Personal Injury Law
St. Catharines Personal Injury Lawyers
Unparalleled legal representation for accident victims
For more than fifty years, the personal injury lawyers at Chown Cairns have been representing injured individuals in disputes against insurance companies.
With our experience has come a commitment to obtaining the best possible results for our clients.
Identifying and asserting the rights of injured persons in Ontario has become an increasingly complex task. Whether involved in a motor vehicle collision, or injured as a result of some other accident, it is difficult for an individual to fight for the compensation to which they are entitled. We represent individuals by assisting with initiating legal proceedings, negotiating settlements and representing you in court.
Our Niagara Personal Injury Claims Lawyers provide advice and counselling in the following areas:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Slip and Fall Cases
Serious Bodily Injury
Pardons and Record Suspensions
What is a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury lawyers helps people with obtaining compensation and treatment for injuries and property damage they have suffered due to the fault or negligence of others. They help in the filing of insurance claims, securing accident benefits, and represent clients in settlement negotiations and court proceedings.
The sooner you approach a personal injury lawyer, the sooner you can take informed next steps for your claim.
How can I find a personal injury lawyer in St. Catharines?
To find a suitable personal injury lawyer, you can explore various options, including:
- Referrals from friends and family.
- Online legal directories and publications.
- Physical and online advertisements.
- Highly rated lawyers on Google and Facebook.
It is essential you do your research to find a competent team that has the necessary skills and resources to advocate your interests vigorously.
When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
If you or someone you know has suffered significant injuries in an accident, such as car accidents, slip and falls, workplace accidents, bicycle accidents, or others, consider hiring a personal injury attorney.
Time is of the essence in these situations, as the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to gather evidence and prove the harm you have suffered. Therefore, it is advisable to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.
What percentage do most personal injury lawyers take?
Under a contingency fee agreement, the ‘percentage’ charged can vary from 25% to 40%, depending on several factors such as:
- The complexity of the case.
- The resources needed.
- The risks associated with pursuing the claim.
To understand how contingency fee works and how it protects you from the uncertainties of hourly fees, consult with your lawyer.
Can you sue for personal injury in Ontario?
In Ontario, you have the right to file a lawsuit for personal injury caused due to the mistake or negligence on another person, organization, or government entity.
You may be eligible for various types of compensation, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Loss of future opportunities
- Medical expenses
- Attendant care
Additionally, your family members may also be entitled to damages for the time spent providing caregiving services.
How long after an accident can you sue in St. Catharines?
While you have up to two years to sue after an accident in St. Catharines, it’s recommended that you consult with a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident.
While it may still be possible to pursue a claim after these periods have passed, you will have to provide the court with convincing reasons for granting an exception.
How long do most personal injury cases take to settle?
A personal injury settlement can take anywhere from six weeks to six months to reach, provided that the other party is willing to settle.
However, working with a firm like Chown Cairns LLP can make all the difference. Our team possesses the necessary skills and resources to vigorously represent your case and negotiate a favourable settlement.
Why do most personal injury cases settle?
Resolving a personal injury case through a settlement is a financially prudent approach. It eliminates the unpredictability of protracted legal proceedings, the burden of unexpected legal costs, the emotional toll of pursuing a court case, and the need to attend multiple court hearings.
Additionally, settlements release the party at fault from further liability.
What can you claim for in personal injury?
In contrast to an insurance claim, a personal injury lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for a variety of losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Loss of social life
- Attendant care expenses
Moreover, your family members may be eligible for compensation for the time they spend providing you with care.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Experiencing a severe injury can be one of the most distressing events in a person’s life, causing significant financial strain. Rather than adding to your uncertainty with hourly fees, we offer a contingency fee agreement, commonly known as “No Win, No Fee”. This means that you are not required to pay legal fees if you do not receive compensation.
Contingency fees can range from 25% to 40%, depending on a variety of factors. To get a better understanding of what your fee will be, speak to our lawyers.