Tamming Law is proud to offer time-tested legal counsel to individuals and families in Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Collingwood and the surrounding area. No matter if you’ve been injured as the result of someone else’s actions or have questions regarding employment law, the Tamming Law team has the answers. Over the years, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we receive from clients. Browse our FAQ below and contact our offices today to speak with Tamming Law.
What’s the most important thing you need to know about my situation?
I need to know that you are being completely truthful. I can only determine how to advise or represent you when important information is shared openly and honestly. This includes details in your medical or employment records that could affect your case. You severely jeopardize your claim if you misrepresent the nature and severity of your injuries.
When should I not use your services?
I work closely with my clients and trust that they will respect and follow my professional advice. This is particularly true when determining the amount requested in your claim. Clients demanding unrealistic compensation are not taken seriously by insurance companies and the courts, ensuring an unsuccessful claim.
How long will my case take?
Most of my cases are completed within 12 to 24 months, but many are completed in less time. Cooperation on the part of the insurance adjuster or opposing lawyer can decrease the time. Claims involving children with uncertain recovery outcomes can take longer. An insurer willing to go to trial or a congested court system can also take longer to resolve.
How many claims actually result in a trial?
Claims that go to trial are fewer than you’d think. The preferred approach is to mediate or settle the claim. A case can be settled at any stage in the legal process. If you do go to trial, the claim can take several years to resolve.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to trial?
A trial can result in a better award outcome than what was offered before trial. Going to trial can also have more personal or therapeutic benefits. Victims of sexual abuse have found this to be the case when given the opportunity to confront their abuser in open court. Trials, however, can create delays and cause uncertainty. The outcome can’t be predicted despite my belief in the strength of your case.
Who will handle my case in your office?
I’m responsible for your file. You will also be assigned a law clerk, Susan or Jessica, as your contact if I’m not immediately available.
How do I know what’s happening with my case?
It’s my goal to meet on a monthly basis with each client. Our law clerks are available to meet any time. We find that many clients prefer to “meet and chat” using email. We respond within the day to all emails and voicemails. I respond within an hour to new client queries.
How much is my claim worth?
Each case has different variables and there is a range of compensation. With 25 years of legal experience, I can determine what fair compensation should be. Judges often make this decision based on similar, previously tried cases.
Wouldn’t it be better to use a larger firm in Toronto?
As a smaller firm, we are able to work efficiently and quickly without multiple layers of bureaucracy to impede the process. We also provide a more personal experience. Clients who are already dealing with significant and debilitating injuries do not have the added stress of driving to and from Toronto to meet with their legal counsel. Our knowledge of the local physicians in Simcoe, Bruce and Grey counties, insurance adjusters and rehabilitation professionals help us to settle your claim more promptly.
How are you paid?
I’m paid a percentage of what you receive as a settlement. The percentage is determined in a retainer agreement when I assume responsibility for your case. If you receive a settlement, the defendant usually agrees to cover approximately 15% of your legal fees. The remainder of my fee is derived from the final settlement. If we are unsuccessful at trial or the defendant is unable or unwilling to pay, there is no charge to you.