Burlington Personal Injury Lawyers

Burlington Personal Injury Lawyers

Most of our lawyers focus their practices on helping people recover compensation after they have been injured by the negligence of others. In addition to car accidents, personal injury claims can arise in many different situations:

  • a slip, trip or fall on public or private property
  • an injury because of a hazard or dangerous condition in a building or store
  • a dog bite or other animal attack
  • an accident at a workplace
  • an injury when participating in an recreational or organized activity
  • ...and countless more

However you were hurt, at Martin & Hillyer, we focus on all aspects of your recovery:

  • recovering financial compensation for what you've lost
  • recovering and rehabilitating from your injuries
  • recovering an empowered and fulfilling life despite ongoing injuries

Understanding your personal recovery priorities in all three areas and helping you attain them can be difficult for large, out-of-town law firms and firms that are stretched across the province. But our local lawyers will take the time to understand your unique priorities in order to give you the personalized advice you need to reach your recovery goals.


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    WE CAN HELP

    Our local lawyers will take the time to understand your unique priorities in order to give you the personalized advice you need to reach your recovery goals. Learn more about our personal approach and the difference having a local personal injury lawyer can make.

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  • We Can Help

    WE CAN HELP

    Our local lawyers will take the time to understand your unique priorities in order to give you the personalized advice you need to reach your recovery goals. Learn more about our personal approach and the difference having a local personal injury lawyer can make.

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Compensation for your Losses

Compensation for your Losses

When you are injured as a result of someone else's negligence or their failure to reasonably ensure your safety, you can start a civil lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses and injuries. Businesses, property owners, municipalities and individuals can all be liable if they caused or contributed to your injuries, or if they had a duty to ensure your safety and failed to do so.

A personal injury lawsuit is about recovering compensation for what you have lost to try to "make you whole again." This includes compensation for income you have lost or will lose in the future, payment of your past and future treatment costs, payment for assistance and services you need to cope after your injuries, and compensation to recognize the pain and suffering you have had to endure.

We work to gain a full picture of the damages our clients have suffered as a result of an injury, and then advocate tirelessly to help them recover full and fair compensation so they can move on with their lives.

BURLINGTON'S INJURY LAWYERS ARE HERE TO HELP YOU

  • To get the best results to meet your recovery goals, it's essential that your lawyer take the time to understand your personal recovery priorities, and that they have the local knowledge and contacts to help you achieve them.

  • If you need advice about your options after suffering an injury, get in touch with us for free consultation to find out how our local, personal approach can help you.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

PERSONAL INJURY


How much does a personal injury lawsuit cost? What is a contingency fee? What are disbursements?

It’s important for you to understand how your lawyer will be paid. During your initial consultation, we will speak with you in detail about how our legal fees and expenses will work in your specific case so that you understand all your options before deciding if and how you would like to proceed.

Lawyers usually charge fees in one of three ways:

  1. A contingency fee is usually used in personal injury and insurance litigation. Under a contingency fee, you do not pay your lawyer’s fees until the end of your case, and the fee depends on the result obtained in your case. Typically, the lawyer’s fee will be a fixed percentage of any amount recovered on your behalf. This means that if nothing is recovered, the lawyer will not charge you a fee. In this way, the risk of litigation can be shared between the client and the lawyer.

    When you see headlines in advertising such as “no win, no fee” or “you don’t pay unless we win,” a contingency fee arrangement is what is being referred to. But these headlines can be misleading: what counts as a “win?” Do expenses still have to be paid? How is the fee calculated? We believe it’s important that you understand exactly what a contingency fee is, and what it is not.

  2. In most other cases, where a contingency fee is not available, lawyers will charge an hourly rate. When charging on an hourly basis, the lawyer and his or her staff bill you at a set hourly rate for all the time they spend working on your file. Hourly rates are used in most non-litigation work, including real estate, estate planning, corporate and commercial transactions, business law, family law, etc. Hourly rates may also be charged in litigation cases where a contingency fee is not feasible.

  3. A final option is a flat rate fee, which is only used for routine legal services such as notarizing a document or drafting a simple will or power of attorney.

In addition to fees, lawyers will charge for the disbursements they have to incur when working on your file. Disbursements are expenses that must be paid for over the course of your case and include things like paying court fees, paying doctors for copies of their records or for medical opinions, paying for administrative expenses such as photocopying, couriers and long distance calls, and so on. Disbursements are separate from the lawyer’s fee for the services they provide.

To find out more about the legal fees and expenses that would apply in your case, get in touch with us to arrange a consultation.


How long can I wait to start a personal injury lawsuit? Is there a time limit?

Limitation periods restrict how long a person has to start a lawsuit for most types of lawsuits in Ontario. In most (but not all) cases, a person has 2 years from the date of an injury or loss to start a lawsuit against someone. If someone does not start a lawsuit before the limitation date, in most cases they are unable to ever do so – even if they had no idea a limitation period existed.

Sometimes it is tricky to determine a precise limitation date, particularly if your injuries weren’t (and could not have been) clear right away, or if the incidents that caused your injuries took place over an extended period.

Since the consequences of missing a limitation period are so serious, it is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after you have suffered a loss so that he or she can tell you what limitation period applies. Even if you think you might have already missed the limitation period, you should speak with a lawyer to confirm, since there are sometimes exceptions and ways around the deadline that could save your claim.

In some cases, in addition to a limitation period, you need to worry about a notice period. This is a period of time within which you need to warn the defendant that you are going to sue them in the future. They usually apply when governments are the defendants.

Notice periods are usually much shorter than limitation periods – for example, in most cases you only have 10 days to warn a municipality if you are going to sue it for a dangerous condition on a sidewalk.

Missing a notice period without a very good reason can prevent you from starting your case at all, so again – make sure you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure no time limits are missed.


If a city or municipality is responsible for my injury, are there special rules that apply?

If I’ve been injured in a fall, what do I need to prove to be eligible for compensation?

What compensation can I recover if I start a lawsuit?

What are the main stages of a lawsuit?

Will my case settle, or will I have to go to court?

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