Wrongful Death, Traumatic Amputations and Brachial Plexus Injuries
In addition to brain injury, complex fracture and spinal cord injury litigation, we also represent people who have lost a loved one, have suffered a traumatic amputation or a brachial plexus injury. The unexpected death of a loved one not only causes psychological trauma but may also lead to significant financial losses because the family can no longer rely on the income their loved one would have earned. Traumatic amputations and brachial plexus injuries may lead to unemployment and the need for costly future care. We have extensive experience helping families who have lost a loved one and people who have suffered traumatic amputations and brachial plexus injuries recover from a financial, physical and psychological perspective.
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Physical, Psychological and Financial
In wrongful death cases our role is threefold. First, we help family members access available insurance funds to pay the cost of funeral and other immediate expenses. Second, we help family members access available insurance funds to pay for any bereavement counselling professional psychological or emotional support should they desire it. Third, we pursue financial compensation on behalf of family members to pay for their losses including: amounts for the loss of income and services that their loved one would have contributed to the family, amounts for out-of-pocket expenses and amounts for the loss of their loved one’s care guidance and companionship under the Family Law Act.
Following traumatic amputations or brachial plexus injuries our role is twofold. We assemble a team of expert health care providers to help our clients rehabilitation from a physical and psychological perspective. Second, we pursue financial compensation on behalf of our clients to pay for their losses including: past and future loss of income, care costs and any required medical devices such as prosthesis, housekeeping and pain and suffering.
Traumatic amputations, brachial plexus injuries and even death may result from a variety of incidents all of which we have extensive experience with:
– Car accidents
– Motorcycle accidents
– E-bike accidents
– ATV accidents
– Drunk driving
– Trucking accidents
– Pedestrian accidents
– Snowmobile accidents
– Boating accidents
In Their Own Words
“My sister and I lost our mother as a result of a motor vehicle accident. We were devastated to say the least. We had no idea if there was anything we could legally pursue or even how to go about it. We were given Bill’s name and upon contacting his firm we set up an appointment. Right from the start he and his team made us feel like family. They were understanding and caring through the whole process. Always available to answer any of our questions and even lending a shoulder to cry on. They made our lives less stressful as they dealt with the insurance company. We resolved our case and are pleased with the outcome. Thank you so much. We are glad we put our trust in Bill Teggart and his team.”
— Janice, Car Accident – Wrongful Death claim – Loss of a mother, Creemore, ON
Frequently Asked Questions
On your first call to our office, our Client Relations Coordinator will answer your call. After learning you are a potential new client she will transfer you to a person who will speak to you about the accident and injuries you or your family member suffered. We receive many calls and referrals and want to ensure we understand what happened to you or your family member.
Following your call to our office, we will call you within 24 hours and advise you if we think we may be able to help you and your loved one. We will arrange a mutually convenient time for you and your family to meet Bill in the hospital, your home or our offices.
No doubt all of your thoughts right now are focused on the health of your loved one. Yet at this point there is little you can do for them from a medical perspective as the medical professionals do their jobs. Personal injury lawyers are probably the furthest thing from your mind.
From a legal perspective however, there is something that you can do that will help. It sounds rather self-serving but, the best advice is to contact us. A good rule of thumb to follow is this: The more seriously injured your loved one the faster you should contact us.
There are a number of reasons. First is that we will want to investigate how the accident happened. This may include interviewing police officers and independent witnesses. We may want our expert forensic engineers to examine the scene of the accident along with any vehicles involved. Many times they are able to download information from the so-called “black box” of a vehicle. This gives us important information about the speed and behavior of the drivers involved. We cannot solely rely on the police investigation as they are looking at things from a different perspective and many times their investigations are incomplete.
Waiting to call us means that you run the risk of important evidence disappearing or being destroyed and therefore damaging your loved ones’ case. Skid marks on the road fade. Witnesses disappear or phone numbers are lost. Vehicles are sent to the scrap yard and destroyed. We need as much of this evidence as possible to win the case.
The second reason to contact us soon after a serious accident is so that we can help make arrangements for you or your loved ones’ discharge from the hospital. Usually, seriously injured people will require devices and accommodations in their home following their discharge from hospital. Many will require interim housing arrangements while their home is modified to accommodate their needs. We work with a network of expert health care professionals who can assist you and your family with these matters.
At the same time however, hospital discharge plans are unpredictable and depend on patient needs and bed space availability; in other words, you could find yourself being discharged with no accommodations in place at home or no interim housing arrangements. That’s why it’s important to contact us very early after serious injury; so our team can assist you in making these arrangements.