Lawyers understand how desperate an accident victim might be for some form of monetary compensation. Of course, the person that has insured the accused driver recognizes the extent to which a victim’s desire for compensation could be used to an advantage. The longer the delay in the delivery of that compensation, the greater the amount of time until the victim’s phone might ring. Read More
At the time of an accident, the person that has become the victim has the right to seek just compensation. For that reason, the injured driver or passenger should ask for information on the company that is insuring the other driver. Yet that clear process does not put an end to a victim’s chances for winning a just compensation, after being injured by a hit and run driver. Read More
When a potential client approaches a lawyer with this particular problem, the same lawyer can offer some bad news and some good news. The potential client’s case does not have clear cut answers. A more precise answer can be given to the person that has agreed to let another person drive his or her car. Still, that clear answer is not one that the possible client wants to hear. Read More
Personal injury lawyers seek a just compensation for all sorts of accident victims. While each victim’s case is unique, each victim can be expected to ask one particular question at some stage of the investigative/settlement process. Read More
Anybody that gets hit by a motor vehicle must do certain things. Those are tasks that need to get completed, even if the identity of the negligent driver remains a mystery. For example, the victim of any accident needs to seek medical attention. After a hit and run accident has taken place, a listing of the victim’s tasks becomes a bit longer. Read More
There are those occasions when a dog is not man’s best friend. In fact, a dog attack can cause serious injury, emotional scarring, and sometimes even death to small children. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog in Ontario, you are covered under the law. Under what’s known as the Dog Owner’s Liability Act, the owner of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal. Read More
The trucking industry works on deadlines. If deadlines aren’t met and goods not moved, then profits are affected. Today, over 200,000 people make their living in the trucking industry in Ontario and there is a major shortage of qualified drivers. This means even more pressure for truckers to meet deadlines and work longer hours. Kitchener injury lawyers see many cases of accidents involving trucks where drivers have succumbed to fatigue. Read More
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you have enough to worry about. You may be facing hospitalization, medical bills, rehabilitation, or even a long-term loss of wages. You may be tempted to take the first settlement you are offered by the insurance company because it seems simple and you want to get on with more important things like healing and getting back to work. But you want to consider that you may be dealing with some long-term limitations in your life after an accident. Will that insurance settlement be enough? Read More
Accident victims have a right under the law to sue at-fault drivers for non-pecuniary damages such as pain and suffering after an accident resulting in injuries. But the fact is, in Ontario, suing for pain and suffering is difficult. The government has enacted laws putting limitations on the definition of pain and suffering and what it entails. If you have questions with regard to your rights under Ontario’s legal definition of pain and suffering, a Kitchener personal injury lawyer is a good resource.
The Legal Threshold for Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering claims have to meet a certain “threshold”. Today, in order to pursue a claim, your injuries must meet certain requirements under the law. These injuries must be deemed a serious and permanent impairment of an important bodily function. Simply, this means that life has been transformed for you for the rest of your life. You must prove that you cannot work and cannot participate in your normal daily living as it was before the accident. These injuries will need to be proven permanent, meaning that they will impact your life in a tangible way for the rest of your life and will probably not become better. An injury lawyer in Kitchener will be able to help you determine whether your injuries meet this threshold.
The Need to Surpass the Monetary Deductible
In addition to meeting the threshold for the definition of pain and suffering, your injuries also need to surpass monetary amounts to apply for pain and suffering claims. A deductible $30,000 must be met. If your claim is not worth more than $30,000, it does not meet the necessary deductible to be considered a pain and suffering claim. Pain and suffering claims will be attributed to anything over and above that $30,000 deductible. This may or may not make sense to you as the victim if you are only going to be awarded a small sum after the deductible that then goes to pay legal fees. If your damages exceed $100,000, then the deductible does not apply.
From a victim’s perspective, a deductible doesn’t seem very fair. But insurance companies lobbied that they were paying out too much in claims for non-pecuniary damages and successfully had the deductible enacted.
Get Experienced Legal Advice
When it comes to pain and suffering, it is often very difficult to recover damages after a motor vehicle accident in Ontario. Your best recourse if you have any questions about your eligibility for a pain and suffering claim after an accident is to consult with a professional injury lawyer in Kitchener. Call the injury law professionals at ABPC Law in order to get any questions answered. We offer a no-cost initial consultation.
Distracted Driving and Your Legal Rights
Today we find more and more accidents being caused by what is called “the distracted driver”. Because of new handheld technology, we find that drivers are becoming far more distracted with less attention on the road in front of them. Distracted driving is not only a problem here in Ontario and the GTA but is becoming a problem in most parts of the world. A driver using a phone while operating a motor vehicle is four times as likely to cause a crash than one who is focusing on the road. In fact in Ontario alone, data from 2013 shows that a person is injured in a distracted driving accident every half hour. One person is killed on Ontario’s roads every 17 hours. Read More