Why Choose A Firm That Only Concentrates On Personal Injury Law?
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, choosing a personal injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make.
Unfortunately, personal injury law in Ontario is very complex. In particular, the law relating to injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents has gone through major changes more than half a dozen times since 1990. Further major changes will come into force on June 1, 2016. Finding the right lawyer can be overwhelming and confusing. How then does someone find the right lawyer?
First, we recommend that you look for a lawyer and a firm that only practices personal injury law. Gone are the days when a general practitioner could provide help to someone with a serious personal injury law claim. Next, look for peer review rankings. These include the lawyer being a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as being recommended for Personal Injury Law in publications like Lexpert and Best Lawyers.
Peer review rankings are arguably the only objective standard readily available to persons wishing to assess a lawyer’s competence to handle a complex personal injury case. While such rankings are not perfect and no lawyer would suggest that he or she is superior to another lawyer based solely on such rankings, these rankings are objective and can be very helpful in choosing a lawyer.
Lastly, look for a track record of success. Ask to speak to former clients with similar injuries who were pleased with the result or ask the lawyer for details of their successes at trial.
Given how important the choice of lawyer can be in a serious injury claim, it is crucial that the injured person and their family take their time and give thorough consideration to the matters raised in this posting before making up their mind about which lawyer to choose.
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