Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm in St. Catherines, Ontario

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Being injured in an accident can be a trying time for accident victims and their families. There is no doubt that suffering an injury, particularly a life-changing catastrophic injury, has devastating impacts including far-reaching physical, social, and psychological consequences. Even worse, if you or your loved one cannot work because of your injuries, or psychological condition, being left without income can send a family into crushing debt very, very quickly.  With bills to pay, a home to upkeep and children to raise – suffering a serious personal injury and being left without income often leaves accident victims in terrible financial situations.

To make matters worse, if you or your loved one has suffered a serious injury that requires ongoing care, you will need to have that care then you will no doubt need an experienced St. Catharines personal injury lawyer to help identify the ongoing associated costs that you will require throughout the course of your life. Remember, the right lawyer will not only have to establish that you are hurt by the wrongdoing of someone else, but also build the appropriate case to specify how you have been impacted and represent the entirety of your compensation in monetary terms in order to protect you financially for the remainder of your life.

How can our St.Catharines’ Personal Injury Lawyers help?

Personal Injury is a wide category and includes injuries sustained from somebody else’s irresponsibility or wrongdoing. Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers is a personal injury law firm serving St. Catharines and dedicated to helping regular folks who have been seriously hurt by another’s wrongful act or lack of care for the safety and health of others, with issues such as:

  • Long-term disability claims
  • trucking accidents
  • motorcycle accidents
  • pedestrian accidents
  • bicycle accidents
  • cycling accidents
  • spinal cord injuries
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • slip and falls
  • trip and falls
  • Car accidents
  • Birth injuries

When should I speak to an expert lawyer serving St. Catharines?

If you have been seriously injured, it’s important that you speak with a St.Catharines personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. When you retain the services of the Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers shortly after an accident, we can assist with such things as:

  • your return home after your inpatient hospital care ends
  • ensuring that ongoing care is transferred to your other primary caregivers
  • hiring the appropriate occupational therapists
  • aligning effective communication with your insurance company and medical providers
  • ensuring that your ongoing care is paid by your insurance company
  • retaining the appropriate attendance care experts and
  • work with your discharge planner to ensure a clear clinical discharge management plan.

It’s important that during your discharge home, anything you need to help with your rehabilitation is provided to you without delay and that integrated care services are set up to help you and your family.  It’s important that your St. Catharines personal injury lawyers ensure that the care involved in your return home is not fragmented or put you at high risk of reinjury or readmission. We work with local occupational therapists that are highly experienced with multidimensional evaluation of injuries from serious orthopedic fractures to spinal cord injuries.

We work with the best independent health care providers around St. Catharines

We always say that it’s important to hire the appropriate accident lawyer immediately or without delay. Otherwise your insurance company will retain occupational therapists and their own assessors to identify what you and your family may require upon discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation inpatient unit.

Matt Lalande

It you or your loved one cannot work because of your injuries, or psychological condition, being left without income can send a family into crushing debt very, very quickly. I’ve seen it hundreds of times.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, but we cannot stress enough that it is always a much better idea to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer who can assist with hiring independent occupational therapists or other people to help with your hospital discharge, that do not have insurance company connection. We stress that supported discharge should be planned with independent medical providers that can assist you with:

  • obtaining the appropriate accommodations after discharge
  • ensuring proper home modification
  • ensuring proper transportation
  • ensuring transportation modification
  • esuring to hire the appropriate attendant care experts to help you manage washing and dressing, toileting, and with meals
  • ensuring to hire the appropriate PSW’s to assist you with your ongoing rehabilitation
  • ensuring that your house is accessible and modified to accomodate your disability

If you or your loved one has suffered a brain injury, there are numerous cognitive assessments that will likely need to be set up in order for you to obtain the appropriate help you need. It’s necessary that the appropriate treatment plans are put into place in order to obtain assistance you and maximizing your independence in all aspects of daily functioning – to the extent that you are able.

