Guelph Personal Injury Lawyers
Are Guelph streets safe enough? Last year’s collision report revealed a 6% increase in the number of collisions in the city, and it’s estimated that there is one collision every four hours on city streets. Fortunately, the number of motor vehicle accidents that result in major injuries or deaths declined last year, but already in 2021, Guelph has been the scene of a number of motor vehicle accidents causing serious injuries. Some of the shocking statistics compiled by the City of Guelph in the 2015 – 2019 Collision Report include:
- 1 collision occurs every 230 minutes
- 1 person is injured in a collision every 9 hours
- 1 road fatality occurs every 130 days
- 1 pedestrian collision occurs every 10 days
- 1 cyclist collision occurs every 10 days
Being injured in an accident can have devastating effects on your life and your family. A severe injury can interrupt your career, impact your relationships, and can even make everyday tasks difficult. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it’s important to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
WHY A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?
You should report your accident to your insurance company as soon as possible after it happens. However, before speaking to an insurance claims adjuster or filing any paperwork, please consult a personal injury lawyer, who knows what is required in these cases.
You will likely be eligible for benefits from your insurance company to compensate you for expenses and lost income caused by your injury. In Ontario, these benefits are codified in the Insurance Act in the Statutory Accidents Benefits Schedule. Depending on the severity of your injury, the benefits available to you may include income replacement (up to $400 per week,) medical and rehabilitation benefits, caregiver benefits, attendant care benefits, and more. Some injuries, such as an amputation, loss of vision, or a severe injury to the brain or spinal cord, are considered “catastrophic” in that they will affect you significantly for the rest of your life. If you have suffered one of these injuries, or a combination of lesser injuries that have seriously impacted your life, your claim may be eligible for a lump-sum payment.
Ontario has a “no-fault” insurance system that ensures anyone injured in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) can obtain compensation. If you were a pedestrian or cyclist and do not have insurance, you may be able to file a claim with a family member’s insurance company, or with the insurer of the driver who struck you. Even if you were driving without insurance, you may be able to access insurance coverage, so be sure to check with a personal injury lawyer.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may also be able to bring a lawsuit against a driver whose negligence caused your injuries. Talk to a personal injury lawyer about whether or not this is a good option for you.
Personal injury law is complex, and if you’ve been seriously injured, you’ll need to work with a good lawyer who has experience with the claims process. And although most personal injury lawsuits in Ontario are settled before they go to trial, you’ll want to make sure that your lawyer is a trial lawyer. The legal professionals at Sokoloff Lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and qualifications you need.
First, one of our lawyers will meet with you for free. At that free initial consultation, you can explain your situation and ask questions of the lawyer. If you prefer to communicate in a language other than English, just ask! Sokoloff Lawyers is a multi-ethnic firm, and we provide services in many different languages.
Be prepared for the meeting. Be sure to bring relevant paperwork in three different areas:
List of dates you were in hospital, diagnosis, treatment plans, photos of your injuries, long-term prognosis, etc.
Insurance policy, accident report, photos of the scene, driver’s license.
It’s also a good idea to keep a journal that details the effects of your injuries, such as pain levels and symptoms experienced day by day. You can also record doctor visits, expenses, and treatments in this journal.
Sokoloff Lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid until you receive a settlement. Instead of charging hourly fees, our lawyer will sign a contingency agreement with you, and when your claim is settled, your lawyer will receive a percentage of the money. This means that you will not be placed under additional financial strain by obtaining expert legal advice. You can be sure that your lawyer believes in your case, and that they will negotiate the best deal possible in a timely fashion.
When you’re injured, you want someone on your side who will fight for the compensation you deserve. A good personal injury lawyer can be an advisor, a support, a friend, and an ally.