Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from a lawyer?

You should expect that your lawyer will help you and work with you through this difficult time. Your lawyer should provide you with accurate and objective advice about your case in a timely and appropriate manner. You should also expect that your lawyer will protect your interests in the matter.


How will I pay for a lawyer?

At the Accident and Injury Centre, we offer clients a free/no obligation initial half hour consultation. We know how difficult an accident can be and appreciate the physical, emotional and financial impact this can have on both you and your family. We work diligently to represent your interests and to secure a fair and timely resolution to your claim. In appropriate cases, no fees are payable by you until your claim is resolved. Our fees are based on a number of factors and include the value of your settlement and the time we devote to your case. These matters will be discussed with you at the outset so that you understand and feel completely comfortable with what you will be expected to pay and when.


Should I talk to the insurance company before I talk to a lawyer?

It is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities and we believe that it is in your best interests to talk to a lawyer before you discuss your potential claim with the insurance company. Burchell MacDougall’s Accident and Injury team of lawyers will explain your rights and let you know what to expect from the insurance company. Once retained, your Burchell MacDougall lawyer will deal with the insurance company on your behalf.


I can’t work because of the accident. How will I pay medical bills and provide for my family?

A lawyer from the Accident and Injury Centre will explain your rights and outline any benefits you’re entitled to receive. Depending on your circumstances, there are benefits available to defray any loss of income and to reimburse you for medical and rehabilitation costs.


How long will it take to resolve my case?

There is no definite answer to this question. Each case is unique and has its own time frame. Typically, we cannot quantify your case until you are either better or your doctor(s) has determined that you have reached a plateau and further improvement is not expected.


I thought I was fine after my accident, but now I am in pain. What should I do?

Injuries may not always be obvious immediately following an accident. You should consult with your doctor if you develop medical problems. The fact that you were not immediately aware of an injury does not mean it is not compensable. It is always in your best interests to contact your lawyer as soon following an accident as is practical.


Will I have to go to court?

Possibly, however, only a small percentage of cases actually go to trial. That said, each case must be advanced as though it is going to proceed to a trial. Most cases settle at some pre-trial stage in the proceeding. Our job is to prepare your case for trial in the event it is necessary to proceed to trial to obtain fair compensation for our injury. We will advise about the pros and cons of each step in the proceeding so you can provide us with informed instructions at the appropriate time.


How much is my case worth?

The answer to this question will depend on a variety of factors such as the circumstances of the accident, the nature of the injuries you sustained, whether you have a relevant prior medical history, whether you have sustained or will sustain a loss of income and whether you have required or will requirement medical treatment. We will provide you with advice regarding the quantification of your claim as soon as it is feasible to do so.