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.