Toronto Personal Injury Attorneys Helping Those Who Need It The Most
We're not afraid to go to trial to help you recover compensation
The personal injury lawyers at Smitiuch Injury Law are committed to helping our clients when they need it the most. We pride ourselves on offering a safe, welcoming environment where our clients can feel confident that they're receiving the care that they deserve. When you’ve been injured due to negligence, we fight to help you recover compensation.
What should I do if I’ve been hurt in an accident?
The trauma and loss associated with an accident cannot be underestimated. From navigating insurance issues to managing symptoms, it's important to have experienced support on your side. Our attorneys recognize that what you are experiencing is profoundly difficult and we are dedicated to helping you as you begin to move forward.
When it comes to handling personal injury cases, we know how critical it is to get things right the first time. By devoting our practice exclusively to personal injury law, we can offer strong legal representation without compromise. We believe in the importance of taking a complete approach to helping our clients, which is why we regularly call on the expertise of third-party professionals, including medical specialists, forensic accountants, and accident reconstruction engineers.
We regularly represent clients across a range of personal injury claims including:
- Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
- Child Injury Cases
- Nursing Home Negligence/Elder Abuse
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Wired Glass Incidents
What happens after I’ve been injured in a personal injury accident?
There are many challenges and obstacles when trying to recover financial compensation after an accident. Negligent parties typically don’t accept responsibility for what happened. They may deny doing anything wrong at all.
Insurance companies are supposed to help victims when they’ve been hurt in an accident, but they are not on your side. They’re a business, and like any business, want to maximize their profits. So, they will try to limit your compensation. They may question the extent of your injuries or even try to blame you for the accident.
Our lawyers are very familiar with the tactics that insurance companies use. That’s why we focus on building strong cases that they must take seriously. Our legal team investigates your accident. We gather evidence, review documentation, and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult experts who can help us understand how the accident happened.
Do I have to accept a settlement offer?
Insurance companies want you to believe you must accept their settlement offer for your injury claim, but you have the right to demand more money. This is especially true if an insurance company has made a low settlement offer that does not cover all your injury expenses.
It’s important to understand that once you accept a settlement offer, you often cannot ask for additional money in the future, even if you have more unanticipated expenses, including future medical bills. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider any offer before agreeing to accept it.
An experienced lawyer can review any settlement offer you receive for your accident. They can help you decide if it’s a reasonable offer or if you should demand additional financial compensation. If so, your lawyer can negotiate directly with insurance companies on your behalf and demand the money you rightfully deserve.
Can I sue for damages?
One of the options you have after an accident caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behaviour is to file a lawsuit seeking damages, a legal term for financial compensation. In general, most injury victims sue the insurance company for the at-fault party. This is especially true if the insurance company makes a low settlement offer and refuses to negotiate in good faith.
However, you may also be able to take legal action against other parties depending on the circumstances of your case, including:
- The company that manufactured a dangerous product which caused your injury
- The property owner, particular in cases involving premises liability claims
- The maintenance company responsible for maintaining the property, especially in slip and fall accident cases
It’s also important to remember that you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action after an accident. In Ontario, the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. If you miss that deadline, you could miss out on your opportunity to obtain the money you deserve for your injury claim.
How much is my injury claim worth?
The value of each claim varies from one accident to another. Some injury claims may be worth a few thousand dollars. Others may be worth significantly more. What matters most is you and your family should be compensated for all your accident expenses. This includes recent expenses as well as all future anticipated expenses, including:
- Medical expenses for all medical bills, including:
- Emergency room care
- Physical therapy
- Future surgical procedures
- In-home medical care
- Replacement income during your recovery
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work
- Modifications to your home due to a permanent disability
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances
- Emotional distress in certain circumstances
- Punitive damages in certain circumstances, particularly if the at-fault party is found to have behaved in a particularly negligent manner or behaved maliciously
The stakes are high if you have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behaviour. Insurance companies know this. That’s why they often do everything they can to reduce or deny injury claims. Your lawyer can demand the money you deserve, whether it’s through a negotiated settlement or legal action in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.
How can a lawyer help me with my personal injury case?
There’s one thing that insurance companies know about our firm – we are not afraid to go to trial. So, to avoid going to court, they often agree to negotiate a settlement. We’re only interested in a settlement of your case that meets your needs — one that provides compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost income, and other damages you suffered.
We know the impact an accident can have on victims and their families. Medical expenses can be overwhelming, and you may be left wondering how you will pay the bills. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping you through this difficult and stressful time. We will work tirelessly on your behalf until we get results.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. We have offices in Toronto, Brantford, and Simcoe. Or, we can meet you at your home, in your hospital room, or anywhere else that is convenient. Don’t worry about the cost of an attorney. Our promise is “no win, no fee.” You owe us nothing until we recover compensation.