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The Importance of Retaining a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Accident

If you are involved in a car accident and sustain injuries because of the accident, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer to understand your rights. In fact, anyone who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident (e.g., car, truck, motorcycle), recreational vehicle accident (e.g., boating, snowmobiles, ATVs) or an accident involving public transit or transportation vehicles should contact a personal injury lawyer. The sooner you do so the better!

With serious personal injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and orthopaedic injuries like spinal cord injuries, amputations, or neck, shoulder, knee and other bodily injuries, it is critical that you speak with an Ontario lawyer immediately after the incident to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the benefits and/or compensation you deserve.

Basic Steps that Can Help Protect Your Rights

  • Contact a relevant authority to tell them about your accident, for example:
    • If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, then contact the police
    • If you have injured yourself on someone else’s property, tell the owner or manager
  • Take down the names of witnesses and people involved in the accident
  • Tell your insurance company about the accident, but remember that anything you say to your insurer could be used against you in determining your entitlement to benefits

Other Tips Worth Considering If You Are in a Car Accident

  • Take notes after the accident
    • This will provide better details about the accident than trying to rely on your memory
  • Obtain medical records
    • You have a right by law to obtain any of your medical records to prove the injuries you sustained
  • Find the right personal injury lawyer
    • One of the most important steps is to speak with a personal injury lawyer to determine your rights and possible compensation
  • Notify responsible parties
    • It is best to notify those responsible for your injuries through a personal injury lawyer, such as Ferguson Barristers, to prevent your case from being dismissed

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The province of Ontario has established strict time limits for reporting and filing a claim. If you fail to submit your claim in time, you could forfeit your ability to sue for financial compensation or damages. If you have been injured in an accident, the professionals at Ferguson Barristers can help.

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