Your Team of Personal Injury Lawyers in Toronto
When you're injured in an accident and want to seek the compensation you deserve, you need a dedicated professional who works exclusively in the field and understands it through and through.
At Diamond & Diamond, our top focus on personal injury awards you the experience that is beneficial for your case.
We specialize in the following areas:
- Car Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Brain Injury
- Work-Related Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Animal & Dog Bites
- Long-Term Disability
Diamond & Diamond serves clients in the GTA and across Ontario, and can help you with your case regardless of where you're located in Ontario, with offices in the following locations:
- Sault Ste. Marie
- Thunder Bay
We also serve the following areas: Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Lindsay, North Bay, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, Niagara Falls, St. Catherines, Milton, Guelph, Stoney Creek, Cambridge, Bowmanville and Cobourg. Call 1-800-567-HURT (4878) for a free consultation today!
You don't pay unless we recover money for you.
Looking For The Top Personal Injury Lawyer For Your Claim?
This is where you start: ask questions! Look at the performance of the firm and the lawyers. Do they have experience in personal injury? Do they only deal with injury claims? Do they have a good reputation? Do they have experience with slip and falls? Serious injuries? Motorcycle accidents? Do they give you the attention you deserve? Do they get back to you in a timely manner?
Ask these questions to any potential representative and listen to their responses. If you are satisfied with their answers, sign the retainer. Remember, a relationship with a lawyer is no different than any other relationship – you have to feel comfortable with the decision and trust that they will do their best for you. Your first impression of the lawyer is usually a great indicator of how they will treat your claim throughout the process. If they understand the severity of the claim, listen to your needs, and get back to you in a timely manner, they are the firm for you. Always remember who the best personal injury lawyer in your area is. If they have the objective criteria like expertise and results then move to the subjective. Trust your instinct as to who will cater to your needs in the most professional way. Always go in for a free consultation and then decide.
Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer
When choosing the best personal injury lawyer or the top personal injury lawyer, there are a variety of factors that should be considered. First of all, experience plays an important factor. An experienced personal injury lawyer will have the right tools necessary and the experience to handle your claim. Buy do not mistake experience for somebody who is knowledgeable. Although experience goes a long way, the number of years called to the bar does not always ensure that you are getting the best representation possible.
For example, myself, Isaac Zisckind and partner Sandra Zisckind spent the first couple years practicing defence and essentially looked for ways to deny claims. We were able to gain experience in litigation from a different perspective, from the insurer’s perspective, understanding their risks and concerns going forward, not just the plaintiff’s. Once Sandra and I switched over to doing strictly plaintiff personal injury law, we were able to use the experience and knowledge from the insurance defence side to ensure that all of our clients are getting proper representation, best settlements, and highest settlements or outcomes possible.
So when discussing experience, the number of years called to the Bar is not the only factor. It should be knowledge and what kind of experience that person had. For example, how many times has that lawyer went to trial? What is their success rate? How many types of cases did they handle like yours? What are the percentages of claims that get settled? Are you specialized in this area of law?
Furthermore, there are a lot of lawyers out there that will dabble in different areas. Choosing the best personal injury lawyer or talking about somebody with knowledge and experience should also include ensuring that the lawyer practices personal injury law on a regular basis. Insurance law is very complicated and has gotten more complicated over the years. There are different schemes such as accident benefits, (SABS) the “Insurance Act”, motor vehicle accident laws, thresholds, deductibles and other legal terms that lawyers must be aware of when they are representing their clients. For example, most people in the community when they buy insurance assume that they are completely taken care of by the other insurer’s party if an accident occurs, but that is incorrect. In fact, most people that come to our office do not know that the majority of the time one must apply through their own accident benefit insurer for benefits such as income replacement, physiotherapy, housekeeping, attendant care and caregiving benefits. Only after those benefits are exhausted may you seek from the third party or the defendant damages for things such as income replacement, physiotherapy, etc. The majority of time when you sue a third party defendant and their insurer, it is usually because you are suing them for general pain and suffering plus any out-of-pocket expenses or med rehab or income loss that your own insurer will not pay for.
Furthermore, for motor vehicle accidents in Ontario, did you know that you could be subject to a $30,000 deductible if you go to trial? Most people think that if they are awarded $50,000 or $60,000 by a jury or a judge at trial for pain and suffering in a motor vehicle accident, they receive that full amount. This is not the case. There is an actual $30,000 deductible that applies to motor vehicle accidents in Ontario at trial for any awards under $100,000. Therefore, if you get awarded $100,000 at trial by a jury, the judge then would order that the defendant only pay $70,000. Just as if you were awarded $50,000 at trial, you would end up with $20,000. This goes to the point that the best personal injury lawyer is one that understands personal injury law in Ontario.
When choosing the best personal injury lawyer you must also ask: “Is the best personal injury lawyer for me?”. The best personal injury lawyer will be the person you can trust and rely on. Just because you have been referred by a friend or somebody at the hospital to a personal injury lawyer does not mean that they are the best. The truth is, reputation and fit is very important. You have to like the lawyer that you are with as you are going to be entering into a relationship with that lawyer for the next 3 to 4 years. Lawsuits are not a simple thing. The Lawyer responsible for your case is also responsible with the facts of your life and the outcome of your lawsuit. You have to ensure that they are putting your best interests before their own. For example, ensuring your lawyer is getting you the best possible medical rehabilitation from the get go, ensuring you do not have to deal with the headaches, because at the end of the day, after all cheques are signed and settlement funds are put into the bank, you are left with your health. You want to ensure that regardless of what happens during the process you are getting the best medical treatment available and possible. You want to be able to tell your lawyer everything and trust them with your life story because if you cannot, they cannot represent you to the best of their abilities.
In recap, the important things when choosing the best personal injury lawyer in Ontario are
- Fit and Trust
If you feel that your lawyer has all these attributes, then you have picked the right one.
Interested in a career at Diamond & Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers?
How Important Is It To Have A Lawyer That Has An Office Close To Where I Live?
Our firm doesn’t believe it’s very important because our lawyers will travel to you. Should you decide to come to our office, we are happy to arrange door-to-door transportation. We operate as a paperless office, and prefer to update our clients with phone calls, emails, texts, facsimile, and all other electronic means. These instant updates should fit more naturally into your busy schedule, but if you’re more comfortable meeting in person, we are even available after hours and on weekends. Travel or not, we’re committed to being the right personal injury firm for you.
We understand that many people call us for consult on a variety of legal matters. We may not be able to handle all types of cases due to expertise or other various reasons. We will only, with your verbal consent, refer you to another lawyer or paralegal in good standing with the law society who may be better equipped to handle your claim. It is your decision whether or not you choose to go ahead with that representative. Referral fees for some may or may not be attached and will have no effect or bearing on your claim.