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If you have suffered an injury resulting from a car accident, slip and fall , medical malpractice, or in any way by the fault of another, you’ll want to contact a Toronto personal injury lawyer who has the necessary skills, experience, and track record to ensure your case is represented professionally.
Ryan Zigler’s Law Firm is an experienced law firm that has helped clients in all aspects of personal injury litigation for over 35 years. You have the right to seek compensation for the loss of the ability to lead and enjoy a normal life. We understand that each personal injury case is unique. The amount of your injury settlement will depend on the proper preparation of your case.
Common examples of Personal Injury Claims
- Slip and fall accidents
- Broken bones
- Serious Soft Tissue Injuries (WAD III)
- Jaw problems
- Spinal cord injuries
- Any permanent impairment
- Wrongful deaths
- Permanent disabilities
- Fatal accidents
- Medical and legal malpractice
- Dis-abilty claims
Some common types of personal injury claims:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are the among the most common claims in personal injury lawsuits. Occupier’s liability law involves the legal responsibility of owners and occupiers of property for mishaps experienced by persons on the property and their resulting injuries. One of the most common causes of such injuries is a trip and fall or slip and fall, such as on an icy sidewalk, a loose or uneven stair tread, or a piece of debris or spilled liquid on the floor. If you have been injured as the result of a fall, you may need Toronto slip and fall lawyer.
The liability of the potentially responsible individuals varies, depending on the rules and principles adopted in the jurisdiction where the mishap occurred. Ryan Zigler is an experienced slip & fall law firm that can determine whether liability may exist in a particular case and help an injured person recover damages for lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and pain and suffering.
Our firm can help you get full and fair compensation if you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident in the Greater Toronto Area. Call us today or use our on-line contact form for a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Some of the common types of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents in the Greater Toronto Area include
- Sidewalk and parking lot accidents
- Accidents in cluttered stores
- Elevator and escalator accidents
In a situation where a person is injured in a slip and fall, the property owner may be liable if:
- He or she caused the unsafe condition, such as spilling liquid and not mopping it up.
- He or she knew about the dangerous condition but did not take steps to correct it.
What To Do After A Fall & When To Hire Slip And Fall Lawyers
If you are hurt in a fall on someone else’s property in Toronto the law may give you the right to make a claim against the person or company that owns or controls the property.
Whether you fell on public property, in a private home or in a business such as a store or restaurant, there are some important actions to take after a fall accident:
1. Get medical help right away. You should see a doctor or go to a hospital immediately after a fall. Not only do you need to get your injuries checked out and treated, but you also need medical records showing the extent of the damage and injuries caused by the fall. Some major injuries (for example, a traumatic brain injury) show few immediate symptoms. Timely medical care and diagnosis could save your life. Evidence of the extent of your injuries will also be valuable when you pursue a fall injury claim.
2. Report the accident immediately. You need to alert the person or company in charge of the property as soon as the accident happens. This means telling the homeowner whose house you were in, calling the landlord or alerting the manager at a business. If the injury happened at a business or in an apartment, the storeowner or landlord should make a formal accident report, and you should ask for a copy. If you need to leave the accident scene for medical treatment, be sure to call back later to get an accident report.
3. Be careful what you say after the accident. Whether you are dealing with a homeowner, a landlord or a business manager, you should avoid getting emotional, casting blame, admitting guilt or arguing about how and why you fell. You don’t want to say anything that could be used to undermine your potential claim for compensation. You also don’t want the situation to escalate into an argument. Simply report the facts of your injury in a straightforward way.
4. Get witness contact information. You should obtain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident. These witnesses can back up your story if the property owner tells a different version of events in an effort to escape liability for your fall injuries.
5. Take pictures. Be sure to take detailed photographs of the location where you fell, as well as any conditions that contributed to causing the fall (a broken tile or puddle of spilled liquid, for example). Try to ensure the pictures are time-stamped so it is clear exactly what the conditions were at the time of your accident. For example, if a homeowner clears the snow from a driveway and salts it an hour after your accident, it could become more difficult to prove that it was slippery and unsafe at the time of the fall.
6. Keep and preserve the clothes and shoes you were wearing. These can be useful evidence to show that the fall was caused by the negligence of the property owner.
