Sean Vierling, new President of Loxysoft Inc.

Sean Vierling has been appointed the new President of Loxysoft Inc. This will help the company grow in the American market.

– There is great potential to grow in the United States, and with Sean’s experience and contacts, I’m sure we will succeed, says Tobias Sjölander, CEO of Loxysoft. It feels great to have a person in place, so that we can further increase our growth in a market that is very important to us.

Sean Vierling, living in San Diego, has vast experience from the workforce management industry. He has started and developed several companies, as well as having been the head of BenchmarkPortal. His most recent position was the Sales Manager at Teleopti. He now takes over after Emma Skygebjerg who has succeeded in starting up Loxysoft’s U.S. office.

– ProScheduler is a next generation Workforce Management product that I’m excited to deliver to our customers. My goal is to make Loxysoft a top 5 Workforce Management company, Sean says. 

Loxysoft is a leading provider of systems for Contact Center, Telemarketing and Workforce Management. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, we offer robust, enterprise-class solutions, scalable from small to large businesses with omnichannel and multisite environments. We empower companies and organizations with world class customer service and sales!

Loxysoft has 100 employees in five locations; Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo, Östersund and New York. The headquarters is located in Östersund, Sweden. The company is owned by the founders, and the venture capital fund Inlandsinnovation, owned by the Swedish government.

12 Things to Do After a Car Accident

After getting into a car accident, most people are thinking about their immediate safety rather than car accident insurance claims, lawyers, or possible long-term injuries. Unfortunately, these are all things that need to be considered following a car accident, even a small one. Ignoring these can end up causing big problems, costing you extra money, and creating extra hassles to deal with. When you do get into an accident, it’s important to remain calm and take certain steps to protect yourself and your interests.

12 Things You Should Immediately Do Following a Car Accident

1. Stop Immediately and Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident

There are several things to do after a car accident, but it is important that anyone involved in a collision stay at the scene, except in cases where prompt medical attention is required. By leaving the scene of an accident, a person can potentially open themselves up to criminal charges. As well, it is important to stay at the scene of a collision to collect the other driver’s information, take photos, and talk to witnesses, among other steps.

2. Call the Police

When considering what to do after a car accident, remember to immediately call the police. It does not matter what the severity of the accident is or whether anyone is injured. Police reports can be required for insurance claims. Do not move the cars from the scene of the accident until police have arrived and taken their report.

3. Seek Medical Attention Fast

On the checklist of things to do after a car accident, seeking medical attention ought to rank near the top. Even in the case of minor injuries, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Some injuries may not be apparent right away, while others may seem minor but can actually be quite serious. If left untreated, minor injuries could worsen. Neglecting medical treatment for injuries makes it more difficult to seek compensation or insurance benefits later on. Having a doctor document injuries can be a requirement for many insurance claims and personal injury cases.

4. Ensure everyone is safe

The most important thing to do is to make sure that nobody is severely injured or requires medical attention. If someone does, call 911 right away before you worry about insurance or damage to vehicles.

5. Take Pictures

Taking pictures of both vehicle damage and injuries can be important for insurance and personal injury claims. If a person involved in a collision has access to a camera, they should use that, but even cell phone photos can suffice for these purposes. It is important to take as many photos as possible of damages and injuries. These can be crucial for helping to prove damages and secure compensation.

6. Remain tight-lipped:

Anything you say after a car accident could end up being used against you in court. A simple “sorry” could be seen as an admission of guilt or liability. Say whatever is necessary and nothing more.

7. Locate Any Witnesses

If anyone witnessed the accident, then they can be important for helping with insurance and personal injury claims. People involved in accidents should immediately approach any witnesses, taking down their names, contact information, and a summary of what they saw. Witnesses can be crucial when resolving disputes, as they can back up an injured person’s recollection of the incident.

8. Speak to witnesses

Before it’s too late, approach anyone who saw the accident and get their name and contact information. Witnesses could be crucial if there is a dispute with either the other driver or your insurance company.

9. Keep track of important details

Make note of what happened and any injuries you sustained. As well, take as many pictures as possible of the scene, the cars, and any sustained visible injuries. These could be crucial in court.

10. Contact your insurance company

Contact your insurance company and get a property damage figure. This will tell you how much money you can receive to cover the damage from the accident.

