A tort claim for damage to a car is the compensation you can receive for an accident. This monetary award will indemnify your losses caused by a car crash or medical malpractice, and insurance claims often aren’t enough to cover what’s really needed after such a traumatic event in life. To learn more about this topic, talk with our local attorney!

As an example, here are some of the compensation you can claim in a tort claim in Ontario:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Caregiving costs
  • Loss of income (present and future)
  • Rehabilitation and medical care in the future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other out of pocket expenses

Tort claims are a way to protect your future and live in peace. It would help if you did not have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence without being adequately compensated for it- but there is an upper limit on how much courts award for non-pecuniary damages. Please speak with your Toronto personal injury lawyer about tort claim law when you want compensation, pecuniary (monetary), and non-pecuniary (emotional), such as pain that can be difficult to figure out due to its intangible nature.

What are some examples of tort cases?

Tort claims are a great way of understanding how tort law works. The list below will outline a few examples of tort claims from common personal injury cases that we receive regularly- these do not include all potential accidents. Still, it goes to show you just how much our civil justice system can protect you and your family in case anything should happen.

  • Car accident – A driver crosses a stop sign in a school area and hits you.
  • Slip and fall – A loose railing causes you to fall from stairs on private or public premises.
  • Brain injury – Construction material falls on you while walking on a sidewalk.
  • Cycling accident – Someone opens a car door suddenly, causing you to crash (‘dooring’).
  • ATV accident – While riding in an ATV park, the throttle sticks open due to poor maintenance, and you are injured in the resultant accident.
  • Dog bite – A pet owner’s negligence lets an agitated dog off its leash in a crowded environment, and it bites you.


What is the purpose of a tort claim?

One of the most important aspects of a tort claim is proving that someone has inflicted injury (or harm) on another person and their legal rights. For this reason, Cornell Law School gives an example such as “an act which causes one party to suffer some imposition or deprivation of his/her property.”

What does a tort motor vehicle mean?

Motor tort cases attempt to hold negligent or aggressive drivers accountable for damages they have caused another driver. There are three categories of motor tort cases: intentional, negligent, and strict liability.

What type of tort is a car accident?

Almost all injury cases caused by accidents, like car crashes and falls, are negligence-based torts.

How much can you get from a tort claim?

In Provincial Court, you can sue for an amount up to $50,000 plus interest and costs. This is the court’s monetary jurisdiction.

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