BECAUSE IT IS YOUR RIGHT.

Law firm situated in Montreal, serving victims of work accidents (CNESST), motor vehicle accidents (SAAQ), disability (RRQ) and criminal acts (IVAC).

WE CAN HELP.

OUR FIRM

Me Bégin possesses 25 years of experience in the defense of victims of work accidents (CSST/CNESST), of car accidents (SAAQ), of criminal acts (IVAC) and regarding matters of disability (Retraite Québec / Régie des rentes).

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A matter of trust.

An accident or serious illness are challenges that have great repercussions on one’s life. We understand your concerns. We make it a priority to ensure that you are well informed of your rights and that you have access to the best representation possible to invoke those rights.

We represent our clients according to our own values: honesty, practical sense and accountability.

We will provide you with a precise analysis of the facts. Our reputation is our foundation as well as being our best form of publicity!

25 years of legal practice!

Over the course of 25 years of practice, our firm has established an extensive list of contacts. We have been able to build relationships with doctors and other medical professionals, providing the most helpful resources for our clients. In addition, the relationships we have built with our adversaries and with the judges called upon to hear our cases allow us to resolve problems rapidly and efficiently.

The experience we have acquired allows us to quickly identify solutions to our client’s problems and also to predict potential problems in advance.

These skills represent a major advantage for our clients.

  • HONESTY, PRACTICALITY AND RESPONSIBILITY

    We represent our clients according to these values that we hold dear.

  • WE WILL GIVE YOU THE STRAIGHT FACTS

    Our reputation is our best form of publicity.

  • 25 YEARS OF LEGAL PRACTICE!

    We put knowledge and experience to work for our clients.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Our practice consists primarily of cases involving injuries sustained in car accidents and work accidents. In the province of Quebec, this practice is administrative law and the cases are heard by specialized courts: the Tribunal administratif du travail (formerly the Commission des lésions professionnelles) and the Tribunal administratif du Québec. We have presented hundreds of cases before these courts.

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Our main business areas.

  • CNESST - Commission des normes d'équité, de santé et sécurité du travail - 45%

  • SAAQ - Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec - 45%

  • IVAC - L’Indemnisation des victimes d’actes criminels - 5%

  • RRQ - Régie des rentes du Québec - 3%

  • DISABILITY INSURANCE - Disability insurance - 2%

  • 37351
    Victims of motor vehicle accidents.
    - Year -
  • 224
    Of injured workers.
    - Day -
  • 5853
    Victims of occupational disease.
    - Year -
  • 81765
    Victims of industrial accidents.
    - Year -

- STATISTICS 2015 CNESST / STATISTICS SAAQ -

At your service

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -

Recent news

Want to learn more about us? Call us or send us an email and we will reply as soon as possible.

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Launch of the brand new website Begin Lawyer

Our website has a whole new look, just in time for the New Year. Bégin Avocat launches a new version of its website, with a more current design and a completely redesigned structure. This is a major overhaul that will allow you to easily find all relevant information about our study.

The user experience is thus enhanced while facilitating information retrieval. Designed to meet the principles of web responsive, the site offers an experience of reading and navigation optimal for the user whatever its type of device.

We are proud of it and congratulate its creator Dominic Dauphinais* (*designer graphic/web) for his excellent work, as usual!

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Capsule

Are you bound by directives that are set out by the SAAQ?

The SAAQ has elaborated a Directives Manual, of which certain excerpts can be found on its website, in PDF format and in French only. These directives namely provide eligibility criterias for the reimbursement of certain fees.

Recently, we have pleaded a case regarding the refusal by the SAAQ to reimburse a four-wheeled mobility scooter to one of our clients. The SAAQ was arguing that our client’s condition, although very severely limited, did not meet the requirements that were set out in their Directives Manual. In our opinion, our client’s condition certainly met all the requirements mentioned in the law and the applicable by-law, but dit it also have to meet the requirements set ou in the Directives Manual? We argued that it did not. In our opinion, the SAAQ does not have the right to add restrictions to the law and by-laws as it pleases regarding the reimbursement of expenses, except for matters that fall under section 83.7 of the Automobile Insurance Act, where the SAAQ explicitely has a discretionary power.

The SAAQ does not seem to understand the difference between its power to enact by-laws and its right to elaborate directives. In some instances, the Tribunal administratif du Québec has accepted to apply the SAAQ’s directives, despite the fact that they had not been elaborated in the context of a discretionary power. With all due respect, we believe that these decisions were unfounded and we are anxiously awaiting the upcoming decision from the court.

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Name changes

The Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, the Commission des normes du travail and the Commission de l’équité salariale were regrouped to form the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail. Other than the change in name, services to victims of work accidents have not been affected.

At the same time, the Commission des lésions professionnelles and the Commission des relations de travail were replaced by the Tribunal administratif du travail. This change has led to the departure of delegates from union associations and employers’ associations, who used to hear the cases along with an administrative judge and who could have a useful role, particularly when a party was not represented at the hearing. It is now more important than ever for parties to be well represented for their hearings.

Another merge between the Régie des rentes du Québec and the Commission administrative des régimes de retraite et d’assurances has led to the creation of a new entity called Retraite Québec.

Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions:

I have been the victime of a work accident/occupational disease, when should I consult a lawyer?
It is preferable to consult a lawyer the moment you become a victim so that he may assist you with the filing of your claim. Sadly, victims often consult a lawyer after the delay to contest certain decisions has expired. An experienced lawyer can provide you with detailed information about your rights and intervene in the administrative process with the governmental organizations responsible for your file or even with your doctor to obtain helpful medical information about your condition.
I have been the victim of an accident and I am currently being compensated by the CNESST/SAAQ. Can I pursue the person responsible for my accident?
The Québec Automobile Insurance Act provides for the compensation of car accident victims without having to pursue the party responsible for the damage. It in fact, prohibits victims of car accidents from pursuing the person responsible for the injuries sustained in said accidents. Civil suits are however permitted if the car accident has occurred outside of Québec. Concerning victims of work accidents, the Act Respecting Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases provides for the compensation of victims without having to pursue a third party responsible for the damage. In exchange, the law prohibits civil suits against third parties responsible for the injuries, with only a limited number of exceptions.
I have a file pending in front of the Tribunal administratif du travail or the Tribunal Administratif du Québec. Do I really need a lawyer?
The decisions rendered by these Tribunals are final and without appeal. It is certainly not advisable for you to represent yourself in front of these Tribunals unless you are an expert in the field or are represented by someone who is. Your file may appear simple at first glance, but your risk the chance of losing your rights if they are not communicated properly. If you are unsure about what to do before a scheduled hearing date, we advise you to consult a lawyer in order to better assess your chances of success in front of the Tribunal.
What is your policy on fees?
Fees are subject to circumstance. Several payment options are available according to your financial means and wishes (hourly, percentage, fixed rate, mixed convention). We also do accept on occasion legal aid mandates. Fees are usually discussed during the initial interview, after an assessment of your file. An initial consultation costs 60$ with any one of our legal professionals.

BECAUSE IT IS YOUR RIGHT.

8904, rue Lajeunesse, Montreal (Quebec) H2M 1R9

T. 514 509-7852 / F. 514 509-7856
info@beginlawyers.com

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