What to Look for in a Canadian Injury Lawyer

Hire an Injury Lawyer in Canada

Here are three tips of what to do when hiring an injury lawyer in Canada:

Time is of the Essence

When a person suffers an injury due to the negligence of others, waiting before taking action is not a good idea. Certain legal steps must be taken during specific time periods called “statute of limitations” and rights to pursue a lawsuit may be lost if the steps are not taken within those time limits. Personal injury lawsuits, in most cases, take a long time to settle and an even longer amount of time if they go to trial. The initial consultation with an injury attorney is free, so it is important to contact a qualified attorney right away to discuss the merits of the case.

Insurance Companies Are Not Your Friend

It is important to be represented by qualified legal counsel before speaking to any insurance company. While it may seem easier just to talk with the representatives of the insurance company, who may even be extremely polite, their agenda is to pay out as little as possible for injuries caused by the clients they insure. Exercise extreme caution when talking directly to the representatives of any insurance company which is adversarial to the case. Have a competent attorney at the meeting, or have the attorney handle the communications directly for better results.

Keep Records and Carefully Document Everything

Start with a detailed legal representation agreement which clearly states the legal fees and expenses of the case. Keep the originals of all documentation and only give copies to the attorney (with the exception of some original documents submitted as evidence to the court; for those keep a copy). Organize everything by date in a file folder system. Don’t just throw papers in a pile, make an effort to keep them safe and organized.
Stay in touch with the person in charge of case management, which is normally not the attorney but a legal clerk helping the attorney. Make sure they have copies of all documents and they are keeping them in an organized fashion as well. Take photographs, on a regular basis, of the injuries. Use video as well. Have witnesses to these photos and videos, sign a sworn affidavit to this effect.