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A car accident can change your life in an instant. Suddenly, you are injured and in need of medical treatment. Your car is wrecked. Expenses are adding up quickly, but you may not be able to work because of your injuries. When another driver causes your accident, you deserve financial compensation. Smitiuch Injury Law can help.
Do I need a car accident lawyer?
We know the challenges and obstacles that come up when trying to recover compensation after a car accident. Negligent drivers don’t accept responsibility and deny doing anything wrong. Insurance companies are supposed to help, but the reality is they are not on your side. They will try to pay you as little as possible to protect their profits.
Our experienced lawyers understand the stress and emotional trauma that victims experience after an accident. Our goal is to reduce that burden by providing legal representation you can count on. We build strong cases that hold negligent drivers accountable and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
When it comes to navigating the aftermath of a car accident, experience matters. Our lawyers know what they're doing, and it shows. We work tirelessly to protect your interests and know how to handle insurance companies. We won’t rest until we recover financial compensation for you, either through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.
How can a lawyer help me?
At Smitiuch Injury Law, we offer:
- Comprehensive support – We regularly work alongside industry experts, like medical specialists, accident reconstruction engineers, and cost of care experts, to ensure that no detail of your case is overlooked.
- Collaborative legal advice – We see the value of working together. We are proud to have a team with diverse skill sets and experience and believe in the importance of providing our clients with the best that all of us have to offer.
- Accessibility services – From our flexible appointments to our conveniently located offices, we make it easy for you to access our team. Whether you require in-home or hospital visits, need to meet outside of business hours, or simply want to drop in to ask us a question, we will accommodate your needs.
- Compassionate care – At our firm, you are never just a file number. We value the relationships that we form with our clients and are passionate about providing meaningful help.
What are common car accident injuries?
Physical injuries sustained in a bad car accident can cover a wide range. Some of the most serious injuries include:
- Internal injuries, including internal bleeding, broken ribs, a ruptured spleen, and other organ injuries
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Back injuries, including spinal cord injuries
- Hand and arm injuries, including broken bones
- Leg and foot injuries, including leg fractures
Don’t try to diagnose yourself after your accident. See a doctor right away, even if you feel fine. You could have a life-threatening injury and not even realize it. And if you do have chronic pain, severe bruising, a pounding headache, or any other symptoms, take them seriously right from the start. They could be a warning sign of a serious injury.
In addition, the longer you wait to seek medical care, the more likely insurance companies may raise questions or perhaps even deny your claim. Some insurance providers may question the severity of your injury due to the delay of treatment. Other times, they might try to claim that your accident injury was actually a pre-existing medical condition. Either way, it’s important for your well-being and legal rights to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Who determines fault in an accident?
A lot of people often have a lot to say about who was at fault in an accident. Insurance companies often provide an opinion about who caused the crash. Their findings are often based on their interpretation of the investigating police officer’s collision report and as well as their own independent investigation.
Insurance companies also often carefully look at medical records for injured drivers, passengers, and anyone else that was hurt in the crash. If they can, insurance companies will sometimes try to claim that such injuries were pre-existing medical conditions and did not take place in the crash. That way, an insurance company does not have to pay the injury victim’s medical bills and other accident expenses.
In addition, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may claim that you or someone else caused the crash, even when the evidence clearly illustrates the opposite was true. When this happens, it’s important for you and your insurance company to present the facts in support of your accident claim.
This is where a lawyer can be a tremendous help. Your lawyer can thoroughly investigate your crash and gather evidence in support of your accident claim. Your legal team can also challenge an insurance company’s findings and negotiate a favourable settlement claim with them on your behalf. That way, you can demand the money you deserve for medical care, lost wages, replacement income, and other accident expenses.
Can I sue after my car crash?
Yes, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit or take other action against the at-fault party in your accident. In many cases, suing the at-fault driver or their insurance company may be the best way to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your accident expenses. This is especially true if an insurance company makes a low settlement offer or denies your accident claim.
However, it’s important to understand that you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action. In Ontario, the deadline (known as the statute of limitations) for filing a lawsuit is two years from the date of your accident. If you wait to take legal action after that time, you could forfeit your right to seek financial compensation for your accident-related expenses.
It’s also important to realize that the evidence you need in support of your accident claim often needs to be gathered right away. The crash site will likely be cleaned up a few hours or days after your accident. Dashcam footage, red light camera footage, and other video evidence may be lost or destroyed after a few days or weeks. Witnesses who saw your accident might move away or forget what happened. That’s why you need a lawyer who can thoroughly investigate your crash right away.
How much is my case worth?
There is no set dollar amount when it comes to car accident claims. Some may be worth a few thousand dollars. Other injury claims may be worth significantly more. The bottom line is you should be financially compensated for all your accident expenses, including medical bills, vehicle repairs, replacement income, and lost future income if you cannot return to work due to a serious injury.
The at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely try to downplay the total value of your accident claim. That’s why many settlement offers fall far short and do not cover all accident expenses. When this happens, it’s important for you and your lawyer to demand the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injury claim. You didn’t do anything wrong. You shouldn’t have to pay for another driver’s mistakes.
What can I expect after a car accident?
We offer the resources of a big law firm and the personal attention that you can only find at a smaller firm. One of our attorneys will meet with you and guide you through the legal process every step of the way. We understand what you are going through and are dedicated to resolving your case in a way that meets your needs.
Our legal team investigates your crash to get the facts. Then, we focus on building a strong case that the insurance company has to take seriously. Many times, we are able to work with the insurance company to negotiate a favourable settlement. If they won’t negotiate, we are not afraid to go to court.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in the Greater Toronto Area, it’s important to get legal advice. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our car accident attorneys. It costs nothing to talk to us. If you can’t make it to our office, we can come to you – at your home, in your hospital room, or anywhere that is convenient. We have offices in Toronto, Brantford, and Simcoe.