Injuries & Accidents
Injuries and accidents are a part of life. When you or someone close to you is injured or involved in an accident, it is important that proper compensation is obtained for pain and suffering, loss of income and other damages. We will work closely with the injured victim to ensure that they receive everything they are entitled to by law.
In many personal injury claims and motor vehicle accidents, victims can suffer life altering losses. These losses often include quadriplegia, paraplegia, traumatic brain injury and death. In Canada, there are limits on the amount of compensation any injured victim can receive for their pain and suffering regardless of the seriousness of the injury. There are also maximum amounts of insurance to satisfy a claim.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
In Ontario, if you have suffered injury in a motor vehicle accident, you should immediately apply for accident benefits through your own insurer. You may qualify for weekly income replacement benefits and may receive funding for rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic treatment from the accident benefits insurer. You may also have a claim for pain and suffering against the driver of the vehicle that is to blame in the motor vehicle accident if you suffer a permanent and serious impairment.
Every winter, individuals are involved in snowmobile accidents. Individuals who have been injured or killed in snowmobile accidents in the Province of Ontario may be entitled to a claim for pain and suffering, income loss and any other incurred expenses and future care costs.
In the summer months, our waterways become crowded with motor boats and jet skis with an increasing number of individuals becoming involved in accidents as a result of alcohol consumption and negligence of the operators. A victim of a boating accident may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering as well as all out-of-pocket expenses and income loss.
Every year individuals are injured as a result of faulty products. Injury can be due to faulty design, a failure to properly inspect the product or failure by the manufacturer to explain to the consumer the manner in which the product is to be used. In addition, warning labels that should be affixed to the product are often omitted. Such claims can involve defectively designed step ladders, poisoned food products, food containing foreign objects, defective motor vehicles and dangerous prescription and non prescription drugs.
Slips and Falls/Dangerous Premises
Personal injury occurs every year as a result of accidents which have resulted from poorly maintained properties. These accidents occur in rental outlets, restaurants and other businesses which do not maintain a reasonable system of maintenance and inspection which results in a safe environment. Victims are injured as a result of highly slippery floor surfaces, falling as a result of ice and snow, traps such as pot holes, store displays, loose carpet, broken pavement, protrusions and areas under repair.
Under the Dog Owners¹ Liability Act, the owner of a dog is liable for any damages caused by a dog attack or bite. In this situation, if the dog owner is a homeowner, their home owner insurance usually will cover the cost of any claim. Individuals who are injured as a result of dog bites and attacks can suffer serious disfigurement and scarring. Many victims of dog attacks are children.
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