7. Call a lawyer. You should contact a Toronto slip and fall lawyer as soon as you can after you have suffered a fall injury or other accident caused by negligence. A lawyer can help you to get started gathering evidence before it disappears and can also make sure you don’t answer questions unnecessarily or say anything that you should not. It is especially important to consult with a lawyer before you sign anything or negotiate with the insurance company that covers the property owner. Insurers focus on their own profits rather than on providing you full and fair compensation for your injuries
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional or institution deviates from the standard of care expected in the medical community, and a patient is injured as a result. Medical malpractice lawsuits are designed to hold these negligent medical professionals accountable for their careless actions or omissions and to compensate the injured party for any resulting damages. However, not every medical error is grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, and only a skilled medical negligence lawyer in Toronto can determine whether you can recover compensation for your injuries.
Medical malpractice lawsuits typically involve two parties—the plaintiff and the defendant. The plaintiff is the injured patient, or an individual legally assigned to act on their behalf. In a case of wrongful death, the executor of the deceased’s estate can act as the plaintiff. The defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit is the medical professional or institution that allegedly acted negligently in treating the injured patient. Depending on the specifics of the case, a doctor, clinic, hospital, dentist or therapist can be named as the defendant. Nurses can also be held liable for their negligent actions or omissions, as previous medical malpractice lawsuits have maintained that healthcare professionals without doctorate degrees cannot escape liability for “following orders.”
To have a valid medical malpractice claim against a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional or institution, the following must be true:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty. (When a healthcare provider or institution undertakes the care or treatment of a patient, a legal duty exists.)
- The duty was breached.
- The breach caused injury to the patient.
- The plaintiff, as a result of the injury, suffered damages.
If the plaintiff can establish these four elements, they may be entitled to a financial award to cover monetary and non-monetary losses suffered as a result of the medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice lawsuits provide injured patients with an opportunity to recover lost wages, out of pocket expenses and other damages that resulted from the medical provider’s negligence. Additionally, medical malpractice lawsuits address problems within the healthcare community and deter other medical professionals from partaking in similar negligent conduct. However, because there are many restrictions that must be followed to have a successful claim, it’s important to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer who has experience handling these types of claims.
If you are suffering from a disabling condition and are no longer able to work, disability benefits can provide the lifeline you need to support yourself and your family. Whether your disability is short or long-term in nature, a denial or termination of benefits can be devastating. To ensure your right to compensation is protected, it is crucial you have a skilled Toronto dis-ability lawyer on your side.
We know how the large insurance companies handle disability claims and are prepared to represent our clients throughout the entire course of their claim, from submitting the initial application for short or long-term disability benefits, to handling administrative appeals, to filing the lawsuit and reaching a favorable conclusion.
We have 35 years of experience battling insurance carriers who refuse to provide the disability benefits individuals are entitled to. Our firm provides a wide range of disability claims services to our clients, including:
Disability Benefits. Whether you are seeking benefits under a private disability policy or an employer or union plan, we will do everything we can to get you the money you are entitled to. When you hire our firm, we will work with you and your medical team to submit all the information needed to get your claim approved or a denial reversed.
Disability Insurance. Insurance policies contain complex legal terms and provisions that can be very difficult to sort through on your own. We have extensive experience interpreting the technical language insurance companies use when preparing insurance contracts. We understand how these policies work in practice and know how to negotiate with insurance companies to resolve claims outside of the litigation process. When an insurance company refuses to live up to their obligations, we aggressively represent our clients in court if necessary.
Long-Term Disability. Some illnesses and injuries can prevent you from returning to work for several months or even years. In these situations, long-term disability insurance is designed to replace a portion of your income when you are off work for an extended period. Unfortunately, the insurance companies who issue these policies sometimes make it very difficult to collect benefits you have paid for. If you have been denied long-term disability coverage or your benefits have been terminated, we can help you get the help you need to make it through a very difficult time in your life.
Short-Term Disability. Unlike long-term disability insurance, short-term disability insurance is designed to help replace your income when an injury or illness prevents you from working for a limited period. Even though short-term disability benefits are only temporary, insurance companies sometimes make it very difficult to get the benefits due under your policy. We are very familiar with how insurance companies operate and will help you submit the medical reports and other documentation needed to collect your short-term disability benefits.