HOW TO CHOOSE A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Interview with: Leonard Kunka, Personal Injury Alliance lawyer
Published in: The Toronto Metro News Newspaper March 19, 2014 issue
Q: I recently suffered a serious personal injury – should I simply call any lawyer for legal advice?
A: No, not just any lawyer. These types of cases are highly technical with statutory time limitations, complex insurance benefits, and other legalities. You need a lawyer who specializes in personal injury.
Q: How do I find a personal injury lawyer?
A: Ask other lawyers and medical professionals you know if they can refer you to someone who is qualified. There are peer reviewed publications and accreditation that can help, too. For example, the Law Society of Upper Canada provided accreditation to “certified specialists” in the area of civil litigation. The Lexpert Directory (lexpert.ca) has a list of personal injury lawyers who excel in the field. Canadian Lawyer magazine (canadianlawyermag.com) publishes a “best lawyers” feature that is based on a peer review survey.
Q: How do I make the final decision?
A: We recommend you meet with a few lawyers and candidly ask about their credentials, expertise, and trial experience. For a great summary of questions to ask, see pialaw.ca/choose. The lawyer and firm you choose should have proven track record in personal injury cases, as well as the financial resources to properly build your case. Your prospects for a positive recovery can depend on this. Also, personal injury claims can take years to complete, and the lawyer is going to become intimately involved in your life and recovery. You have to feel a level of trust and connection from your initial meeting.
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