How much information should you share with your personal injury lawyers ?

How much information should you give your personal injury lawyer?

We often meet with clients who are injured in an accident and don’t know what to do.  Initially we walk through the steps to take in getting a claim started and start getting support at home .  Throughout the first few months following an accident , there are a lot of changes in one’s recovery and health.  It’s important to remember to keep your personal injury lawyer abreast of these changes. If your recovery is not moving along as expected or if you feel your health is in fact declining, it is important to seek proper medical treatments as soon as possible.  The longer you wait, the worse it may become.  You are doing yourself any favors by “toughing it out”.   Once you have received proper medical treatment and are taking care of yourself, it is important that you share with your personal injury lawyer any changes in your health and recovery.  If you are referred to a new doctor or a specialist, it is important to keep your personal injury lawyer informed of such referrals.  Your personal injury lawyer will want a copy of all medical reports and any developments in your treatment plan.  The more information your personal injury lawyer has, the better they can prepare your case. In the long run this will help your case, as there will be no surprises. You may think you are bothering your injury lawyer, or they are too busy, or that you will be billed every time you contact them . In most cases, all it takes is a simple email.  Most personal injury lawyers take cases on contingency so you don’t pay anything until your cases is resolved so you need not worry about being charged. Your personal injury lawyer will want to know what you are going through.  The more they know, the more they can help.  In our initial meetings with clients, we try to make this message clear; however, often times down the road we will have clients say things like ” I didn’t want to bother you…”.  Trust me, it would bother us more if we didn’t know !

It’s important that you are honest and open with your doctors, nurses, social workers , health practitioners and injury lawyers.  We all understand that what you are going through is not easy and at times you may wish to remain private.  This is completely understandable and normal; however it is not what’ s best for you.  You need to be as open as possible and accurately describe your pain and symptoms.  The best way to recover is to properly diagnose that needs recovery.  As experienced personal injury lawyers, we are actively involved in your recovery.  We often will attend meetings with your health team and give input on what we think that can in your recovery.  We have helped hundreds of people rebuild their lives following an accident and we can help you.

Contact us at no charge and we can discuss your personal situation and how we can help you and your family.   Leave this to us so that you have the time and energy to focus on your self, your recovery and your family.

 


After an Ontario accident are caregiver benefits only available to catastrophic injuries ?

Caregiver benefits

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident in Ontario, you are most likely looking into what coverage you have through your insurance company.

In Ontario, accident benefits are available to Ontario drivers. Whether you are at fault or not in the accident, your Ontario insurance policy will provide you with certain accident benefits.  One accident benefit that you may need is Caregiver Benefits. If before your accident you were providing full-time care to dependants and you no longer can as the result of your automobile accident, you may be eligible for caregiver benefits in the instance that you need to hire someone to step in, take over and care for your dependants. The maximum amount for caregiver benefits is $250 each week for one dependant, and another $50 each week for each additional dependant.

Catastrophic injury and caregiver benefits

The caregiver benefits are available to  catastrophically injured accident victims.  In the event that you have suffered a serious injury but are not deemed to be catastrophically injured ,you may still access caregiver benefits if you have purchased the “top up”  and extended your accident benefits coverage.  These additional accident benefits are optional benefits and may not be for everyone.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I meet with people everyday who have purchased the additional accident benefits and have had to use them.  In a time of need, they can make all the difference. If you are wondering whether or not you can receive these accident benefits, give us a call and we can help you figure it out. After an accident, figuring out your best options in Ontario accident benefits is the last thing you need. It’s time to focus on yourself, your family and recovering. You owe it to yourself.

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