If you have sustained injuries as a result of an accident involving an OC Transpo bus, you may have a right to claim compensation.  Insurance laws were recently changed in Ontario which may apply to limit an injured person’s right to claim certain compensation in bus accident cases, especially where the injuries were not sustained as a result of a “collision” with another vehicle.

In many cases, the claim for compensation is denied by the insurance company representing the Ottawa bus driver or OC Transpo. In some cases, it’s your own car insurance or disability insurance company which is refusing to compensate you for damages you sustained.  In either case, you will need to hire a specialized legal representative.  The lawyers at Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP – Ottawa Accident and Injury lawyers regularly represent personal injury clients who are involved in bus accidents such as OC Transpo bus accidents.

After a bus accident, if you wish to claim compensation, it becomes very complex.  The injured person has the right to seek compensation from their own insurance company, under what is called no-fault insurance.  However, the injured person may also have rights to claim compensation from OC Transpo and the bus driver or the other driver who collided with the bus, in what is called a tort claim. Maneuvering through this procedural and legal mind field requires experience.  Ontario has one of the most complicated bus and car accident compensation systems in the world. Our law firm’s knowledge and experience will help you obtain all the compensation you deserve.

Accident benefit claims or no-fault accident benefits claims compensate the injured person for such things as loss of income, expenses relating to others assisting an injured person with completing household maintenance and expenses related to self-care activities. The insurer, under no-fault law, must also pay for all necessary medical services and rehabilitation to limits prescribed in the policy of insurance. Benefits are paid pursuant to an application by the injured person and there are time-lines by which applications must be provided to the insurer.

At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we have handled many cases where the insurance companies have denied benefits that they are legally and contractually obligated to pay. You are entitled to dispute the insurer’s refusal to pay your benefits. Different levels of benefits are available to injury victims, depending upon the type of injury and impairments. The process of obtaining accident benefits and claiming damages in a tort claim is complicated and requires careful and experienced analysis by an experienced personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience dealing with vehicle accident cases such as Ottawa OC Transpo accident cases.

In a tort claim, you may claim compensation from the person responsible for the collision. The compensation paid under a tort claim is normally paid by the responsible person’s insurer. In Ontario, injury victims who suffer serious and permanent injuries can recover damages compensating them for their losses, including their pain and suffering, their past and future lost income, their extraordinary future health care and home maintenance costs, their out of pocket expenses, interest and legal costs.

There are time limits which govern when an injured person must notify the responsible parties that they intend to bring a claim. There are also time limits by which an injured person must commence a court case seeking compensation. These time limits can restrict or eliminate an injured person’s right to recover damages and compensation. Whether a person has the right to commence a court action against another person in car accident or OC Transpo accident cases is a complicated issue.  Liability must be assessed.  Our experienced personal injury lawyers in Ottawa can assess the issues in an OC Transpo accident cases such as liability, proper persons to seek compensation from, notices, time periods, insurance coverage issues and the value of your snowmobile accident claim.

At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we understand the complexities of vehicle accidents and the profound affects injuries sustained in vehicle accidents may have on the injured person and their family. Our team of experienced and dedicated injury lawyers is dedicated to assisting persons injured in all types of car accident claims, such as OC Transpo accident cases. They know how to deal effectively with the insurance and litigation systems in order to obtain maximum compensation.  Our lawyers represent injury victims throughout southeastern Ontario.

At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we focus our law practice entirely on personal injury and accident law. We assess every case very carefully in order to identify all possible damages options so that our clients recover all types of damages necessary to adequately and fairly compensate them for their injuries.

Our lawyers will take every step necessary to avoid trial and negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of injured persons so that they obtain all benefits and compensation they deserve.

However, we prepare each case as if they are going to trial; that way, of the case does not settle (95% of all cases do settle however), we are prepared for trial.  We have a vast network of medical and non-medical experts such as physicians, surgeons, neurologists, accident reconstruction specialists, occupational therapists, health care professionals, economists, accountants, actuarial experts and others, with whom we will consult to determine the full extent of your injuries and assess the full extent of your damages.

If you have sustained an injury as a result of an OC Transpo or other type of vehicle or car accident, even if you were at fault or partly at fault, it is still worthwhile to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Contact us for a free consultation at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131. One of our Ottawa OC Transpo accident lawyers will be glad to answer any of your questions and discuss our contingency fee arrangement which provides that we do not charge any fees unless we win your case.