We Know How to Overcome Insurance Obstacles.
We have over a century of collective years of experience and knowledge in personal injury law. We fully understand the challenges accident victims are likely facing and will make certain that your client’s health and financial needs are met appropriately.
Bike And Pedestrian Accidents
If you have a client who has been injured as a pedestrian or bicyclist in a car accident, they may seek compensation to pay for the medical care they will need to get better or to cover income replacement. Under these circumstances, bicyclists and pedestrians can claim the same benefits as someone injured in a car accident, as long as they have motor vehicle insurance. Government benefits are also available to accident victims who do not hold motor vehicle insurance.
Bicycle and pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries including head, neck, and spine injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, loss of limb, paralysis, and death. We have experience representing accident victims and advocating for their rights with insurance companies within the Ontario provincial court system. Bicycle accident cases can get very complicated and involve a number of parties, including motor vehicle operators who may be held liable. It is worth noting that a car doesn’t even have to be moving for you to have a collision; “dooring,” is a common occurrence when a motorist opens their door without looking and a cyclist runs into it. As well, some cycling accidents can be caused by dog attacks. There are leash laws and any dogs that are a risk to attack should be leashed, making their owners responsible.
Pedestrian accidents are quite common and at times can be very serious. It only takes a split second for an accident to occur and the injuries can lead to life-long disabilities. If your client has been injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, the legislation states that it is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle to prove the accident was not their fault.
If your client has suffered severe injury while riding their bike, walking on city streets, or in a crosswalk accident, the personal injury team at Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś can help your client claim the benefits to which they may be entitled.
We have the skills and expertise to ensure your clients are fully compensated for their losses.
How does retaining us impact your client financially?
When we act as a co-counsel with you in a personal injury file, your client will pay no higher fees than if they had hired Sharpe, Beresh & Gnys directly, as we split the fees of the file in accordance with our relative contributions.
Moreover, this arrangement will often produce a higher settlement at the end of the day because their file will likely settle for a larger sum that would otherwise have resulted were Sharpe, Beresh & Gnys not to have been involved. One bit of strategy here, a medical insight there can produce large returns when the file is negotiated to settlement.
What are the financial benefits for me and my firm?
From a cash flow point-of-view, you will not find it difficult to have us work as your co-counsel, as we only get paid when you get paid and if you don’t get paid because you are acting on a contingency fee retainer and the file goes south, we do not get paid either. We share the risk with you.
What you will find however, is that the absolute amount of the settlement and your eventual fees, will likely be much higher than if you did not have our expertise to draw upon. While each client is unique, there are a number of common concerns and challenges that run through most files.
Frankly, as with much of life, it is true that two heads are better than one! And all the more so, when we have an opportunity to critically analyse the file and propose solutions to challenges that each file presents. It permits you to be proactive in running the file and being accountable to the process that we bring.
What if I do not practice personal injury law ?
Personal injury can be a lucrative area of law and the right claim can be highly profitable to your practice. However, personal injury law is highly complex and has been in a constant state of flux in most jurisdictions, particularly motor vehicle litigation. It is a dangerous field to practice in unless you have the required expertise and that is where the team of Sharpe, Beresh & Gnys comes in. We will come alongside that lawyer and provide the training, templates, procedure, strategy, legal and medical research to process the claim.
So, instead of sending good prospects and valuable clients outside your firm, you can now offer them our personal injury and litigation services right in your office with you running the file.
What is your experience ?
Over the 38+ years that Ashley Gnys has focused his law practice on matters involving personal injury, he has had the pleasure to work with a number of lawyers within Ontario, across Canada and internationally, to enter into co-counsel relationships or referral arrangements. Typically this will involve a lawyer who may have experience in civil litigation but lacks the necessary experience in doing personal injury law. The client remains yours and my team provides a behind-the-scenes support at every crucial step of the file, from intake to discoveries, to trial or settlement. As needed, we can be a more visual presence to your client and can attend mediations or meetings as required
Ashley can often be heard telling clients that he is in fact a good salesman that happens to be an excellent lawyer. For it is crucial to be able to sell a client’s personal injury claim to an insurance adjuster or defence counsel if one is to arrive at a successful settlement of the case. And with a reputation as strong as ours, insurance companies know we are serious and that we know how to overcome their obstacles to avoid paying accident victims what they are entitled to receive. We also understand the hardships that personal injury involves and we will guide our clients every step along the way to a full recovery and to getting their life back on track.
What do I need to do ?
We have tried to make this a simple turn-key activity for you, and for us.
Take the time to tour this dedicated website as it contains information specific to our Co-Counsel Program. We have a number of Videos, and if you only have time to watch one, then please view — ” About Our Co-Counsel Program.”
If there is a mutual agreement to begin working together we will:
– list your firm on our site as a Member of the program
– create a stand alone page for you and your firm on our website (see example)
– send you a web page layout for you to publish on your website that you can use to add “personal injury law” to the Practice Areas you now offer, through your working relationship with Sharpe Beresh Gnys Personal Injury
We will contact you shortly thereafter about ongoing marketing and information materials regarding Personal Injury Law that we will be providing to you; created to help validate and promote your firm’s ability to help your clients with their personal injury claims.
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