We all know that laws are important. They are what govern are society; they’re what help us to distinguish right from wrong in many situations; they’re what allow us to seek out compensation or redemption when we feel we’ve been wronged. But we also know that the law is often extremely complex and even inaccessible to those of us who haven’t yet tried to pass the bar exam. If you’re just a regular person, chances are that you’ll need a lawyer at some point in your life – since the law in and of itself isn’t always so accessible to you, but nonetheless, you may need to seek justice within its particular framework.
One of the most common reasons for people to avail themselves of the services of a lawyer is in cases of personal injury involving accident or negligence. Not everyone can, for example, rob a bank, but literally any person alive in the world today can (and quite likely will) find themselves involved in an accident that causes them physical or emotional harm. Of course, we all hope that we will never find ourselves in this kind of situation, or that if we do there will be swift and just resolution for us at the end, but ultimately there is still the risk that we (or someone we love) can be injured severely enough for us to need compensation. This is why personal injury lawyers are so important.
When it comes to resolving civil matters that have resulted in you losing your income, your good health, or even just your good reputation, then you need to hire someone who’s familiar with the ins and outs of the law associated with your situation, and has a proven record of being able to help other people like you get just compensation for their losses. In Canada, this kind of law is called “tort law” – a “tort” is a case of wrongdoing, and tort law is the set of legal rules and regulations that govern and bind these sorts of claims and cases.
You may be wondering if you or anyone you know has ever had a tort case on your hands. Tort law covers a wide range of claims and cases. These include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, workplace injury and wrongful death. Motor vehicle accidents are very common but can be complicated – for a range of detailed information about what to do if you find yourself in the midst of one, visit http://www.sokoloff.ca/services/motor-vehicle-accidents/car-accident-injuries/. Medical malpractice claims are cases where a medical professional’s actions or lack thereof (i.e. negligence) results in further injury or even the death of a patient. Product liability claims are those that can be filed against a business when one of their products causes the injury or death of its user. Workplace injury claims can be filed when a worker is hurt while performing delegated duties properly (following all rules and regulations) in the workplace, and finally, wrongful death claims are those that can be filed when a person is responsible, through negligence, for the death of another.
Lawyers who specialize in tort litigation and claims of personal injury are particularly different from other types of lawyers because of the amount of responsibility that rests on their shoulders when it comes to the clients they work for. Tort lawyers are bound by law to advocate for you, to provide you with client counseling and legal advice, and to help you through every step of the process of litigating your case. They will do their best to seek out a settlement for you, but they must also be prepared to go to trial should the people or company against whom you are bringing the claim not want to put a realistic settlement on the table.
Because laws are always being tested and occasionally even rewritten, any certified tort lawyer has to prove that they are as up-to-date as possible on any issues being discussed or argued over in their field. Many do this by getting certified in specific areas of tort law or being recertified on a regular basis to stay current. It’s important to make sure that before you retain anyone as your lawyer, you can say with confidence that they are extremely experienced with the type of law that pertains best to your case. Don’t be afraid to do research on your lawyer, or to seek out the testimonials of past clients to make sure they will actually be able to help you.