The Assiff Law Legal Process

The process of an injury claim can be complex and you only get one chance to advance your case; a good injury lawyer will make sure it is done right. We will advise you on your rights, and will guide you through each step of the legal process:

1. Consultation

During your initial consultation, we will ask you questions about the accident and the injuries sustained, in order to get an overview of the case. In addition, we will explain to you the claims process, the deadlines, the costs, and will answer any questions you might have regarding the process.

We will also set you up with appropriate specialists to assist you with your recovery, as well as provide expert testimonies in trial if necessary.

2. Investigation

Following the initial consultation, we will start our own investigation on your case. This includes, but is not limited to, obtaining witness statements, hiring private investigators to gather such statements, and accident reconstruction engineers in cases where liability, impact severity or accident details are unknown or are in dispute.

3. Gathering Evidence

Evidence gathering follows investigation.  During this phase we will collect information, testimonies, documents, ambulance reports, hospital records, medical forms and receipts, and any other evidence that will support your claim.

We ask your treatment providers and additional experts important questions about the nature and extent of your injuries and how they relate to the accident. We ask our experts to comment about the impact of your injury on your employment, your household activities and your recreational endeavours. We leave no stone unturned in proving the full nature and extent of your injuries and guide you as best we can. This includes gathering expert opinions in various medical fields and other experts, such as accident recinstructionists/ engineers and economists in certain cases.

4. Litigation

Some cases settle relatively quickly but some take a lot longer. A statement of claim must be filed within 2 years from the time of the accident. After that, it must be served on all defendants within a year. If the defendants or their insurers are unreasonable and/or if settlement cannot be reached, litigation continues, starting with demanding a statement of defence, and then serving a document called an affidavit of records, on the other side, and demanding one from them. This shows all documents each side has in their possession that they intend on relying on at trial.

5. Questioning (Discoveries)

After that, we will have access to a pre-court process called Questioning (formerly called discoveries) where we can cross examine the defendant under oath on the accident details, and ask for depositions and documents that the opposing party plans to use in their case.

We thoroughly prepare clients for this important process, as the other side’s lawyer will have an opportunity to question the plaintiff as well. Assiff has conducted well over 2000 of these processes in his career at the time of writing this article.

6. Pre Trial Motions

During pre-trial motions, lawyers from both sides can request the court to take some action such as disallowing evidence, obtaining discovery that was not allowed previously, dismissing the case altogether, striking a statement of defence, ensuring the other side moves the case in a timely fashion to avoid delays, etc. Once the motions are heard in court, the case is ready to move forward to trial.

7. Negotiations

Negotiations (includes letters, phone calls, meetings, mediations, or judicial dispute resolution) generally take place at any stage during this litigation process, and before it.  If a case is not settled before trial, the fate of your claim will be decided in court.  The vast majority of cases get resolved before trial.

8. Trial

For many claimants, this is the most stressful part of the process. The vast majority of cases do not go to trial but if yours does, rest assured that we will be ready. We will also make sure that you are ready and all of the expert and other witnesses are ready as well. We firmly believe in the slogan: if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. That is why our practice over the years has been to prepare thoroughly for trial well in advance of trial, not right before trial. It is like a final exam. We do not “cram”. We work hard right from the outset and prepare every case with the possibility that it will one day go to trial, even though it very often does not.

We also believe that our success not only depends on our skill and experience but on our work ethic and ability to outwork opposing counsel. We do our best in court but also do our best to ensure insofar as possible that we outwork our often-formidable opponents. That formula has resulted in an excellent success rate in court and at trial.

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Some of Our Testimonials

We are one of the most reviewed personal injury lawyers in Canada. We believe this is because we care deeply about offering everyone a fair chance at making things right. We can’t possibly fit all of our reviews on this page, but feel free to read them all here

Assif Law is hands down the best in Edmonton. Norm is so loyal and trust worthy, I could not ask for more. He assured me he will work in my best interest and he definitely came through. I can not express my gratitude towards him and his law firm enough. I also am so thankful to Brittney who communicated so clearly and efficiently with me in every way. They made the whole process run so smoothly and I did not have to worry about anything. I recommend Assif Law to anyone who is in need of the best lawyer. They made me feel like family and I appreciate all their hard work in making sure I received the settlement I deserved. Sincerely, Brendaread more
06:01 29 Jan 20
I would highly recommend Assiff Law firm to all my friends and family. Although it was a very long process, Norman's team never stopped working hard. Whenever there was something that my family nor I could understand, he made sure to explain it in simpler terms and always kept us updated with our case. He represented us with outstanding service and kept all matters professional! Thank you to Assiff Law firm team for everything you have done to help my family and I out!
Nam Tran
Nam Tran
19:42 28 Jan 20
Dealing with Norm and his staff for 2 years now, and I couldn’t be happier! Professional, prompt, and knowledgeable, I had full trust in their capabilities and was not let down. Thank you to Norm, and his incredible team! I will recommend you to everyone I know
Mabrouka Swenia
Mabrouka Swenia
19:24 17 Jan 20
I would recommend Assiff Law to all my friends and family. Although our case in particular was a long process, Ari never stopped working hard. Whenever there was something that my family nor I could understand, he made sure to explain it in simpler terms and always kept us updated with our case. He represented us with outstanding service and kept all matters professional! Thank you Ari and the Assiff Law team for everything you have done to help my family and I out!
Diana Dona
Diana Dona
22:42 07 Jan 20
Absolute five star performance by the team at Assif Law!Ari was able to get me a much larger settlement than I thought would get. Almost makes me look forward to having another accident. Great communication between everyone there and myself. I always knew where I stood and that gave me a great sense of confidence that justice would be done. Thank you so much Ari!
Dean Walsh
Dean Walsh
00:22 18 Dec 19