If you’ve been in a car accident as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or even a pedestrian you may be entitled to compensation if you’ve been hurt. Our lawyers are experienced in dealing with claims involving the following:
• Auto accidents
• Motorcycle & Moped accidents
• Collision with pedestrian
• Bus accidents (OC Transpo and others)
• Bicycle accidents
When a driver’s negligence is the cause of the accident, the victim (or the victim’s family and/or estate in case of death) can claim against the driver for injuries suffered, if ascertain threshold is met. Generally, compensation is sought for income loss, pain and suffering, and other losses or expenses incurred as a result of injuries.
Settlement may occur as a result of negotiations with the driver’s insurance company, but starting a lawsuit against the responsible party or parties may be necessary. This lawsuit is known as a tort action. In either case, we at Menzies lawyers are experienced in navigating the complexities that can arise when dealing with motor vehicle collisions which cause spinal, head, neck, brain or other injuries. We also represent the family members in wrongful death claims, where the victim has died of his or her injuries.
Regardless of who was at fault for the accident, you may be entitled to benefits if you were injured in Ontario. These include:
• Income replacement benefits
• Attendant care benefits
• Medical and rehabilitation expenses
• Funeral and death benefits
• Non-earner benefits
These benefits arise from Ontario’s no-fault insurance scheme that is designed to ensure that people who suffer injury may receive benefits no matter who caused the accident.
Prolonged negotiations, mediation, arbitration or court action may be needed to obtain the benefits to which you are entitled. Depending on the circumstances of the case, we may be able to help you apply for benefits, negotiate a lump sum payout, and represent you if your claim is denied.
From our downtown Ottawa offices, we represent clients throughout Eastern Ontario, and take most car accident cases on a contingency basis, which means that aside from our out-of-pocket costs, we only get paid if you do.