Seek a Second Opinion with Our Oakville Accident Lawyers

Similar to a doctor’s diagnosis, you have the right to a second opinion with a personal injury claim. Not only is it possible to get a second opinion, but lawyers in Ontario also have an ethical obligation to facilitate a client request for a second opinion. According to the Ontario Bar Association’s code of ethics, if a client desires a second opinion, his or her lawyer should provide assistance. While this can extend to recommendations and referrals, at the very least your personal injury lawyer in Oakville should provide a written summary of the progress of your claim that you can use for receiving a second opinion.

There are several benefits to acquiring a second opinion in light of a personal injury case. You may find that a lawyer will refuse your claim because the case is not strong enough, is unprofitable, or does not fit within the lawyer’s area of expertise, or schedule. In addition, you may believe that your case is worth more than what your current lawyer presents to you, and may be unhappy with the work your lawyer is doing. You may also believe that the legal fees are too high. As such, it is of vital importance that you always obtain a second opinion. At Will Davidson LLP, we pride ourselves on being the choice for many people in Oakville looking to pursue this second opinion. Our team will meet with you to review the circumstances of your case and any previous recommendations made by other firms in order to build a case.

A second opinion will provide you with peace of mind, knowing your case is being handled the way that it should be. Additionally, it provides you with a better idea of the compensation for your claim and allows for a trustworthy client-lawyer relationship. Such factors are essential to ensuring that your needs are in the hands of a personal injury lawyer in Oakville with experience and expertise in the areas you require.

Like with any claim, in order to obtain an accurate second opinion, you should ensure the following are presented:

  • Your full medical history, including reports, doctor consultations, medical bills, and pre-existing conditions prior to your injury as these are essential for evaluating your case;
  • Any other evidence you and/or your previous lawyer have gathered such as specialist medical reports as this can be the key to determining the merits of your case;
  • The full legal history of your case which includes any previous legal action on your current injury, and any related cases you have pressed or uncovered.

When you are looking for a lawyer to provide a second opinion, you should ensure that he or she:

  • Is experienced in representing claims involving injuries like yours
  • Can provide references from former clients if requested
  • Is in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada; and
  • Is willing to negotiate and settle the fees of your previous lawyer should he or she take the case.

In any personal injury claim, there is nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion, and you should feel free to do so. Indeed, clients seeking second opinions from our personal injury lawyers in Oakville have become more common over the past few years. What is important is finding the best personal injury lawyer for you – somebody who can handle the intricacies of the law surrounding your injury and provide you with the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Oakville Accident Lawyers for a Second Opinion on your Claim

At Will Davidson LLP, our Oakville accident lawyers can meet with you for a second opinion so that you can choose the best lawyer suited for your case. We understand that during this difficult time you need confidence in the lawyer who handles your case.

If hired, we will work hard to ensure that you get the most recoverable damages from your claim. Our personal injury lawyers regularly strive to go above and beyond your expectations to provide the very best legal representation and experience you may not find at all firms. Going above and beyond to us means staying on top of the case, keeping you updated, ensuring your benefits are being paid and redressing any setbacks, such as denials of benefits, as soon as possible to get you the most financial compensation for your case.

Contact us at Will Davidson LLP for a free, no-obligation consultation at 1-866-503-8757.

Can Social Media Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim?

If you are pursuing a claim against the at-fault party, after being injured in a motor vehicle or other accident, it is more important than ever to be aware of what you are posting on social media and how you are behaving online.

For decades, insurers have been relying on private investigators to gather surveillance that demonstrates that the injured person can do some of the activities he or she claims they cannot do, such as gardening, driving, or lifting heavy objects. Often the surveillance shows nothing inconsistent with what the injured person said, so it is never used, or is completely ineffective.

Increasingly, with the advent of the internet and social media, insurers no longer have to hire their own investigators to gather the same information at lesser cost. Many injured accident victims keep active social media accounts, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr which include photographs of daily activities and special events such as weddings and vacations. Insurance companies often do not take into consideration that social media is simply a snapshot in time and does not fully explain the circumstances of a person’s life.  Hence, if you are in the process of filing a claim, you will want to do all you can to protect your image and pursue full compensation.

When and How Can Insurers Access Your Social Media Accounts?

There are three ways insurers can access your social media accounts. The first and most obvious is by accessing your public accounts with a basic Google search. If you do not want the insurance company to be able to see your postings, you should double check your privacy settings and consider making your account inactive or not posting during the course of the lawsuit.

The second way that insurers may access your social media information is by creating fake accounts and asking to “follow” or “friend” you to see posts that are semi-public – that you show some people, but may not be accessible through a simple Google search.

Finally, if your claim progresses, the insurer may ask for social media account information or photographs from those accounts as an undertaking. If the insurer’s counsel can establish that information is relevant to the claim then it must be provided to the insurance company and their lawyer.

While social media in personal injury claims is relatively new in Ontario, the record is decidedly mixed in terms of how much weight judges will put on social media evidence in personal injury claims.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Privacy?

There are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from insurers and prevent them from accessing your social media accounts in the course of your personal injury claim.

The most basic step you can take is to increase your privacy settings and be careful about who you accept as a friend or follower. This is the most common way that insurers will try to gain access to social media accounts. Double check your privacy settings on another computer or cell phone to ensure that they are not publicly accessible and be wary of any requests from people you do not know in real life.

However, even with increased privacy settings, the insurer is entitled to access your account’s contents if they can show it is relevant. While this often happens later in the process, it is important to be aware of it. To avoid embarrassing posts being exposed later in your case, be careful about what you post. Ask yourself if you would be worried if the post was on the front page of the newspaper or handed over to the insurer and if you would be, you might be better off not posting it.

If you are concerned about what an insurer may be able to access, you may want to consider disconnecting altogether until your claim is over. When you meet with a personal injury lawyer at Will Davidson LLP, we will often recommend this approach and provide you with guidance on all other aspects of your case.

Contact Us at Will Davidson LLP – Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Brampton, Oakville, Mississauga & Burlington

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, there are many aspects of the case to consider. An experienced personal injury lawyer serving Brampton, Oakville and surrounding areas can guide you through the process and provide advice on your case. Our car accident injury lawyers offer free, no-obligation consultations. To learn more, contact us at 1-866-503-8757 today.

 

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