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Why should I hire Paciocco & Mellow?

Choosing an injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make respecting your accident. The lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow have many years of experience handling personal injury claims both advising insurance companies and injured parties in the past. Today, we exclusively represent injured people and do not ever act for insurance companies. This is an important factor to consider when hiring an injury lawyer. As we act only for injured persons, you can be assured that we always have your best interest at heart and that we will forcefully pursue your claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company. Our past experience has provided us with the tools to ensure that you are fairly treated by the opposing insurance company.

The lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow recognize that your claim is a very personal matter to you. We strive to provide personal service to each client. Our lawyers make themselves available to personally answer any questions that you might have about your case. We will treat you as a person and not a file number.

How much will I get from my case?

The amount that you may recover in a claim depends on many factors. These factors include such things as:

  • the type of injury;
  • the type of treatment which is required;
  • the amount of pain your experience;
  • the type of limitations you have as a result of the injury;
  • whether you have undergone surgery or surgery may be required in the future;
  • whether your injury has caused you to miss time for work or has affected your ability to work;
  • whether your injury has affected your ability to do household chores; and
  • the expected duration of any impairments you have as a result of the injury.

In order for our lawyers to provide you with an opinion as to what your case may be worth, it is necessary to interview you and to review your medical records. It is often the case that your long-term condition will not be known for a number of months, if not longer, following the accident and that our lawyers will only be able to provide you a very rough estimate of your potential recovery at the initial meeting. Rest assured that the lawyers of Paciocco & Mellow will do everything in their power to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve as the result of your accident.

How much will it cost me to hire a lawyer?

The initial consultation with one of the experienced injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow is free of charge. At this initial consultation, our lawyer will explain to you in detail the costs associated with your claim.

There are two general categories of fees associated with hiring a lawyer. These are legal fees and disbursements. Disbursements are the expenses which the lawyer incurs in prosecuting your case and include such things as court filing fees and the cost of obtaining medical records and reports. Legal fees are paid for the legal services provided by the lawyer.

At Paciocco & Mellow, the majority of cases are handled on a contingency basis. This means that the legal fees are paid as a pre-determined percentage of the amount recovered as the result of a settlement or judgment. If no amount is recovered, no legal fees are paid. Disbursements are generally paid for by the insurer of the defendant as part of the settlement.

Do I have a case?

If you are injured in an accident you may have a claim for damages against another person, a corporation or an insurance company. Claims can arise as the result of an automobile accident, a fall, a dog bite or other animal attack, or any other incident where the actions of another person has resulted in an injury. Claims can also arise as the result of a disability not resulting from an accident, provided you have access to a disability insurance policy.

It is important that you contact an experienced lawyer, such as the lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow, as soon as possible following an accident or the onset of a disability. We provide a free initial consultation where you will sit down with one of our experienced lawyers, who will obtain all the details of your situation and who will tell you whether you have a case. Even if you think that you may not have a case, or someone else has told you that you do not, it is important that you speak with an experienced lawyer. Our experienced lawyers have years of experience helping injured people and will identify for you any potential claim that you have.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when someone dies as a result of the negligent act, trauma, omission, breach of contract, or warranty of another.  Losing a loved one is devastating. In the event that you were also financially dependent on that loved one, the emotional burden develops into a financial burden as well.

Family members of the deceased victim are entitled to certain benefits and damages that carry specific timelines. It is crucial to comply with these limitation periods to ensure that you are obtaining everything for which you are entitled.

Trying to navigate through this time-consuming and paper-intensive process alone is daunting at best.  It is so important to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer in wrongful death cases to help you through this difficult time. At Paciocco& Mellow, we would be happy to help you fill out the required forms to obtain the benefits that are applicable and to forward your claim for appropriate damages.

Medical Malpractice

Whenever health care providers, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, physiotherapists or any other medical specialist fall below the standard of reasonable conduct when treating or caring for patients, it is known as Medical Malpractice. Medical Malpractice has consequences for individual patients and their family members.  Unfortunately, when a physician makes a mistake in treatment, the outcome is potentially much more serious (including death) in comparison to any other area of practice.

Any of your treating health care providers should be licensed to practice in the area of care they are administering. As such, each provides is held to a high standard and have the trust of society that they will take all precautions to avoid mistakes, omissions, or negligent conduct.

Not all cases of malpractice are straight forward. In fact, most cases of medical negligence form some of the most complex files that we deal with in personal injury law. Physicians and their insurers are known to vigorously defend allegations made against the treating Doctor, as there are potential professional ramifications that follow any successful claim. 

Examples of Medical Malpractice include surgery errors, missed diagnosis, trauma at birth, failure to recommend appropriate treatment, prescribing medication which should not be given to certain patients, among other areas of negligence. Any of these errors may cause brain damage, amputation, nerve damage, serious physical pain, or ultimately death. Any treating health care provider should carry insurance for any errors they make while practicing. It is a common misconception in society that doctors will be personally liable to pay for any errors that are made while practicing, which often deters individuals from pursing a valid claim.

A Wrongful death claim Ontario lawyer is an individual who can assist you with any medical mistakes that result in a fatality. There may be damages for family members of deceased victims who can seek compensation for loss of care, guidance, and companionship, in addition to a claim for financial support depending on the relationship to the deceased. This is why it is critical to hire experienced Wrongful death lawyers. If a patient is fortunate enough to survive a Medical Malpractice, there are various other damages that they may be able to pursue.

At the offices of Paciocco& Mellow, we have experienced Insurance claims lawyers who are familiar with the policies of insurance that are written for health care providers. This becomes an important factor when dealing with an opposing adjuster throughout the litigation claim process.

