Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses how to hire the best Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer..
Hiring a Ottawa personal injury lawyer is an important decision to make. You need to make sure that you choose carefully. When choosing the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you and your family, think about the following:
-what is their experience?
-what is their track record?
-can they provide you with references of past clients? past cases?
-do they have a good website?
-are they prepared to take your case to trial ?
-have they been to a personal injury trial before? You would be surprised by how many Ottawa personal injury lawyers shy away from taking a case to court and will settle for less to avoid doing so.
-do they have infrastructure in place?
-will they travel to you?
-can they refer you for medical treatments?
-do they have a good personal injury network?
-do they specialize in Ontario personal injury?
-are they up to date with what is going on in Ontario personal injury law?
-do they seem genuine?
-do you see yourself working well with this Ottawa personal injury lawyer?
-are they available to meet with you?
There are many more areas for you to explore when choosing the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you. Do a little research, meet with them and go with your gut. You will know right away whether or not they are the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you or not. Don’t be swayed by the first personal injury lawyer that promises you millions of dollars in compensation. Ask them how they plan on getting that amount of money and to provide other, similar cases where they have obtained similar compensation amounts.
Initial meeting with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer
Most of my initial meetings with personal injury clients are at someone’s kitchen table or hospital bed. I don’t do a song and dance about why I am the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for them, I simply listen to their story and then offer advice. I like to give people time to think about the important decision of choosing the best lawyer for them. Don’t let a lawyer push you into deciding on the spot. Give yourself time to make this very important decision.
Hiring the best personal injury lawyer for you and your family is crucial. Don’t sell yourself short.
Injury and Insurance Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario.
Unfortunately Ontario accidents happen every day. When someone is involved in an accident they typically need to access their accident benefits through either their insurance company or the insurance company of the at fault driver. One of the accident benefits that is most often needed is the medical, rehabilitation and attendant care benefits.
The typical maximum amount for medical and rehabilitation expenses, (physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, dental expenses, etc..) is $50,000 if your injuries are deemed to be non-catastrophic. If you are deemed to have catastrophic injuries, the standard maximum is $1,000,000 in medical, rehabilitation or attendant care benefits . The standard maximum for attendant care is $36,000. If you are catastrophically injured, the standard maximum is $1,000,000.
Additional optional benefits can be purchased through your insurance company and can cover up to $100,000 or $1,100,000 in medical and rehabilitation expenses as well as $72,000 or $1,072,000 in attendant care expenses, and up to $3,000,000 in combined medical, rehabilitation and attendant care expenses for any one deemed to be catastrophically injured.
While OHIP covers medical visits, it does not cover all health care expenses. If your accident has left you with serious injuries, chances are you will need many treatments that are not covered or partially covered by OHIP such as physiotherapy, chiropractor, mobility devices (crutches, wheelchairs), home modifications, car modifications and other goods and services. These additional medical, rehabilitation and attendant care benefits can make all the difference.
Most serious injuries such as brain injuries, spinal injuries and amputations are permanent and require hundreds of thousands of dollars in treatments and equipment on an ongoing basis. It may even be possible, depending on the severity of your injury that you require attendant care 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
Having all the benefits available to you when you need them is critical. If you are unsure of what Ontario accident benefits you need and can access, we can help you figure it out. We can sit down you and walk you through your options and help you figure out how to get maximum accident benefits.