As St. Catharines Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand that if you or your loved one cannot work because you are hurt, being left without income can send you and your 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.
There is no doubt that suffering an injury, particularly a serious catastrophic injury, can be terribly devastating and have far-reaching physical, social, and psychological consequences for victims and their families. Serious injuries can disrupt lives of victims permanently and cause immense financial upheaveal, now and into the future.
Our professional and compassionate St. Catharines lawyers are dedicated to protecting the people who have suffered serious life-changing injuries. We work tirelessly to make sure you and your family are protected financially for the remainder of your life.
Since 2003, we have represented victims of serious accidents such as car accidents and motorcycle accidents, and those with catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. We understand the emotional, physical and financial distress that victims experience and will fight to hold wrongdoers responsible. We’re known for our willingness to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the highest level of service possible to all of our clients.
The right St. Catharines personal injury lawyer will not only have to establish that you are hurt by the wrongdoing of someone else, but also build the appropriate personal injury case with the right doctors and specialist who will tell the story of how you have been impacted.
The majority of accidents occur because someone was careless, reckless, or acted with malice. When you suffer severe consequences because of someone else’s wrongful actions, you deserve compensation.
Personal injury is a wide category and includes injuries sustained from somebody else’s irresponsibility or wrongdoing. Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers is a dedicated firm helping regular folks in St. Catharines who have been seriously hurt by another’s wrongful act or lack of care for the safety and health of others.
We represent cases such as:
If you have been seriously injured, it’s important that you speak with one of our St. Catharines personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. When you retain the services of Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers shortly after an accident, we can assist with such things as:
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. Your St. Catharines personal injury lawyer will 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.
You should 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.
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It’s important to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer who can assist with hiring independent occupational therapists or other people to help with your hospital discharge. This team should not be connected to your insurance company. Discharge should be planned with independent medical providers that can assist you with:
We represent victims who have faced severe, life-changing consequences from devastating injuries. In many cases, a catastophic injury can prevent a victim from fully returning to the life they led before the accident. This means limiting one’s ability to work and provide income. Additionally, they may be unable to perform their favourite activities or sports, and even care for their children.
These injuries include:
Brain injuries are incredibly devastating and dangerous. Unfortunately, they are also too common. According to the Northern Brain Injury Association, brain injury impacts more people in Canada per year than AIDS, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and breast cancer combined.
Many types of brain injuries have long-lasting consequences that can lead to permanent impairment. The brain is the most vital organ in the body. When it becomes damaged, the body’s nervous system can break down, and signals are no longer sent to the rest of the body. As a result, the victim’s physical, mental, and cognitive function become limited or impaired.
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.
We specialize in spinal cord injury cases in St. Catharines and across Ontario. Since 2003, we have represented victims with devastating spinal cord injuries seek the care, compensation, resources and support they need to recover as best they can. As a result, we have gained substantial experience and firsthand knowledge working with spinal cord injury victims and their families.
If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you will face significant costs that will be incurred throughout your lifetime, such as:
This is a very complicated question that people ask our St. Catharines personal injury lawyyers. 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. Further, your insurance company may not cover the costs of all your rehabilitation and 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, economic damages, and punitive damages.
Non-economic damages 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. Catharines 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.
Consequential economic damages are financial losses causally connected to your injuries. Types of economic damages can include your past loss of wages from the accident date to your settlement or trial as well as 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. Additionally, you may suffer the loss of capacity to perform household work. Victims experience a personal loss, 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. There is a universal health insurance scheme in Ontario, and accident benefits are available to an injured party (assuming there are no exclusionary arguments). Despite this, seriously injured accident victims require medical expenses that will cost over and above what is allowed and provided by an accident victim.
In contrast to compensation-based damages, punitive damages are an award for conduct that courts find to be worthy of punishment. Courts have used a wide variety of colourful words and phrases to describe the conduct that leads to punitive damages, such as high-handed, arbitrary, oppressive, deliberate, vicious, brutal, evil, outrageous, egregious, careless, disgraceful, 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. Therefore, they can be difficult to claim. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine if your case qualifies for punitive damages.
Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers have a proven track record of fighting for St. Catharines’ accident victims. Matt lalande has been representing accident victims with life changing injuries throughout Hamilton and the St. Catharines 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. Ee 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. However, if necessary, our firm will be fully prepared to try your case.
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.