A personal injury can derail your life. It can change everything, including your ability to work, take care of yourself, take care of your family and even your personality. Severe injuries such as those caused in car accidents, resulting in broken bones and disability, can be devastating. We get clients the compensation they need to go on with their lives and recover or adapt as much as possible.
Unfortunately, there are other injuries that can be just as devastating, but much harder to prove in order to obtain compensation. Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains and tendon damage, can prevent you from living or enjoying your life, but can be hard to prove on a disability claim and difficult for insurance companies to take seriously. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which can follow an accident, are also sometimes difficult to prove.
Our Toronto personal injury lawyers understand that any kind of chronic pain and disability can have a profound effect on your quality of life and ability to care for yourself. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Protecting Your Interests After An Injury
Our injury lawyers caution you against speaking to anyone before hiring your own lawyer for many reasons:
- Your injuries may not become apparent immediately: This is especially true if you have psychological difficulties such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or anxiety, orchronic pain and fibromyalgia. Many brain injuries also take a long time to exhibit the full extent of the damage they cause.
- Your injuries may cause you unexpected difficulties down the road: Soft tissue injuries, certain back and neck injuries and bone injuries can cause problems years later. Arthritis, chronic pain and stiffness may not show up in the short term.
- It may be difficult to determine the full impact of your injuries on your life: Broken bones, scarring and disfigurement, and amputation can have very different effects on you depending on your background and the location and severity of the injury.
- You may not be aware of the kinds of benefits you could claim: Caretaker benefits, travel expenses and wrongful death and family law claims are often unclaimed.
- You may be pressured into admitting fault.
- You may be pressured to minimize your injuries: If your injuries are classified under the Minor Injury Guidelines (MIGs), this will limit the total amount you can claim. While the cap can seem large at first, it does not take long to work through all of it and it can be very difficult to change the designation later.
- There may be deadlines in play: Depending on what kind of accident you suffered, time may be of the essence when it comes to filing a claim — for example, if your personal injury is the result of a slip-and-fall on City property.