Windsor Personal Injury Lawyers
New statistics from the Windsor Police Services Board show that motor vehicle collisions in the Windsor area decreased by 27% last year– an astonishing drop, probably due to the pandemic lockdowns during 2020. However, the same stats reveal a 20% increase in the percentage of collisions that involve substance abuse. Windsor usually has more than 1,400 motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) per year causing injury, and while the number of collisions involving substance abuse is relatively small, these accidents are disproportionately represented in collisions that result in death or serious injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident in the Windsor area, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible in order to explore your options.
Under Ontario’s no-fault insurance system, anyone injured in a motor vehicle accident is entitled to compensation, regardless of whether or not you have insurance. If you were not driving, but were hit while cycling or walking, you may be covered by a family member’s insurance, or the driver’s insurance. Even if you were driving without valid insurance, you may be eligible to access benefits.
If your injury was caused through another driver’s negligence, you may also be able to file a lawsuit. Drivers who were drunk or high when the accident occurred may not automatically be considered negligent, but it is certainly one of the factors that will be considered when that decision is made.
FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT
For an injury victim, life after the accident is often a blur. You may be unable to work, or even to care for yourself. You may find yourself in hospital or at a rehab facility. Your injury may impact your career, your family life, your social life, and your enjoyment of leisure activities. On top of physical pain and emotional trauma, may be worried about how to pay the bills, how to look after children or elderly dependents, or how to maintain your home.
Good personal injury lawyers understand that the period following an accident can be one of the lowest points of an injury victim’s life. They know that you need time to rest and recuperate, and you may even need time to adjust to a whole new normal. One additional worry that no accident victim needs is coping with insurance claim paperwork or questions from insurance claim adjusters. Good personal injury lawyers will help you to file a claim and advise you about your rights. They understand the insurance industry, the legal system, and the medical system. They can be a great source of emotional support during one of the most difficult times you’ll ever face.
Sokoloff Lawyers understand your situation. Our legal professionals are knowledgeable and experienced. They have experience with insurance claims and, because they are trial lawyers, they are fully capable of taking your case to court. An initial consultation with a Sokoloff lawyer is free, and you can explain your situation and learn more about your options. Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they don’t charge hourly fees; they will receive a percentage of any settlement that you receive.
MEETING WITH A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Police report, insurance company policy number, photos of the accident scene, photos of your injuries, driver’s license, etc.
Documents pertaining to diagnosis and treatment, names of doctors and other medical professionals (such as physical therapists or occupational therapists,) bills for medication, equipment, or other medical expenses not covered under OHIP, list of medications, dates you were in hospital.
List of dates/hours of workdays missed, pay stubs showing usual wage.
You should also come prepared to answer questions about the accident, even though this may be difficult for you. The lawyer will need to know some details about what happened and will need to get a good idea of what you’re dealing with due to your injury. One useful tip is to keep a daily journal that documents your pain levels and other specifics about the effects of your injury; you can bring the journal with you. The doctor may also want to know whether you have been in any other accidents, or whether you had any medical conditions before the accident occurred that could be causing some of your symptoms.
Remember to write down a list of questions you have for your lawyer, too. You will probably want to discuss how the fee arrangement will work, and to find out more about the lawyer’s experience with cases similar to yours. It’s important to get a sense of how well the two of you will be able to communicate. If you prefer to communicate in a language other than English, just ask – Sokoloff Lawyers is a multi-ethnic firm offering services in many languages.