim back to their pre-injury status. Oftentimes, clients will be able to receive damages for things such as lost wages, medical costs, lawyer fees, and physical damages to property.
How can we prove medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is often a case of negligence by your doctor. This negligence can occur in a variety of forms such as improper care, failure to diagnose, or delayed treatment. To prove that the doctor failed to provide adequate care, our law office typically utilizes our network of expert consultants to show that any competent doctor would have acted differently under the same circumstances. Furthermore, we will consult with the established medical associations to see if your doctor failed to follow conventional medical procedures or was negligent in doing so.