Reasons to Retain a Personal Injury Lawyer
There are many different reasons to hire a personal injury lawyer. For starters, beginning the conversation with a lawyer will enable you to discuss what happened to find out if you have a personal injury claim. If serious harm occurred as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be eligible for compensation.
Retaining a lawyer for a tort claim will help you to find out who is liable and what laws apply to your unique situation. Thereafter, your lawyer can work on filing the claim, advocating for you, proving liability and damages and obtaining the proper financial compensation for you. A personal injury lawyer in Barrie at Littlejohn Barristers can deal with all kinds of personal injury negligence claims. Several of these claims are outlined below.
Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
By far, most personal injury claims entail collisions involving automobiles. These claims are covered under the Insurance Act. Automobiles are heavy, can move at very fast speeds, and they are operated by humans, who make mistakes. Whether a car, truck or bus hits another vehicle or a motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian, serious and permanent injuries can occur. Sometimes a seemingly minor accident can involve injuries (e.g., soft tissue) that are not be evident immediately, but worsen days or weeks after the accident.
Other common collisions involve boats, snowmobiles and ATVs. Every driver is required to exercise a certain level of care, given that it is reasonably foreseeable that harm will result if reasonable care is not taken. Every injured victim also has a duty to protect himself or herself and is wise to seek medical attention. It is always recommended to follow the medical practitioner’s recommendations to help mitigate the damages.
Slip and Falls
After motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents are the next most common personal injury claims. They are often caused by wet or slippery surfaces (e.g., an icy parking lot, driveway, walkway, or entrance or spills on the floor inside). A floor that is uneven, loose or with debris on it can also cause a slip and fall accident, as can worn, torn or bulging carpeting, inadequate lighting and/or unsafe structures (e.g., loose railing). A slip and fall accident can lead to serious injuries, including broken or fractured bones, bruises, sprains or strains, concussion, or internal damage.
Slip and fall accidents are largely governed by the Occupiers’ Liability Act. A property owner or operator may be found liable for an injury because of the legal duty to keep the premises reasonably safe and free of hazards. Like businesses and governments, homeowners also have a standard of care as owners/occupiers of property to take reasonable measures to keep visitors safe from harm.
Disability & Life Insurance Disputes
Insurance companies are conscious about keeping costs down and they may not have all the information to pay your claim. If you have been denied benefits under a short- or long-term disability claim, critical illness claim or life insurance claim, our firm can assess the situation and advocate for you.
Other Personal Injury Claims
Other reasons to contact a personal injury lawyer are for fatal accidents/wrongful death, mortgage disability claims, and creditor disability claims. Dog bites/attacks are also handled by our firm. When an injury results from falling short in providing the appropriate standard of care, the responsible party may be liable under the law.
Littlejohn Barristers Can Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you or a family member have been seriously injured in a personal injury accident, contact our Barrie personal injury lawyers immediately to ensure your rights are protected. Strict time lines are set by the Limitations Act. At Littlejohn Barristers, we are experienced personal injury lawyers that successfully negotiate most injury settlement claims as an alternative to fighting it out in court. We work hard to differentiate ourselves. Contact our lawyers today for your free case evaluation at 705-725-7355.