Do I need to hire a personal injury lawyer?
September 08, 2020, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
The sad truth is that if you are wondering about needing a personal injury lawyer then you probably do.
Many people who’ve been in s serious accident wonder about hiring a lawyer. They or their loved one has been through the wringer physically and emotionally and the journey to wellness may not have even begun. You may also be facing the pressure of having your primary income earner off work for an extended period, the drug and rehab costs are mounting, and your workplace insurer has told you that they aren’t responsible for many of these bills – your auto insurer is.
Where to turn for help? How to navigate all the forms and timelines? Did you know about those? What about the labyrinth of the system? You may have people calling you from doctors, other insurers, your insurer, the adjuster, the claims rep? Who do you give what information to?
How do you protect your rights, your privacy and your future?
If you have been in a car accident with little to no property damage and no injuries you may not need a lawyer. However, if you sustained serious injury as a result of the accident and you need long term treatment or have permanent disabilities then you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyere as soon as possible. A good lawyer will ensure that you get the full medical and rehab benefits you deserve and that future rehab, care and earning limitations are also accounted for.
You should contact a lawyer BEFORE you sign any insurance papers, particularly in regard to injuries and liability.
Sometimes your auto insurer will refuse to pay benefits even though you are genuinely injured. If this is the case, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer right away. Insurers often take a ‘say no’ approach and may not be acting in good faith with you. If you are trying to negotiate your own settlement and feel out of your own depth or feel pressured, you need a personal injury lawyer.
It is important to remember that you must notify your insurer within 7 days of an accident, or as soon as reasonably possible, that you want to apply for accident benefits. You’ll need to fill out application forms and return them within 30 days of receipt. In Ontario you then have up to 2 years to file a lawsuit agains the person at fault for a personal injury claim. You are in a better position to manage all these and other timelines with a lawyer helping you.
Remember that at Deutschmann Personal and Disability Law we are “Committed to your future”. Call us first for a free initial consultation. We can come to your home or hospital if you need us to.
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Deutschmann Law serves South-Western Ontario with offices in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Woodstock, Brantford, Stratford and Ayr. The law practice of Robert Deutschmann focuses almost exclusively in personal injury and disability insurance matters. For more information, please visit www.deutschmannlaw.com or call us toll-free at 1-519-742-7774.
It is important that you review your accident benefit file with one of our experienced personal injury / car accident lawyers to ensure that you obtain access to all your benefits which include, but are limited to, things like physiotherapy, income replacement benefits, vocational retraining and home modifications.