11. Don’t Share Injury Concerns

When an accident occurs, it is best to remain tight-lipped, both about injury status and responsibility for the accident. The truth is that someone involved in an accident may not know the extent of their injuries until later on, after they have calmed down and are assessed by a medical professional. Being involved in an accident is shocking, but things said in shock at the scene of the accident can end up being used against you. By speaking about injuries at the scene of the accident, a person can weaken their claim.

12. Contact an automobile accident lawyer

In many circumstances, you should contact a car accident lawyer who can help you with and protect you from any claims. If you have sustained an injury, contact a car accident lawyer in Toronto or within your area. Even a small ache at the time of an accident could lead to a chronic or more serious condition further down the line. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better your chances will be of protecting your interests.

When to Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

If you’re injured, then you should contact a car accident lawyer. However, there are other less obvious situations where it’s still in your best interest to contact a lawyer. Failing to do so can affect your insurance claims.

Here are several situations which should have you immediately contacting a car accident lawyer:

If you’re contacted by another insurance company: If the insurance company for the person you got into a car accident with contacts you, you should decline speaking with them and contact a car accident lawyer. In this situation, you need somebody who can protect your interests and know how to deal with insurance companies.

If you have problems with your insurance company: Sometimes things go smoothly with your insurance company. However, other times, they may resist your claim, hire their own lawyer, and/or suggest that you are not covered or show other problematic behaviour. If this is the case, you need to contact a car accident lawyer immediately. These are all indications that your insurance claim will be denied and that you could be on the hook for all accident-related damages.

Taverniti | Vashishth LLP handles personal injury claims ranging from car and road accidents, slips and falls, and catastrophic claims. We are equipped to handle the most complex legal and insurance issues arising from your accident. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686 or visit our web site.

Catastrophic Impairment for Vehicle Accident Injuries in Ontario: What’s New in 2016

There is a new catastrophic impairment definition in Ontario that applies to all vehicle accidents that occurred after June 1, 2016. The Government of Ontario implemented these changes to the standard accidents benefits schedule (SABS) as part of a group of reforms aimed at reducing auto premiums. This new definition will have an impact on people injured in car accidents who are seeking benefits from insurance companies.

It is important to understand what these catastrophic impairment changes in Ontario mean for victims of vehicle accidents.

Catastrophic Impairment Definition in Ontario

The new definition for catastrophic impairment in Ontario is designed to ensure that accident victims who have sustained serious injury receive fair treatment. The Government worked in combination with health professionals to create the new guidelines and definitions.

Under the new definition, there are new criteria for traumatic brain injuries, vision loss, amputations, paraplegia and ambulatory mobility, mental impairment, and behavioral impairment. As well, the changes will introduce a “new process for combining physical with mental and behavioral impairments,” according to the Ontario government.

What’s New in the Catastrophic Impairment Definition?

There are several significant changes in the new catastrophic impairment definition from the previous definition. These changes have an impact on what is considered catastrophic impairment in Ontario and what is not.

Brain Injury (Over 18)

With the new definition, a brain injury is considered catastrophic impairment if it meets two criteria: There must be a positive finding on a brain diagnostic technology, such as an MRI, showing intracranial pathology, and there should be, an assessment using GOS or EGOS to show vegetative state (after one month), severe upper or lower disability (after six months), or a moderate lower disability (after one year).

Brain injury (Under18)

For children and youth, a catastrophic impairment has to meet one of the following criteria: Positive findings on a brain diagnostic technology for intracranial pathology, in-patient admission to a neurological pediatric rehab facility, or an assessment on the King’s Outcome Scale for Childhood Head Injury that shows vegetative state (after one month), severe injury (after six months), or seriously impaired function (after nine months).

Paraplegia or Quadriplegia

To be considered catastrophic impairment, paraplegia or quadriplegia must be assessed on the ASIA Impairment Scale and receive a permanent grade of A, B, C, or D. Catastrophic impairment can also be determined by assessments using the Spinal Cord Independence Measure Version III scale and ongoing impairments requiring urological surgical diversions, bowel routines, and implanted devices.

Whole Person Impairment

In accordance with the AMA’s 6th edition guide, whole person impairment is if an injured person has 55% or more physical impairment two years after the accident and has a doctor’s note from at least three months after the accident stating that the impairments are unlikely to improve beyond 55%.

