The majority of personal injury cases in Toronto do not to go to court. In most cases, lawyers are able to obtain a settlement for the client without having to go through a long and painful trial. Settlements are agreed upon by the lawyers for each side, with the consent of their clients. Most settlements are decided before they ever get to trial, but even after a trial has begun, a settlement can be reached at any time before the verdict. Your lawyer will ensure that the settlement you agree to is fair and optimal. The sooner a settlement can be reached, the better, for both sides.
Question: How soon do I have to file my suit?
In Canada, you have until 2 years after the date of an accident to file your lawsuit. Sometimes, finding the right lawyer can be difficult. Fortunately, Clarke Law provides no-fee consultations, so you can discuss your case with them with no obligation before deciding how to proceed. Once you’ve found a lawyer, gathering evidence and putting together your suit can take some time. That is why it’s best to hire a lawyer as quickly as possible after the accident.
Your lawyer can start the process by contacting the relevant parties and lining up the witnesses for your case. The more evidence you can gather, the better the case you will have. If the other party sees you have a solid case, they will be more willing to settle out of court, rather than pay for a lengthy court battle. They will not want to see a losing verdict, so they will likely offer you a healthy sum to drop your suit. Your lawyer will advise you as to what is fair in your case, and what kind of settlement you would be best to accept.
Question: How long will the suit take?
Legal battles can take months, if not years. Insurance companies rely on individuals getting exhausted from the process, and quitting. It is important to remember that if you have a good case, you should be persistent and not lose hope. Again, your lawyer will advise you on what is best in your circumstance. More often than not, your lawyer will advise you to settle before a trial ever begins, because of how long the process can be. The sooner you can reach a settlement and receive your award, the better for you.
Question: How much will I have to pay my accident lawyer?
The amount of money you have to pay your lawyer will depend on how much you receive in award. Clarke Law works on a contingency basis, which means you do not have to provide them with a money retainer. Once your case has been settled or decided, they will receive a percentage of your winnings. This percentage will be agreed upon and put in writing at the beginning of your relationship with Clarke Law. If you do not win any awards or settlements, you are only responsible for covering the cost of disbursements (out-of-pocket expenses). They will work hard to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.