Tag: Personal injury Toronto

Social Media and Lawsuits

In today’s technological world, either you or someone you know uses a social media website such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Social media offers benefits such as staying in touch with friends and loved ones as well as sharing events life events with your social circles. Regardless of the online platform, if you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, an insurance company will inevitably come looking for your social media accounts.

Some may call it creeping, others call it spying. Regardless of the term, the insurance company has one goal: to gather as much evidence as possible to bolster their position and deny you your claim. They will compile social media posts, pictures, videos and just about anything else that could be relevant to their defense. And if it’s relevant, it’s producible at trial. The lawsuits for pain and suffering go through a civil court trial. In Ontario, most if not all personal injury trials are decided not by a judge but by six people from the street who were called to civil jury service. These six individuals will view your pictures and judge whether your injuries limiting your activities or not. A lawyer acting for the negligent driver and paid for by the negligent driver’s insurance company, will request a that the claimant to produce social media posts and activity log, which cannot be deleted. If the claimant refuse to do so, the insurance lawyer may seek court’s order for such production and costs for the motion against the claimant.

My recommendation to avoid acrimony, if you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, or anticipate you will be, it’s best to be one step ahead of the insurance company; deactivate your social media accounts and ask your friends and family to avoid posting anything relevant about you for the duration of the lawsuit. Some readers may think that by increasing their private setting, they can safely maintain an online presence during this time.

Although increasing your privacy settings may seem like a smart tactic to avoiding judgmental reviews of insurance companies, it doesn’t always work. Insurers can still find your profile through search engines and your friends. Yes, your friends. They can hire private investigators to investigate your social circles and lurk their accounts.

Do personal injury lawyers help with disability claims?

Disability insurance can be an important safeguard to protect your financial security in the event that you become temporarily or permanently disabled. But what if the insurance company – for whatever reason – refuses to pay your claim? Personal injury lawyers experienced in dealing with disability claims can help.

The lawyers at Clarke Law have experience with both short and long term disability claims. There are a number of steps that your lawyer can take in order to help ensure that you get all the compensation that you deserve.

Interpreting Your Policy and Help With Making Claims

Whether your policy is through your employer or whether you purchased it on your own, personal injury lawyers can help you understand what your policy says and what you are entitled to. Your lawyer can help you understand the details of your policy such as the waiting period and the length of time benefits will be paid.

Furthermore, your lawyer can help you make your claim and even deal with your insurance company on your behalf. Insurance claim forms can be complicated and errors on them may delay your benefits. We help to ensure that everything is filled out correctly before the forms are sent to your insurer.

Working With Doctors

Often, an unexpected source of delay in receiving benefits could be doctors. Insurance companies usually require doctor’s reports prior to paying out benefits. Your lawyer can help expedite the process by working directly with doctors to ensure that your insurance company receives all the information it needs in a timely manner.

Question: Why Work With Personal Injury Lawyers?

If you are having trouble collecting a claim for disability insurance, it makes sense to hire a lawyer. It is important to get all the compensation that you are entitled to so that you do not have to worry about finances, and instead focus on your recovery.

Even if your insurance company is working with you and you are collecting benefits, it is still a good idea to review everything with your lawyer. There may be other benefits that you are missing out on because you are not aware of them or how to collect them.

Question: Will Using Personal Injury Lawyers to Help Me With My Disability Claim Be Expensive?

Working with any professional does cost money, at Clarke Law Personal Injury Lawyers we hope to provide you with great value as well.

If you’ve been seriously injured, the financial impact can be severe. If you are making a disability claim, it means that you are unable to work and have lost your income. Furthermore, you likely have expensive medical bills to pay. You must now rely on your disability insurance to in order to pay your living expenses – that’s why you got the policy in the first place. But if you are having trouble collecting from your insurance company, then personal injury lawyers are your best chance of success. And because we know that you are already under financial strain, you won’t have to pay us until we collect the benefits that you are entitled to.

If you are in a dispute over a disability claim, you can count on the personal injury lawyers of the Clarke Law team.

Why is my auto insurance company telling me that I don’t need a personal injury lawyer?

If you sustained an injury during a car accident and you have already spoken with your insurance company, they may have tried to discourage you from seeking the advice of a personal injury lawyer.

While you are certainly not required to work with a personal injury lawyer, the choice to proceed with a claim without one can put you at a disadvantage with the insurance company and may prevent you from getting all of the benefits that you are entitled to.

The following are a few reasons your insurance company may have given you not to see a personal injury lawyer, along with our reasons of why it is always best to get professional legal advice anyway.

Question: Your case has passed the allowable time you have to sue?

While there are laws concerning how long you have to make a claim or start a lawsuit, there are also some very good reasons why it is still advisable to consult with a lawyer.

The first reason is that when you call your insurance company, you are not speaking with a lawyer. The person on the other end of the phone may simply be wrong in their assumption that too much time has passed.

The second reason is that even if they are correct about the time limits, there are some exceptions to these rules. It is always best to check with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

Question: Are Your injuries Minor?

Even so-called minor injuries can impact you financially, and if you are entitled to compensation, it is important that you receive it.

As well, the full extent of some injuries are not always known initially. It may take weeks or even months to fully realize what effect such injuries may have on your life. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer will help you to understand your rights.

Personal injury lawyers are time consuming and expensive

While it is true that the legal process can be time consuming, your lawyer will do everything in their power to make the process as easy as possible for you. And through the contingency fee agreement, you do not have to pay your lawyer until your case has been successfully resolved and compensation has been collected.

It can be far more expensive to take the first offer of the insurance company and end up not getting everything you were entitled to than it would be to consult with a lawyer and allow your case to progress and build over time.

A fair compensation will be paid

After you’ve been injured, your insurance company may tell you that you don’t need a personal injury lawyer because your insurer will pay you a fair compensation.

The problem with this is that immediately following an accident, it may be unclear as to what a fair amount would be. You may not be aware of all of the expenses that will be incurred as a result of your injury. However, your lawyer will have already seen many cases similar to yours, and they will have a good understanding of what costs you are likely to arise as the result of your injury.

If you’ve been injured as the result of an accident, it is always best to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Even if you decide not to pursue further legal action, at least you will have peace of mind knowing and understanding your rights.