How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Ontario? Statute of Limitations Explained

8m | Oct 10, 2023

Time is never on your side when you’re injured. The statute of limitations is a legal time limit that dictates how long you have to initiate a lawsuit after a specific event, such as an accident or injury. Once this prescribed period expires, you typically lose the right to bring a legal claim, regardless of its validity. Don't let the insurance companies gain the upper hand by waiting too long. Learn why time is of the essence and how early action can level the playing field. Watch now and safeguard your rights to fair compensation for your injuries, harms and losses.

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00:00 Intro

00:24 What is the Statute of Limitations?

01:34 Does speaking to a lawyer mean you're commencing a lawsuit?

02:23 How long should I wait before speaking to a lawyer?

03:48 Waiting too long to commence a case could be detrimental to your case

05:24 How long do I have to bring a claim or sue?

06:04 Insurance companies are always one step ahead with their defenses

07:17 Speak to a lawyer early, don't give insurance companies the advantage

07:55 Have Questions? Contact Us Today!


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Join Andrew Iacobelli as he explains the concept of the Statute of Limitations in personal injury cases. The Statute of Limitations is a legal time limit within which an individual must initiate a lawsuit following an injury-causing incident. Failure to do so, with few exceptions, can result in the forfeiture of the right to bring a claim.

In this episode Andrew will discuss the importance of seeking legal advice promptly after an accident. Speaking with a lawyer is not an immediate commitment to filing a lawsuit; rather, it is an opportunity to understand one's rights and obligations while preserving the claim's integrity. Waiting too long to seek legal advice can be detrimental to a case, as evidence may be most, memories fade over time  and insurance companies often begin building their defense as soon as they become aware of potential claims. 

Consulting with a lawyer early, not only protects your rights but also ensures you have adequate time to assess the merits of your claim and make informed decisions about legal action. If you have questions or need assistance, reach out for a free consultation.


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