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Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers is a leading Toronto personal injury law firm. Our lawyers feel it is their responsibility to help you discover the government and health organizations who can also assist you in your road to recovery. To the right of this page are valuable Canadian health and government resources that relate to personal injury law in Canada. We also provide you with a directory of other Toronto lawyers who can provide legal assistance to you outside of the scope of Neinstein.com areas of expertise.

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Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Resource Centre

We have created a Glossary of Terms to assist you with any unfamiliar vocabulary.

We have provided links to the Auto Insurance Claims Forms (OCF Forms) here on the website for your convenience.

Why do I need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Why do I need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer will provide their client with support, get them access to the medical attention they need and make sure that they are properly compensated, their bills are taken care of, their families looked after, and that they can eventually resume somle=e sort of normal life.









Why do I need a specialist in Personal Injury Law?

Why do I need a specialist in Personal Injury Law?

The advantages of a Personal Injury Lawyer that specializes in only one area because they’ll be able to properly understand all the aspects and details involved in your case and they will have a better infrastructure of rehabilitation workers, case managers, and doctors to help facilitate your recovery process better than a general practitioner.

When should I hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

When should I hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Ideally, you will want a Personal Injury Lawyer to be involved from the outset of the case to assist in coordinating your legal matters. When a person is first injured, insurance companies will send over a lot of documents that need to be looked after immediately. If we are involved from the beginning that burden can be lessened, we can make sure that you are just focusing on your care and while we are taking care of the insurance company’s needs, filling out the paperwork and coordinating your care. However, a lawyer can be involved at any stage of the process but ideally, you would want one to be involved from the start.

How much will the legal process cost ?

How much will my personal injury case cost?

Initially, when we discuss a case with someone and we believe that they have a case that is worth proceeding with, we provide a fee structure which is called a contingency agreement. This means that if we take on the case we agree to finance the case, taking on the risks of the case means there is no financial obligation on the victim or their families until the case is resolved. If the case does not settle or does not get resolved there is simply no legal fee.

Will I have to go to Court?

Will I have to go to court for my personal injury case?

The number of personal injury cases that actually go to court is low and the more serious cases where the injuries are clear and uncontroversial rarely if ever go to court. It is the more disputable cases such as those surrounding liability where the Canadian Health Act is in doubt or where the nature of the injury is in doubt that will often require you to go to court.

How much contact will I have with my Personal Injury Lawyers?

How much contact will I have with my Personal Injury Lawyer?

Our clients are free to call us anytime that they have concerns. We have a policy that all calls will be returned the same day or within 24 hours. We encourage our clients to communicate with us as often as they feel is necessary. We do not want our clients to feel like we are a corporate lawyer that sends a bill every time they call.

How should I look for a Personal Injury Lawyer?

How should I look for a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Find a lawyer that specializes exclusively in personal injury law because the advice you’re going to get from a specialist is much more detailed and geared towards what you need. You should also find someone that you are comfortable with, someone that knows how to listen and address your concerns, but also someone who knows how to ask the right questions because, in the beginning, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask or what you’re entitled to. It is important to have someone to be receptive, responsive, and compassionate to your needs.

What can I be compensated for ?

What can I be compensated for after a personal injury?

In addition to the medical and rehabilitation, you are also entitled to loss of income compensation for pain and suffering because of the injuries you sustained and your family is also entitled to compensation for the loss of care guidance and companionship that they have sustained because of your injuries.

What if I can't go back to my old job?

What if I can’t go back to my old job after a personal injury?

If you are seriously injured and can not go back to the occupation you had before your injury, we arrange to have you tested and retrained into an occupation that works for you and that you may experience some degree of enjoyment for the remainder of your working life.

Why should you choose Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Law Firm?

Why choose Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Law firm?

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers has a team compiled of people that all share one common trait, they are all caring individuals that are very sympathetic to the needs of our clients. We differentiate ourselves by being a small firm that works together by bounce ideas and problems off each other, we do not work in isolation we work as a group. Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers pride ourselves in providing a level of service to our clients that we would expect when dealing with any professionals, we expect you to have every answer and every concern met at a time that you feel is appropriate.

Our team has an excellent reputation because we care and look after our clients as well as their family and their future. We never sell the client out for fast fees, we really get connected with our clients and become a member of their family. We feel what they feel and we know what they’re going through so we’re really trying to make life better for them.

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Stay safe on the snowmobile trails this winter

Thirty-three-year-old Scott McPherson may have been the first snowmobiler to lose his life in Ontario this winter, but he is unlikely to be the last. The man’s body was recovered from an Eastern Ontario lake in late November, prompting the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to release a public warning, the contents of which every Ontario snowmobile accident lawyer will find painfully familiar.

