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Car Accidents

In Canada, there are about 160,000 car accidents every year. Motor vehicle accidents make up one-quarter of all accidents. Though still tragic and unacceptable, less than one percent of car accidents result in fatalities. Nevertheless, serious injuries commonly occur during car crashes and motor vehicle collisions. Injured people who are involved in a car accident may file claims against the parties who caused the collision. Ontario law allows these claims so the victims can be compensated accordingly, provided that certain conditions are met.

At Dietrich Law, we understand the challenges in pursuing those who are responsible for your injuries and getting you compensation. Our lawyers have the experience needed to guide you through the entire process, from seeking the right treatment to making sure all legal steps are taken to maximize your financial compensation and expedite your claim.

The circumstances surrounding every accident are unique. We take the time to learn about every detail of the accident, your injuries and how they affect your life. Most accidents result in a loss of income and quality of life. We understand the stress that a serious accident can cause. We are here to guide you every step of the way. Since we do not charge any fee unless we achieve a settlement, you don’t have to worry about expensive legal bills as we fight for your rights. We will assist you in providing all the necessary paperwork and in submitting the required documents. You just need to supply us with the appropriate information and we’ll do the rest on your behalf. We will also represent you in any proceedings that take place.

We strive to ensure that you get the maximum compensation possible. No amount of money will make up for having to suffer a serious injury but financial security helps to minimize the stress associated with your injury or disability. By itemizing all of your past and anticipated financial losses and making sure you are fully compensated for your pain and suffering, future care needs, medical expenses, lost income, etc., we can help you get through the hardship of your injuries with the least amount of stress.

At Dietrich Law, we understand your pain. If you would like us to meet with you at the hospital or in your home, we are happy to do this.

Slip and fall

Almost everyone stumbles, slips or trips and falls at some point in their lives. Accidents will happen, and we all accept that, but if you get hurt or injured due to dangerous conditions while on someone else’s property due to someone else's negligence, you can make the appropriate claims for the injuries you incurred. Occupiers such as homeowners, businesses and even government organizations are responsible for ensuring that their property is not unsafe for the general public. Even though you may not own the sidewalk in front of your house or business, you are still responsible for ensuring that the path into your building is cleared of snow, ice and other debris that could make it dangerous to walk on. If you fail to shovel your own sidewalk, and a passerby injures themselves as a result of your inaction, you could be held responsible and be liable for compensation.

Wet and slippery floors, open holes in the ground or floor and poor lighting are some of the conditions that can contribute to slip and fall or trip and fall injuries. If the courts assess that these conditions should have been addressed by the owner of the property, and if they were aware or should have been aware that dangerous conditions existed, the property owner will be required to pay damages to people who suffered injuries as a result of their negligence.

Injuries can range from minor strains/sprains, to concussions and broken bones. Your compensation will vary depending on the severity of your injuries, and whether there is permanent scarring or damage. If you are required to take time off work or are unable to work in your current job after your recovery, this will all be factored into your settlement.

At Dietrich Law, we can help you through the process of filing your claim. Simply tell us the events that occurred and we will determine the facts of what happened to determine your rights, and to build a strong case for you. If it is not your fault, we will do the groundwork to prove that you were the victim of irresponsible conditions that could have been avoided.

Our highly skilled lawyers will lead you through the process make sure that all bases are covered. We will assist and guide you through all the steps necessary to move forward with your claim. We will help you fill out and file all the required paperwork. We will represent you in court proceedings against those responsible for your injuries and assist you in obtaining compensation for your losses.

At Dietrich Law, you can be certain that your interests will be well taken care of and that we will be with you every step of the way. There are no fees unless we win your case or reach a settlement. We can even visit you at your home or in the hospital so don’t delay, call Dietrich Law today.

Disability Claims

Did you know that Canada Pension Plan benefits can provide compensation to those who are disabled and unable to work on a regular basis?

Is your disability insurance company providing you with the coverage you expect?

Is your disability being questioned?

Hiring the right long-term disability insurance lawyer, early in the process, is a critical factor in protecting your rights and securing your financial future.

At Dietrich Law, we are sensitive to the needs of our disabled clients and we do our best to minimize the stress and hastle of seeking benefits. Contact us now for an in-home consultation with one of our lawyers.

Environmental Toxins

When business corporations, large or small, dump hazardous materials on the land or in the water near where you live, they may be subject to substantial insurance claims. Whether the dumping was intentional or not, toxins can severely disrupt the lives of the residents living in the area and you could be one of them.