Amputation

If an arm is amputated, it is considered a catastrophic impairment. For legs, an amputation is considered a catastrophic impairment if it occurs at the tibia or higher, or if it causes a severe/permanent loss of function according to the Spinal Cord Independence Measure scale.

Total Loss of Vision in Both Eyes

If total vision loss is not due to organic causes and visual acuity is 20/200 even after the use of corrective measures (lenses, medication, etc.), then the vision loss is considered catastrophic impairment.

For further understanding of whether an injury from an accident constitutes a catastrophic impairment in Ontario, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer.

Choosing a personal injury lawyer? Taverniti | Vashishth LLP handles personal injury claims ranging from dog bites and car and road accidents to slips and falls and catastrophic claims. We are equipped to handle the most complex legal and insurance issues arising from your accident. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686.

The Difference between Acquired Brain Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury

Both acquired brain injury claims and traumatic brain injury claims are commonly dealt with by personal injury lawyers. While these two types of injuries are closely related, there are key differences between them. Depending on whether an injured person has suffered from an acquired brain injury vs. traumatic brain injury, their claim and lawsuit can differ substantially.
When someone has been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or other traumatic event, it is important for them to understand the difference between an acquired brain injury and a traumatic brain injury.

What Are Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI)?

An acquired brain injury (ABI) is a change or alteration in brain function that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative nor induced by birth trauma. This means that ABIs do not include brain injuries caused by genetics or degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

With an acquired brain injury, there is a range of possible causes. These can include physical trauma, including blunt force, but they can also include strokes, illnesses, infections, hypoxia, exposure to chemicals, and substance abuse. Each of these external factors can cause an injury to the brain.

Acquired brain injuries cause a change in the functioning of the brain rather than a loss of intelligence. An acquired brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, but it should always be considered a serious medical concern. It can affect anyone regardless of sex, gender, ethnicity, religion, or age.

What Constitutes a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is actually a type of ABI. With a traumatic brain injury, an external force or blunt trauma is the cause of the brain injury. These external forces can occur in car accidents, fights, slip and falls, an object (like a blade or bullet) entering the brain, or any situation in which a person’s head hits against another object or accelerates/decelerates quickly.

Traumatic brain injuries are the type of head injury that typically occurs in any accident, although it is possible to suffer another type of ABI in an accident (for instance, someone may suffer a stroke after being in an accident).

Signs of traumatic brain injuries include memory loss, decreased consciousness, neurological deficits, brain lesions, and alterations in mental state. To determine if someone has suffered a TBI, medical professionals will look for these signs and may also perform tests, including MRIs or neurological exams.

The Impact of ABI and TBI to the Brain

Brain injuries are serious medical concerns and can have a devastating impact on an individual’s life. For people under the age of 45, TBIs are the most common cause of death. TBIs occur in vehicular accidents, slip and falls, violent acts, sports (such as hockey and football), and other incidents during which people receive blows to the head.

There are very few treatment options available for TBIs, which can make them a particularly debilitating injury. Brain injuries often result in a permanent alteration in brain function. Memory loss, mood swings, fatigue, slowed thinking, and cognitive deficits can all result from a brain injury, causing people to suffer in their careers, relationships, and even with day-to-day functioning.

Consult a Brain Injury Lawyer in Toronto for Brain Injury Claims

When someone has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to seek the help of a brain injury lawyer in Toronto. A personal injury lawyer with experience dealing with brain injuries can be crucial in the patient overcoming the injury and resuming a more normal level of life.

A brain injury lawyer can help secure compensation for medical treatment, loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs that can be incurred following an injury. A personal injury lawyer represents an injured party and helps them receive the compensation they are entitled to and need to recover from their injury.

Choosing a personal injury lawyer? Taverniti | Vashishth LLP handles personal injury claims ranging from dog bites, car and road accidents, slips and falls, and catastrophic claims. We are equipped to handle the most complex legal and insurance issues arising from your accident. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686.

What Is Considered a Personal Injury?

Personal injury law can be complex for those with no prior experience with the legal system. However, filing a personal injury claim can be an important step in recovering from an injury and resuming a regular life.

What Is Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law covers instances where a person suffers an injury, disability, or even death, typically due to an individual or organization’s negligence. An injury can cause a person to incur many costs, including medical expenses, loss of income, and rehabilitative expenses. By filing a personal injury claim, the victim can seek compensation for their injury.

