WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN WORKING WITH STRYPE
WHAT TO EXPECT
SUPPORT. EXPERIENCE. ADVOCACY.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
Seek medical help
Report the accident to police and/or other relevant regulatory body (e.g., in the case of a workplace accident)
Notify your insurance provider
Contact a personal injury lawyer to examine your case
WHY CHOOSE STRYPE
Motor vehicle accidents
WHAT TO EXPECT
Ontario personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee arrangement. This arrangement means that your lawyer receives compensation only if they win your case or agree to a settlement out of court. If the case is lost, then your lawyer receives no compensation. The specific details of your contingency agreement will be discussed with you if we decide to move forward with your case.
We offer free consultations to our potential clients. Contact us today and tell us about your situation, and our team of personal injury lawyers, paralegals, insurance, financial, disability, benefits, and administrative professionals are here to listen and help.
WHY CHOOSE STRYPE
Once one of our lawyers agrees to start working on your case, you must send all accident-related documentation to them. This includes the following:
- Photos and videos
- Medical records
- Police and witness reports
Statement of Claim
After your lawyer reviews the evidence, they will issue a Statement of Claim. This statement outlines the legal and factual arguments of your case. The Statement of Claim is then served on all defendants.
In the Province of Ontario, you must initiate a lawsuit within two years of the date you knew or should reasonably have known of the incident and related injuries. Reaching out to a personal injury representative as soon as possible is important.
Statement of DefenceOnce the defendant(s) receive your Statement of Claim, they will file a Statement of Defence as a way to refute any claims made against them.
Examinations for Discovery Process
The defendant and the plaintiff submit their affidavit documents to each other. An affidavit of documents is the technical term for all the documentary evidence important to each side’s case. After the documents have been exchanged, the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) will be examined by the other side’s lawyer. These examinations provide each side with further details not contained in the documentary record.
With the help of an independent mediator (a legal third party who is not part of the case), all parties will meet and attempt to resolve your case. Some regions, such as Windsor, Ottawa, and Toronto, have mandatory mediation. In other regions of Ontario, mediations are voluntary.
Pre-TrialIf your case has not been settled by this point, it will be placed on a trial list. Before beginning that trial, however, the parties will attend a Pre-Trial. A Pre-Trial is similar to mediation in structure but with the added benefit of having a Judge act as the mediator. A Judge will weigh in on the issues and see if they can facilitate a resolution between the parties. If this is not successful, the trial will continue as planned.
TrialEach party gets to present evidence before the Court and call witnesses to testify. Once both parties have made their case, a judgment will be delivered. If a party is dissatisfied with the outcome, they have the option to file an appeal with the court.
ABOUT STRYPE INJURY LAW
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Any person injured in an Ontario motor vehicle accident has the right to certain mandatory benefits from an insurance company. These rights are found under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule.
Learn more here (Link to Government Regulation)
NOTE: INJURIES OCCURRED WHILE A DRIVER IS UNDER SUSPENSION OR WITH INVALID INSURANCE MAY RESULT IN A LOSS OF BENEFITS.
There are non-earner benefits available to those that meet the complete inability to carry on a normal life after the loss. There is a 4 week waiting period and you may be eligible for $185.00 weekly. This may be available to a maximum of two years.
Caregiver benefits are available to those who have been catastrophically injured and who provided care to someone in need of it.
You may be eligible for other compensation such as:
- Expenses of visitors
- Housekeeping, if catastrophically injured
- Damage to clothing, glasses, hearing aids, etc.
- Death and funeral benefits
Attendant care benefits are available to those who require an aide to assist them in managing everyday living tasks that they can no longer perform due to injuries. This may consist of tasks such as cooking, bathing, grooming, dressing, hygiene, mobility, and more. You will be assessed for this benefit and under the current legislation you must be able to prove incurred expense. Incurred expense is defined as follows:
- the insured person has received the goods or services to which the expense relates,
- the insured person has paid the expense, has promised to pay the expense or is otherwise legally obligated to pay the expense, and
- the person who provided the goods or services did so in the course of the employment, occupation or profession in which he or she would ordinarily have been engaged, but for the accident
Attendant care is not paid for minor injuries. The limit for attendant care is $3,000.00 monthly however, this limit is combined with medical rehabilitation for a maximum of $65,000. over the 5 year period after the accident. A person who has been catastrophically injured may qualify for up to $6,000. monthly to a lifetime maximum of $1 million.
You will likely be entitled to accident benefits, which will provide you with an income while you wait for your claim to be settled.
With decades of experience and success in trying complex personal injury cases, our team is dedicated to helping victims of catastrophic injuries understand and achieve their new potential by negotiating or litigating settlements that adequately address their post-injury lifestyle and medical needs.
We’ve earned a strong reputation for persistent and effective advocacy that often results in protracted litigation—meaning we work until we secure the maximum possible settlement. At the same time, you can rest assured that our culture of client support, communication and education will make the often complex litigation process more manageable for you or your family.
Nothing but your time. A short telephone conversation with one of our experienced staff will help us understand your case. After that, we’ll discuss the details of our contingent fee agreements during your first consultation, which is free. It’s important to note that we only get paid if we win.
Please bring the following items with you to your consultation: valid photo ID, drivers’ license, health card, SIN, MVA report, medicals and any other records pertaining to the case (i.e., insured’s file).