Do you need an Ottawa personal injury lawyer who knows what they’re doing, understands the finer details, and puts your needs first? At Bergeron Clifford, we provide our clients with the utmost care and diligence.
Our focus is on informed, effective ‘personal’ injury law. We are highly experienced trial lawyers with a successful track record. Our legal professionals are committed to putting the concerns and requirements of clients first. At Bergeron Clifford, we ensure that you have the best options in and out of court. We deliver best-in-class legal assistance and insightful guidance at all locations, including Canada’s Capital.
Bergeron Clifford has a long tradition of operating in Ottawa and the surrounding National Capital Region. Founded in 1999 by Ted Bergeron and Chris Clifford, we have been fully servicing the area ever since. We’re committed to providing professional, well-informed, and impassioned personal injury legal services for our clients. We’ve helped many individuals and families achieve an optimal outcome in their cases, both in and out of court, by strengthening their arguments and ensuring they have the best possible chances of success.
Injury Law for the Injured: Putting Plaintiffs First
We believe in picking one thing and doing it well. That’s why our Ottawa personal injury lawyers believe in focusing our efforts as a firm to best serve our clients with considerate contemplations and examinations. Our lawyers are certified civil litigation specialists with the Law Society of Ontario, and our firm is one of the Top 10 in Canada for personal injury law. Clients turn to us for our wealth of knowledge on regulations, rights, and laws related to personal injury cases from the plaintiff’s perspective. They also appreciate our care and consideration in their trying circumstances. We believe that personal injury law should focus on the injured, and that’s where we come in. There are no wrong questions to ask, and we ensure a supportive, considerate, and welcoming environment when clients interact with us. Our team establishes deep connections with our clients to develop a comprehensive understanding of their situation, needs, and the finer details of their cases. individuals seeking out our legal team live with mobility issues, and we hope to make our services convenient for everyone. We know Canada’s Capital inside-out and are happy to provide free consultations on any injury law questions you may have.
Here When and Where You Need Us
Our Ottawa office is located downtown at 185 Somerset Street West, just off Elgin Street. However, our lawyers can also meet you anywhere in the capital region. This is a significant benefit for our clients, many of whom work in the public service, non-profit, and private sectors. We also understand that some individuals seeking out our legal team live with mobility issues, and we hope to make our services convenient for everyone. We know Canada’s Capital inside-out and are happy to provide free consultations on any injury law questions you may have.
A Trusted, Team of Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers
How we can help
The role of an experienced personal injury lawyer specializing in legal assistance for plaintiffs is to help them build a strong case. They should also be prepared to represent them in a court of law as, especially in situations like lawsuits for accidental injury caused through negligence, plaintiffs need their voices to be heard.
We don’t recommend tackling such cases on your own, especially if you’re new to legal proceedings and have limited experience in the processes required. It can also be emotionally draining and stressful during a time when you are likely undergoing enough as it is while you are continuing to navigate life with an injury. Our personal injury legal services for clients in the Ottawa area will work towards taking the stress of dealing with legal aspects off your back so that you can focus on your recovery. With your input, evidence, and other findings, as well as our many years of personal injury law practice, we will make a great team – one that fights for your rights and an appropriate compensation resolution.
Frequently asked questions:
How much does a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa cost?
At Bergeron Clifford, we operate on what is known as a contingency fee agreement basis. This means that should your case win in a court of law, our fee is covered by a percentage of the amount awarded to you. This is different from the standard hourly upfront rates some Ottawa personal injury lawyers charge. The contingency fee agreement makes our services easier to afford for many clients who cannot work or are struggling with a reduced income from their injury. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
For more information on contingency fees, please refer to the Law Society of Ontario’s guide, Contingency Fees: What You Need To Know.
How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?
This depends on a few factors, including whether you’ve suffered due to the negligence of others in some way, such as in a slip and fall case. If you believe that you have been wronged and have evidence that demonstrates this, then filing a claim is a good idea. We’re happy to help advise on the next steps and build your case with you.