Personal injury law covers all types of injuries. These can be injuries that cause harm or disability to the body, such as with paralysis or head trauma, or they can cause emotional trauma, such as with pain and suffering.

Personal injury cases begin when the victim, who is referred to as a plaintiff, sues an individual or organization (e.g. a business, government agency, etc.), who is referred to as the defendant. With a personal injury case, the plaintiff is claiming that the defendant caused their injury through negligence and is responsible for compensating them.

Personal injury law can also involve disputes with insurance companies, which may deny benefits and coverage following accidents or injuries. In these cases, the victim would file a claim against their insurance company for the benefits they believe they are entitled to.

Types of Personal Injury Claims/Cases

There are many different types of personal injury cases. In theory, personal injury law can cover any type of injury; however, most commonly personal injury law includes:

Road Accidents

These can include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, public transit accidents, cyclist accidents, and pedestrian accidents. These are one of the most common types of cases seen in personal injury law.

Slip and Falls

These include instances where people slip and fall due to a property owner’s negligence. These are another very common type of personal injury.

Premise Liability

Injuries caused by dangerous property conditions, structurally compromised buildings, and falling objects can fall under this category.

Dog Bites

Injuries sustained from dog bites are quite common.

Personal injuries can also be classified according to the specific type of injury. These can include:

Handling Personal Injury Claims

When filing a claim, it is usually in an injured person’s best interest to hire a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury attorneys represent their clients, ensuring that they recover the compensation they are entitled to.

In some situations, an injured person may be able to handle their own claim. For non-serious injuries, situations where liability has been admitted, or if a lawyer won’t accept your case, then an injured person may handle a claim on their own. In personal injury law, there may be a timeline within which a claim has to be filed after an injury, depending on the specifics of the case. If this is the case, the injured person should contact a lawyer sooner rather than later.

Personal injury claims have a greater chance of success if they have documentation and other forms of proof, such as medical bills, receipts, photos, doctors’ notes, and other things that can help prove that the injury was sustained and what expenses were incurred as a result.

Why Choose Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Toronto?

At Taverniti | Vashishth LLP, we understand how devastating personal injuries can be. An injury can completely change your life, and often compensation is needed to help with recovering from your injury and putting it behind you. That is why we always seek the maximum compensation for our clients, working with them to help them navigate the legal system and seek the compensation they are entitled to.

Our experience with personal injury claims, from dog bites to road accidents to wrongful death, can help you with your case. We have successfully represented personal injury claims of all types, negotiating the best possible settlements and outcomes for our clients. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686.

Child Personal Injury Cases: Things to Know

When a child becomes injured in an accident or due to someone’s negligence, personal injury claims can become more complex. Personal injury claims filed on behalf of children are subject to many laws, considerations, and rules that other claims are not. In these cases, the legal system is designed to protect the rights and interests of the child, ensuring that they are represented properly and are not taken advantage of during the settlement process or trial.

Child injury claims are filed on behalf of “minors,” who are under the age of 18. For any injured person under this age limit, personal injury claims have to follow a standard process.

Ontario Child Injury Claims

Ontario child injury claims must include a “litigation guardian” who can represent the child. If a minor is injured and wishes to file a personal injury claim, they need to have a responsible adult who can represent them in legal proceedings.

This requirement exists because people under the age of 18 are considered a “party under disability,” as they do not have the mental capacity to represent themselves and make decisions. Litigation guardians represent minors, ensuring that their interests are protected. They are often a parent or relative; however, the court may also appoint a lawyer or public guardian to be the litigation guardian. In addition to a litigation guardian, the minor must also be represented by a lawyer.

Things to Know About Your Child’s Personal Injury Settlements

With a child personal injury claim, the child cannot file their own claim. Their litigation guardian has to file the personal injury claim, which usually means that their parents or guardian have that responsibility.

Children’s accident claims have more oversight than a typical claim. For instance, any settlement that is reached has to be approved by the court. This is to ensure that the settlement is fair and in the child’s best interests.

With child injury claims, a child can seek compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, or disability. If they were able to work at the time of the injury, they may also seek compensation for lost income. If they sustain a disability that will affect their ability to earn income in the future, they may also seek compensation for lost income. However, since medical bills are sustained by the family, they may have to be part of a claim on behalf of the child’s parents, depending on the province.

