Personal Injury Lawyers in Ontario
Were you recently injured in Ontario? Do not delay. There are strict and varying deadlines in place for all injury claims. By contacting our firm today, you can take the necessary steps to ensure that you do not miss out on your opportunity to recover fair compensation.
Ontario has a number of laws and regulations in place to protect victims in the event of a serious injury. Depending on how, where and when your accident transpired, various laws exist to protect those victims of serious personal injury. For instance, if you were injured on the job, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act provides the framework for compensation. If you were injured in a car or motor vehicle accident, the Insurance Act and the Statutory Accident Benefits system governs your rights. If you were injured on private or public property because of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, Ontario’s Occupiers’ Liability Act among others is the governing authority.
Unfortunately, the system does not always work as it was intended. Despite what the law states, qualified victims do not always receive the full compensation to which they are entitled, while others may experience an outright denial of benefits.
At Goodman Elbassiouni LLP, we are focused on helping those who have suffered serious injury in a variety of accidents or circumstances. We are available to help at all stages of an injury case, from the initial claims application to an appeal of an unfavorable decision. If necessary, we will even litigate your claim. Please find additional information about our services – and your options – below.
Our Firm’s Focus – Helping Those Who Have Suffered Injury in Ontario
Our team focuses only on injury cases. This has allowed us to hone our skills and develop a substantial case history from which to draw.
Our areas of practice are as follows:
Work injury – On-the-job injury claims are processed through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Benefits may include loss of earnings, compensation for permanent injury, health care, prescription and other injury-related expenses. The deadline to file for benefits is six months from the point of injury or illness. You may have anywhere from 30 days to six months in which to appeal an unfavorable decision by the WSIB.
Motor vehicle accidents – Auto accidents – including bicycle and pedestrian accidents – are covered by Ontario’s Insurance Act and the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule. If you are not at fault for the accident, you have two avenues of recourse. The first is through the Accident Benefits system. By completing the Application for Accident Benefits, you will entitled to benefits which include medical and rehabilitation benefits, income replacement, non-earner benefits, funeral and death payments, and other expenses. The deadline to inform your insurance company of the accident is just seven days. You then must file your application for benefits within 30 days. The second avenue of recourse is to commence a lawsuit against the at fault driver for your pain and suffering, lost income, out of pocket expenses and future medical and other related costs. To do so, you must notify a negligent driver within 120 days of the accident and if you intend to file a lawsuit you generally have two years to commence the lawsuit from the date of the accident.
Slip and fall and trip and fall – Slip and trip accidents reside under the jurisdiction of Ontario’s Occupiers’ Liability Act. Damages may include pain and suffering, medical costs, lost income and more. Most cases are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. You may have as little as ten days to notify the defendant if the accident occurred on municipally owned property, such as a sidewalk or public park.
Take advantage of a free case consultation to determine how we can assist you with your injury case.