If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury or a very serious neuro- traumatic injury, there is no doubt significant costs that will be incurred throughout your lifetime, fro:

  • initial hospital to acute rehabilitation
  • to home modificaitons
  • vehicle modifications
  • recurring cost for durable medical equipment, medication, supplies, physiotherapy, psychological therapy and assistive devices
  • 24 hour care
  • personal assistance – all of which must be estimated for lifetime cost. It’s important that your St.Catharines’ personal injury lawyer have experience with traumatic injuries and neuro- traumatic injuries in order to assist you with the social and economic costs that you and your family will no doubt be facing.

If I’ve been injured, what kind of compensation am I entitled to?

This is a very complicated question that our St.Catharines’ personal injury lawyyers are often asked. At the start of your case, it’s not overly possible to tell what type of compensation or damages that you will be entitled to. As your case progresses, and as your condition improves (or deteriorates) we are more able to tell what and how much compensation that you may be entitled to. We understand that if you been injured, you may find that your bills are piling up quickly when you’re not working, your insurance company may not cover the costs of all your rehabilitation in your life may be turned upside down.

In personal injury law, there are various types of claims that you could make for compensation. Typically, personal injury awards are divided into three types of damages:

Non-economic damages – which are damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of amenities & emotional anguish. Generally, the victim will be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering if that victim is able to prove that the wrongdoer was negligent and caused his or her injury. Despite the ability of being able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering, it’s important to remember that there is no amount of money that will enable you, as an accident victim, to live your life exactly as before your injury. In a sense, “perfect compensation” is impossible, however hiring the right St. Catherines’ personal injury lawyers who are experts in the practical difficulty in assessing personal injury damages will certainly be a benefit to you and your case.

Economic damages – consequential economic damages are financial losses causally connected to your injuries. Types of economic damages can be your past loss of wages from the accident date to your settlement or trial, your future lost wages from the date of your settlement or trial throughout your life expectancy. If you suffered a serious injury, there is no doubt that you may suffer from the loss of earning capacity, damage to your interest in a business in which you work, or other financial opportunities.

In addition, you may suffer the loss of capacity to perform household work. It is generally accepted that such an injury causes a loss to a victim personally, and this type of financial loss should be compensated.

Also, another type of economic damage is the cost of future care of a total or partially disabled accident victim. Although there is a universal health insurance scheme in Ontario, and accident benefits available to an injured party (assuming there are no exclusionary arguments ) there are no doubt medical expenses that will be required for seriously injured accident victims that will cost over and above what is allowed and provided by an accident victim.

Punitive damages – punitive damages are an award for conduct that courts find to be worthy of punishment. Although the kind of conduct that attracts punitive damages has been described by courts in a wide variety of colourful words and phrases (such as high-handed, arbitrary, oppressive, deliberate, vicious, brutal, evil, outrageous, egregious, careless, disgraceful etc. etc.) Punitive damages are mostly restricted to acts that are so malicious and outrageous of deserving punishment or ask where the defendant deliberately exposes a victim to risk without justification.

Call our St. Catharines Personal Injury Lawyers  Today for a Free Consultation

Lalande personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of fighting for St. Catherines’ accident victims. Matt lalande has been representing accident victims with life changing injuries throughout Hamilton and the St. Catherine’s area since 2003.  Over the years, accident victims have related to Matt’s personal approach and open communication. In addition, our firm not only focuses on consistent communication with our clients and hard work, but trial work if necessary. Matt lalande is an experienced trial lawyer that has tried many cases to verdict by bench trial and jury trial. Although we always hope that insurance companies see the devastation in our clients lives and provide a reasonable settlement that will help compensate you and your family, our firm will be fully prepared to try your case if necessary.

Our St. Catharines personal injury lawyers would be happy to speak to you about your losses, and how we can help. By choosing Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers to represent you, you are choosing to be treated with the utmost respect, care and attention. With us you are not just a case, you are a part of us.  Call us today at 905-333-8888 or more information, of fill in a contact form. We will get back to you within a few hours.

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