Children are also held to different standards than adults. For instance, while an adult may be found negligent for their injury due to their behaviour, a child cannot be held to the same standard. The child’s negligence depends on their age and their behaviour. Children may be found not negligent for behaviour such as trespassing on private property.

The compensation that a child receives can be held until they turn 18. This may not be the case if the child is emancipated, as well as in other special circumstances that may require exceptions. Courts are reluctant to release a child’s compensation to their parents, as this can create the opportunity for exploitation.

Contact Our Child Injury Lawyer in Toronto

If you are looking for Toronto personal injury lawyers who can represent your child’s injury claim, then Taverniti | Vashishth LLP is equipped to handle your case. We can represent your child with their injury claim, ensuring they get the best legal representation and that their interests are protected. We have experience handling personal injury claims ranging from dog bites to car and road accidents.

At Taverniti | Vashishth LLP, we understand that the legal process can be complicated and confusing, especially when it comes to children’s injury claims. That is why we work with each of our clients to help them understand the legal process, recover from their injuries as best as possible, and receive the compensation that they need. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686.

Taverniti | Vashishth LLP Comments On Changes To The Licence Appeal Tribunal Regarding Insurance Disputes

Taverniti | Vashishth LLP (www.TorontosPersonalInjuryLawyer.com), a law firm specializing in all aspects of Canadian personal injury law, is addressing new changes the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) is instituting that will affect Ontario residents seeking benefits for accidents and injuries.

As of April 1, the LAT has implemented a new Automobile Accidents Benefits Service (AABS) system and is currently accepting applications. The AABS seeks to quickly resolve disputes between injured parties and insurance companies. (Source: “Automobile Accident Benefits Service,” Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO) web site, last accessed May 20, 2016; http://www.slasto.gov.on.ca/en/AABS/Pages/default.aspx.)

“The public should be aware of these changes, as they will have an impact on people seeking benefits due to automobile accidents,” says Mick Vashishth, managing and founding partner of Taverniti | Vashishth LLP. “When someone’s injured in an accident, it’s really crucial that they understand the legal process. If they don’t know what steps to take when dealing with insurers, they can end up losing out on benefits.”

Previously, most disputes with insurers were resolved in mediation, and claimants had the option to proceed to trial if a settlement hadn’t been reached. [Not as of May 26, 2016][I changed the tense. Is it more accurate now? ]Under the new system, claims can be decided on by an adjudicator in a LAT conference, with only the most serious cases proceeding to in-person hearings.

“This new system removes a lot of the steps in a typical insurance dispute case,” says Vashishth. “This process is much simpler and should be easier to navigate for most claimants. While claimants will have less options for pursuing their cases, insurers will also be limited in their responses.”

With the new changes, the time in which it takes for claims to be resolved may also be reduced. According to the new guidelines, claims will be resolved in under 120 days, which means that claimants can expect a prompt decision just months from when they initiate the process.

“Claimants can expect a quick resolution from the time they file their application,” says Vashishth. “Currently, disputes can be drawn out and last for months or even years, so this is one aspect of the new system which will favour claimants. These rules will help protect claimants from becoming stuck in a long, drawn-out claims process.”

In fact, it is believed that the AABS system will favour claimants over insurers, as they will be able to file applications on their schedule within a set amount of time. Insurers will then have to respond promptly. As well, both written and video hearings can reduce the impact on claimants’ daily life.

“There are some advantages for claimants with this new system,” says Vashishth. “However, it will be important for claimants to seek the guidance of a legal professional to help navigate this system. If you don’t fully understand these new rules, it may be easy to lose out on the insurance benefits you are entitled to.”

Taverniti | Vashishth LLP handles personal injury claims ranging from car and road accidents to slips and falls to catastrophic claims.

How Damages Are Assessed in a Personal Injury Case

When someone is injured due to the negligence of others, they may be entitled to personal injury damages. Damages are meant to make an injured person “whole again,” which means to return them as close as possible to their state before the accident. Compensation can help a person who has been injured cope with their recovery and resume a normal day-to-day life again. Damages must be assessed based on a variety of factors and considerations.

