YOU’VE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED – NOW WHAT?
Interview with: David MacDonald, Personal Injury Alliance lawyer
Published in: The Toronto Metro Newspaper July 16, 2014 issue
Q You’ve been seriously injured in an accident — now what?
A An accident causing a catastrophic injury requires immediate support from a hospital’s most specialized trauma team. Once your condition is stable, you, your family, medical and rehabilitation professionals and specialized personal injury lawyers will create a recovery plan to help ensure the best quality of life possible.
Q How does a personal injury lawyer help?
A Personal injury lawyers will help identify the best medical and rehabilitation specialists so you enjoy the fullest recovery possible. They will also obtain funding for your needs by advocating for payment from all responsible insurers. The lawyer should be fully accessible to discuss your needs as they arise.
Q How do you find the right lawyer?
A Your serious injury case requires a personal injury lawyer who is certified by the law society as a specialist in civil litigation. Ask hospital or rehabilitation professionals if they can recommend one based on their past experiences.The law society and Personal Injury Alliance also maintain a registry of certified specialists in civil litigation. Then, meet with two to three lawyers, and ask about their knowledge of experts, and experience and expertise in and out of the courtroom. Call their references. Ask about cost, too — it should be about 15 to 20 per cent of your portion of the settlement. The better their expertise and references, and the more knowledgeable and caring they are in the interview, the greater the opportunity to engage a partner for the most successful recovery path possible.
For more, visit pialaw.ca/david-macdonald
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