If you are dealing with ICBC on your own, call us. If the amount ICBC is offering you is fair, we will confirm this at no charge and you can continue dealing with ICBC. Often the amounts ICBC offer self-represented people are well below what they would be entitled to if they were represented by a lawyer. We won’t act for a client unless it is clear to us that the amount a client will receive after paying legal fees is more than the client will receive in dealing directly with the insurance company.
We are paid on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Additionally, we offer a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case before you decide to retain us.
Don’t decide on your own whether or not you have a case. British Columbia has a universal vehicle insurance coverage scheme set up under our provincial legislation. There are many situations where injured people have coverage under the scheme which they may be unaware of. If you have been injured, call us to determine whether or not you have a case.
Every case is unique, and the value of different cases varies significantly. Injured people can claim the following types of damages in a personal injury claim: pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life; lost past and future capacity to earn income; all out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of an accident; all future expenses that are medically justified to care for an injured person for the rest of their life; and reimbursement for the care that loved ones give an injured person following an accident.
You do not need a local lawyer. We act for clients throughout British Columbia. If you live outside of the Lower Mainland, call our toll-free number for a free, no obligation consultation (1-800-999-4991).
There are a number of commonly claimed “heads of damage” through which a client can be compensated. The most common heads of damage that we claim on behalf of our clients are:
If there is evidence to support there has been a loss under any of these heads of damage, our system requires that an injured person must be compensated to the point where they are restored as close as possible to the position they would have been in had they not been injured.
Every case is unique, and different amounts may be claimed under the various heads of damage noted above depending on the facts of your case. Don’t decide on your own what your case is worth based on what other people have told you. You may be unaware of the true value of your case. Call us and we will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case.
We act for our clients on a contingency fee basis. This means our fee is contingent on the amount we recover for our clients. In almost all cases, we do not require a retainer for legal fees. We also provide a free, no obligation consultation.
A significant consideration when choosing a lawyer and law firm is how expert fees will be paid. In order to be successful in court in an injury case, it is imperative that experts who are respected in their field are called to give evidence in order to educate the judge or jury about your injuries and their effects. It is not surprising that the services of highly trained and experienced experts are expensive. The expert fees in a case can add up quickly.
We hire the best experts available to prove our clients’ cases. When a case is settled, or successfully goes to trial, the expert fees that are accumulated throughout the case are repaid by the unsuccessful defendant (in addition to the amount they pay to compensate you for your injuries).
It is important to collect information as soon as possible after an accident. Often cases go to trial years after the accident, and witnesses can be long gone and accident scenes can be altered over time. In every case where there is a contentious liability issue, we have an investigator go out and collect witness statements and take photographs of the accident scene in order to preserve the evidence. We also hire an engineer (if warranted) to survey the accident scene and inspect the physical damage to the vehicles, and then reconstruct how the accident occurred.
Personal injury cases often take a number of years to resolve. This is because doctors are unable to give a clear prognosis or fully understand what the future is likely going to hold for their patients until they have had at least two years to heal, recuperate and reach a maximum level of recovery. While our clients are rehabilitating their injuries, issues can arise with respect to rehabilitation funding through extended health plans and no-fault accident benefit plans like ICBC’s Part 7 benefits plan. We help guide our clients through the rehabilitation funding issues relevant to their case, so that they can reach the highest level of rehabilitation possible.
The vast majority of personal injury cases settle without going to court. We prepare each case as though it will go to court and we set each case down for trial. As the trial date nears, negotiations take place. More than 90% of our cases settle without going to court.