How much is your Ottawa injury case worth?
In Canada the most an injured person can receive for pain and suffering is capped by the case law at about $320,000 ( as of 2014). When injured, your right to claim compensation for your injuries lies in what is called “tort” law principles. Essentially, it is the right to receive fair and equitable compensation from the person or persons that caused you harm. Pain and suffering claims are referred to as “tort” claims. These types of claims are meant to compensate an injured person for various types of damages such as loss of income, medical treatment, rehabilitation costs, out of pocket expenses, business losses and pain and suffering (often called general damages).
People in Canada often hear about amazing multi-million dollar awards in the United States. However, many of those awards are reduced by statutory damages limits or reduced by an appellate court and those are not usually reported in the news. In Canada, damages in the multi-millions (for pain and suffering and other damages combined) is unusual because, there is a cap on damages for pain and suffering claims set by case law (judge made law). This specific cap was set by the Supreme Court of Canada in a series of cases called “the trilogy”. The cap is adjusted every year to account for inflation and increase of cost of living.
The maximum award for pain and suffering damages is usually ordered in catastrophic cases such as brain injuries, losing limbs and paralysis.
As a client who was injured in an accident, your personal injury lawyer can provide an estimate and range of fair compensation for pain and suffering once the injuries have been fully assessed. It’s vital that personal injury lawyers discuss with their clients realistic expectations as to what their injury case is likely worth. In order to appreciate the fair amount, it requires knowledge of the law in the area of compensation for injuries sustained. Your Ottawa injury lawyer can assist you in that regard. Don’t be afraid to ask what your case is likely worth. However, it is impossible to provide an accurate estimate until the injuries have been completely and fully assessed and the past and future impact of those injuries on your life are also assessed.
If you have been injured in an accident in Ottawa or anywhere throughout Ontario and would like to learn more about your rights and interests as an injured person, contact one of our accident and injury lawyers for a free consultation. Our lawyers work on a no fee until you win basis.
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