“No ice is ‘safe ice,’” the statement reads. “Underlying water currents or air pockets can create thin ice, even in the coldest temperatures. Snowmobilers can’t see this until it’s too late.”

The police service is hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2016-17 winter season, during which snowmobile-related deaths reached a ten-year high. Approximately a third of the fatalities involved breaking through shallow ice and many were linked to speeding, impairment, and other risky, avoidable behaviours.

Like every Ontario snowmobile accident lawyer, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) understands that some of its members take unnecessary risks on the trails. Together with the OPP, the province’s primary organizing body for snowmobilers is aiming to effect change.

“Working in partnership with the OPP on snowmobile safety these past several years continues to be an effective way to promote safe snowmobiling, with the aim of reducing the number of snowmobile fatalities,” OFSC Manager of Participation and Partnership Develop said last year in a release. “While we are pleased to see many snowmobilers using OFSC trails safety and responsibly, there are still a number of them taking unnecessary chances and making bad riding choices.

During Ontario Snowmobile Safety Week 2017, the organization published a comprehensive list of safety tips ‘for arriving home safely after each ride.’ The list advises riders to stay on open OFSC trails; only ride in good visibility conditions; maintain space between riders; use hand signals; remain on the right-hand side of the trail; never cross ice alone; and always be vigilant and prepared for accidents by carrying a survival kit and reliable communications device.

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Snowmobiling is an intimate, engrossing way to experience Ontario’s unique winter landscape; by adhering to common sense safety protocols, it can also be a safe one.

If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury in a snowmobiling accident, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to speak with an experienced Ontario snowmobile accident lawyer. For more than 40 years, our team of knowledgeable and understanding representatives has fought for the rights of some of the province’s most seriously injured accident victims. Call today to learn how we can help.

 

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Injury victims launch class-actions against Ontario insurers

Catastrophically injured Ontarians face monumental challenges at the best of times: as all experienced car accident lawyers understand, serious motor vehicle accidents can result in debilitating injuries that undermine a person’s ability to enjoy life.

Unfortunately, many accident victims face significant challenges in addition to their injuries. Drastic changes to Ontario’s auto insurance system have reduced available benefits and altered catastrophic injury designations in the last five years. Now, a series of recently filed class-action lawsuits allege that 11 insurance providers have engaged in deceitful practices relating to HST on medical benefits since 2010.

The initial series of lawsuits was announced on November 1 against Intact, Aviva, Unifund Assurance, Belairdirect, Certas Direct, and Allstate. On November 20, The Co-operators, Echelon, The Commonwell, Wawanesa, and Economical were also named.

According to the Toronto Star, statements of claim for the lawsuits accuse each insurer of “preferring its own profits ahead of … the well-being of (claimants) who suffered loss or injuries” and charge the provincial government with “deliberately turning a blind eye to the wrongful conduct … in fear that (insurance companies) would in retaliation increase rates … at a time when the government of Ontario had promised a reduction in rates (and) stop providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations to the then-governing party.”

What do the lawsuits allege?

 Simply, the insurance providers are accused of deducting HST on medical goods and services from paid benefits or including HST in calculating benefit limits. Both practices are against guidelines set forth by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) which oversaw the province’s insurers until 2016.

The full scope of the scandal is not yet known: tens of thousands of people received accident benefits between 2010 and today, and seriously injured accident victims may have lost thousands of dollars in coverage. The lawsuits are seeking total damages in the neighbourhood of $1-billion.

Should the insurance providers have known better?

According to bulletins and guidelines published by the Toronto Star, the FSCO made clear that HST was to be included in benefits payments and excluded from benefits limits.

A 2010 bulletin states that “if the HST is considered by the (Canada Revenue Agency) to be applicable to any of the services or fees listed in this Guideline, then the HST is payable by an insurer.” In 2015, an FSCO guideline read: “The HST is a tax and is not part of the benefit limit set out in the SABS.”

Unfortunately, the FSCO failed to hold insurers to these standards despite calls from car accident lawyers – in June 2016, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) sent a letter to the organization regarding “an alarming practice of some Ontario insurance companies who wrongfully deduct HST from the available medical and rehabilitation limits for injured accident victims.“

“There’s been a certain amount of incredulity that it has continued,” OTLA president Ron Bohm told the Toronto Star. “It’s nickel and diming, but when you add it up they’ve really taken a lot of money out of the pocket of these people… It’s pure bottom-line profit greed.”

Contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers

 If you’ve been injured in an automotive accident or are having trouble accessing accident benefits, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers’ team of experienced car accident lawyers today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

 

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