During our free consultation with potential clients, we are often asked if retaining a law firm is really necessary to obtain fair compensation. In Ontario, injured people can bring a claim for damages without a legal representative. This is known as self-representation. While you have the legal right to represent yourself, managing your own claim while trying to recover from any injury is extremely challenging, expensive, and complicated. Most importantly, failing to get proper legal advice at the outset of a claim can prejudice your right to financial recovery.
In Ontario, an injured person can be compensated through two sources, accident benefits and a tort claim. It is important to know the extent of your rights under these legal schemes and what to do when you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Suffering a personal injury as a result of another’s negligence such as in a car accident or slip and fall can be an overwhelming experience. Moreover, recovering compensation from the insurer of the other party or company may seem difficult or at times impossible. But do not be discouraged! Here are some general guidelines on choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your case.