Sport Injury Lawyers

Sports are a tremendous source of exercise, discipline, and team work, which skills are critical to our well being.  Sports may also be the means for many students to attain higher levels of education through scholarship. Unfortunately, most participants in sports know that sustaining an injury is common. Whether you are a professional athlete or just an amateur playing a recreational sport for leisure or somewhere in between, the consequences of an injury can be devastating.

Some common sport injuries are:

Fractured bones;
Soft tissue injury;
Brain injury; and
Torn muscles.

Some of the more common sports where the above injuries may occur include:

Skiing;
Hockey;
Snowmobile accidents;
Motor/water sports;
In addition to any other contact or high speed event.

Depending on the cause of these injuries, it is imperative to seek Sport Injury lawyers who you may turn to when determining whether someone else is at fault for your injuries. Sport Injury lawyers will be able to make competitive or recreational league organizers, Municipalities, facility owners, referees or other participants in the sport liable for your injuries depending on the facts or corresponding negligence. Sport Injury lawyers often work on a contingency basis, which usually means that you will not have to pay up front for any legal fees, unless you are successful in winning your case.

Most people are unaware that Truck Accident lawyers, Motorcycle Accident lawyers, and Dog Bites Injury Lawyers, depending on the facts, may also normally work on a contingency basis.
It is quite common for individuals who suffer a severe sports injury to require extensive medical rehabilitation. The costs of this ongoing treatment  (whether it be physiotherapy, chiropractic care, massage, surgery, or any other care) adds up pretty quickly leaving injured parties to pay out of pocket in some cases. Depending on the level of the injured party or athlete, professionals are more likely to incur more medical rehabilitation quicker and longer to get them back to playing with their team.

It is very important to contact Sport Injury lawyers who have dealt with these types of cases before. If an injury is serious enough to keep a victim sidelined for any given period of time, there may be claims for pain and suffering, housekeeping, medical rehabilitation (both presently and into the future) in addition to other heads of damages.

Given the rising number of sporting injuries today, most organizations and leagues carry sports insurance.  It is not uncommon to see claims as between referees, players, and any of the aforementioned parties versus the organization.  When any of these parties do not have insurance, any of them may become personally liable depending on the facts.

Do not wait to contact the experienced Insurance claim lawyers of Paciocco& Mellow to handle your matter today.  Let our team of professionals work for you to help you achieve the rehab and damages that you deserve. The first consultation is free to evaluate whether or not you have a case. If we decide to accept your matter, we will work for you on a contingency basis.

Spinal Cord Injuries

There are varying degrees of spinal cord injuries. Whether you have suffered a partial or full paralysis, the corresponding mental, physical, and financial consequences are often devastating. Surgeries, attendant care, physiotherapy, and many other forms of treatment become overwhelming for victims and their family members who may not have the means to cover these rising costs.
The timing of seeking medical care is often as important as the professional you choose to provide the care. Insurance companies may not advise you of the rights you have to obtain treatment and may not be agreeable to paying for the costs associated with your care. That is why it is imperative that you seek the advice of an experienced lawyer who will help you navigate through this complex area of law to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve to obtain the treatment you require.

Recovering the necessary treatment costs are not the only area of damages that an injured party could recover as a result of another person’s negligence. There are damages for pain and suffering, past and future income loss, housekeeping, among other heads of damages depending on the facts of each case.

At Paciocco& Mellow, we have experienced lawyers who have provided legal advice to insurance companies in the past. We are well aware of the insurance industry, and can easily educate you as to whether or not you are being treated fairly. Having to deal with an injury is stressful enough. Let us give you the peace of mind of knowing that your legal rights are being protected.

Snowmobile injury lawyers

Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in Ontario. While there are a very limited number of days each year when snowmobiling can be enjoyed in the Windsor area, it is common for local residents to head to Northern Ontario or Northern Michigan to enjoy some snowmobiling. If you or a loved one has been injured in a snowmobile accident, contact the Snowmobile Injury Lawyers of Paciocco& Mellow at (519) 915-SORE(7673).

The Snowmobile Injury Lawyers at Paciocco& Mellow will provide you with the information you need to decide if you wish to proceed with a lawsuit as a result of your snowmobile accident. Remember also that Paciocco& Mellow are also Car Accident Lawyers, Motorcycle Accident Lawyers and Boating Accidents lawyers.

Our experienced lawyers have over 17 years of experience in the personal injury field and have represented clients before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Let the Snowmobile Injury Lawyers of Paciocco& Mellow help you.

While Paciocco& Mellow is based in Windsor, Ontario, we represent clients throughout Southwestern Ontario. We are available to meet with you in Chatham and Sarnia, in addition to our Windsor office. We are also available to meet with you at your home, or your hospital room, if you prefer. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request to accommodate your schedule.

Even if you think you don’t have a claim, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to review your situation. It is the job of a lawyer to identify legal remedies that the average person may not be aware of. At Paciocco& Mellow, we offer a free initial consultation. At the initial consultation, one of our experienced lawyers will get all the details about your accident and injuries and tell you whether you have a claim which we are willing to handle. Our lawyer will also advise you of the fee arrangements that our firm offers. Generally speaking, personal injury claims are handled on what is known as a “contingency basis.” This means that the lawyer’s fee is a set percentage of the amount recovered in the lawsuit. If the client does not recover any money, the lawyer does not receive any legal fee. There are also other fee arrangements that may be available to you.

At Paciocco& Mellow, we believe that a client should be treated as a person and not just a file number. We endeavour to provide exceptional legal services with a personal touch. Please contact Paciocco& Mellow at (519) 915-SORE(7673) to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers if you have been involved in an accident or find yourself in a dispute with an insurance company.