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How to Select a Personal Injury Lawyer

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Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer 

The Province of Ontario has strict timelines in place when it comes to reporting and filing a claim, so it is important to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Take the following things into consideration when looking for a personal injury lawyer that best fits you and your case:

Is The Lawyer Aware of the Strict Ontario Timelines?

As mentioned, the Province of Ontario abides by strict timelines for reporting and filing a claim. Your personal injury lawyer should be familiar with these guidelines, so getting in touch with someone as soon as possible will help reduce the risk of forfeiting your ability to sue for financial compensation or damages.

Does Your Lawyer Have The Qualities You Need?

Take the time to find a high-quality lawyer that is the right fit for you and your case. Many personal injury claims require the sharing of personal information and emotional details, so it’s important to find someone that you can trust. Ask the lawyers you are considering working with to share details of their approach, their experience with claims like yours and their general philosophies towards personal injury law. Their answers will help establish if they are the right fit for you.

How Knowledgeable is Your Lawyer

Your lawyer should be both knowledgeable and skilled in the area of expertise concerning your case.  Personal injury and civil litigation cases require in-depth research and a thorough understanding of the various benefits and timelines applicable to personal injury cases. With car accident claims, familiarity and experience with the relevant Accident Benefit scheme are critical.

Your lawyer should be able to provide you with helpful answers to your questions based on their knowledge and experience as well as provide you with a clear picture of how the process will work in your particular case.

Find an Experienced Lawyer

As with most specialized professions, a large amount of knowledge comes from the experience of doing the work. Be sure to review the lawyer’s experience before hiring them. You should feel comfortable asking if they have handled matters like yours before, and confident that they are prepared to work with you through the process. Not all lawyers have the same approach or philosophy, so you should be sure your lawyer is the right person to represent your interests.

Your Lawyers Location

It’s important to find a personal injury lawyer that you can access easily. With referral lawyers throughout Ontario, Ferguson Barristers can handle your case almost anywhere in the province:

  • Barrie
  • Guelph
  • Kitchener/Waterloo
  • Collingwood
  • Sudbury
  • Whitby
  • and more

Legal Fees

Living on a fixed income should not prevent you from seeking benefits that you may be entitled to. Your lawyer should be clear on how you can expect to be billed, allowing you to financially prepare for the expenses related to your case. Thankfully, 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.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact us online for a free legal consultation or by phone at 1-800-563-6348 to speak directly with one of our lawyers.

This blog post is presented for information purposes only. The information contained in this post should not be construed as legal advice from Ferguson Barristers or the individual author, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal advice on any matter. You should not act, or refrain from acting, based on any such content or information without seeking appropriate legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.
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