FAQ

Here are answers to questions we often get asked. Please keep in mind that these are general questions and our answers are not a replacement for actual legal advice. Book a consultation with us so we can help you with your unique situation.

When should I speak with a lawyer?

If you have been seriously injured, one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to be sure you are informed about the legal and insurance systems by a law firm that understands them. Contact Burn Tucker Lachaîne for a free, no obligation consultation.

Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
If you’ve been injured in a serious accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your injuries so you can rebuild your life. A personal injury lawyer knows this area of the law and will fight hard to protect your interests. At Burn Tucker Lachaîne, we have earned our reputation as trusted and competent personal injury lawyers.
How much does it cost to speak with a lawyer from Burn Tucker Lachaîne?
We offer a free, no obligation consultation. In most cases, we can offer you a contingency retainer agreement so that you will not have to pay anything unless and until your case either settles or you win at trial.
What kind of cases do Burn Tucker Lachaîne personal injury lawyers handle?

We handle motor vehicle accidents claims involving:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Cycling accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Drunk driver accidents, including bar and tavern liability
  • Other motor vehicle accidents
  • Accident benefits claims

We handle serious personal injury claims involving:

  • Head injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Fractures
  • Psychological injuries
  • Children’s injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Other injuries

We handle disability insurance claims.

We handle historical sexual abuse cases involving institutional defendants.

What questions should I ask a personal injury lawyer?

Some questions to ask a personal injury lawyer include:

  • Are you a certified specialist in civil litigation?
  • How are you paid?
  • How many personal injury cases have you taken to trial?
  • How many personal injury cases have you handled?
  • Have you handled a personal injury case like mine before?
  • Do you handle all aspects of the case (for example the accident benefit file in motor vehicle cases)?
  • How should I communicate with you?
  • What information do you need from me?
  • Who will work on my file?
What does it mean if a lawyer is certified as a specialist by the Law Society?

The Law Society of Ontario regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario. Lawyers can apply to the Law Society to be designated as a specialist in their area of practice. The Law Society reviews applications and makes decisions based on a set of criteria that require the lawyer to demonstrate leadership and expertise in their area of practice as well as exemplary standards of professional practice. While there is no designated specialization in personal injury law, there is a designation of specialist in civil litigation. All three partners of Burn Tucker Lachaîne have the designation of having been certified by the Law Society as specialists in civil litigation. You can read more here: Burn Tucker Lachaîne Partners are Certified Specialists in Civil Litigation

What documents do I need when I consult with a personal injury lawyer for the first time?

Some documents you may need for your case include:

  • Incident reports
  • Photos of the scene
  • Personal identification
  • Witness statements
  • Insurance information
  • Names and addresses of treatment providers
What can I do if I cannot leave home or the hospital to meet a lawyer from Burn Tucker Lachaîne?

We can make arrangements to meet with you at the hospital or in your home. Contact us to arrange a free, no obligation consultation.

Can I sue the person responsible for the car accident in which I was injured?

If you were involved in a car accident in Ontario, you may have the right to commence a lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident. There are some limitations on who can sue and for what kinds of damages, which we would be happy to discuss further with you.

Who will pay for my damages and losses?

Although generally the lawsuit is commenced against the driver responsible for the accident, if that driver had car insurance, his or her insurance company will usually be the one to pay for your damages and losses. Again, there are a number of limitations which we would be happy to discuss further with you.

When do I start a lawsuit against the person responsible for the car accident?

You have two years to bring a lawsuit against the person responsible for the car accident but you should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible so that you can understand your rights.

What benefits can I get from my own automobile insurer?

You are entitled to receive no-fault accident benefits. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Benefits for your lost wages or your inability to continue to care for a person in need, such as a child or an elderly parent
  • Your treatment and medication
  • Attendant care and housekeeping
What can I do if my automobile insurer is refusing to pay for my treatment or my expenses?

You have the right to dispute the decision of your insurance company through an application to the License Appeal Tribunal. Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible so that you can understand your rights.

Am I entitled to receive benefits if I was responsible for the car accident?

Even if you were at fault, you are still entitled to receive accidental benefits from your automobile insurer. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Benefits for your lost wages or your inability to continue to care for a person in need, such as a child or an elderly parent
  • Your treatment and medication
  • Attendant care and housekeeping
What can I do if my insurance company is refusing to pay me long-term disability benefits?

You have the right to dispute the decision of the insurance company. Contact Burn Tucker Lachaîne to learn more.

Can I claim for injuries at an amusement park even if I signed a waiver?
It depends. The law on waivers is very restrictive but there may be some limited circumstances where the waiver does not apply, especially in relation to children. We recommend that you speak with a personal injury lawyer about the particular circumstances of your case.

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