With Injuries Occurring Anytime and Anyplace, Toronto Residents Turn to Lawyers to Make Claims

Injuries Can Occur at Anytime, in Anyplace

In Toronto, injuries are sustained daily, through accident, negligence or violence. First and foremost, you should ensure that medical attention is received and that, if necessary, emergency personnel such as ambulance and police are at the scene. Secondly, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer.
Besides motor vehicle accidents, personal injuries can be caused by a wide range of other situations, including, but not limited, to:
  • A slip and fall on a wet stairwell or icy sidewalk
  • Working out at a gym
  • Participating in a team sport
  • Being struck by a falling or moving object
  • Using equipment or an appliance that turns out to be defective
  • Medical, dental or pharmacy error
  • Physical assault and violence
There are only two things in common with all of the above: (1) the injury was unexpected; and (2) a personal injury lawyer can help.

Wavers and the Uninsured

Gyms and workout studios require members to sign a waver. You might also be asked to sign a waver when participating in a team sport. If you are injured, do not assume that a signed waver prevents you from seeking the advice of a personal injury lawyer. If the injury was sustained during the playing of a sport or physical activity, there may still be avenues for compensation.
Conversely, if you were a pedestrian and struck by a vehicle operated by an uninsured driver, you still have recourse.

What a Personal Injury Lawyer Does

  • Provides you with a free consultation
  • Advises you on your legal options and rights
  • Fills and files any requisite forms within mandated timelines
  • Gathers support documentation should medical evidence be required
  • Negotiates a favourablesettlement
  • Argues on your behalf should the matter go to trial court

What a Personal Injury Lawyer Does Not Do

As a result of your accident, your finances may be in duress and you might worry about how to pay for top-notch legal representation. Will you need to pay a retainer or a deposit in advance? When it comes to personal injury, the answer is no. Most personal injury lawyers, who are both established and respected in their field, receive payment when a settlement is reached. This, called a Contingency Fee, is determined and agreed upon before any proceedings are initiated.

Time Is of the Essence

Different injuries and sources of injuries have different statutes of limitations. Timelines differ according to the accident and the type of compensation being sought. Once that cut-off period has been passed, denial of claim is an all too real possibility.
As soon as an injury has occurred, consult a personal injury lawyer. Speaking directly to your Insurer may not provide you with the most thorough advice. In fact, even when speaking informally with an adjuster, a file in your name is started, and the notes that the adjuster makes can affect future claims.


When an accident will occur is uncertain, if not, random. The only certainty is that an advocate representing you and your rights is the way in which to reach the best settlement possible. If you suffer an injury in Toronto, do not hesitate to consult with a personal injury lawyer.