Types of Claims in a Personal Injury Case

Assessment of personal injury damages is determined by many factors. This includes the type of claims being made in the personal injury case. There are several types of monetary claims that someone who has been injured can make:

  • Monetary Loss Claims: Claims can be made for monetary losses due to medical bills, loss of income, property damage, and other expenses that result from the accident/injury.
  • Non-Monetary Loss Claims: Compensation can be awarded for non-monetary losses, such as pain and suffering or the emotional trauma experienced due to the injury.
  • Punitive Damages Claims: These damages do not compensate the injured person for any losses, but rather punish the perpetrator for their actions.
  • Family Member Claims: When a person is injured, family members can also make claims for damages. These damages can cover their medical expenses, loss of income, funeral expenses, and travel expenses, as well as compensate them for time/money spent caring for their injured relative.

Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injuries

Assessment of general damages in personal injury cases depends on a variety of factors. In general, damages are difficult to assess immediately after an injury, as the extent of the injury may not be known and many of the costs (medical expenses, loss of income) have not yet been incurred. However, there can be deadlines for filing a personal injury claim. Once an injury has occurred, the victim should contact a personal injury lawyer who can help them assess their damages and determine the appropriate time to file a claim.

Certain types of damages are easier to quantify, such as monetary losses, including medical expenses. However, other types of damages, such as for pain and suffering, are much more difficult to put a dollar figure on. A variety of factors must be considered in assessing damages for these types of claims.

Many personal injury cases can be settled without ever proceeding to court. In these cases, both parties come to an agreement on the amount of damages. This is in the victim’s best interest. If no agreement can be made, then the claim proceeds to trial.

Factors to Consider When Assessing Damages

There are a variety of factors that must be considered for the assessment of damages for personal injury and death. The type of injury that has occurred, the severity of the injury, and the impact the injury has on a person’s day-to-day life are all factors that must be taken into account. While some of these factors are difficult to quantify, personal injury lawyers have experience dealing with the law and can determine the right assessments that are likely to lead to a settlement or successful case. Flawed assessments can lead to failed settlements and claims.

To determine how to calculate damages in a personal injury case, a lawyer will look at medical information from healthcare providers, bills and receipts from their clients, and insurance policies. The more information a personal injury lawyer has to work with, the more likely they can reach a successful settlement.

When claiming damages for personal injury, a lawyer will typically seek a settlement for their client. This is beneficial, as the client is guaranteed to receive damages and does not have to go through a lengthy or extensive trial.

Choosing a personal injury lawyer? Taverniti | Vashishth LLP handles personal injury claims ranging from dog bites, car and road accidents, slips and falls, and catastrophic claims. We are equipped to handle the most complex legal and insurance issues arising from your accident. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686 or visit our web site.

When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

When someone in the GTA has been injured in an accident, their next step is often securing the services of a personal injury lawyer in Toronto. A personal injury attorney can help clients receive the compensation that they need to move past their accident and injuries. When determining if you should hire a personal injury accident lawyer, there are several key factors which must be considered.

 

When Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

When a person is injured in an accident, they can pursue a claim against an insurance company or the individual/organization responsible for the accident. Anyone can file their own personal injury claim without the services of a lawyer. For some people who have suffered small or less significant injuries, this is a viable option.

However, insurance companies have their own legal teams and may deny benefits or claims. In such cases, without the services of a lawyer, it can be difficult for an individual to receive the benefits they are entitled to. Furthermore, the legal system can be difficult to navigate for someone without experience. Without the right experience, people can end up losing these claims and missing out on the compensation they are entitled to.

Personal injury lawyers have a knowledge and expertise of the legal system and the laws surrounding personal injuries. An experienced personal injury lawyer helps their clients, advocating on their behalf and ensuring that they receive the compensation they need to recover and move past their accident.

When deciding on whether to hire a personal injury attorney, there are some circumstances that should be taken into account. If a person experiences the following circumstances after an accident, a personal injury lawyer can be of service:

  • Severe Injuries: Settlements and claims may be partially decided based on the severity of an injury. Compensation for severity of injury can vary depending on a range of factors, including the type of injury, length of injury, and medical costs incurred.
  • Long-term or Disabling Injuries: Injuries that result in long-term or permanent disability can entail a lifetime of costs. Personal injury lawyers can help with recovering compensation for these ongoing costs.
  • Medical Bills: Injuries can result in costly medical expenses, which the injured person may have difficulty paying or covering. Insurance providers or a responsible party can be held liable for these costs.
  • Lost Wages: Injuries may result in a loss of current or future wages. A personal injury lawyer can help their client receive compensation for the wages they have lost due to an injury.

Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

When a client hires an experienced personal injury lawyer, there are several benefits they receive which give them an increased chance of a successful claim.

  • Fair Representation: Insurance companies and lawyers have an advantage in the court of law, and without an understanding of a legal system, a claimant can lose out. A personal injury lawyer represents their client and ensures their case is represented fairly.
  • Negotiation Skills: Many personal injury cases are resolved through settlements. To ensure that you receive a fair settlement, a personal injury lawyer can negotiate on your behalf.
  • Knowledge of the Legal Process: Personal injury lawyers have experience in the field and with handling similar cases, as well as an understanding of the legal process. They are best suited to receive a fair settlement or claim.

Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Toronto

Choosing a personal injury lawyer? Taverniti | Vashishth LLP handles personal injury claims ranging from dog bites to car and road accidents to slips and falls to catastrophic claims. We are equipped to handle the most complex legal and insurance issues arising from your accident. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686.

Types of Damages in Personal Injury Cases

If you become injured, you may use a personal injury lawyer and seek the financial compensation you are entitled to. But while most people know that they may be entitled to damages after becoming injured, very few know that there are different types of damages. Depending on the details of your injury, you may be entitled to varying amounts of compensation.

What are Damages in a Personal Injury Case?

In personal injury law, the purpose of damages is to “make the plaintiff whole.” This means that if you have been injured, damages are intended to compensate you and bring you as close as possible to the state you were in before the injury. Of course, this is sometimes impossible; for example, if you have become disabled, no amount of damages can change that. However, the laws take into account many factors when determining the amount of damages an injured person is entitled to.

Factors to Consider When Assessing Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Determining damages isn’t an exact science. For instance, it can be hard to determine just how much someone’s pain and suffering is worth. To assess damages, there are a lot of factors which are taken into account. These can include:

  • The nature of the injury (e.g. broken leg, traumatic head injury, bruising, etc.)
  • The cause of the injury (e.g. car accident, dog bite, slip and fall, etc.)
  • The age of the injured party (i.e. how long will they have to suffer from the injury?)
  • The severity of the injury (i.e. how much pain and suffering is the injured party experiencing)
  • The impact on your work and life (i.e. is the injury affecting your day-to-day life or your ability to work)
  • The level of disability caused by the injury
  • The level of post-injury care or rehabilitation that will be involved (i.e. will you need ongoing medical expenses, or will you be forced to hire someone to assist you with day-to-day tasks?)

Types of Damages in Personal Injury Cases

If you become injured, Toronto personal injury lawyers may seek the following damages on your behalf, depending on which ones apply to your case.
Medical Treatment
After being injured, you may have to pay medical bills out of pocket: testing, rehabilitative care, hospital fees, and treatments are all things that you may have to pay for as a result of your injury. You can seek these damages to ensure that you don’t end up paying for the medical care that you need.
Pain and Suffering
Personal injury law takes into account the pain and suffering that you have experienced from an injury. While pain and suffering is intangible, you can still receive compensation. The amount you are entitled to is often based on a formula, taking into account lost wages and medical costs.
Lost Wages
Following an injury, you may be unable to work or carry out tasks at your job. In addition, you likely have to take time off for doctor’s appointments or other things related to your injury. If you have lost income due to your injury, you can be compensated for your losses.
Family Member Claims
Your family members are impacted by your injury too, often suffering financial losses due to visiting you in the hospital, taking care of you while you’re injured, and/or paying for expenses related to the injury. If your family has suffered financial losses due to your injury, they may be entitled to compensation as well.
Property Loss
If you have been injured in an accident, your property may have been damaged too, whether it’s your car, clothing, or phone. You may be entitled to compensation for any property damage that has occurred.
Housekeeping and Home Maintenance Services
If you can no longer handle regular housekeeping or home maintenance services due to your injury, then you may be entitled to compensation to help you cover related costs or expenses, such as hiring a housekeeper.

Have you suffered an injury? Taverniti | Vashishth LLP handles personal injury claims ranging from dog bites to car and road accidents to slips and falls to catastrophic claims. We are equipped to handle the most complex legal and insurance issues arising from your accident. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686 or visit our web site.