The costs associated with environmental spills can include medication for people who might get sick, alternative sources of food and water and even relocation. Any reasonable costs associated with an environmental accident should be borne by the parties responsible for the mishap. If you have been affected, it is up to you to sue the responsible parties to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

At Dietrich Law, we can represent you throughout the entire claim process. Environmental law cases can often drag out for years. We will represent you every step of the way to make sure you receive all of the compensation you deserve.

Our experienced lawyers at Dietrich Law will guide you throughout the process and make sure that you are properly represented and not pressured into settling for less than you deserve. Some insurance companies can be intimidating and we will make sure that your voice is heard.

We offer personalized service where our dedicated lawyers will always be at your side, helping you go through all the paperwork and making sure the evidence gathering and documentation process is completed properly.

At Dietrich Law, we are here to expedite your claim. We can demonstrate to the at-fault party that there is an immediate need for compensation. We can build a strong case for you and help bring your claim to a conclusion much faster than expected. We are committed to serving you and your community every step of the way.

Product Liability Claims

If an injury results from a failure in a tangible product, the sellers, makers or manufacturers of the product can be held responsible for the injury. If there is a clear manufacturing or design defect seen in the product, and this specific defect directly causes injury to the user of the product, the manufacturer should pay damages to the injured party.

One of the challenges in product liability cases is that manufacturers realize how expensive it can be for them if they are found to be liable for a failure in their product. Therefore, they tend to fight such cases very diligently. This is especially true of large companies whose reputation may be at stake. At Dietrich Law, we have experienced professionals who will help you through this difficult litigation process.

If you are seeking damages from a large corporation, don’t let yourself be pushed around and settle for the minimum amount. Let your story be heard through us.

We gather all of the relevant and appropriate information in order to make a strong case for you. We are thorough and will seek out available evidence to show the defects in the product that caused your injury. With all of the information that we gather from you, we will be able to reconstruct the events and show what happened and why your injuries are the direct result of a product failure.

At Dietrich Law, we will build a strong personal injury case to obtain compensation for the injury caused by a manufacturers' defective product.

Wrongful Death

When a person is killed due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else, this is considered wrongful death. The deceased person’s immediate family will be faced with filing a wrongful death claim in order to obtain compensation for the loss of their loved one. Ontario's Family Law Act provides for recovery of financial loss resulting from the death, as well as a loss of care, guidance and companionship.

As a family mourns the death of a loved one, we understand how hard it can be to get through each day, let alone worry about taking legal action against the parties involved in the wrongful death. At Dietrich Law, we understand the terrible grief and pain that the death of a family member causes. We make it a point to do everything we can to minimize your stress and burden. Provided with the necessary information about the death of your loved one we can take care of the rest.

We gather and process all the necessary information and evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. All of the relevant facts and figures will be presented in a timely and strategic fashion in order to expedite your claim and ensure that important details are not lost with the passage of time.

If the deceased was the head of the household and the sole breadwinner for the family, we will calculate lost earnings which consider the number of years left before his or her expected retirement. We also factor in inflation and promotions in the lost potential household income. We make sure that all medical expenses associated with the loss and counselling are considered. We take all of these calculations and projections and a lot more into consideration to help you obtain the maximum payout in order to secure your family’s future.

If you have lost a loved one due to the neglect of someone else, call Dietrich Law today to seek the compensation you deserve and to start to put your family’s future back together again.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are a symbol of the freedom of the open road. Unfortunately, given our rising population and crowded roadways, riding a motorcycle can also be very dangerous. Accidents may be caused by many factors, including the skill of the drivers involved, road and weather conditions, the age and maintenance level of the motorcycle and the presence of pedestrians.

Tragically, every year numerous motorcycle accidents occur leaving individuals injured or dead, often giving rise to legal action with opportunities for courts to rule on responsibility for the accident, the nature and cause of injuries and determining compensation for the victims and their families.

Despite the common myth, statistically, motorcycle drivers are less likely to be involved in an accident than car drivers. Although many motorcyclists drive defensively and are unlikely to be driving under icy road conditions, those who do get into an accident are seven times more likely to be killed as a result of the accident.

The high fatality rate of motorcycle accident victims is not completely unexpected. There are no protective structures which provide the driver or passengers any sort of buffer zone in the event of a collision or a fall. There are traffic rules which must be followed but one distracted moment by a driver in a car or truck may have devastating results for a motorcyclist. A skilled lawyer is necessary to address the damages and injuries caused by any accident or fall off of a motorcycle, should one occur.

