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Although cars are safer than they’ve ever been, and bicycle lanes are more and more common, accidents and serious injuries are still frequent occurrences. Each year thousands of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are injured in motor vehicle accidents in Ontario. Many injured accident victims never fully recover from their injuries and are left to deal with pain, unemployment and medical and rehabilitation expenses. At McNally Gervan we are dedicated to helping accident victims and their families. That’s all we do. Contact us for a free consultation if you or a family member has been involved in a motor vehicle accident. Tell our Ottawa personal injury lawyer what happened.
Motor Vehicle Claims
Every year nearly 50,000 drivers and passengers in Ontario suffer injuries in car accidents. Even though cars keep getting safer, hundreds of people die in car accidents each year in Ontario and thousands more suffer serious injuries that change their lives and the lives of their family members forever.
The Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer at McNally Gervan LLP understand the system and are here to help accident victims get the support they need to get back on track and the compensation they deserve. Compensation for serious motorcycle accidents often includes damages for pain and suffering, past and future losses of income.
Bicycle accident cases can be complicated and, as with other types of accidents, accident reconstruction and engineering evidence is often needed to show a judge or jury what happened and to explain why it happened.
We live in a society where we are encouraged to walk, both for health and environmental reasons. And Ottawa is a great place to walk. Unfortunately, walking on downtown or even suburban streets can
The rising popularity of snowmobiles is not hard to understand. They provide access to Ontario’s stunning back country during the winter months and are both fun and (comparatively) inexpensive to operate.
ATV and Off-Road Vehicle Accidents
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of off-road vehicles, such as ATVs, in Canada. Unfortunately, this boom has also resulted in more severe injuries and fatalities. ATV and snowmobile accidents more frequently result in serious injury or death for children and young adults than older adults. Individuals severely hurt in an off-road vehicle collision are eligible to file an accident benefits claim with their insurance provider. In some cases, you may also be able to take legal action against the person responsible for the accident.
Accident Benefit Claims
The Ontario Law provides Statutory Accident Benefits Coverage under every auto insurance policy. These benefits provide coverage and compensation, regardless if you’re at fault or not and include you, your passengers or any pedestrians who might be injured or die in an accident. Accident Benefits Claims are available even if you don’t own auto insurance or are not included in other people’s policies.
Distracted or Impaired Driving Accidents
Public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving has been rising steadily over the past few decades. And statistics do show that more people are making smart choices to avoid driving while they are impaired (taxis, ride-sharing, designated drivers have all helped).
Road Design and Maintenance Claims
Every year in Ontario car and motorcycle drivers are injured because of poorly designed roads or roads that have not been properly repaired or maintained.
OC Transpo and Bus Accidents
If you are injured while travelling on an Ottawa bus you may be entitled to medical and other benefits. If the bus you were travelling on was involved in a collision with another object (such as a vehicle, light post, or barrier wall), you will likely have benefits available to you through the City of Ottawa’s insurance coverage.
Other Types of Claims
Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accidents
The Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer at McNally Gervan LLP understand the system and are here to help accident victims get the support they need to get back on track and the compensation they deserve. Compensation for serious motorcycle accidents often includes damages for pain and suffering, past and future losses of income,
Dangerous Premises Claims
Property owners and occupiers have a responsibility to make sure visitors are reasonably safe when on the premises. Usually, the legal obligation is to take reasonable steps to ensure that the premises are safe. When the people in control of the premises fail to meet that reasonable standard, they may be held legally liable for the damages that result.
Boating accidents are too frequent, and frequently avoidable. Statistics indicate that far too many boating accidents are the result of impaired operation (alcohol or drugs) or a lack of familiarity with basic maritime safety rules and regulations.
Diving and Swimming Accidents
Diving and swimming are common activities that can result in serious injuries. At McNally Gervan LLP we have represented accident victims and their families in claims arising from swimming and diving accidents across the province.
Airplanes are one of the safest forms of transportation available. But accidents do happen involving planes, either in the air or on the ground. And while the survivability of airplane accidents keeps improving, these accidents can still result in serious physical or psychological injuries.
Long Term Disability Insurance Claims
Long-term disability typically refers to the inability to perform your job’s usual duties. It can be defined differently by different insurance carriers. The benefits you are eligible for will depend on your long-term disability policy definition. Some insurance companies provide coverage, regardless of the type or severity of your illness, provided the disability prevents you from performing your current job duties.
Life Insurance Disputes
The last thing a grieving family needs is a dispute with a life insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies do deny claims under life insurance policies, placing the grieving family in the position of having a legal challenge on their hands when they are trying to deal with all of the many issues that arise on the loss of a loved one.
Insurance is not limited to car accident claims. Most families and businesses purchase insurance to provide them with financial assistance and compensation if they suffer a fire loss.
Wrongful Death Claims
Where accidents lead to death, the family members who are left to pick up the pieces will often need an experienced Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer.
Professional Negligence Claims
Claims against professionals, such as financial advisers, lawyers, engineers and architects, have become more common in recent years. This is due to a combination of factors including an increasing reliance on professional advice and the complexity of the work professionals perform.
Assault and Abuse Claims
Victims of assaults or abuse should always report those crimes to the police or other authorities. But whether criminal charges have been filed or not, victims of assault or abuse should consult with an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer or law firm with experience in handling these cases
Consumer products are all around us. Whether it is the car you are driving, the lawnmower in your garage; or the household appliances you use every day, you rely on the manufacturers of these products to ensure that they are safe to use.
Types of Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Neck and spinal cord injuries can be caused by all kinds of accidents, from car or motorcycle accidents to diving accidents or falls. These injuries can range in severity from mild to catastrophic. Where the spinal cord or neck injury is more severe, it can result in chronic pain disability even without a fracture or paralysis.
Brain Injuries or Concussions
More than 450 people suffer a serious brain injury in Canada every day. This means that on average, a person suffers a brain injury every three minutes. For people under the age of 40, brain injury is the leading cause of death and permanent disability.
There is nothing more devastating to a family than the sudden loss of a family member in an accident. Many fatal accidents are truly preventable and should never happen. The hard truth is that even a momentary lapse of judgement or concentration can create the circumstances where someone’s life is placed in danger.
Psychological trauma or injury can be caused by accident, illness or even intentionally (in the case of assault). As a society we have come a long way in understanding the depth and severity of psychological issues and mood disorders, and in treating and preventing them. We still have a long way to go.
Fractures and Other Injuries
Car accidents and falls can easily result in fractures or broken bones. These injuries sometimes heal without complication, but too often they have serious and even permanent consequences for people.
Soft Tissue Injuries and Chronic Pain
The “soft tissues” in your body include such things as muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, organs, and the discs in your spine. An injury to these tissues may not be as easy to identify as a broken bone, but the consequences can be every bit as serious, if not worse.