Villeneuve Law Firm | Personal Injury, Employment, Wills & Estates
How do you know if you are entitled to damages?
If you intend to file a claim, you should be able to prove that the offending driver had a duty of care and breached that duty of care. All motorists on Ontario roads have a duty to drive safely and to avoid reckless behavior that would put others at risk. This would include: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; Drive while distracted; Make illegal turns; Not keeping their vehicles safe; Break the speed limit; or Engage in other illegal or reckless behavior. If your accident was caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to claim compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and any other damages you suffered as a result. Unfortunately, even if it seems obvious that someone else is responsible for your damages, you may still encounter a dispute at some point in the claims process. This is where the Ottawa Auto Accident Lawyer in Villeneuve Litigation Practice can help. The firm is familiar with the strategies used by insurance companies and defendants in car accident cases to reduce their liability. Insurance adjusters may try to manipulate you into making a recorded statement that can be used against you. They might offer a low settlement before you know the full extent of your injuries. They may even review your social media profiles for images that can be used to dispute the severity of your injuries. No matter what the adjuster tells you, the insurance company is probably not on your side when you file a claim against them. You should never talk to the adjuster – and you certainly shouldn’t accept a settlement offer – without consulting an experienced auto accident lawyer.
How much is your claim worth?
No lawyer in Ontario can guarantee a specific outcome for your case. It is important to know that there are many factors that will influence the success of your claim and the amount of compensation you will ultimately recover. These factors include: the cost of medical bills you have incurred; the cost of any future medical treatment you will need; the amount of income you lost as a result of your injuries; whether your injuries have affected your future earning capacity; whether you require accommodation modifications to accommodate your injury; The cost of repairing your vehicle; or if your injury caused scarring, disability or loss of bodily function.
Contact Villeneuve Litigation today
Time is of the essence in any auto accident claim. If you have been injured or lost a family member in a car accident in Ontario, turn to Villeneuve Litigation for reliable legal advice. Call or text (613) 983-0610 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation.