Finding A Lawyer
If you have a brain injury as a result of a car crash, your car insurance policy may cover additional benefits that could help you in your recovery. This could include paying for private medical, rehabilitation and personal care that the public health care system does not provide.
The insurance system can be confusing. We recommend that you hire a lawyer with expertise in this area (personal injury) to help you and your family.
Choosing a personal injury lawyer is an important decision. His/her work can affect whether you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Finding the right lawyer for you
The Toronto ABI Network can’t recommend specific law firms. However, the following suggestions can help you find the right lawyer for you:
Choose a lawyer that specializes in personal injury law
Personal injury law and the motor vehicle insurance system can be complex and challenging. A lawyer that specializes in this area will have a better understanding of these issues.
Ask for recommendations
If you know a lawyer, ask him/her to recommend a personal injury lawyer. Ask friends or family members if they have worked with this kind of lawyer before. You can also ask other people that work in the personal injury industry (e.g., case managers) for suggestions.
Talk to several firms before you decide
You should talk to at least three law firms to find out about their personal injury services. This will help you compare services. It will also help you to choose a law firm that you are comfortable with and that will do a good job representing your case. Most personal injury lawyers provide the first visit free of charge and will come to your home or hospital to meet with you.
To view profiles of personal injury lawyers to help inform your decision-making, visit the Personal Injury Lawyer Database. This database was created by the Toronto ABI Network, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, SickKids and St. Michael’s Hospital in 2013. The personal injury lawyers that are listed responded to a request for information published through the Law Society of Upper Canada on our behalf. Law firms are responsible for updating their own information at http://abidb.sunnybrook.ca/.
Ask questions to help you make your choice
Law firms should be happy to provide you with the information you need to make your choice.
Here are some questions you/your family might want to ask them:
Making the Decision
After you have talked to several personal injury law firms, to help you decide about which law firm to choose, ask yourself:
The Toronto ABI Network and its partners do not recommend or endorse any particular lawyer.
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