Personal injury litigation has come under the microscope over the last few months, specifically with regard to advertising and fees. Most recently, MPP Michael Colle has put forward a private member’s bill that would require every personal injury advertisement to be approved by the Law Society, cap contingency fees at 15 per cent, and outright prohibit referral fees.
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We are hearing about more and more cases where the time limitations for filing have lapsed due to a failure by a plaintiff’s legal representative to meet deadlines. Claimants should stay informed of what is happening with their files and forms and ask the questions about filing dates and limitations. Please see some of the decisions and articles listed at the bottom of this page for details
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Claimants who take a more active role in their cases are often able to achieve a better outcome, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Michael Yermus.
While lawyers must present evidence related to injuries and accidents, litigants have their own role to play that includes going to regular medical appointments, taking medicine as prescribed, and participating in their recovery, he tells AdvocateDaily.com.
The Law Society’s Advertising and Fee Issues Working Group is considering potential regulatory responses to issues relating to advertising, referral fees, and contingency and other fee practices. The Working Group has received a great deal of information about these issues, including advertising that may be false or misleading and fees that are not transparent and appear to have an impact on the way in which legal services are being provided.
I read an article in NOW Magazine recently entitled: “Reasonable Doubt: are some lives worth more than others?”
The article discussed how, in serious personal injury cases that go to trial, women, low income persons and minorities tended to receive lower payouts.
Why? Because the compensation often includes money for ‘loss of income’, which is typically evaluated as being less for these groups than for (Caucasian) men.
If you’ve been seriously hurt or injured in an accident; or you’ve been denied long term disability benefits by your insurer, you will likely need to retain a lawyer.
But, not just any lawyer. You will need a personal injury lawyer. Here are some quick tips on what to look for when selecting a personal injury lawyer