Have you suffered a personal injury due to the reckless actions of another individual, government entity or product manufacturer?
At Greg Monforton & Partners, our Chatham-Kent personal injury lawyers have recovered fair compensation for many individuals who were injured because of the negligence of another. Your consultation with our experienced lawyers is free and there is no obligation to take legal action. We will not charge legal fees unless we obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve. We take cases involving many types of injuries and accidents, from car accidents and aircraft crashes to slip and fall accidents and birth injuries. We have extensive knowledge of personal injury laws and how they apply to your case. Our trusted lawyers can manage every stage of the legal process, fighting for your best interests every step of the way. We take cases throughout the Chatham-Kent area.
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What is a Personal Injury?
When an individual is injured due to another person’s failure to act the way a reasonable person would under similar circumstances, the individual has suffered a personal injury and may be entitled to compensation for losses and damages. Personal injuries occur in a variety of situations and have many different causes, such as:
If you suffered an injury in one of these situations and you think negligence played a role, you may have grounds for pursuing compensation. You should seriously consider contacting a Chatham-Kent personal injury lawyer right away. We have a limited time to help you pursue compensation and building a strong case is time-consuming.
We will carefully review your situation to determine the full value of all the damages you suffered so we can try to recover what you are entitled under the law.
Common Personal Injuries in Chatham-Kent
Some personal injuries are minor and heal within a few days. However, some injuries can affect your health for several weeks or months or can even last for years. You may have to spend thousands of dollars on medical treatment and suffer other types of damages, like pain and suffering and lost earning capacity.
Some common personal injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Nerve damage
- Puncture wounds
- Spinal cord damage
- Sprains and strains
- Traumatic brain injuries
Following any event that causes an injury, our lawyers recommend seeking medical treatment. This will assure that your injuries are cared for properly while also providing our lawyers with the documentation needed to formulate a robust case against a negligent individual or entity.
Quick medical treatment also helps to establish a strong link between the accident you were involved in and your injury, which is a critical aspect of any personal injury claim.
Call (866) 320-4770 to learn more about how our Chatham-Kent personal injury lawyers can assist you.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?
You should file a claim as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the longer it will take to get compensation. However, another reason to file a claim right away is that you only have a limited amount of time.
Insurance companies have deadlines for filing claims and if you miss the deadline, you may lose the opportunity to pursue insurance compensation. If you were injured in a car accident, you must contact your accident benefits insurer within seven days. You also have just 30 days from the date of the accident to send in an accident benefits application.
If your insurance claim is unsuccessful because your personal injury lawyer in Chatham-Kent cannot obtain fair compensation, you may be able to file a lawsuit. However, the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident, according to the basic limitation period set in the Ontario Limitations Act. You will not be able to file a lawsuit once the deadline passes.
One of the exceptions to this deadline is for situations when the victim is not immediately aware that he or she can pursue a personal injury claim. For example, maybe a reasonable person would not have been expected to know that the injury-causing accident was the result of negligence. If you can prove this, the statute of limitations will end two years from the date you found out you could file a claim.
The Ontario Limitations Act has specific guidance on when a claim is discovered, which triggers the statute of limitations.
Lawsuits Against the Government
If the negligent party is a government employee or entity, you are required to send written notice to the clerk of the municipality within 10 days of the accident that caused your injury. This notice must include basic information about the accident, such as the date and time and other relevant information.
However, government entities sometimes have immunity from lawsuits. For example, you cannot file a lawsuit to pursue compensation for:
- Accidents caused by a wall, fence, rail or barrier on a highway or the absence of a wall, fence, rail or barrier
- Construction, obstructions or any siting or arrangement of earth, rock, tree or other material or object that is next to or on an untraveled portion of highway, even if the obstruction is created because of construction, siting or arrangement
Our Chatham-Kent personal injury lawyers know how to determine when the statute of limitations begins and ends for your specific case. You should try to contact a lawyer right away because the statute of limitations can pass a lot faster than you think. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the more time he or she will have to build a strong case. If you wait, it makes it harder to recover fair compensation.
Call (866) 320-4770 today to discuss all of your legal options.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer for a Personal Injury Claim?
You are not required to hire a lawyer to represent you as you pursue fair compensation for your personal injury damages. However, the personal injury legal process takes time and is very complicated. Unless you have detailed knowledge of the process, relevant laws, determining the full value of damages, and other aspects of personal injury claims, you may have a very difficult time recovering compensation.
This is why many people decide to work with a lawyer. There are a variety of advantages that could give you a leg up as you pursue the compensation you are entitled.
Many people fear working with a lawyer because they do not know how much it will cost. They imagine having to pay a lot of money just for a lawyer to get started.
At Greg Monforton & Partners, our lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that our lawyers will take the worry about affording our services away and allow you to concentrate on your full recovery. Our lawyers will only charge you for our services once a winning verdict or settlement has been established and you fully recover any current and future losses and damages.
Investigating Your Accident
You need to be able to prove that your accident was the result of negligence and your injuries would not have occurred otherwise. You need a variety of evidence to build a case showing negligence occurred. This requires a detailed investigation of what happened and how you were affected.
Our Chatham-Kent personal injury lawyers are prepared to do a comprehensive investigation of various aspects of your situation, including:
- Medical records
- All medical expenses
- The factors contributing to your accident
- Photographs and video evidence of the scene
- Employment records showing your lost wages
- Your account of the physical and emotional pain and suffering you are experiencing
- Eyewitness accounts of the accident
Our goal is to obtain strong evidence showing how the injury has affected you and how the person or entity that caused your injury was negligent.
