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Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Being involved in any form of accident can have devastating consequences.  As a result of the accident, you may have suffered a injury right here in Ottawa.  Your injuries may cause you to endure physical and/or psychological suffering.  It may be temporary or permanent.  Any injuries you suffer may force you to stop engaging in all the activities you used to enjoy.  Moreover, you may be in a position where you can never work again.  In many instances the injuries suffered by a person involved in an accident can leave them unable to care for themselves.

Who is going to take care of you?  Who will take care of your family?  These are very difficult and very real questions that an injured person must face. 

An Ottawa-based lawyer can help you face these challenges.  But, the question is, how do you decide which Ottawa injury lawyer will best meet your needs.

First, you need to find some names of lawyers that practice in Ottawa.  You can ask friends or family for advice.  However, let’s face it most of us have never had to endure a significant personal injury and, therefore, you may not know of many people who could recommend an injury lawyer here in Ottawa. 

So, the next step might be to conduct an internet search using terms such as:

  • Personal Injury Lawyers Ottawa,
  • Injury Lawyer Ottawa,
  • Personal Injury Ottawa, or
  • Personal Injury Law Ottawa.

It is true you can certainly seek a lawyer from outside of the jurisdiction.  But, we recommend that you at least start by meeting with personal injury lawyers right here in Ottawa.  They will likely be more attuned to the local litigation scene and have developed greater relationships with all the stake holders involved in a personal injury litigation.  The injury lawyer from Ottawa can use his or her knowledge of the “local scene” to most effectively position your case as you move forward.

So, you’ve been able to locate some personal injury lawyers.  The second thing you should do is actually meet with the injury lawyer in their Ottawa office.  Conduct an interview of the lawyer or lawyers.  You want to make sure you are comfortable with these individuals.  The litigation process can take a long time to resolve.  In some cases it may even take several years.  You will want to make sure that you will be able to get along with the lawyers you have chosen.

During your interview you will want to ask questions about the lawyer’s experience dealing with injury law in the Ottawa region.  How long has he or she been practicing law?  Who are the other lawyers who may act on your file and what is their experience?  If they are a newer lawyer, you might want to know that they have mentored under very experienced lawyers.  How much time does the prospective lawyer or lawyers at the firm spend on continuing legal education, with a specific focus on personal injury law Ottawa?

Different lawyers will have varying philosophies.  Does the lawyer or lawyers you are meeting have a philosophy that matches your views?

While you are meeting your prospective lawyers at their office, you should also ask for the opportunity to meet with the support staff.  After all, throughout the duration of your relationship with the law firm you will also wind up spending a lot of time talking to the support staff.  These are the people who will be tasked with coordinating each step of the litigation process with your schedule.  The support staff will likely contact you frequently to obtain information needed to move your case along.  They are important people in the management of your file.  Make sure that you will get along with them, too!

Here at Langevin Morris Smith, our lawyers are committed to your success.  Our lawyers are highly trained and devote great effort to continue our legal education in all aspects of injury law.  Our mission is to obtain the money needed to reflect your losses, while at the same time allowing you, our client, to focus on your recovery.

Give us a call today to arrange a free, no obligation, consultation about how we can help you achieve a resolution that will allow you to survive the consequences of your injury.

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