Abuse, Assault and Sexual Assault Lawyer in Toronto
In instances of abuse, assault and sexual assault in Ontario, the person harmed can pursue a claim for financial compensation for their injuries in two ways.
They can apply directly to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) – an institution which exists to provide compensation to victims, and family members of deceased victims, of violent crime – and pursue financial compensation claim in tort against those responsible. While an application to the CICB does not interfere with any related tort claims, a successful tort claim will require reimbursing the CICB for any funds they might have awarded.
Tort claims should also be distinguished from any criminal actions which are likely to result from the same injury causing incidents. Criminal actions are pursued by the “Crown” on behalf of the government. Successful criminal actions require a high standard to be met – “beyond a reasonable doubt” – for a guilty verdict to be recognised.
A tort claim, by comparison, is pursued by a tort or personal injury lawyer directly on the injured party’s behalf. The standard to be met in a tort case requires, among other things, successfully proving that the injuring party on balance contributed to the injured party’s harm.
The role of your lawyer is to investigate and advocate. An experienced personal injury lawyer will gather the necessary evidence and conduct all related research so as to: one, establish a successful action and, two, ensure that the victim receives the maximum compensation they are entitled to in light of their injuries and the circumstances.
There is a two (2) year time limit from the date of your accident, or injury, to file a claim in Court. If no claim is filed in Court, after the two year mark the right to make a claim will likely be lost. It is very important that you contact us as soon as possible after your accident, or injury, to make sure that the time limit is not missed.
There are a few possible exceptions to the two year time limit that are best explained by us. For example, if the injured person was under the age of majority at the time of the accident, or injury, you have two years from their 18th birthday. In some other cases the date the time limit starts is not on the day of the accident, but the day a person of sound mind should have known they have a claim.
Contact Tony Lafazanis at (416) 979-1770 or 1-888-979-1770 or complete the form below if you or your child have been injured through abuse, assault or sexual assault. Let him help today!