Handling All Negotiations
A lot of times, personal injury cases end in a settlement. For example, car accident cases often end with an insurance settlement. There are also cases where things are settled before the trial actually takes place.
However, the other side will usually try very hard to avoid paying fair compensation. This is why it is so important to know the true value of your claim and be prepared to negotiate. Our lawyers have many years of combined experience and are prepared for negotiations.
Insurance companies and lawyers for at-fault parties would prefer you to negotiate yourself because they are confident they can get you to accept an unfair offer. This is why it can be a huge advantage to have a lawyer on your side who is pursuing what is in your best interests.
To learn more about the advantages of having a lawyer, contact our firm today.
What Should I Do After Suffering a Personal Injury?
There is often a lot of confusion after a personal injury. Unfortunately, victims do not understand that their actions can have a significant impact on their chances of recovering compensation for the damages they have suffered.
While there is no way to completely ensure you will recover compensation for your injuries, there are steps you can take to improve your chances of building a strong case, such as:
- Quickly getting medical treatment – You deserve compensation, but the first priority is your health. That is why you need to get treatment immediately. Explain that you were injured in an accident and tell the treating physician all the symptoms you are experiencing. The goal of immediate medical treatment is not only to get yourself on the road to recovery, you also want to link your injuries to the accident. This is a critical part of any personal injury case.
- Filing an insurance claim right away – There are deadlines for filing insurance claims so it is best to file right away. This helps to link your injuries to the accident. If you wait, the insurance company may get suspicious that you are just trying to get money and you are not really injured.
- Keeping records of your damages – You will not be able to recover full compensation unless you can document the damages you have suffered, from medical bills and property damage to emotional issues caused by your injury. Our lawyers can explain the documentation you need for different kinds of damages, such as employment records to document lost wages.
- Collecting evidence from the scene – If you are physically able to do so, you should take pictures at the scene of the accident and talk to eyewitnesses. You should also take notes on what you remember about the accident, including how it happened and what obstacles contributed to it.
Contacting a lawyer after an accident is also a good idea because an experienced lawyer can explain what other steps to take and the full value of your damages. Our personal injury lawyers in Chatham-Kent take cases involving many different types of personal injury situations. We can explain your legal options in a free consultation and begin a thorough investigation.
When the Victim is Also at Fault
You may be concerned about recovering compensation if you are partially at fault for what happened. However, this is why contacting a lawyer after an accident is a good idea. A lawyer with knowledge of the law can explain what happens in these situations and how your potential compensation may be affected.
Our trusted Chatham-Kent personal injury lawyers have detailed knowledge of how this law is applied to different cases. This will allow us to determine a fair amount of fault so you are not denied compensation you rightfully deserve.
Learn more about your options after an accident by calling (866) 320-4770.
Compensatory Damage Types
Compensatory damages provide financial compensation for the losses you experience after a personal injury. This includes physical, financial and emotional losses linked to your injuries. These are typically paid to an injured individual after sustaining injuries due to the negligent actions of another individual or entity. Some common types of compensatory damages include:
- Loss of income – If you miss work because you are receiving treatment or are unable to work because of limitations created by your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for the income you lost. If you are permanently disabled, we may also be able to obtain compensation for the loss in earning capacity.
- Medical expenses – You may be able to recover compensation for the medical expenses created by your injury. This could include your hospital stay after the accident, prescription medications, surgeries, and any other out-of-pocket costs. Make sure to save bills and receipts for your expenses so you have a chance to recover the full value of your medical bills.
- Pain and suffering – This can include things like emotional distress and physical and emotional pain and suffering you experience as a result of your injuries. For example, maybe you are anxious about how the injury will affect you financially. Our Chatham-Kent personal injury lawyers may recommend keeping a journal where you explain the physical and emotional effects of your injury.
- Property damage – If your car is damaged in an accident, or your personal property gets destroyed or damaged, you may be able to pursue compensation to repair or replace the property.
- Rehabilitation – You may need rehabilitation to return to full health, or to get as healthy as you are able, given your injuries. This could include things like meeting with a physical therapist or using equipment to aid in your mobility.
- Loss of ability to do household chores – You may need to hire help to do things around the house that you are unable to do.
The personal injury lawyers in Chatham-Kent at our firm will review your situation and conduct a thorough investigation to determine the full worth of the damages you suffered. We know compensation cannot change what happened, but it can be a crucial part of moving forward after a personal injury.
We will not accept any offers to settle for less than you are entitled. We are prepared to take a case to trial if necessary.
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Contact Our Chatham-Kent Personal Injury Lawyers Today
The lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners understand how frustrating it can be after sustaining an injury and will fight for your rights against the negligent individual or entity. Our lawyers have obtained millions in winning verdicts and settlements for our clients and will provide you with the proper legal guidance you truly deserve.
With our office in Windsor, Ontario, we are able to serve throughout Chatham-Kent and elsewhere needed. Some of the local Chatham-Kent locations our lawyers serve include:
- Chatham Township
- Dover Centre
- Pain Court
Of course, our lawyers also serve the surrounding towns, communities, and suburbs of these areas. If you would like to learn more about our services, we encourage you to call us or complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page today.
Not sure if you have a viable claim? Call today. (866) 320-4770.