Q : I got into a car accident. What should I do Immediately?
A : There are a number of things that you should do when you are in a car accident:
- Stay calm and keep you and any others safe
- If you or anyone else is hurt, call 911 immediately.
- Exchange information with the other driver including their name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number. If possible, take a picture of their driver's license.
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses of the accident.
- Never sign any documents other than the police report and never accept any direct offer of payment for any damage.
Q : I fell on a city side walk. What should I do Immediately?
A : Give notice of your fall to the City of Ottawa's claims department with 10 days of the fall occurring. Give specific details of your fall including the date, time, and location of your fall. If you are able to, take pictures of the area and the footwear your were wearing that day. Without stating the obvious, if you are hurt, seek medical attention right away.
Q: I've been hurt in an accident, what can I sue for?
A: If you are hurt from an accident that was not your fault you are able to sue for:
- Pain and suffering including physical, mental or psychological anguish
- Future health care costs;
- Lost wages or loss of competitive advantage; and
- Out of pocket expenses
Q : I was injured in a car accident and I cannot work. How will I be able to support myself?
A : You could be entitled to an Income Replacement Benefit or Disability Benefit if you cannot work as a result of an accident.
By consulting a lawyer they will be able to advise you on your legal options.
Q : How long does it take for a personal injury claim to resolve?
A : It can take months to years for a personal injury claim to resolve. Most claims settle before the need of trial, but it is not a process that is inherently quick.
Wills & POAs
Q : Do you provide a Wills on Wheels service?
A : Yes. Dabros Law offers a mobile Will service that allows us come to you to have a Will and Powers of Attorneys draft the way you want in the comfort of your own home.
Q: When is the best time to get your Will done?
A : Everyone needs a Will. It is the document that allows to decide where your belongings go when you pass away. The best time to draft a Will or reevaluate your will is when you have a life event: birth of a baby, a marriage, birth of a grandchild, retirement, when your children become adults etc.
Q : How do I decide who my executor should be?
A : You should nominate someone that you trust. You will want to nominate someone that is available and competent to take on this role.
Q: I just had a baby, what will happen to my baby if I pass away?
A : If this is you, congratulations on the new addition to the family! You would need a clause in your Will that nominate a guardian for your minor child. Again you would want to nominate someone in this position that you trust; they are going to be raising your child.