It is possible to reduce the chances of an accident involving a motorcycle by being certain that the motorcycle is in optimal condition, that mechanical safety precautions are observed, and by wearing an appropriate helmet.

Taking proper safety precautions while riding a motorcycle or driving close to a motorcycle is also imperative to avoid causing collision or injury. Precautions must also be taken to ensure the safety of any passengers on the bike with you.

In the event that the unthinkable occurs and a motorcycle accident takes place, it is important to know that legal help is available. The lawyers and staff at Dietrich Law are available to pursue your claims for accident benefits and against the at-fault party to their fullest extent on your behalf. Our lawyers specialize in disability and personal injury law, concentrating on addressing the rights and needs of our clients. We are dedicated to identifying the needs of our injured clients, and assisting injured and disabled persons in obtaining thorough diagnosis, expert treatment and just compensation. Based in Kitchener, the lawyers, paralegals and clerks in the firm are familiar with all applicable rules, are skiled in evaluating cases and have extensive experience in serving the Regions of Waterloo, Wellington, Brant, Oxford and York.

Dog Bite Injury

Almost everyone loves dogs. They can truly be our best friends, but if you are bitten by a dog, it can be a very frightening and traumatic event. Serious dog bites can result in severe pain, nerve and other tissue damage and permanent scarring or disfigurement. If you have been injured by a dog or other domesticated pet, the animal’s owner may be required to pay compensation. This compensation will include direct costs related to your injury, such as the cost of treatment and medication, as well as compensation for pain and suffering and permanent or long-term physical damage. Dog bite victims can even suffer from prolonged emotional trauma such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Pets and other domesticated animals are not allowed to roam free in Canada, so in cases involving significant injuries you should file a claim for damages.

Most dog owners have home insurance that covers liability related to their pets. House insurance generally provides coverage even if the dog bite occurred away from the owner’s property. Sometimes dog-bite cases can be complicated. The dog bite claim experience of our lawyers can be instrumental when it comes to defending your rights. Call us or use our online form to provide us with information concerning your injuries so that our lawyers can start building your case right away.

At Dietrich Law, we know that time is of the essence in dog bite cases because the evidence diminishes over time and the circumstances surrounding your case become more difficult to ascertain the longer you wait to file suit. A delay in filing your request can also raise doubts about the legitimacy of your injury. Waiting until your injuries have healed is not the best course of action with this type of case. As well, you may require a referral to a plastic surgeon or a psychologist, depending on the severity. If you feel you deserve compensation, we suggest you contact us immediately to help you assess the merits of your case. There is no cost to you for this service.

To get started simply let us know what happened and provide us with the necessary information to assess your injuries. We will then determine specific timelines and highlight the relevant information in order to show and prove your eligibility for a claim. We will make sure that all key facts are brought forth to help ensure that you receive the full compensation you deserve.

Catastrophic Injury

When a catastrophic injury, as defined by the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule, occurs to you or someone in your family after a car accident, this will have a devastating effect on your life. If your income is required to support your family, but you are unable to work and instead you require continuing personal care, you may be wondering how you and your family will survive. Replacing your income and arranging for the care you need for the rest of your life could require millions of dollars. Choosing the right personal injury lawyer, who will go to battle for you, could be the most important decision you can make.

Obtaining full and fair compensation, not only for your financial or pecuniary losses but also to try to place a value on your diminished quality of life, can be a stringent and tedious process. This is where we come in. At Dietrich Law, we gather all the facts and coordinate them into one coherent and relevant case and present this in a way that best serves your interests. Regardless of how much time this may take, our lawyers will do everything in their power to get you the just compensation that you deserve.

If you are suffering from a catastrophic injury, such as spinal cord, brain injury or severe orthopaedic injuries, you will not be able to fight this battle alone. You will need leading experts on your side with lots of experience in handling serious personal injury cases. We will ensure that all of your submissions comply with what is required and we will focus on the key things that matter most when it comes to ensuring that your case is taken seriously by your insurance company . We make it possible for you to express your points and feelings without you being physically present in all of the meetings, due to your current state.

As your representative, we ensure that all of the facts are covered in order for you to be eligible for the appropriate compensation. We do not charge a fee unless we are successful in winning or settling your case and we cover all court expenses so you don’t need to worry about expensive legal bills as we process your case. At this critical time in your life, you need a law firm with the skills and expertise to make sure you get everything that is due to you to make up for your financial and emotional loss. At Dietrich Law, we will be with you every step of the way.

