How does personal injury compensation work? Can I make an injury claim? We answer those and other personal injury compensation FAQ, here.
Navigating personal injury compensation can be tricky. Between the legal jargon and the different and sometimes conflicting answers that come up after a quick Google search, finding clarity is harder than it should be. At Helping Hand, we’re dedicated to helping those in their time of need, and this includes answering your questions about personal injury compensation, whether they’re basic or more complicated.
We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury compensation here, but if you don’t see the topic you’re looking for covered and have further questions about a potential claim, please don’t hesitate to call Helping Hand at 1-844-288-HURT.
Can I claim personal injury compensation?
If you were injured, you can make a claim to receive compensation against the person who may have caused or contributed to your injury. Claims for compensation are usually covered by insurance and there are a variety of different circumstances in which you can make a claim based on your situation.
What if the accident was my fault?
Even if the accident was your fault, you are still entitled to certain benefits depending on the nature of your accident. If you were hurt in an automobile accident (including snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, dirt bikes, etc.) these benefits will likely be paid out through your own insurance. Or depending on the circumstance, you could get compensation from other sources.
How does personal injury compensation work?
After an injury has occurred, whether it was from a slip and fall or a car accident or something else, you have a legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses that have occurred as a result of them. In Canada, such compensation is garnered in two ways: via a claim and a settlement negotiation with an insurance company, or via a lawsuit with the at-fault party and, often, his or her insurers.
How long does injury compensation take?
It depends. How long it takes is completely based on the complexity of your claim and many other details. If your claim is larger and complicated, it may take longer than a claim that is smaller and more straightforward. In some cases, you may have to proceed through a trial before the defendant is willing to pay fair compensation. In other instances, the lawsuit could be settled outside of court . This means that some cases are resolved in several weeks whereas others could take several years. That being said, the team at Helping Hand and their team of lawyers at Balena & Associates do their absolute best to resolve matters as quickly and as equitably as possible. We understand how critical this time is.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
Time is of the essence, so make your claim as soon as you’re able as there may be time limits and deadlines. According to the Ontario Limitations Act, two years after the date of the accident is the standard limitation period for most personal injury cases. However, additional deadlines can apply depending on the nature of your case. As an injury victim himself, Ed Hand of Helping Hand knows how difficult it can be to file a claim when you're injured or caring for an injured person. That’s why Helping Hand will do everything they can to assemble your claim for you.
How much injury compensation will I get?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions, and one of the most difficult to answer directly. The truth is that it really depends on how you were injured, where it happened and who was at fault as well as how much money and potential earnings were lost as a result of your injuries.
Who pays personal injury compensation?
Your personal injury compensation claim is paid using the insurance policy of the person or organization that is to blame or has partial blame for your injury. Your personal injury lawyer will negotiate with their insurer, who will then pay out what you are owed for your claim.
Where do I start?
Put simply, you need to start at the beginning and figure out whether or not you have a claim. After a serious personal injury, you should consult with a dedicated legal team to discuss the details of the injury and figure out your next step. The best way to find out if you have a claim is to call Helping Hand at 1-888-288-HURT for a worry-free no-charge consultation. Our team of trained and compassionate legal professionals are standing by to answer any questions you may have.