If you have been involved in a car accident, you know all too well how traumatic the experience can be – an experience made worse when you attempt to navigate the insurance and legal process on your own. If you find yourself in an auto accident, you should hire a legal advocate to protect your interests. Motor accidents can cause physical and mental suffering, including long periods of rehabilitation; having an experienced attorney by your side will help ensure you have are fully compensated and get the best chance to make a full recovery. Visit the Goodman Law Group to learn more about how a personal injury lawyer can provide invaluable services during a time that is confusing and difficult, to say the least.
An experienced attorney knows what your rights are following an accident and will be able to fight in your best interest to obtain the compensation you deserve. The types of claims that can be made after an auto accident in Toronto are fault and no fault — a system that differs greatly from many other countries’ standards. An experienced attorney will be able to advise the best course of action after reviewing the details of the auto accident.
Many people assume that if they are at fault for the accident that they are not entitled to any benefit; however, in Toronto this is not the case. In Toronto, even the party at fault in the accident has the right to collect accident benefits. Accident benefits can help pay for expenses following an accident including income replacement, medical costs, rehabilitation costs, housekeeping, and even death benefits for your family in the event of a fatal crash.
To qualify for these benefits, you must fill out the appropriate paperwork; however, the claim process can be quite complicated especially when you are focused on trying to recover from an accident. A legal advocate can assist you with filling out the necessary paperwork and making sure you submit any required follow documentation by the specified deadlines.
In the event that you are in an accident in which you are not at fault, you may be entitled to additional compensation by filing a tort claim against the party who is at fault. In a tort claim, you will file a claim against the other driver, and it will be typically defended and paid for by the other driver’s insurance company. Under a tort claim, you may be entitled to the following compensation in addition to the accident benefit discussed earlier:
- If you have grave and permanent injuries, you may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering.
- You may be entitled to compensation for past and future lost income. Lost income cases can quickly become a complicated legal matter and are best handled by a professional.
- You may also claim health care and rehabilitation expenses.
After an accident, it is important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you have a legal advocate on your side, the sooner you will receive the significant benefits you are entitled to as a crash victim.