Brain Injury

The brain is the most important organ in the body. It is your body’s control center, making everything possible, from moving your arms and legs, to breathing. If your brain is permanently injured as a result of someone else’s negligence no amount of money can make up for your loss of function. Nevertheless, you should seek maximum financial compensation to help offset your diminished quality of life and the substantial loss in earnings potential.

The brain is a very complicated organ and injury to the brain can often result in a complicated legal case. At Dietrich Law, we have lawyers who specialize in brain injury cases such as yours and they are well trained to understand and process medical data.

We understand how sensitive cases like this can be so we take great care to be thorough in our investigation and in recommending the best course of action for your specific situation. We gather all of the facts related to your case and process these facts accordingly, in order to formulate a sound and concrete case for you.

Since the brain controls all bodily functions, we gather all required information to help assess your loss of function due to the brain injury in order to determine how it has hampered your life. This can then be further examined by a qualified neurologist or neuropsychologist. The skilled personal injury lawyers at Dietrich Law will make a strong case from the evidence and seek appropriate compensation. No matter what your field of employment, if your brain injury has restricted your ability to earn a living and care for yourself, you are entitled to appropriate compensation, plus any resultant damages for your future care and income losses.

Medical cases like these may take many months before a decision is made, so we make it a point to expedite your case in every possible way. We cover all of the expenses required to prepare your case and represent your interests so you don’t have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses, including the cost to bring in medical experts to assess the extent of your injuries. We understand the difficulties that you are facing. Dietrich Law will take care of everything that is required to help you win the compensation you deserve. You can rest assured that we will be with you every step of the way.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a medical condition characterized by chronic and widespread pain and trigger point sensitivity. Fibromyalgia symptoms can also include, among others, prolonged fatigue, joint stiffness and sleep disturbance. In the past, fibromyalgia syndrome was not even considered a medical condition by most doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. People who suffered from the disease were forced to battle it without support and suffer without financial or medical assistance. Recently, fibromyalgia has become recognized as a legitimate medical condition so individuals may now be covered by disability insurance and can seek medical treatment.

However, there are still some people and institutions that do not want to recognize this condition because the exact cause of fibromyalgia is impossible to determine and it can be difficult to conclusively diagnose, particularly with respect to its severity, which can vary from person to person. When the cause of an illness cannot be pinpointed, insurance companies do not choose to recognize that it is a true disability. At Dietrich Law, we can help you as our lawyers have extensive experience with medical issues such as Fibromyalgia and we know how to defend your rights when dealing with insurance companies.

Share your medical history with us and we will build a strong case for you, to help you to the full extent possible. It is important that your medical history show the progression of your condition.

We also understand the pain that you are going through, having to battle this disease. If necessary, our lawyers can meet with you at your home or in the hospital to accommodate you. We will compile all of the information about your illness and treatment and make sure the seriousness of your pain condition comes to light.

If you are no longer able to work due to fibromyalgia, you may be entitled to CPP or long-term disability benefits. Our goal is to ensure that you get full and complete compensation and the medical treatment that you need to alleviate your pain. At Dietrich Law, we will be with you every step of the way.

Canada Pension Plan Appeals

When your application for Canada Pension Plan disability benefits has been denied you can file an appeal to have your case reconsidered. There are three levels of appeal, two of which involve hearings. The time that it takes to get a decision for your appeal will vary, depending on the amount and type of information that you provide.

At Dietrich Law, we can help you build, or rebuild, your case in order to maximize all of the information and documents that are available to access and improve your chances of success at your appeal hearing. We will guide you throughout the process and offer expert advice on ways to handle certain situations when appealing to either the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal or the Pension Appeals Board, and will complete extensive written submissions in preparation for the hearings.

During the appeal process, you may have to go through all three levels of review and each one has its own requirements and set of evidentiary questions that must be answered. The skilled disability lawyers at Dietrich Law will help you prepare for all three levels and we make sure that the information that you are providing is consistent, relevant and coherent. You may have all of the necessary information and may satisfy eligibility requirements but, if this information is not correctly presented, you may not be awarded a CPP disability pension. We do our best to make sure that this does not happen and that everything is presented in an optimal manner to help ensure that you get everything to which you are entitled.

Our experienced lawyers will work with you to gather all of the relevant information and determine if there is new evidence that is pertinent to your case. We will analyze your unique situation so that we can highlight relevant aspects of your claim to help you obtain a favourable decision from the board. At Dietrich Law, our disability lawyers work with you every step of the way to obtain the maximum possible benefit for you.

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