Why would we need to hire a personal injury lawyer to settle a case?
Compared to court proceedings, reaching a settlement with the other party can be a much smoother, less stressful, and overall easier process. A personal injury lawyer should be involved to verify that the terms and conditions laid out in the settlement agreement are appropriate for you as the plaintiff, as you don’t want to sign off on a deal that doesn’t fully take into account your injuries or pain and suffering. It’s possible that the payout will be lesser if you went to court, but the lawyer will be able to help you determine and explain which course of action will work well for your case.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
There are many factors that go into deciding this. The “value” of the case, properly referred to as damages, varies in type and amount. How much you get, should you win, depends on how drastic of a difference your life is before the injury versus now. Elements that play a role in this regard include whether you’ve lost your job, are living with a permanent disability incurred from the accident or otherwise, need to cover additional costs for caregiving and housekeeping, medical bills, and more. We have a great article on this subject that is worth reading.
Do I have to go to court if I suffered a personal injury?
Going to court is something that, logically speaking, both the plaintiff and the defendant should try to avoid. In many cases, they manage to do so, resulting in an out-of-court settlement. This is actively encouraged by the Rules of Court in Ontario.
We believe in being prepared for anything and not taking chances, especially as we work with our clients to ensure we understand the details of their claims. Therefore, we treat your case as if it will be going to court. Bergeron Clifford is highly experienced in representing clients in a court of law, and we’ve seen it all. From erratic and unsubstantiated claims by the defendant to cover their tracks to other unreasonable behaviour, our team has strengthened and argued the plaintiff’s side of the story on many occasions.
Sometimes, going to court is the only possible solution, such as when a negligent defendant responsible for the injury refuses to admit fault and attempts to shift the blame onto the plaintiff. Regardless of the road ahead, know that our lawyers are here for you as the injured party.
What if I’m not comfortable going to trial for my personal injury case?
It’s understandable to want to avoid stressful and potentially challenging courtroom proceedings, but a trial isn’t something that should be feared. In many cases, it should be embraced as an opportunity to gain the upper hand and objectively present the truth of the circumstances. Again, in some cases, this is the only way to achieve a “win” and be awarded damages, as not all defendants will be willing to come to a mutual understanding. If there is no settlement, the court needs to intervene and hold a trial.
We prepare from the outset for a trial, just in case one needs to occur. This involves strengthening your argument with legally compelling and accurate facts, and organizing evidence and other findings along the way. We will advise you on the next steps and can represent you in court if needed. You will not need to face this scenario alone
When should I contact a personal injury lawyer in Ontario?
Perhaps you have recently suffered from a catastrophic injury, like an amputation, and are concerned about mounting medical bills. Maybe you have been hurt for some time, and dealing with the pain has become too much to handle. We believe that reaching out to a personal injury lawyer should be a call made sooner rather than later where possible. There are many reasons to do this. First, there’s the financial side of things. Have you been wronged by a negligent party, are unable to financially support yourself (due to lost employment, a higher cost of living or otherwise), and sought damages for compensation? In this case, it’s a good idea to get in touch with us. Alternatively, if you need legal guidance and want to make well-informed choices before building a case against someone, we’re an ideal option.
There’s also the matter of insurance, which can be complicated and stressful post-injury if attempting to make sense of it on your own while attempting to recover. Even some lawyers can find it to be a challenge. We’re able to clarify all the terms and conditions, ensuring that you know whether your coverage is adequate. Lastly, if you don’t want to pay by the hour, lawyers like us who work on a contingency basis make life easier for our clients. We don’t get paid unless we win, in which case a percentage of the damages awarded covers our services.
Contact Bergeron | Clifford LLP
Contact us at 866-384-5886 or fill out our online form if you have had a concussion or other head injury in Eastern Ontario. We can meet you at our office locations in Kingston, Ottawa, Whitby, Carleton Place, Perth or other local offices, or wherever is most convenient for you.
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